It’s fair to wonder when some of our national pundits will stop swooning over John Kasich’s widely ga-gaed landslide victory over (fill in the blank) in November’s virtual election for governor.

I mean, there was conservative columnist David Brooks, with the New York Times op-ed as his podium, rating Kasich with an”A” as presidential material ,writing:

“The Ohio governor is easily [!} the most underestimated Republican this year. He just won a landslide victory in the swingiest of the swing states. He carried 86 of Ohio’s 88 counties. He won Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, and which President Obama won by 40 points.” Brooks called Kasich the Republican version of Jerry Brown. “If he shows he can raise money and if voters want someone fresh but seasoned and managerial, he might be the guy.”

Let me catch my breath.

Brooks and the other deep thinkers apparently had not heard that Kasich’s opponent, with self-inflicted wounds to the glee of Ohio’s corporate media, had already withdrawn from the race before Election Day and passed what was left in his meager campaign funds to other Democrats.. More than likely, however, neither Kasich nor any other Republican presidential candidate can expect such accommodating room service from the Democrats in 2016.

Money? As reported in Plunderbund, the governor is nourishing his stealth campaign for the Oval Office by sucking up to unelected conservative outfits like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) , whose mission is to write self-serving legislative measures that are sent on to their receptive friends in congress for passage.

This month, Kasich has been on the ALEC circuit in what Plunderbund’s writer John Michael Spinelli described as “non-threatening venues like Bismarck, N.D.; Pierre S.D. Cheyenne, Wyo.; Helena, Mont. ; Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City., his duties included keynoting a legislative reception for ALEC.

You may recall the governor’s ideas for fund-raising far exceed tin cups. He’s the same guy who face-to-face called for God’s blessing on the Las Vegas casino Midas, a.k.a. Sheldon Adelson.

Stealth may now be retired from the governor’s campaign profile. Try wealth campaign. .

  • David Brooks is one of many Beltway elites, like Dan Balz at Wapo, who repeat the same erroneous headlines and story narratives dished out by today’s gaggle of high-paid yet ill-informed colleagues. Repeating the same headlines about Ohio’s current hard-right governor both misleads and misinforms. While Brooks and others think Kasich is king based on his winning percentage last fall, they fail to understand that fewer than 1 in 4 registered voters actually voted for him. Not a rousing reason to consider him a distance outlier with much chance of winning against Democrats in 2016. Winning 60% of only a 38% voter turnout, the lowest since WWII, is impressive — until you realize it’s pretty pathetic. Much like Ronald Reagan only winning 28% of possible voters in 1980. But Brooks is another national pundit who’s gotten it wrong many times on many things, but is still considered a forecaster of what won’t happen. For those of us who do pay attention, Mr. Kasich’s big win is really a small victory in many ways. Of course, we can only hope and pray that Kasich will go up again, maybe, Hillary Clinton. His god-given potential then will be to get shellacked big time. Then he can concentrate on being the next president of The Ohio State University. Wonder what David Brooks would think of them apples?

  • Loretta

    Can’t wait to see what his approvals are in Ohio.

    Why did 3 in 4 registered voters say “no thanks” to John Kasich and just stay home?

  • rayy

    Not to mention that in 2010, he only won by 1 or 2%.

  • Red Rover

    The Ohio Democratic Party can’t mount a successful campaign to save their lives.

  • Loretta

    Doesn’t explain why 3 in 4 registered voters did NOT vote for Kasich.

  • Red Rover

    No, it helps explain why they did not vote – period.

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