If reports about criticism Ohio Gov. John Kasich is directing at some of his challengers are accurate, he’s playing New Hampshire voters—and the reporters trailing him—for rubes who apparently don’t know enough about him to realize this is another case of the pot calling the kettle black.
As first-in-the-nation primary voting looms next Tuesday, a tracking poll released Wednesday by 7News/UMass Lowell shows Ohio’s governor has stumbled to fifth place. John Kasich’s mind and mouth are hitting on all cylinders as he tells whoppers to New Hampshire voters voters in Ohio know to be false.
Of Mind And Mouth
Plunderbund fans know how wrong Gov. Kasich is on most issues, but on one he’s very right. Republicans will be “making a terrible mistake” if they underestimate the challenge of beating Hillary Clinton in a general election,” he said, AP NH reported. Whether it’s Hillary Clinton or Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democrats will indeed have a strong candidate whose policies and programs will reflect the American electorate’s shift from conservative to progressive politics as national elections in 2008 and 2012 demonstrate.
Kasich’s 2016 presidential campaign meme has been that the GOP needs “somebody that can unite.” By that criteria, Gov. Kasich eliminates himself, since his governing style is to push, intimidate or eliminate his way forward. John Kasich talks about coalition building, but his CEO-persona prefers total control. It’s been noted that the Reagan-era relic is at his best when the deck is stacked in his favor.
Gov. Kasich has relied on his resume in Washington to separate himself from the other GOP jokers in the deck. “Unlike most of his rivals, he’s embracing his political experience both in Washington and Ohio,” AP NH said. The crusty state CEO spent 18 lucrative years in Congress, where he learned to enrich himself as a career politician, then parlay his decades in DC into even more lucrative jobs at Fox News and Lehman Brothers. He isn’t worth upwards of $22 million from carrying mail on his back like his Democratic government postal carrier father did.
If experience is the criteria, and John Kasich says it is, he loses badly to Hillary Clinton. In New Hampshire with her challenger, Mrs. Clinton could easily redirect the comment she made to Sen. Bernie Sanders on issues versus records to Gov. Kasich. If it’s “about our records, hey I’m going to win by a landslide,” she said.
Without shame it seems, the God-fearing, God-invoking-whenever-it-suits-him Mr. Kasich levied attacks on Republicans he refused to name for trying to “win a vote using God.” John Kasich regularly invokes The Lord or spouts a little Bible babble when it’s necessary to shut someone up or out. He attributed his second win as governor to God, saying the Lord’s hands were on him. He stalled announcing his run for president, saying he was waiting for the Lord to tell him what to do. His Catholic altar boy upbringing got twisted into politics, but others know how to play the faith card, too. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio attributed their first and third place finishes, respectively, in Iowa Monday night to God. On the rise fast enough to knock Gov. Kasich out of contention in New Hampshire, Marco Rubio is all-in on faith. Without naming names, basic Kasich tried to turn the tables, saying using God to win elections “cheapens God.” Mr. Kasich ought to think twice about pitting his opponents against the Lord least the Lord smite the governor for blasphemy.
On Speaking In Opposites
Mr. Kasich spoke in opposites again today with regard to Sen. Rand Paul suspending his presidential campaign. Kasich joked he’ll help Sen. Paul in his re-election race. “I’d go to Kentucky either to speak for or against him, whatever would help.” Classic Kasich.
On Campaign Finance Reform
The AP reported on Mr. Kasich’s openness to “some type of campaign finance reform that favors small dollar donations.” Where has this openness been hiding? In Durham, the always money hungry governor said, it “‘ain’t that great’ for one person to be able to contribute $10 million to support a specific candidate.'” Not only is he the beneficiary of such a super PAC called New Day for America, run by the same close friends and political operative who ran his campaign for governor, but he’s pitched himself to billionaires, like Sheldon Adelson who can and have written million dollar checks to candidates like New Gingrich, a former House Speaker who promoted Congressman Kasich to chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee. But Kasich’s escape hatch is not having a real proposal but sounding like he wants one.
John Kasich has also told voters that Congress should “end gerrymandering.” John Kasich could have done a lot to end gerrymandering in Ohio in 2011, but he and the other Republicans who controlled the Ohio Apportionment Board aided gerrymandering instead of attacking it. Not only did Gov. Kasich sit back and allow a terribly gerrymandered plan to bloom, he signed it into law. Methinks the governor doth protest too much.
In 2014, when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was chairman of the Republican Governors Association and Gov. Kasich was running for a final term, they were good buddies. Now that both are fighting for their political lives in New Hampshire, the good buddy routine has worn off.
Reports from the campaign trail in New Hampshire say Mr. Christie laughed off suggestions that John Kasich is running a positive campaign. The tough-talking Garden State governor said the Buckeye State governor’s sunny-side-of-the-street routine amounts to a “face lift.” Mocking Mr. Kasich’s assessment of himself as the “prince of sunshine and light,” Chris Christie said he’s never heard other governors refer to Kasich that way.
John Kasich says he won’t run a negative campaign but the super PAC backing his candidacy, run by close associates, is launching a new ad showing people covered in mud. It’s supposed to represent Mr. Kasich’s rivals as it slaps Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio for “going negative” and accuses them of “doing whatever it takes to win is not presidential.”