One result of the law was to awaken the labor movement, which sparked the repeal effort. Yesterday the people of Ohio spoke with their vote to overturn the measure. It is being regarded widely as a significant defeat for the governor and a good omen for Obama and Democrats in 2012.
There is now hopeful talk that a revived labor movement will unite with the Occupy movement as the progressive energy and driving force in the 2012 elections.
Based only on this one sample of the man reacting to defeat, I would say that John Kasich is rare among Republicans these days. Here's what he said following the defeat:
"When I say it is a time to pause, it is right now, on this issue. "The people have spoken clearly. You don't ignore the public. Look, I also have an obligation to lead. I've been leading since the day I took this office, and I'll continue to do that. But part of leading is listening and hearing what people have to say to you."In my post last Friday, "Count the ways . . ." I listed five major issues on which the GOP presidential hopefuls are NOT listening to what the American people are saying. Polls show voters' support for: (1) withdrawing troops from Iraq, (2) raising taxes on the wealthy, (3) focusing on jobs rather than the deficit, (4) repeal of DADT, and (5) repealing DOMA.
All of these issues are opposed by most, if not all, the Republican presidential candidates.
So Kasich stands out among his GOP peers for his reasonableness -- a trait that is practically non-existent in the debates (occasionally a tad from Huntsman). Which is fine -- the more unreasonable they are, the better for Obama. And yesterday's votes in Ohio, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arizona confirm that the people are waking up to this fact.