A new CBS News-New York Times national Republican poll shows that Donald Trump, the bombastic billionaire from New York City, maintains a commanding lead over all other Republican rivals with the exception of one. Ben Carson, a one-time neurosurgeon and the only African-American in the GOP race for president, jumped considerably as he now holds second place to Mr. Trump.
For the rest of the Republicans, it’s sad news indeed about how low they rank when compared to Trump and Carson. When asked which one of the Republican candidates they would like to see the Republican Party nominate for President in 2016, except for the two leaders, all other Republicans can do no better than single digits.
Kasich: How Low Can You Go?
For Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has taken up residency in New Hampshire, where he’s out spent every other candidate to promote himself to Granite State voters, his dramatic 200 percent surge from mid-July takes him from one percent to three percent, a figure so low that he’s now tied with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, but beats Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at two percent and triples New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who just suspended his campaign at one percent.
Back at home in Ohio, Gov. Kasich is facing a rotting charter school system that has bilked billions from taxpayers while the governor evades answering questions on the data-scrubbing scandal that could trash his newly pressed positive campaign of working together to find commonsense solutions. Kasich Administration officials, especially his superintendent of schools, want no investigation into how the husband of Mr. Kasich’s presidential campaign manager and former chief of staff illegally altered charter school data to show performance not earned by charter school sponsors who have given so much money to him and other Republicans.
Yesterday, the Ohio Supreme Court again rescued Gov. Kasich from the embarrassment of defending how hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds can be funneled to them with no accountability on their part as to how they spend it. The court similarly saved Ohio’s governor’s backside when it tossed out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of his prized pet project, JobsOhio. Gov. Kasich may have left Lehman Brothers after it went bankrupt, set in motion the terrible Great Recession, but Lehman Brothers never left John Kasich.
When he was elected in 2010, John Kasich “Lehmanized” Ohio by taking a formerly public economic development agency for 40 years and privatizing it. Lehman was famous for leveraging [borrowing], and Mr. Kasich took that lesson, learned during his years as a Wall Street banker, and brought it to Ohio with the help of a helpful Republican legislature that catered to the governor’s key strategies.
National media may have missed just how bad Ohio has performed under Gov. Kasich. But Plunderbund was on the job, reporting the surge of workers leaving the workforce because Ohio’s job creation performance has been so slow.
When Gov. Kasich appears on stage later today, at the second GOP presidential debate held in California at the Reagan Library, he won’t say one discouraging word about his poor performance. Maybe, just maybe, one CNN moderator will take Kasich to task for his lovely sounding but totally false narrative that he’s performed miracles in the Buckeye State.
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