From Marc Kovac @ Dix Newspapers/Ohio Capital Blog:

This was Governor Kasich during this morning’s press conference that was supposed to be a celebration between he and the GOP legislative leadership on that miracleous thing of getting a budget through with just hours to spare despite having to overcome the burdens that come with one-party rule in Ohio.

This is John Kasich when he’s riding high, folks.  This is Kasich when he’s celebrating something. Nothing says I’m not a partisan than using the Fox News-approved term “Democrat Party.” Sentencing reform? It was in Strickland’s last budget, virtually down to the letter.

There so much irony in here that watching this clip will cure anemia.  John Kasich lamenting that things aren’t like the non-partisan days of… the post-1994 Gingrich Congress.  The same John Kasich who came into his present office telling folks you either stood with him and got on the bus, or you get run over.  The same bipartisan Kasich who in 1993 voted against Bill Clinton’s first budget saying that if it didn’t send the country back into a recession, he’d become a Democrat.  It didn’t, and Kasich welched. John Kasich who supported the Bush tax cuts, the deregulation of the financial industry, and the Iraq War, calls the lawsuit over Mark Kvamme’s eligibility to serve under the constitution “the most irresponsible thing he’s ever seen in politics.” Really?

I know it’s trendy for Republicans to not believe in evolution, but apparently they don’t believe in causation, either.  Just look at the lack of ownership the Ohio GOP is expecting Mecklenborg to take for the “difficult situation” he finds himself in. They jammed JobsOhio down our throats and largely ignored any efforts by Democrats to make it a better bill.  Then came SB 5.  Then this budget.   How many times do we see images of the Governor meeting with the Republicans?  How many with the Democrats?  How many newspaper stories have we read in which major legislation was revised behind closed doors with just the Governor’s folks and the legislative GOP leadership?  Just look at InvestOhio!  The Democrats on the House-Senate Conference Committee had virtually no information (and no time to read the language buried in a 5,000 page bill) to evaluate it. 

Congratulations, Governor, thanks to you, I’ve found someone who invokes an even worse emotional reaction in me every time I hear him speak than George Bush.  Apparently, modesty and humility is something that Kasich has never studied in that Bible book of his.  His rash brand of undeserved pompishness and self-congratulatory attitude on doing nothing more than what the constitution requires of him to do: balance the budget.  And he did it with a better fiscal and political hand than his predecessor did.  The fiscal part due in no small part to what his predecessor did.  And yet he continues to preen for the second straight day in yet another event that honors nothing more than the fact he got to write his name on a budget that his political friends moved heaven and earth to pass (after watering it down.)

Then he attacks ProgressOhio for suing his Administration for that radical liberal agenda of… enforcing the constitution.  You can see how Kasich is still seething over Mark Kvamme’s unconstitutional appointment.  He suggests that the constitution had nothing to do with Kvamme, so Governor, why did you let them win?  To date, the Governor has never had to answer that question.

And the opposition to Kasich’s isn’t borne out of partisanship.  Public opinion polls show he’s lost independents and, on average, a quarter of his own party.

Looks like the Governor decided to start the Fourth of July fireworks early.

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  • Anonymous

    Notice how uncomfortable Senate President Tom Niehaus (sitting on Kasich’s left) looks during this diatribe.

  • I can’t believe people actually voted for this guy. Maybe if they heard him speak first, they would have voted otherwise… unbelievable!

  • Anonymous

    We’re in your head Kasich.
    Soon, our foot will be in your rear.

  • Anonymous

    What a piece of work!  I had to force myself to listen because his voice makes my skin crawl.  I guess things like the Ohio Constitution don’t mean a lot to so such a blowhard like Kasich.  Why are people upset about drilling in our state parks?  We don’t want our parks, environment, and wildlife destroyed!  Kasich is willing to destroy everyone and everything for money.

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts exactly.  He was counting the seconds until he could hit the bar.

  • Anonymous

    Wow…just wow.  I hurled all over my keyboard watching that.  OhioDaily blog is reporting that Kasich has taken off on vacation.  I thought all state employees had to work for 1 full year before they got vacation time.  I know I did.

  • Annekarima

    Please tell the man that weapons have come a long way since B-2 bomber days.

  • Random Thoughts

    How about all those jobs you killed in the western part of the state when you turned down money for the high-speed railway?

    I honestly never thought it was possible to hate someone that you didn’t personally know, but he’s made me a believer. The only thing I agreed with was the huge guffaw at the end when he talked about how he’s going to “charm them”. Ugh… ~shudders~

  • Random Thoughts

    As if Greece didn’t already have enough problems… those poor, poor people.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, we’re a proud member of the vast left-wing conspiracy against John Kasich.  What with our insistence of transparency with our public records requests and ProgressOhio’s lawsuits over his unconstitutional actions.

  • Fleet Ghost

    I know it’s midwest  Ohio speak, but the governor needs to try a little harder to pronounce g’s on the end of his words, and less anger for sure.  He gets no place with that. 

  • Fleet Ghost

    I don’t understand these governors turning down high speed railway money.  The Repub gov. in FL did it too and others.  Does anybody see that we are becoming more and more isolated?  People got around all over the country 100 years ago because there was a great rail system.  With the price of gas way up, not to mention taking your life in your hands venturing out on busy highways, being searched and squeezed on an airliner like a sardine, we are more or less being forced to stay where we landed when the stock market went down in 2008.  Some may not see it, but many travel possibilities have been eliminated and are not being replaced.

  • Fleet Ghost

    When you snarl at teachers and say “They’re going to get theirs.  I’ve got something planned for them (chuckle, chuckle meaning SB5)”, how nasty, unbecoming of a person in a leadership role.  But he does what he says and balances his budget on state employees’ backs and programs, ALL because of GROPE (the Greatest Robbery of the People) on Wall Street in 2008 when vast amounts of invested states’ revenue was lost to Kasich’s insider cronies on Wall Street, never accounted for.  I’m not forgetting the stupid investment of revenue in precious gems by the State either prior to him.  What’s with these people?

  • Carrieee4

    He is just an arse and the arse is showing his arse.

  • guest loves Ohio

    That is the goal, divide and rule. The more we are divided; the more we are convinced to hate each other. Worked with me because I hate anyone running for office with an R after their name.

    Welcome to the Untied States of America.

  • Anonymous

    “Congratulations, Governor, thanks to you, I’ve found someone who
    invokes an even worse emotional reaction in me every time I hear him
    speak than George Bush. ”

    LOL!  My sentiments exactly!  I used to think Richard Nixon was Satan Incarnate, and then Dubya became President.  Suddenly Nixon wasn’t so bad.  And now Dubya just seems like an amiable dunce since we have King John Kasick (misspelling intentional) to ruin our days.

  • slapshot3498

    At 3:16 he almost says Republican agenda

  • Still hate W, they just get worse each election cycle.

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