It’s getting spooky.
That constant starry-eyed Kasich grin, I mean. His rapturous references on the stump to his partnership that has peaced-him-up with the Lord.
Headlines refer to him now as the Happy Warrior.. The national media, having sought in vain to change the subject from their own partnership with all things Trump, have bought into the idea that the Ohio governor is gleefully standing at the Pearly Gates these days. It’s not the guy we have come to know back in Ohio. But here comes another story from New Hampshire that the voters have a Happy Warrior moving around in their midst.
The smiley-face logo for a presidential campaign was seeded in 1928 when Al Smith, the four term New York Democratic governor chose to upgrade his career by seeking the presidency.
The Happy Warrior, he was called. But it didn’t work out happily for him. He was beaten by Herbert Hoover, of all people..
The defeat was largely attributed to the notion that although Al was happy, he was thought to be a Papist. Sort of like Obama being called a Muslim, don’t you think?
A born-again, Kasich is smiling at every opportunity . The other day his response to a reporter on TV was a burst of joy that jumbled his words.
But in his more reflective moments running 20 points behind Trump, Kasich oddly conceded at a town hall meeting a few days ago “if I get snuffed out in New Hampshire, it’s ballgame over.” On caucus day in Iowa, Kasich willl be in New Hampshire for another of the more than 85 town halls where he’s preached for votes.And if he loses he will have to come back to Ohio and the mess he’s left behind.