Ohio Gov. John Kasich loves to think about New Hampshire as a political Cape Canaveral that can launch a candidate like himself into presidential orbit.
That may be the case for Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, but maybe not for Gov. Kasich, who now thinks he deserves to host Saturday Night Live, based on a bogus equal opportunity argument pinned to Donald Trump’s second hosting of the popular late night comedy show.
Kasich Tied With Jeb! For 5th Place In NH
A WBUR poll out Wednesday taken recently of 405 likely Granite State voters shows to the chagrin of Mr. Kasich that his unfavorables have nearly doubled in just two months, from 21 percent to 39 percent, while his favorables have crashed from 45 to 33 percent.
After virtually moving to the state, where his shiny bus with a ticking debt clock on it takes him from one controlled venue to another, Gov. Kasich is tied at fifth place with Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and younger brother to President George W. Bush, who launched America into a war of political convenience in Iraq that exacerbated the religious divide, spinning off the radical Sunni sect known as ISIS.
Leading the charge in New Hampshire, where voters will go to the polls on February 9, is New York real estate mogul Donald Trump with 22 percent. Dr. Ben Carson, who like Trump and Carly Fiorina, the failed CEO of Hewlett Packard, have never held elected office, comes in a distant second to Trump with 11 percent. After two months of crisscrossing New Hampshire, where he’s spent millions with promises to spend millions more in the coming weeks, John Kasich’s rating has actually declined by one percent, from eight percent then to seven percent now.
When voters were asked “Which candidate do you think did the best job in the debate?” Gov. Kasich could only muster two percent who thought he won the last debate in Milwaukee last week. That was a two percentage point dip from the four percent who thought he won the evening in the previous GOP debate.
Kasich Plays Syrian Refugee Fear Card
A Kasich spokesman helped play the fear card on accepting refugees from Syria. “The governor is writing to the president to ask him to stop, and to ask him to stop resettling them in Ohio. We are also looking at what additional steps Ohio can take to stop resettlement of these refugees,” said Jim Lynch. But just two months ago in early September, John Kasich agreed with President Obama on plans to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees in the U.S. if adequate security concerns were addressed. Gov. Kasich, seeing another opportunity to disagree with the president, reversed course, saying he “couldn’t guarantee that all terrorists would be filtered out.”
“I wouldn’t let them in unless we have a positive affirmation that they don’t have evil intent or that they’re associated with any group that would endanger the country,” Kasich said, adding, “We’re not bringing ISIS into this country,” according to reports.
Gov. Kasich joined a pack of nearly all Republican governors in pushing back against the president’s plan to integrate about 10,000 Syrian refugees into the nation. Having never thought about military service, John Kasich is more than ready to send others to fight in far off lands. “And if it means at the end of the day that the United States put boots on the ground, so be it – as long as it’s a coalition,” he said. “I don’t want us to get sucked into a civil war with 50 advisers in Syria, which makes no sense to me. But I would like to be part of a big group to destroy ISIS in Syria.”
Kasich On SNL?
On Tuesday, when he made an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington to talk about his security plan to make America safe, an attorney for Kasich filed a request for “equal time” with NBC, following Donald Trump hosting SNL for the second time.
E. Mark Braden, who represented Gov. Kasich, sent a letter to Margaret Tobey, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for NBCUniversal, asking for “equal opportunity for the use of facilities that aired the November 7, 2015 episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ featuring an appearance by presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.”
Mr. Braden did not respond to a request for clarification from Plunderbund on what Gov. Kasich was really asking for. “Does he want to host an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live?’ or is he demanding to be the host? If Gov. Kasich’s request is honored, should every other candidate for president so far, Republican or Democrat or other political party, expect the same treatment?”
In 1985, under FCC Chairman Mark S. Fowler, a communications attorney who had served on Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign staff in 1976 and 1980, the FCC released a report stating that the doctrine hurt the public interest and violated free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Gov. Kasich likes to tout his close ties to former president Ronald Reagan. Moving to congress in 1982, Congressman Kasich was on-board with Reagan-era policies, including the dissolution of the Fairness Doctrine, created in 1949, to require “the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was—in the Commission’s view—honest, equitable, and balanced. The FCC [Federal Communications Commission] eliminated the Doctrine in 1987, and in August 2011 the FCC formally removed the language that implemented the Doctrine.”
In August 1987, under FCC Chairman Dennis R. Patrick, the FCC abolished the doctrine by a 4-0 vote, in the Syracuse Peace Council decision, which was upheld by a panel of the Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit in February 1989, according to Wikipedia. The Court stated in their decision that they made “that determination without reaching the constitutional issue.”
It’s sweet irony that John Kasich wants equal time, now that his lumbering campaign for president can’t launch him into the top tier of GOP White House wannabes. Even as Mr. Kasich was voicing his security plan for America at an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, yesterday, others were mocking the 63-year old, whose prickly personality is now his major trade mark, on Twitter.
“@ShannonBream LOL @JohnKasich needs to drop out very few people want to be yelled at for an hour on @nbcsnl Voters sure as hell don’t.”
“TMeyerBornFree @ShannonBream @JohnKasich @nbcsnl he knows he’ll get low ratings so he’ll be in the news can’t get attention otherwise.”
“@bsherrie64 @ShannonBream @JohnKasich @nbcsnl Would be a very bad business decision for SNL to put a show on knowing ratings would tank.”
“@TMeyerBornFree @ShannonBream @JohnKasich @nbcsnl he’s just an odd man. Over the past month he’s been going off the rail. Ridiculous.”
“@ShannonBream @JohnKasich @nbcsnl watching him at the debates, is just painful. too busy screaming message gets lost…Tune out.”
“@ShannonBream @10thAmendment Kasik isn’t funny, isn’t a good candidate, and no one wants to hear from him.”
“@ShannonBream Oh my gosh, Shannon…I can’t stop laughing! The thought of Kasich on SNL. Has he lost his marbles?”
“@ShannonBream Kasich needs to get off the stage. Tired of his whining. Let’s narrow the field. Bush, Fiorina, Cruz, Rubio, Carson, Trump.”
“@ShannonBream Will he just do a bunch of nervous mouth twitching and mentioning Ohio?”