Ohio’s long-term corrupt and goofy congressman, John Boehner, now third in line to be president should President Barack Obama then Vice President Joe Biden suddenly be raptured, will be campaigning this last weekend before Election Day for the entire slate of hard-right uncompassionate Republicans.
John Boehner, son of a Cincinnati bar owner, was caught in 1996 handing out checks on the House floor from Big Tobacco to GOP congressman—maybe even to John Kasich when he served with the orange man from West Chester County just north of Cincinnati. “Mine asked me to give out a half dozen checks quickly before we got to the end of the month and I complied. I did it on the House floor which I regret and I should not have done, it’s not a violation of the House rules, but it’s a practice that’s gone on here for a long time,” then-congressman Boehner told PBS.
Reports on Boehner’s schedule say he’ll be in Greater Cleveland on Sunday to stump for John Kasich and Josh Mandel among other Republican candidates in advance of Tuesday’s election. Boehner is expected to appear at noon at the Lake County Republican headquarters in Painesville, where he’ll address GOP supporters along with Mr. casual Friday’s, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce. After that, the man many consider among the worst House speakers in the nation’s history, who not only can’t control his Tea Party wing but really can’t talk at any length without retreating to talking-doll, pull-string one liners [Remember “Where are the jobs?”] that typically and purposely ignore the question asked.
A stroll down memory lane reminds us that Boehner and Kasich teamed up in 2011 to play POTUS and VPOTUS in a game of golf. Both then stumped for Mitt Romney, the big loser in the 2012 race for president by five million votes. Kasich talked about Kasich at Romney rallies, and Boehner talked about Kasich at Romney rallies, too. President Obama is being pilloried near and far for his low approval ratings. And while many cowardly Democrats have distanced themselves from “The One,” there’s no such reticence by Republicans to put daylight between themselves and John Boehner, who polls show Americans have far less positive things to say than they do about Obama. When congress’ performance under speaker Boehner is compared to previous ones in Washington, Americans show by a far great number that Boehner’s congress is among the worst performing in American history. Boehner and Kasich have little to offer other than throwing brick bats at Obama and every other Democratic officeholder or candidate.
For all the effort Gov. Kasich has put into his carefully but false narrative that he offers “an independent and innovative approach in order to get results,” he’s never been out of step with Boehner or any other retrograde GOP idea on virtually any important issue. Remember, Congressman Kasich voted against President Clinton’s first budget because it raised some taxes, which then produced a decade of boom growth, replete with big budget surpluses Kasich then took credit for, just as he’s done with all the jobs former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland produced as Ohio roared to recovery.
Meanwhile, Boehner and nearly every other Republican voted to impeach President Clinton on all charges. Kasich only has one “compassionate conservative” moment to note, when he did an end-run around Ohio’s hard-right Tea Party legislature in order to accept $2.5 billion to expand Medicaid, a key part of the successful Affordable Care Act pushed by President Obama and passed in early 2010 without one vote from Republicans. Kasich takes credit for helping people “living in the shadows,” but for anyone who has followed him, Johnny Pennsylvania would have said no—as many other Republican governors did— to Ohio’s shadow people.
John Kasich loves to pal around with John Boehner, so don’t be fooled by the “Reaganiness” he tosses out to line his path with feel-good rose petals from days gone by, because it’s standard GOP malarkey aimed to deceive, not to convince. John Kasich is as Republican as they come, like golfing buddy Boehner. When Kasich says “the best has yet to come,” as he does in his latest TV ad, you are thinking one thing but Kasich is thinking something else very different. And as many people know, even people who only pay attention half the time, the best did not come, by a country mile.
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