The free-for-all Wednesday night in Boulder, Colorado, also known as the third Republican presidential debate, soon turned into a cage match the ten White House hopefuls on stage didn’t want.  The same can not be said for the Media and viewers who tuned in instead of watching the second game of the World Series.

Every candidate had something to achieve. Jeb Bush needed to show his donor base he was worth their investment. Dr. Ben Carson had to show his new lead in recent polls is real. Donald Trump, now second in some polls, needed to again dominate the pack, just like he does as ringmaster and chief-firer on his TV show The Apprentice. Would Carly Fiorina be the HP warrior queen again? Could the others, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Chris Christie, have a breakout moment?

Angry Kasich Back

Deep in the hole in state and national poll rankings, Ohio’s term-limited governor, John Kasich, signaled Tuesday he would start slamming other candidates, which he did when he dodged the first question of the debate—what’s your biggest weakness—and launched into his rehearsed criticism of Trump and Carson, without mentioning their names. For reporters who know his competitive tactics, based on his performance over the years, refusing to mention his opponent by name is a basic Kasich, a personality quirk that illuminates his mindset.

Needing media attention to boost his low poll ratings, he acted like a boxer hoping to connect by throwing haymakers. From the opening bell, Gov. Kasich delivered his angry, clearly practiced and rehearsed responses. Media, especially Ohio media, has used his flimsy and overrated narrative to his advantage, making him the center of the universe. By many other metrics, though, he’s on the outer edge of the GOP galaxy of stars conservative voters want to send to Washington.

Kasich Zeros In On Trump

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The day before the CNBC-hosted event, at a send-off rally for him in Westerville, a reliably conservative suburb of Columbus Kasich represented in Congress for 18 years,  he said he’s about had it with some of his competitors.

“I want you to know I’m fed up. I’m sick and tired of listening to this nonsense, and I’m going to have to call it like it is in this race,” the combative Ohio CEO said. Continuing, he said, “Do you know how crazy this election is? Let me tell you something, I’ve about had it with these people.” Mr. Kasich wants to be the Republican Paul Revere, warning them of what’s coming.

“You know, folks, we better be careful that we don’t turn this country over to somebody who’s not capable of running it…Because if we turn this country over to somebody with wild ideas that thinks they can scream and bluster or operate their way to success, it’s my kids who are going to be at risk and your kids and your grandchildren and all of us. So why don’t we grow up?”

Known for his dismissive attitude and father-knows-best attitude, that rubs many across the spectrum both left and right the wrong way, he regurgitated a near verbatim rendition of the bombastic remarks delivered in Ohio in advance of the ten-candidate showdown.

Kasich ended up Wednesday night, unfortunately, on the wrong end of a biting exchange with Donald Trump, the favorite for months of GOP voters who put him and Dr. Ben Carson, another un-elected contender, way out in front of career politicians like Kasich and others. Kasich is practiced at being mean, an inconvenient personality trait his team reconfigures as being blunt and candid. But the former Lehman Brothers banker was no equal to Trump, who dealt his own trump cards to put Kasich in context and in his place.

Trump On Kasich: ‘You Can Have Him’

Trump first blasted Kasich, saying he got lucky with fracking in Ohio, attempting to explain the state’s okay economy. Then he took a drive down Wall Street. “This is the man that was a managing general partner at Lehman when it went down the tubes. I watched what happened. He was on the board. He was such a nice guy, I’m never going to attack, then his poll numbers tanked, that’s why he’s on the end. You know what, you can have him,” Trump said.

Based on a variety of polls, Trump’s accurate about Kasich’s flagging campaign, which now includes a big, shiny bus and a ticking debt clock that gets plopped down at New Hampshire townhall meetings to demonstrate the fiscal discipline only he, and a federal balanced budget, can bring isn’t off base.

Sounding a little desperate, the governor of Ohio repeated the same spiel that sounds impressive only if you don’t know anything about his five years as Ohio’s top leader. Kasich inherited a rising tide and nearly $1 billion in revenue and tens of thousands of jobs from former Gov. Ted Strickland, who took the worst the Great Recession could deliver and used resources available to him, including help from Washington, to kept first responders, teachers and governments on the job as much as possible. Kasich now has 35 straight months of underperforming the national average for job creation, Ohio’s median wage is below the national wage while poverty, especially for children, is up.

“If I could bankrupt Lehman Brothers from a two man office in Columbus, then I should be Pope,” Gov. Kasich said post-debate on the Chris Matthews show on MSNBC. From his years spent as a Fox News political talk show host, Mr. Kasich knows how to schmooze media celebrities like Matthews, who like his brashness and off-the-cuff comments. Kasich told Matthews it was his duty “to serve my country; I can’t let someone become president who I don’t think can do the job,” he said. Kasich’s claim is his resume in Washington and Ohio qualify him to “land the plane” of government.

For reasons of positive campaign publicity, Gov. Kasich believes he’s the GOP candidate Hillary Clinton worries about most, and tossed this popular meme out to Matthews. Hillary Clinton, who performed well in her first Democratic debate and battled a Republican field out to get her for 11 hours at a House hearing on Benghazi, said she’ll stay out of Republican politics so as not to interfere with who the party picks. If she’s the Democratic nominee, she said, then she’ll focus on whomever that candidate is.

“The problem with Hillary is she’s brittle, she doesn’t exude any warmth, she’s sort of boring,” Kasich said, apparently unaware that his raspy personality, predisposed to narky and oftentimes disjointed remarks, is not an asset, along with his natural tendency to put people down who disagree with him or get in his way.

Kasich Fired For Selling Pot In 76 Reagan Campaign

Shortly after the debate ended, Kasich wasn’t getting the PR treatment he wanted. Politico reported that many of his super PAC’s biggest donors have business ties to him, an allegation that resurfaces the issue of his “cronyism.”

“When you design something that is secretive, it raises the classic corporate-cronyism concern because you don’t know what they’re doing and how they’re doing it,” Matt Mayer, president of conservative research outfit Opportunity Ohio, said of a jobs program, JobsOhio, that led to some of the ethics issues, Politico reported.

Kasich may have more to explain after Roger Stone, a former adviser to Donald Trump sent out this tweet: “Hypocrisy? I fired John Kasich from the 1976 Reagan Campaign…for selling pot to other field men.”

 
  • JCDavis

    “Donald Trump, now second in some polls”

    Good way to demonstrate you are writing propaganda.

  • Dave Francis

    THE LIBERALS & DEMOCRATS & EVEN GOP ESTABLISHMENT, TRUMP
    IS ON THE MOVE AND YOUR HAVE A HARD TIME STOPPING HIM NOW?

    DID YOU SEE ALL THE GATES OF CORPORATIONS, SMALL AND LARGE
    BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRIAL FACTORIES CLOSE AFTER (NAFTA) THE MEXICAN TRADE
    TREATY CAME INTO EFFECT AFTER January 1, 1994? THEN JAPAN AND CHINA TOOK
    OVER AND YOU HEARD THE CLICK OF PADLOCKS AS OUR MANUFACTURING BASE MOVED
    OVERSEAS? DONALD TRUMP WILL CHANGE ALL THIS THROUGH RENEGOTIATING MORE HONEST,
    FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS. HE IS THE ONLY PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER WHO WILL DARE TO FIX
    THE CORPORATE WELFARE AND OUR APPALLING TRADE AGREEMENTS.

    DONALD TRUMP WILL ADD MORE JOBS, LESS TAXES AND A FAR SUPERIOR
    ECONOMY. NO INFLUENCE OF THE POWERFUL. THE WEALTHY BUYERS OF VOTES CANNOT
    AFFORD TRUMP. THIS IS WHY WASHINGTON IS SO
    CORRUPT. THE NASTY PHENOMENA OF LOBBYISTS CROWDING POLITICIANS WHILE THE
    CONGRESS AND SENATE ARE IN SESSION, OFFERING MONEY INCENTIVES TO ELECTION CAMPAIGNS,
    AND BUYING THEIR LOYALTY. EVEN THE
    MAINSTREAM MEDIA WILL LIE, AND NEVER TELL THE TRUTH? THERE PROPAGANDA SYNCHRONIZES WITH
    THE DEMOCRATS. THE PRESS WILL TAKE DONALD TRUMPS STATEMENTS OUT OF CONTEXT AND
    THEN PRINT IT. MOST PARAMOUNT IS ENDING
    ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. WE MUST CURTAIL THE
    ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION AND TRUMP WILL ACCOMPLISH THIS WITH THE WALL AND BACKING
    IT UP WITH MANDATORY E-VERIFY. NO MORE MR. NICE GUY WITH BUSINESS OWNERS WHO
    BREAK THE LAW. TRUMP WILL BREAK THE CURRENT FLOW OF POVERTY STRICKEN, SICK, AND
    MENTALLY ILL AND CRIMINALS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD–COMPLIMENTS OF KING BARACK
    OBAMA? OUR FAIR TRADE TREATIES ARE NEITHER FAIR NOR EQUITABLE.

    Do you
    remember the outcome of (NAFTA) the Mexican so called Trade agreement? In
    actual fact it was between Canada and Mexico, which was supposed to be a great free
    enterprise for the United States? Well we have had massive trade
    deficit since this outcome including the staggering $181 billion U.S. trade
    deficit with partners Mexico and Canada and the related loss of 1 million plus
    U.S. jobs under and growing income inequality; not to forget the displacement
    of more than one million Mexican campesino
    farmers and a desperate movement of illegal immigration from Mexico to survive.
    The non Free Trade is a nemesis for our country and huge profit margins for the
    mega companies, which has a serious impact on the American people.

    The U.S. trade deficit with China was $318.7 billion in 2013. This is a new record, up slightly from last
    year’s record of $315 billion. The trade deficit exists regardless of the
    fact that U.S. exports to China were also the highest in
    history, at $121.7 billion. Nonetheless, imports from China also set a record —
    $440.5 billion, more than the $425 billion imported in 2012. The deficit
    keeps growing because imports are rising faster than exports. Japan’s trade deficit swelled to a record
    $109 billion in 2014. This is not the Free Trade which is theoretically to be talking
    about? The Multinational companies have
    stripped millions of jobs for America, and transported their mega corporations
    overseas and the trade with these countries and soon The Trans-Pacific Partnership
    (TPP) treaty
    that along with other treaties condemn us to a third world nation along with the growing poverty.
    The latest moves to Mexico or Overseas, Ford, Nabisco and Allegan.

    You
    should consider how much more Donald Trump can do for your family, your
    relatives and the American people? Far much more than the puppets who must bear
    commitment to their wealthy benefactors that hand out the money. He needs
    nothing from them. They have no corruptible power or influence over him; they
    cannot buy him, unlike maybe Carson, Clinton, Bush, EXCEPT
    FOR I BELIEVE SEN. TED CRUZ. That’s why the so
    called high and mighty GOP or Democrats are proclaiming their battle lines to
    destroy Trump. They have no choice, because they are crippled by the money on
    loan from the special interests and that later want something from the
    legislators in return?

    My
    personal observation is Trump should carry a gun, plus he should be provided
    with Secret Service bodyguards as his very divisive issues he will find
    dangerous enemies in corporate entities, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and the
    countries who will not be happy campers when he starts to react to unfair
    policies.

    I
    watched the Democratic cynical moderators yesterday in Boulder, Colorado using mostly ‘Gotcha
    Questions’ against the GOP career politicians and the outsiders. Trump was casual
    and very compliant and didn’t let any remarks catch him irritated. I believe he
    is realizing that he must quell his temper, when it comes to handling people?
    But that doesn’t mean foreign dignitaries or domestic lawmakers, who assume he
    can be intimidated, think he is easy prey?

  • dmoore2222

    Ole Frackin John would have a lot of splainin to do if he ever had to face Hillary. Trump smacked him down good with the Lehman Bros thing. He’d have a lot harder time with that as a general election candidate. Ohioans don’t pay any attention to this stiff anymore but the national media would be relentless with him. He’d wither in a day.

  • bob

    yawn

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