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'He says he's got a 53-point plan or whatever'

These two routinely point in very different directions.
These two routinely point in very different directions.Associated Press

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) spoke at the Republican National Convention a couple of weeks ago, and like most speakers, didn't have much to say about the man his party was nominating for president. In his 1,300-word speech, Kasich said, "Mitt Romney has a history of being a great job creator," and those 11 words were quite literally his only praise for the nominee.

In fact, it's easy to get the impression that the Ohio governor doesn't much care whether Romney wins or loses.

Kasich, meanwhile, said almost nothing positive about Romney in our conversations, other than to say his life would be better with a president who would get the federal government out of his way. "He says he's got a 53-point plan or whatever, I don't know," was Kasich's rousing endorsement of the Romney agenda.

Ouch.

We've been reporting in recent months on the disconnect between Romney's message and that of the swing-state Republican governors -- they want their constituents to be optimistic about the economy; Romney doesn't -- and perhaps no state chief executive has been as off-message as Kasich, who has no use for the national campaign's talking points whatsoever.

But in the bigger picture, if the Republican governor of Ohio -- a former Fox News analyst, no less -- has absolutely no idea what Romney's economic message is, and doesn't seem to care whether the candidate wins or loses, it doesn't speak well of the GOP nominee's chances in the Buckeye State.