CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Gov. John Kasich is going to sign Senate Bill 310, a measure that will place a two-year freeze on renewable energy standards in Ohio.
It might surprise you to know that, in 1997, then-Congressman John Kasich drove around in a Jeep decorated with the World Wildlife Fund's "Save the Elephants" bumper sticker. At the time, one bemused colleague called him "a green squish."
Yes, Kasich was known for having a soft spot for environmentalism.
Those details are courtesy of a profile that year by the Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine that had presented Kasich as a Republican presidential prospect playing a big role in redefining the party. And they're instructive as Kasich, now seeking a second term as governor and perhaps a second run for president, aims to redefine himself and conservatism yet again.