The Ohio Republican party and Governor John Kasich suffered a massive rebuke by voters yesterday. Earlier this year the legislature had restricted the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Yesterday’s election gave those rights back. On the other hand, Ohioans overwhelmingly voted to opt-out of Obamacare. The results for both issues weren’t close.
The Republicans were swept into power in Ohio last year with a mandate to get runaway government spending under control. Now they are told by voters that their fix was too bold. Looking forward, Ohio will have to cut back on services and lay off government employees to make ends meet. We will see which way the pendulum swings when those realities hit home.
On the other side of Ohio’s brain, the voters do not want the government to mandate and control their healthcare. This is a blow to Obama and his Democratic allies in the state.
We will have to wait until next November’s election to see which side of Ohio’s personality emerges; the pro-union, pro-Democrat side or the anti-Obamacare, anti-Democrat side. As they say “So goes Ohio, so goes the nation”. Anybody know a good Psychiatrist?