Americans learned Wednesday that Dr. Ben Carson is essentially tied with Donald Trump as strong front-runners for the Republican nomination. Mr. Carson, whose quiet demeanor confounds many including Mr. Trump, would defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 50 – 40 percent next November, based on Quinnipiac University’s newest National poll of Republican voters.
The nation also learned something yesterday it may not have known. According to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, he thinks he’s an improvement over Jesus. “I’m kind of like Jesus, only better,” he said in Iowa Tuesday, according to RedState.com.
Trump Ties Carson
Donald Trump gets 24 percent of Republican votes, with Carson at 23 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 14 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 13 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 4 percent, Q-polling showed. No other candidate, including the Bible babbling Kasich, tops 3 percent. Nine percent are undecided and 63 percent might change their mind.
Writing for RedState.com, a right of center political blog and repository of polls, Leon H. Wolf used Mr. Kasich’s own words spoken at Loras College. “Kasich has well and truly earned the assumption that when he talks like this, he is placing himself in the position of Jesus,” Wolf wrote. “John Kasich has repeatedly actually claimed that Jesus demanded that he expand Medicaid under Obamacare in Ohio. This was not an isolated incident – he said it over and over, that he was doing the work of Jesus in causing the government to confiscate tax money to feed the poor.”
Kasich Better Than Jesus
For years Ohioans have heard Gov. Kasich weave his misunderstandings of the Bible into his policy decisions. Uniquely, Plunderbund has reported on Gov Kasich’s priest and his call to Jesus to help Kasich “act with courage, boldness and power” during his run for president. Wolf noted, Gov. Kasich “is such a fan of cloaking himself in the mantle of Jesus that he’s still doing it two years later, except that he’s now taking it a step further and telling his critics they need to buy a Bible so they can stop being such bad Christians by criticizing his massive increase of the size of Ohio’s government.”
For anyone who even half-way looks at the plight of Ohio from the Taft years through Strickland’s, they know John Kasich inherited a rising tide of recovery from the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression. Made possible by the skillful management of Strickland, who took the worst of the the Great Recession and created jobs faster than the national average. He leveraged state revenue such that Ohio now has the most bonded debt of any state to hand out in economic development incentives. Yet, Gov. Kasich is now in his 35th straight month of underperforming the national average. Ohio’s median income lags the national rate while poverty, especially for children, is up dramatically on Mr. Kasich watch. The twice-elected governor who actually received support from fewer than one in four registered voters last year, is cemented to his narrative that he can do for the nation what he’s done for Ohio.
“I just told people that if we raise taxes and we don’t address the fundamental issues, the state is going to die,” Kasich said, Wolfe wrote, adding, “Kasich has well and truly earned the assumption that when he talks like this, he is placing himself in the position of Jesus. John Kasich has repeatedly actually claimed that Jesus demanded that he expand Medicaid under Obamacare in Ohio. This was not an isolated incident – he said it over and over, that he was doing the work of Jesus in causing the government to confiscate tax money to feed the poor.”
Kasich No Savior To Some
Some comments to the RedState article include, “Sorry John I know Jesus ,and you are no Jesus.” Others see him as what’s wrong with Republicans. “John, you are in that wing of the Republican party we want nothing to do with. If fact, we would prefer that it be razed to the ground, never to return. Hearing you speak, it is quite obvious that you are a Democrat, in thought if not in name.”
Kasich’s neurotic behavior and snarky personality distemper is too much for others. “What’s with the wincing tic? It makes me wince, along with his ‘Johnny One Note’ storyline about balancing budgets in DC and Ohio…and being Jesus Jr.” Still others cut to the chase: “To my beloved Governor: Sit down, shut up and forget about being elected president. No one wants you.”
For those who watched the third GOP debate last week from Boulder, Colorado, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were the clear winners. When asked, “Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you think did the best job in Wednesday night’s debate: Bush, Carson, Christie, Cruz, Fiorina, Huckabee, Kasich, Paul, Rubio, Trump?” only one percent thought John Kasich did the best.
Kasich’s Poor Debate Performance
Asked, “Which candidate did the worst job in the debate?” Gov. Kasich placed second highest at 15 percent; Jeb! Bush hit 40 percent.
In his splashy news conference yesterday announcing his new book, Donald Trump was in “board room” persona, suggesting non too subtly that he’d fire John Kasich from the overcrowded field of Republican presidential wannabes. Trump has had a great summer, but he isn’t the league leader anymore now that Ben Carson is jostling for the lead. Trump intoned that low-polling candidates like Kasich exit sage right so those with much higher ratings, most especially him, can battle for the nomination.
Trump lauded Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for reading the handwriting on the wall. Getting out of the way so leaders can lead, according to Trump, was a good move by Scott Walker.