ONN’s Jim Heath just tweeted that Governor Kasich is supporting Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour for President.

This is the same Haley Barbour who got a * by his name in the most recent CNN poll because he didn’t even manage to get 1% of the Republicans who they polled to say they supported him.

Remember that during the campaign, Kasich touted the endorsement of Mike Huckabee, who actually is tied in CNN’s poll with Donald Trump at the head of the ticket.  However, there’s speculation that Huckabee doesn’t want to give up the lucrative gigs he’s got now that he couldn’t keep during a run for the Presidency (like his show on Fox News, for example.)

Then there was Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who Jon Keeling practically got the vapors just thinking about him running against Obama.  But he, too, is questionable about a run.

Mitt Romney also campaigned with John Kasich and Mary Taylor:

He is most definitely running.  Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty also campaign for Governor Kasich, Kasich’s campaign proudly touted his endorsement in this campaign video:

Pawlenty is polling at the back of the pack, but still averaging three times as much support as Haley Barbour.

[UPDATE:] I, of course, missed another slight by Kasich making this endorsement.  During the campaign, Kasich brought in his former Republican political partner in the 1990s, former Speaker Newt Gingrich:

So why does John Kasich support Haley Barbour?

imageHow helpful?  How about $11 million in paid political advertisements last year?  Barbour was the head of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) last year which boasted after Kasich narrowly won how its spent $11 million in those “Strickland didn’t get the jobs done” ads.

John Kasich is supporting Haley Barbour for President for one reason only: because he believes he owes Barbour something for all that financial support he gave him.  Donate $11 million to Kasich’s cause and he’ll support you to be the next President of the United States.  He’s supporting a candidate who right now doesn’t even look to be a real contender for the GOP nomination and may not even last until South Carolina, which is the first round of GOP primaries.  It’s not Barbour’s policies or anything else.  Kasich didn’t even say he’s supporting Barbour because he’s the best candidate in the field.  He’s doing it because Barbour owns the Governor.

What does that say about Kasich’s attitude to other financial donors who want to get the snouts in the trough?

 
  • Annekarima

    Now dang it, Modern. Will you and Joseph please stop this. I will have a seizure from laughing so much. I am not young, you know.
    http://my.firedoglake.com/rogershuler/2010/06/17/will-abramoff-tale-ever-fully-unravel/
    You will find Barbour’s name in that pile of snakes. Just seems to go along with the early morning casino wake up call.

  • Anon

    Does that endorsement come with some Kryptonite that can expose all of the evil R’s?

  • Anonymous

    Boy, if they run, this means Kasich essentially conned Huckabee, Daniels, and Newt to campaign for him.

  • Annekarima

    Kryptonite can only destroy the ubermensch or superman.

  • Annekarima

    That is not an attractive picture. Newt campaigning for kasich. No, that will not work at all. Hide the wives and daughters. Newt is in town. Yep. Won’t be pretty.

  • Anon

    Mary Taylor looks like she is….no won’t go there. I thought K-suck sold out tho the lowest bidder.

    That is a bad picture, ugly fat Barbour and ugly pockmarked Kasich…

    Barbour/Kasick 2012….if he is running for VP…how much trouble could he cause……lots I bet.

  • Anon

    Mary Taylor looks like she is….no won’t go there. I thought K-suck sold out tho the lowest bidder.

    That is a bad picture, ugly fat Barbour and ugly pockmarked Kasich…

    Barbour/Kasick 2012….if he is running for VP…how much trouble could he cause……lots I bet.

  • Anon

    I thought K-suck believes he is superman. That might be what his wife and children have to call him at home. Just guessing…….

  • Annekarima

    Check Mate

  • Annekarima

    Modern and Joseph, thanks for all the info. We do not want these two to be dark horses in 2012. There is time to stop what could be.

  • “Congratulations Governor Barbour, you have the support of the least popular politician in Ohio right now!”

    bwaaaahahahahhahaha!!! DUH! LOSING!

  • Barbour has as much chance of winning as Kasich has of being re-elected. That poor state has suffered enough already!

  • Anonymous

    Kasich endorsed Barbour? Haley Barbour told the Weekly Standard that he didn’t recall the civil rights time period as “being that bad.” Kasich told State Sen. Nina Turner, an African-American, “I don’t need your people.” Barbour and Kasich are a real team, and frankly, they make me sick.

  • Oh you have an endorsement from the beloved Ohio Gov. Kasich. Good Luck you need it.

  • Anonymous

    Add to that Donald Dump’s quote,”I have a great relationship with the blacks.” Kasich knows Boss Hogg hasn’t a snowball’s chance. He can claim to support him now then switch when Barbour pulls out. Nothing to see here.

  • buckeyekelly

    To bad the police who escort him everyday, the firefighters who might respond to a fire at his home, the teachers who teach his children, the jailhouse guards who keep him safe from criminals, the public employees who plow his streets, collect his trash, inspect the bridges he goes over every day, inspect his medications (that he obviously doesn’t take), repair the roads he travels on, inspect his family’s food, deliver his mail, treat his employees when they faceplant on a dirt track don’t have the same endorsement from our dear Governor as Mr. Barbour.

    Tool.

  • Anon

    Kasick and Barbour have a lot in common. They are evil white guys who don’t like l women, black people, people who work. They also don’t work for the people who pay their salaries. Their constituency is evil rich people and non-person persons called corporations and to themselves richer.

    They are perfect examples of the current radical Rethug party.

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