From the daily archives: Monday, March 9, 2015

Gov. John Kasich was in Washington last week to attend Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s precedent setting address to a joint meeting of Congress, which curiously offered not one word on what he would do to keep Iran a non-nuclear nation if the multi-pronged, multi-nation plan being worked out by President Obama fails due to Mr. Netanyahou’s politically motivated , deal-scuttling address.

Taking every opportunity to schmooze with big buck donors to his party, like Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson who was also in DC for the unhelpful and divisive talk, Gov. Kasich has devoted plenty of time to […]

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When Jeb Bush swerved into the Iowa Ag Summit over the week end he tweaked his brand from “common sense conservative” to “reform-minded conservative.” That should tell you how difficult it is these days to be a simple take-it-or leave-it conservative, particularly for the rabid Hawkeye Ag crowd. I’m not sure what the difference is in the current Project Runway for a dozen or so aspiring GOP primary contenders but that’s how Bush’s strategists, gluttons for theoretical politics, now want to cast his alleged good works for the benefit of the voters.

But when the time arrived to face the […]

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John Kasich, the glib, foot-in-the-mouth governor of Ohio who was in South Carolina last month touting his much debunked crusade for a federal balanced budget amendment, answered questions directed at him by reporters by again not answering them.

David Weigel, a reporter for Bloomberg Politics whose beat covers the loony right-wing of the mostly wrong Republican Party, got the same brushoff Ohio reporters got last year, when Mr. Kasich banished one reporter from covering him and stiff-armed others by refusing to answer questions, even though he was engaged in a $17-million reelection campaign he failed to announce that included […]

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Give state Rep. Tim Schaffer points for persistence, the Republican from Lancaster wants drug testing for cash assistance in Ohio and he’ll do just about anything to get it. He’ll water it down. He’ll pitch it as a pilot program. He’ll illustrate his proposal with flow charts: Anything to stick this feather in his conservative tricorne.

Of course what he will not do is acknowledge what a colossal waste of time and resources his proposal is, in any form, nor the utter failure of such programs in the other various states of these united American.

Schaffer’s office sent out a feeler to […]

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