Thursday must have been a depressing day for John Kasich.

U.S. News and World Report came out with a list of the ten most “buzzed-about” prospects for the GOP vice presidential nomination, a list that includes several women and hispanics, and even one name from Ohio – but sadly, it’s not Kasich’s.

John Kasich doesn’t even top the list of white guys from Ohio with federal budget experience in the vice presidential beauty contest. That honor goes to Senator Portman, who US News ranks #7 on the list. Portman’s had a good week, being named to the 12-member deficit reduction “supercommittee.” The New York Times calls him a pragmatist, and the appointment even earned an endorsement from Sherrod Brown who praised his willingness to seek “common ground” (not something anyone’s been saying about John Kasich lately, unless you count the Dispatch).

So much for Kasich’s efforts to get Washington to notice him. Now it looks like he’s stuck in this dead-end job for another three years.

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  • Anonymous

    U.S. News and World Report must have a short memory.  In an article from 2006 (, titled  “…Where, Exactly, Did These Numbers Come From,”   U.S. News and World Report wondered if  the Bush White House was “… manipulating the economy to boost congressional Republicans…”  Portman helped Bush create this massive deficit.  Kasich helped himself to the riches of Wall Street.  However, if Kasich feels a little snubbed because of being overlooked by the conservative news magazine, that makes me happy.

  • Annekarina

    Well, Portman is a whole lot better looking, doesn’t seem to have that anger thing going on with his ken doll face.

  • Anonymous

    I read Portman was an “Oath Taker” bound to Norquist’s no tax pledge. How does that make him pragmatic?

  • Anonymous

    I think the people — mostly Democrats — who were buzzing about Kasich’s presidential aspirations were delusional. Kasich basically torched those hopes before he even took office as governor, quickly making himself toxic. I never even saw his viability as a VP candidate. I’ve thought for a long time — since 2008 — that Portman is the viable one. If, as I expected, McCain had picked him as a running mate, McCain would have come much closer to winning. And just think — most of us would never have heard of Sarah Palin! 

  • Adrienne

    Groan, the assent of a Bushie. More of the same and worse comes from the TGOP. Don’t understand who thinks he is pragmatic other than the extreme conservative movement who have been wrecking the country. Maybe if he says he’s pragmatic, that makes it so. He sold us down the river by sending jobs to China or wherever so that rotten corporations could cut their bottom line.  He’ a good little rotten  R dog. He obeys orders.

  • Adrienne

    That makes him more dangerous, not less. He’s evil like the remainder of his the R’s elected and wanna be elected.

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