Republicans love to laugh and mock Vice President Joe Biden for his gaffe-prone, off-the-cuff remarks. But while the the GOP sound machine uses Biden as their familiar whipping boy, they have consistently shown themselves deaf, dumb and blind to the truly outrageous behavior, beliefs and blustering by their own high profile politicians. But a funny thing happened on John Kasich and Mary Taylor this week on their widely anticipated cake walk to a second term.
John Kasich, who has his own long history with foot-in-mouth disease, and Mary Taylor, his “wicked smart” running mate, have done everything they can to convince Buckeye voters they deserve more time to prove how good and brilliant their policies and programs really are, including outright lying about their terrible first-term in office and the long-term damage they have done to Ohio’s middle class.
Kasich and Taylor campaigned for Mitt Romney two years ago in what turned out to be a futile effort to convince Ohioans they should vote for the Gorden Gecko capitalist who earned most of his fortune through a couple deals that netted him 50 times his puny equity investment, all at the expense of workers he fired from companies he bought and resold. This week, while busily campaigning for themselves, the team had a serious brain-mouth malfunction.
“We don’t work for you, you work for us,” Taylor was caught saying to a select audience assembled by Team Kasich in Columbiana County. A gaffe, to be sure, and one Democrats have been quick to capitalize on, saying it shows what the dynamic duo really think about their own entitlements in office.
Taylor’s gaffe is a small, and much-needed gift to Democrats. And she put into words what many believe is the real mindset of a team that has skirted debating their Democrat counterparts this year, claiming they have better ways to communicate with voters.
Taylor passed on running against Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator in 2012, enabling state treasurer Josh Mandel to go down in flames instead of her. And some see Taylor as next in line to be governor should the Westerville Wizard find his way onto the GOP 2016 ticket as either the chosen one or the chosen ones understudy. Should she choose this path, Taylor will have more than a simple stumble in a campaign speech standing in her way.
Taylor has been confronted with not showing up for work, for improperly using the state plane and for not effectively overseeing two now-fired staffers who were accused of doing partisan political work on state time. A CPA by training, Taylor should know that details matter. And in life, like in accounting, specifics are important to accuracy. A slip of the tongue happens to us all now and again. But Republicans offer no quarter to VPOTUS Biden when he slips up, so it’s only fair play the we cut Taylor no slack when she so tellingly fumbles her words.