Tuesday at his Alma mater in Columbus, Governor John R. Kasich of Ohio will make news when he finally launches his official campaign to be elected president of the United States in 2016.
Even though he makes the official plunge tomorrow, based on how he’s operated over his nearly five years as state CEO, especially how he ducked and evaded questions in his reelection last year about his White House intentions, it’s clear the 63-old chief executive, best known now for his intemperate temper tantrums and abrasive, mean, off-putting personality, has been planning his second run for the White House for many years.
The glib governor whose mouth often times isn’t connected to his better judgment center is adding his name to the already long list of Republican hopefuls who believe they can win both the GOP nomination and win the General Election next fall against a Democratic candidate whose positions on virtually any critical issue will be the polar opposite for Mr. Kasich, an 18-year veteran of congress who, except for an occasional and rare detour, lines up with hard-right politicos on social issues like same-sex marriage, legalizing marijuana and protecting a women’s constitutional right to an abortion and fiscal issues like always advocating for income tax cuts for the wealthiest as precursor to job creation.
What ever his position was in the past on issues compared to what they are today, now that he’s seizing his day in the sun to play on the national political stage for maybe his last chance, Kasich shows everyone who dares to watch his performance closely that he hasn’t matured much as a senior compared to his bombastic style as a young, aspiring politician. One personality marker that hasn’t been lost on media, as his dysfunctional personality takes center stage in one article after another, was featured again Monday in Politico where his anger management hung around his neck like an anchor.
Kasich Apologizers Should Apologize
Apologizers for Mr. Kasich are forced to paint his temper outburst and off-putting behavior as his style of being direct and blunt. If being a jerk, as many have called him even after spending little time with him, is being direct and blunt, then Donald Trump’s antics since he entered the race a few weeks ago demonstrate an immaturity as great as Gov. Kasich’s, who’s relying on a carefully crafted narrative that masks his giant warts as assets.
Like a house of cards, Gov. Kasich’s talking points on how he’s the best qualified among the platoon of GOP wannabes to be president comes tumbling down like the Walls of Jericho once even simple questions are asked about why he’s so mean to creatures both great and small?
Now, at 63 years of age, it’s hard to understand why someone who’s relied on government his entire life for income and cache to other lucrative private sector gigs at Lehman Brothers and Fox News has used it to skim the public till to benefit himself and his wealthy donors and benefactors? Why is he so immature in a world where adults are in demand more than ever? Why does he barely tolerate media, and in one case ban a reporter who reported on him during and after his run for governor from covering his run for president? Why does he get written up by one national reporter after another as abrasive, self-righteous to a fault, mean and off-putting when the world stage needs leaders who are cool, calm, collected and mature?
John Kasich will bask in the limelight tomorrow at The Ohio State University when he commits to running for president. He’ll be on his best behavior for as long as that lasts, which may not be longer than the first question from a reporter who dares ask him a non-scripted questions that triggers his inner dystopian id to come out and shows why his direct bluntness is not the right recipe for the next leader of this nation at this time.
Kasich Way Down In Monmouth University Iowa Poll
In separate but related news, a poll released Monday by Monmouth University in New Jersey shows poor results for Gov. Kasich, who has TV ads up trying to boost his name recognition among Iowa caucus goers. His announcement tomorrow can’t come any later, otherwise he’ll be even further behind than he is now with time running out to make the first Fox TV television debate in Cleveland featuring the top ten declared Republicans.
The Monmouth University poll finds Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New York billionaire businessman Donald Trump taking first and second place, respectively. For Gov. Kasich, the numbers don’t look very good at this time. When asked which candidate they would support first and second if the caucus was being held now, the governor tops out at two percent and one percent, respectively.
When asked their general impression of each, Gov. Kasich’s favorability-to-unfavorability rating was 24-17 percent, with nearly 60 percent [59%] not really knowing him. As it stands now, Gov. Kasich is sandwiched in between former New York Gov. George Pataki and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The Monmouth University Poll was sponsored and conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute from July 16 to 19, 2015 with a statewide random sample of 452 Iowa voters drawn from a list of registered Republican voters who voted in at least one of the last two state primary elections and indicate they are likely to attend the Republican presidential caucuses in February 2016