Just how it was for Governor Strickland, John Kasich will be judged in four years based on the state of the state.
Is unemployment down? Are budgets balanced? Are you not selling drugs out of the residence? That kinda thing.
Well, here's another good one. Population.
When people are happy with where they live, they stay. When people hear positive things about a place to move, they go there.
But when things aren't going well, they get the heck out.
Such is Ted Strickland's legacy.
In a new report out from Forbes magazine, Ohio is 3rd in a study of the "top 10 states people are fleeing".
Not only is population loss reflective of the problems facing Ohio, but it's also the cause of new problems into the future - namely, a smaller workforce, decreasing tax revenues, less representation in Congress, and on and on...
This is John Kasich's starting point. Can he improve on the mess imposed on Ohioans via a 'kick the can' approach to problem solving?
Ohioans will get their chance to judge for themselves in less than four years.