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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Saturday, September 04, 2004

    So which election is the more important? 

    Karl Rove, political adviser to George W. Bush, says his man (is Rove really Bush's Brain as authors James Moore and Wayne Slater claim?) will conduct the remainder of the presidential campaign as he were running to be governor of Ohio.

    Ohioblog cannot predict the outcome Bush's Nov. 2 contest with Democrat John Kerry, but it's a dead-solid certainty that Bush could defeat Gov. Bob Taft, whose performance has been so pitiful that he has become a black mark against the good Taft political name.

    Taft might be able to tell Bush about how to win Ohio, but he cannot tell him a thing about what to do with it if he wins it.

    At a recent Akron Press Club Public Affairs Series luncheon, Brian Williams asked a panel of Ohio's most politically knowledge about the progress of the governor's blue-ribbon task force on education. (The program will be rebroadcast by Time Warner Cable on channel position 23 Sunday, Sept. 5-Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.)

    Williams, retired Akron Public Schools superintendent, continues to be dedicated to changing Ohio's unequally funded education system and has become involved in politics to do so.

    Williams answer came from Sandy Theis, The Plain Dealer's Columbus bureau chief.

    ``I've been at the Statehouse for 22 years, and I bet I've covered 22 blue-ribbon panels on education,'' Theis said. ``Many of them make the same recommendation. They're a hard sell because they require sacrifices. Until people come to the table and decide what they are willing to give up instead of what they want, I don't see (educational funding) getting resolved.''

    Williams knows how to set himself up by asking a question for which you already know the answer. He went on to explain that Taft announced the task force on Higher Education and the Economy during his 2003 State of the State Speech. By April 2004, the panel had delivered its report to Taft.

    That's more than four months ago.

    ``I know for absolute fact,'' Williams said, ``that nothing has happened. He hasn't lifted a finger to implement any of the recommendations....So why did he do it in the first place.''

    Because, for six years, Bob Taft has been about the appearance of governance rather than its reality. This is why who succeeds Taft as a result of the 2006 election should be even more important to Ohioans than who wins the presidency in this election.

    And people keep calling it the most important of our time.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 1:11 PM

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