Tuesday, February 19, 2013

On the road again, Gov. John Kasich elevates the State of the State as political theater: Analysis

LIMA, Ohio – Speeches to discuss the State of the Union, the State of the State or any other governmental jurisdiction have become political theater of the most ordinary order.

It's a one-man (or woman) show, behind a microphone and in front of cameras and a room filled with lawmakers, reporters and constituents. The run time? As long as the leader pleases.

But that's not enough for Gov. John Kasich.

The Republican has turned this annual rite of policymaking passage into a traveling carnival meant to build a folksy image for himself and boost the self-esteem of Small Town, Ohio. And so it was here Tuesday, as it was a year ago in Steubenville, that Kasich channeled P.T. Barnum.

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