Immediately after signing the state budget, our Governor seems to have set his sights on Washington, starting the week with a fundraising e-mail entitled: “Let’s Hope D.C. Notices…” which read, in part:

With the signing of a historic budget that fills a nearly $8 billion shortfall and maintains a income tax cut, Governor John Kasich and legislative leaders have set Ohio on the path to job creation and prosperity. This effort has not gone unnoticed in the national media:

• The New York Times said John Kasich “has established himself as a get-things-done governor.” You can read more here.

• Closer to home, Ohio’s Lt. Governor Mary Taylor recently had a must read column about Obamacare and how the President’s health care plan is bad for Ohioans. You can read it here in the Times Gazette.

The common thread in all of these pieces is that Ohio is making the tough decisions and creating a job friendly environment.  It would be nice if our leaders in Washington could do the same.

He then proceeded to take an east coast media tour that involved appearances on Morning Joe and Fox and Friends where he told tales of his work on the House budget committee in the 90s and how he passed a balanced budget in Ohio (a feat he seems impressed by, failing to realize it is a legal requirement that every Governor before him has also achieved).

The message appears to be “hey, I used to be relevant in Washington, and now I’ve passed a budget in Ohio. Please notice me.” With no obvious front-runner out there for the GOP nomination, it’s entirely possible he’s desperately hoping that GOP power brokers will swoop in and ask him to run, rescuing the Country and the party from a lackluster field of candidates. He’s been deliberately coy about endorsing, refusing to get behind any of the current crop of candidates.

That’s probably a pipe dream, given his abysmal approval ratings. Most folks I’ve spoken to believe it’s far more likely that he’s putting himself out there in the race for VP.

Either way, it’s pretty clear he wants to get out of Ohio (which he described on MSNBC as “dying”).

Either way, it’s pretty clear his heart is in Washington.

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  • we couldn’t be that lucky

  • LMAO – he couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Ohio right now!!

  • I firmly believe that the Walker/Daniels/Kasich (and friends) coordinated attack on public labor was supposed to be a launch pad into one of them becoming the next Vice President (or in Daniels case probably President). Clearly they thought unions and public employees had been sufficiently demonized over the last 30-40 years that once they killed them, they would be greeted as liberating heroes (like we were supposed to be hailed in Baghdad…), propelling one or more of them to the national stage as a no-nonsense, pro-business, economy building, labor busting enforcer. 

    It’s possible that Kasich simply still has the hubris and/or blindness to believe it. 

  • Anonymous

    I say “Bring it on, John!”  Hopefully, he will decide to run and the GOP powers-that-be will insist that he resign as governor when he does run.  That will get him out of public office in November 2012 (if not sooner, assuming he doesn’t get nominated.)  Win-win situation for Ohio.  Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • Annekarima

    Aren’t some areas doing away with animal control?

  • Annekarima

    Animal Farm

  • Adrienne

    I don’t know R’s who would vote for him, let alone anyone else. He is a rotten evil sellout. He is an egomaniacal monster so I would not be surprised.

  • Adrienne

    Wrong answer. He would be great president in Somalia.

  • Carrieee4

    I like your way of thinking!!!!

  • Carrieee4

    The one thing they did not count on was the fact that their deliberate attack on unions and the middle class has only helped to united us into a more cohesive group and has alienated many of the on the fence republicans.

  • To be fair, I doubt Mary  Taylor could be a worse governor… 

  • Progessive Willy

    A.L.E.C.   Grrrrrr!

  • Guest

    I think another run at the US presidency has always been in the back of his mind.  I don’t think that waned when he was running for and won the race for governor last fall.

    To be fair he never made a promise that being governor was his end game result, but I’ve suspected for a long time that he probably hoped it’d spring board him into the White House.

    I think the only thing really stopping him is that he’s probably never going to seriously considered viable with the low approval ratings he’s going to consistently have in Ohio.

    When it’s all said and done, he’ll probably have to settle for being some high paid lobbyist/consultant after 2014, but I think his sights – to some degree – have always been set on the White House.  He’s too much of  megalomaniac to think otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for succinctly describing John Kasich!  The women on my small street cannot stand to see him on TV or even hear his voice. 

  • ALEC is the right wing think tank that you were referring to. 

  • Since he has been on MTP 20 times, he is up to something.  He spent the whole time lying about Ohio, and it’s economy.  Was shone up by the director of Honeywell.

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