Gov. Kasich, who has his mind and career set on being a Republican original, headed into the GOP heartland of Western Ohio again this week to sign a resolution calling for a federal balanced budget. It was in Lima, marking the spot of Kasich's "makeshift capital" for his earlier state-of-the-state speech.
He was joined by a platoon of his party's leaders in the Ohio General Assembly. According to the event's chroniclers, the sub-historic document (unless it was a first for Lima) will be sent to President Obama and Congress. In so doing, he proved me wrong. I had expected him to do it at the Ohio State-Michigan game hovering over Ann Arbor in the Goodyear blimp.
I should remind the Guv, however, that the balancing act, like cutting food stamps to impress the penny savers, is nothing new as a means to flatter one's public image. The idea has been around since Henry VIII and has limped through a series of administrations in Washington (including Reagan and the Bushes) without gaining an inch.
So where's the originality, the prescience , the nobility, of these charades to upgrade one's standing on the ballot? Wanna bet this empty gesture will be DOA again?