On Friday it was announced that John Boehner had invited John Kasich to his golf game with President Obama, and Obama’s people seem to have ok’d the invite.

I honestly sat there and shook my head saying WTF! when I heard that news. And I know I’m not the only one.

Supposedly Boehner invited Kasich to be the fourth member of the party and Obama’s people said yes. But I can come with no good reason why President Obama should have agreed – and tons of reasons why he should have said no.

The whole point of playing with Boehner is to get somewhere on big issues like a budget deal or a debt-ceiling agreement.

Kasich brings nothing to the table for Obama. He offers nothing in terms of getting a deal done and his miserable approval rating and the fact that Kasich is hated by every union member regardless of party affiliation in Ohio could honestly end up hurting Obama in 2012.

Obama never should have given Boehner carte blanche to extend invitations and he should have said NO when Boehner asked to bring Kasich. Why not bring Cantor or someone who’s going to be useful to the conversation?

In my opinion giving Kasich the national stage when he’s destroying unions and defunding education is a HUGE slap in the face for labor and everyone else who worked for Obama in Ohio.

And it’s a big win for Kasich. He gets to be in the national spotlight, he’ll probably come out of it bragging about how he gave the President advice on how HE balanced the national budget. There’s no downside for Kasich and no upside for Obama. Ultimately, if nothing useful happens on the golf course, it’s irrelevant to Kasich but it still reflects poorly on Obama.

The bottom line: Obama’s people need to get their shit together and learn how to use their power to do politics. With some exceptions (SEIU comes to mind) labor sat on the sidelines in 2010 and Governor Strickland lost his seat. Ohio is as much of a swing state as they get and the same thing can happen to Obama in 2012.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Someone has to inform the pres that he is in a 4some with that beelzibub bastard!  This has got to be a cruel joke!

  • Anonymous

    This is one of the things I find depressing about Obama — that he’s more prone to talk to and socialize with the enemy — even pure evil like Kasich — than to sit down with people espousing progressive ideas. Kasich isn’t even charming or likable or interested in the give-and-take of policy discussion. He’s a mean, ignorant, close-minded bully. I wouldn’t play golf with him, if I knew how to play golf.

  • Cmdrjan

    Barack Obama continues to live down to my expectations.  In 2007 and 2008 I said he is an empty suit willing to say anything and do anything to get elected.  He hasn’t disabused me of that belief.

    Where have you gone Hilary Clinton, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you, woo woo woo .  . .

  • Cmdrjan

    Barack Obama continues to live down to my expectations.  In 2007 and 2008 I said he is an empty suit willing to say anything and do anything to get elected.  He hasn’t disabused me of that belief.

    Where have you gone Hilary Clinton, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you, woo woo woo .  . .

  • ThatDeborahGirl

    Note to self: never read Plunderbund before bedtime lest I have nightmares about Obama playing a round of golf with John Kasich.

    WTF indeed!

  • Annekarima

    Keep your frenimies close and your enemies closer.

  • Annekarima

    For Kasich, if you play chess, better.  Much better.  “the thng I’ve learned in the last 7 years is that there is always a con and there is always a victim.  The trick is to learn when you are the later so you can become the former.”   Jake Green

  • Annekarima

    Wanting to be president of the world bank?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe that needs to be the next storyline from the media — why is BOEHNER wasting everyone’s time taking useless, unpopular Kasich to his big moment in the spotlight when Kasich accomplishes absolutely nothing in the process? Is Boehner a serious adult or just playing games? 

  • orion89

    I think you all forget Boehner has a problem as well in the Tea Party being able to get anything done. This could very well cost him the next election. While Kasich has nothing to lose, his policies are making things difficult for everyone in his party. The Race to the Top money could become void, an additional 300 million cut, I think. President Obama may tell him just that at the prompting of Boehner. Ohio is a swing state, and it will swing Democratic unless Republicans can make some kind of deal. Obama has a lot of dealing power right now. Boehner also needs something, and King John holds many of the cards. I wonder if this a subtle way of saying you’ll (Kasich) be “black balled” if you do not give. Let’s see if Obama makes a good deal for Ohio working families and unions or sells us out. Maybe I’m the optimist, but why would they want Kasich there unless they need him as part of the equation.

    Of course, I imagine that John Boehner will bring his tissues and start crying like he did on national television. “Can’t we all just get along?”

  • Hopefully the President will use this opportunity to explain to the Governor the value of trains, and the hard working union members who build them. 

  • Hopefully the President will use this opportunity to explain to the Governor the value of trains, and the hard working union members who build them. 

  • Anonymous

    No, that is precisely the problem. When only one side “encourages input from all parties” and the other side — not just in the eight years of Bush’s term but even today – makes it clear that it’s their way or they will kick and scream and screw things up, then no productive discussion can occur. And unfortunately, what happens when only one side plays the “play nice and listen to the other side” game is that they set up an expectation (in the media especially) that they must always do that in order to get their headpats while the other side collected admiring head pats by being stubborn and intransigent, which as spun as “strong’ and “principled.” I think this is why the left ends up getting so much less of what it wants than the right, and why someone like President Obama had more discussions with insurance company pirates than single-payer advocates during the health care debate. And the outcome of that is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. The left gave up 90 percent of what it wanted and got a nice little package of beneficial trinkets. We got an extremely moderate bill that made some hlepful changes. The right threw a tantrum and has made it clear they will not rest until they have repealed the bill with all the good it does and get 100 percent of what they want – and we get nothing. You just can’t negotiate with that.

  • Anonymous

    Boehner can’t lose in his district. Dream on. I don’t even see the possibility of a teabagger primarying him.

  • Anonymous

    Hillary would probably be doing the exact same things. There was little difference during the campaign between her policies and Obama’s. What’s clear is that she would have had infinitely worse advisors. Mark Penn?  Please.

  • gmild

    I’m not too sure that Hillary’s a golfer.  Maybe a game of Scrabble (listed hobby; look it up) to put them in their place.

  • gmild

    I’m not too sure that Hillary’s a golfer.  Maybe a game of Scrabble (listed hobby; look it up) to put them in their place.

  • mvirenicus

    i voted for obama in the hopes that he would exceed my expectations for a democrat.  my hopes were dashed while he was putting together his cabinet prior to taking office.  anybody who thinks the democratic party is “progressive” or represents the interests of working people is delusional. 

    although at this point i expect obama to be re-elected in 2012, i won’t be voting for him regardless of how it looks on election day.

  • mvirenicus

    i voted for obama in the hopes that he would exceed my expectations for a democrat.  my hopes were dashed while he was putting together his cabinet prior to taking office.  anybody who thinks the democratic party is “progressive” or represents the interests of working people is delusional. 

    although at this point i expect obama to be re-elected in 2012, i won’t be voting for him regardless of how it looks on election day.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    yes this is true — last election we all thought that Richard Jones ( now sheriff of Butler Co.) would run — he was “talked ” out of it and look won AGAIN

    republicans make deals no matter whats at stake.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Game isnt until June 18th— Fathers Day of all times to pick a 4some …….
    maybe after hearing the crap we all hear –Pres.Obama may feel sorry for us ……
    maybe Biden will miss calculate and bean him with a #4 wood…..
    good game for Kasich –dont the words slice and hook pertain to golf 

    all I can say  is  “Pray for rain” !!!!!!!!

  • dlw

    Had Obama’s people said no, I can just see the headlines and articles suggesting that it was retribution over Kasich slapping down Obama when Obama made comments about SB5/unions. Do we really need another round of that?

    Also, the “don’t talk to the enemy” mentality is disturbing to me. Things have gotten far too partisan. There has to be some playing nicely together in the sandbox if we want to get anywhere positive.

    Also, it seems to me that saying no to Kasich actually gives him some power. His message to his people would then be that look, Kasich is so influential, so powerful, that the president is afraid to even golf with him…..

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    PS……….  Obama didnt invite him — slick Johnny did …… you can bet they are up to something
    maybe hes going to ask for a loan to fund his robsohio deals

  • Mfarnold1

    We just have to face it, Obama is a wussy

  • Slot-o-matic

    Why not invite Kasich ?

    Somebody needs to carry the golf bags.

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