In Tuesday’s edition of Nashua New Hampshire’s The Telegraph, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose expenditure of $5 million for on-air TV ads has boosted his ratings there to no higher than third place, got a good dose of his own snarky brand of medicine.

Pulitzer Prize for Commentary winner Kathleen Parker said, “Sometimes what seems the least consequential detail tells the most about a person’s character – or at least his or her intentions.” She was referring to the question the field of GOP candidates got dealt at the end of their three-hour debate at the Ronald Reagan Library last week in Simi Valley, California.

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The question Parker wrote about, which she labeled “light and irrelevant,” dealt with which woman’s face the candidates would most like to see on the $10 bill. “Why not ask what kind of dog they’d like to be? Come to think of it, that would be informative,” she snarked.

She said the candidates’ answers were revealing. “It would have been simpler if moderator Jake Tapper had just asked, ‘To whom would you wish to pander this evening?’ but the 10-dollar question seemed more fun.” Going through one candidate after another, she finally came to John Kasich, who barely made it on stage in the first debate held in Cleveland and who faded into the woodwork last week.

Parker saved the best, which she said is really the worst, for last. “We come to John Kasich, who probably figured you can’t ever lose by bringing up Mother Teresa. Except, sir, for this time. Who ever would think of putting the face of this woman, whose singular purpose was helping the poorest with the currency of God’s grace, on a $10 bill? Perhaps only a man who thinks he has been chosen by God, as Kasich has expressed in so many words, and who routinely bullies his opposition by suggesting that they’re not Christian enough.”

“If Kasich was angling for a photo op with the pope or a handle on the Catholic vote, he badly missed the mark. See? Following the money really does get you where you need to go.”