For the Republican candidate who keeps telling everyone he’s the “adult” in the room, yet whose behavior shows just the opposite, being ridiculed as a “useful idiot” doesn’t bode well for his narrative that he alone has the experience and leadership to bring America together.
“Too bad: John Kasich, the Republican presidential aspirant who seemed comparatively sane, turns out to be as loony as any of his companions on the GOP debate stage – perhaps even loonier,” Joe Conason wrote at The National Memo Wednesday.
At Gawker, Hamilton Nolan made Gov. Kasich look ridiculous and foolish. “Using beams, John Kasich proposes that the United States of America defeat all of this jihadist business by beaming Judeo-Christian messages, over the airwaves, to other, lesser nations, courtesy of a new United States government agency. Because nothing says “credibility in the Middle East” like “US government Christian propaganda agency.” Nolan called John Kasich’s plan a “wacky big government plan to make the world safe for Christ.”
Kasich Proposes New DC Agency
Just weeks after declaring that “Washington is obsolete,” Ohio’s 69th governor, who wants to terminate some of it and dismember the rest and ship it back to the states, seems to have forgotten his own words. The universally judged off-putting, combative chief executive is proposing to create a new federal agency to “promote Judeo-Christian values” overseas. Inquiring minds want to know if John Kasich just made the case for him being an American mullah?
Well known for braiding Bible babble with public policy when it’s politically convenient to do so, Mr. Kasich now wants to direct a religiously-based propaganda initiative toward the Mideast, Russia, and China in order to promote Western values of human rights, democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of association” as a counter-terrorist measure.
What’s John Kasich thinking, and when will he stop thinking these crazy thoughts? In a conference call with reporters today, Ohio’s senior U.S Senator weighed-in on as best he could on Mr. Kasich expansion of government. Sherrod Brown, first elected in 2006 then reelected in 2012 was asked for his thoughts on Gov. Kasich’s proposal for a new agency based on Judeo-Christian values.
“I don’t understand what the agency is,” he said. Brown quipped that it seems like another attempt to come up with the farthest-right idea out there. “I appreciate what this governor did on Medicaid expansion…I applaud him for that” he said. “I don’t understand this issue…to get some people in Laconia, New Hampshire to vote for him.”
If pursued, Gov. Kasich’s could easily alienate Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and adherents of other faiths, at a time when the world needs to come together. John Kasich keeps repeating that he knows how to bring people together, but his record in Congress and in Ohio would be evidence that he doesn’t.
Concluding, Mr. Conason wrote, “That’s why Kasich, a ‘moderate’ mindlessly pandering to the extreme right, is today’s useful idiot.”
Faith The Nation
Further mocking John Kasich’s new American mullah plan to focus on Judeo-Christian values, a pointed post at Wonkette today goes this like: “We have to say, we never saw this one coming. In the race to see who could come up with the most insane, unconstitutional proposal in reaction to the Paris massacre, our money was on the obvious favorites, Ben Carson and Donald Trump. And while they both made predictably stupid comments, we never would have expected the worst idea of all would spring from the ‘moderate’ mind of Ohio Gov. John Kasich.”
In it’s ridicule of the proposal by Ohio’s distempered governor, the Wonkette piece ends, “Maybe Kasich got tired of being called ‘the reasonable one’ and decided that if Crazy Talk is what’s selling this year, he may as well go all in.”
Can Gov. Kasich really be taken seriously now that he’s become a national joke based on his overt Bible babble? Nolan, at Gawker, let’s Kasich hang himself with this quotable quote: “I’m criticized for having a big heart,” Kasich said in this interview. “But I also have a big brain.”
It’s unfortunate for Ohio’s term-limited governor that his “big brain” ideas are old and unproven, as any one who cares to check his record in Congress and in Ohio can easily discern.