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had not heard that Kasich’s opponent, with self-inflicted wounds to the glee of Ohio’s corporate media, had already withdrawn from the race before Election Day and passed what was left in his meager campaign funds to other Democrats..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. .