The Governors speak: You better believe we built this, baby

Earlier today at a campaign stop in Iowa, President Obama took a sarcastic swipe at the Republican National Convention’s economic agenda.

“This week in Tampa, my opponents will offer you their agenda. It should be a pretty entertaining show,” he said at a campaign rally at Iowa State University. “And I’m sure they’ll have some wonderful things to say about me.

“But what you won’t hear from them is a path forward that meets the challenges of our time.”

Obama asserted that the message Republicans will unveil in Tampa will be laced with the top-down economic philosophy that failed America in the past decade.

Uh huh. Well, Mr. President, a whole gamut of Republican governors did indeed take to the stage to refute your erroneous “top-down” baloney this evening, in the knowledge that a huge, meddlesome bureaucracy that thinks it knows best and taxes success is the real definition of “top-down.” And who better poised to talk about the successes of creating economies actually grown from the “middle-out” by rolling back red tape, lowering taxes, encouraging entrepreneurs, and realizing that individuals not government are the real job creators, than Republican governors seeing micro-successes within their own laboratories of democracy.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich came out swinging, getting the crowd going with some real talk about job creation and the damper that Washington is putting on Americans’ business endeavors: “We need a new partner in Washington. This relationship is just not working,” he said to cheers and applause. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin added a little rural flavor to the proceedings, decrying President Obama’s big government policies: “We know better, and as we say in Oklahoma, that dog won’t hunt!” Heh. And my homestate governor, Bob McDonnell of Virginia, criticized the President’s “deficit of leadership and results” and the sluggish bureaucracy he’s expanded, including the “EPA: The Employment Prevention Agency.” The governors are killing it tonight, and they’re still going — here’s the livestream in case you’re missing out!

Update: Here’s the video of Kasich, just lettin’ it fly with no reservations — love it.