Gov. Kasich’s virtual presidential campaign, it says here, will transport him to New Hampshire on March 24 for a meet-and-greet Politics and Eggs breakfast. That is, unless he changes his mind and heads to another state instead.
Sounds silly, I know, but when one is running a non-dimensional virtual camapaign it’s hard to say where he will turn up next. So far he’s splashed down in South Carolina and Las Vegas, the latter visit nearly a year ago to pay his highest respects to billionaire casino king Sheldon Adelson.
We heard a lot about Adelson during Bibi Netanyahu’s ill-timed visit to speak to the U.S. Congress and does anybody doubt that Sheldon, an active Netanyahu booster, had a hand in the arrangement? Among Adelson’s other profitable enterprises are the two newspapers that he owns in Israel, one of them the largest in the Jewish state. Guess who those papers supported in the run-up to this week’s election.
Kasich and Adelson are on a casual first-name basis. And at the end of the governor’s syrupy suck-up to his host at the latter’s Republican Jewish Coalition last April , he declared: “God bless you for all that you do.” What he does is make tons of money.
Adelson is my model for the wealthiest on earth who have everything they need for peace of mind and spend millions on candidates to make sure that nobody takes any of it away.
As for Kasich, he showed up prominently in Congress to witness Netanyahu’s speech. Something about shining up the governor’s long-time interest in foreign policy. But as a virtual candidate, he’s less sure of himself about social issues that affect millions of Americans. For example, he’s been discreetly on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue as well as civil unions. (He lately said he favored civil unions, and was quickly parsed by his spokesman Rob Nichols, who said the guv have used the term “loosely.”)
Kasich also assured his “gay friends” that it was nothing personal but that such marriage is “not something I agree with.” To which Nichols further added that the governor “opposes discrimination against any Ohioan.”
For his gay friends, it was at least a start.