Just to chip in with my uneducated two cents on Matt & Mark’s thread:
The Ohio GOP is tired. They’ve had a long run. Unfortunately, the bumbling of the Taft administration has embodied the spirit of the Republican Party. The Pre-Reagan Republican party of high taxes, high regulation, welfare statism of the “Me too! But my version is cheaper!” variety. (see DeWine, Mike)
Which is exactly why the prospect of a real Reaganite in the race for Governor has caused so many of the nominal Republicans in the state establishment to get all tied up in their undies.