Did you see that the new Gov. Kasich has now decided to reveal his more engaging  side by cracking one-liners during his standup campaign appearances? Henny Youngman he’s not, but that doesn’t discourage him from snapping off several in a single monologue,  as he did at  the Ingham County Republican reception in Lansing, Mich.

A brief sample of his humor is all that I can suffer from the hard-edged guy who once limited his talent to acidly  slamming anybody who annoyed him.

“Do you know  why God created economists?” he cracked. “To make astrologers look accurate.” There are countless variations of this line.  You’d think his comedy writers would know that.

And in a self-deprecating nod  to his work for Fox News, he declared: “Let’s not underestimate the great stardom I achieved at Fox News.”  Har-di-har, responded the appreciative group.   I can tell you that with such assemblages, at least those who aren’t comatose , they will laugh at anything  short of a requiem.  .

But Kasich’s reversal of form  as a puffy leader of the free world, does reveal signs of wistfulness to return to his blue- collar youth in Western Pennsylvania.  Indeed, if his bid for the White House fails, he could at least be ready for a revival of the  Blue Collar Comedy Tour with Jeff Foxworthy  and Larry the Cable Guy and a couple of others.  Don’t laugh.

  • The joke is also patently deceitful. As a financier he knows very well economic derivatives entirely govern markets. Wrapping economics in astrological mystery is akin to delivering religion via Latin. But it works well for a constituency only wanting to hear how “them fancy economists ain’t as smart as they think…yeah, this guy’s just like one of us.”

  • sufferingsuccatash

    Henny Youngman,…why not Louie Nye? When you bring up Youngman, you’re talking to the geriatrics and beyond.

    Economists?? Kasich don’t need no stinking economists. Economics to him is to bust unions, shift the tax burden onto the working class, privatize the public domain, and loot public funds by channeling them to political cronies. No economists need for that. Just policy hacks and accountants.

  • MKTG

    Oh, so true–why is he so unstoppable in his shenanigans, we ask…voters allowed this to happen, the Democratic party put up a candidate that was an unknown and an easy target, and he has successfully surrounded himself via appointments and compatriots voted into office–he has free reign to reward his cronies and stomp all over the rest of us with “no new taxes,” but increasingly crippling sales tax, the poorest cities in the US, and an abysmal job growth rate—I’d sure like to know how the polls were done that made him a shining star of Ohio governance. Meanwhile, the funds that he generates for his campaign are funds he will be able to keep personally–a great motivator to seek the highest office in the land.

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