It’s basic Kasich to braid Bible babble with his long-held but misguided notions of public policy that sees government as an original sinner in need of the kind of reformation only he can deliver.
Ohio’s 69th governor has generally gotten away with invoking the Lord as a weapon to bludgeon others whose interpretation of Christian faith informs them differently. Some critics, though, haven’t been afraid to stand up to the prickly public CEO.
While born-again John Kasich behaves like a political evangelist on the level of Billy Sunday, some of the faithful don’t see him as their savior, but as just another career, establishment politician shilling for the limelight.
But is that limelight fading? The most recent national CBS poll shows the 63-year old who failed once before 15 years ago to catch the attention of Republican voters is hanging onto just two percent compared to 27 percent for GOP league leader Donald Trump.
Liberty Caucus Vote: Kasich Places Last
Gov. Kasich suffered another blow, smaller compared to others, when he came in dead last in the Republican Liberty Caucus National Convention in Nashua, NH. According to The Keene Sentinel, the poll asked 800 voters to indicate the candidate or candidates they’d support if the election was held today.
On Sunday, the end of the group’s gathering, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul received 445 votes, or 57.1 percent, followed by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, with 399 votes, or 51.2 percent. Next was retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, with 139 votes, or 17.9 percent; former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, with 79 votes, or 10.1 percent; and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., with 75 votes, or 9.6 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich received only 17 votes, or 2.2 percent.
The power of money, and Gov. Kasich says he has enough to get to the New Hampshire primary next February, just can’t buy him love. Having spent more than $5 million already with millions more to spend, according to one New Hampshire media source, Mr. Kasich’s anticipated combined expenditure of $11.5 million has failed to push him into top tier standings.
NH Editorial Crucifies Kasich On Bible Bable
In an editorial that would be considered rare if not treasonous if it came from one of Ohio’s big-city newspapers that report Camp Kasich’s every breath as if they were going to be written into stone tablets, The Union Leader wasn’t buying any of Kasich’s rhetoric. Posted in last Sunday’s edition of the Union Leader, the editorial took Ohio’s governor to Sunday School without mincing words.
It pointedly instructed Gov. Kasich to read his own Bible a little more carefully before he preaches about what it has to say. Titled “Kasich and Bible study; He should read before he preaches,” the Manchester, NH, newspaper said Kasich “is a pretty good governor. But as a preacher, he’s sorely lacking.”
The editorial page took on the term-limited governor and his slipping campaign for questioning the faith of opponents of his decision to expand Medicaid in his state, all strings attached. “There’s a book, it’s got a new part and an old part. They put it together. It’s a remarkable book. If you don’t have one, uh, I’ll buy you one. It talks about how we treat the poor,” Kasich told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, according to the Union Leader newspaper.
The paper noted that it’s not the first time the former Lehman Brothers banker who now runs Ohio, a key presidential battle ground state, has accused his critics of un-Christian behavior. In 2013, Kasich presumed to know what questions St. Peter might ask at the Pearly Gates. “Now, when you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small. But he is going to ask you what you did for the poor. You better have a good answer,” Kasich famously said in his patented, know-it-all style that exudes arrogance and condescension.
The Union Leader turned the tables on Gov. Kasich, asking what he’s done to help the poor other than spend other people’s money? “While the Bible does encourage us to be charitable, and help the least among us, it does not call for the redistribution of wealth through government action,” the paper’s editorial said. “Limiting government taxes and spending leaves each of us with more in our pockets to support the voluntary, charitable giving the Bible calls for…Not only does government take less out of our paychecks, but it leads to more rapid wealth creation. Kasich should know this.”
Faithfully repeating Kasich’s exaggerated claims that the federal budget would not have been balanced for the first time in a generation but for him, or that he’s turned deficits into surpluses, it nails the governor to the cross of federal spending. “Expanded Medicaid cost federal taxpayers $4 billion in its first 18 months, well above the $2.5 billion projection,” it told Mr. kasich. “That’s free money for Kasich’s state, for now. The strings come later.”
“If John Kasich uses his faith to inform his decisions in government, God bless him. But he should refrain from questioning the faith of those who question his decisions. Before Kasich buys them any Bibles, he should read his own a little more carefully.”