While surfing on YouTube for Steve Martin ‘s bluegrass banjo duet with the masterly Earl Scruggs, I skidded past Gov. Kasich’s latest TV ad with his just-plain-folks bio, catching no more than a glimpse of our leader’s pro tem unbuttoned style.

The ad ambled into the Martin-Scruggs Foggy Mountain Breakdown, the rousing bluegrass classic that easily qualifies as the Appalachian anthem.

Kasich_LiftBut here was Kasich in his casual New Norm style assuring us in that fleeting moment that he was one of us – after nearly four years in office, folks, in which he preferred to hang out with plutocrats (think Sheldon Adelson), lobbyists and friendly editors.

Forget that. He reminded us in blue collar terms that his father was a postman who told him to “stand on my own two feet” and his mother was “outspoken”. So?

It should be obvious that the governor’s handlers have noticed that their client is rough around the edges, temperamental and quick to lash out at whatever clashes with his own set ways. He needed some soft touches from Hollywood casting, right?

Politics can remove the warts and reshape the negatives. More so in Kasich’s case as he redistributes the gold mine from his backers to the TV ads that precede a finger-picking duo on YouTube, insisting that he’s just like the NRA guy next door.

We’re eager to see what they do with, say, You Are My Sunshine.

 

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