Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose movie fame playing a robot from the future earned him the name “Governator” after Californians installed him as their state leader in 2003, has cozied up to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is still looking for his first first-place win in any Republican primary election or caucus so far.
Schwarzenegger is touting Kasich, who has proven time and time again on the campaign trail that telling tall tales about his miracle working in Washington and Columbus earns him supporting cast honors as “The Exaggerator.”
Gov. Kasich’s second run for the White House seems almost as improbable as his first one 16 years ago, but he knows this time around he can repeat his fabulous exaggerations about how central he was to the prosperity of the 1990’s under two terms of President Bill Clinton and get away with it, as media fails to press him on his real role in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he spent 18 years learning the high art of taking credit where it’s not deserved.
Mr. Kasich, 63-years old and term-limited in Ohio, is hoping to show well—winning it outright but no lower than second place—in Michigan’s Tuesday primary election. In his persona as exaggerator-in-chief, Ohio’s governor says he has the tenacity and experience to make real change in Washington. Full out pandering, he says his dated resume from DC will help him improve the economy, lower taxes, create jobs, and address the issue of the high cost of higher education, according to one report.
Turning his natural combative and dismissive personality into a plus, he enjoys telling audiences at his town hall meetings that “to make things better, you have to step on toes, there are no two ways around it,” according to the AP. Actually, there are ways around it but John Kasich’s biggest ally—his inflated ego—sees it differently.
Jumping on the bandwagon du jour as he did in 2010 when he harnessed his campaign to Tea Party angst and anger, Kasich says he understands the anger and anxieties of Donald Trump supporters. The former Fox News channel talk show host, who recently released partial tax returns for limited years showing how wealthy he’s become, identifies with the symptoms but refuses to engage on the cause of this so-called anger.
John Kasich’s pitch is that he understands how to fix the country’s problems. For the boy who wanted to become a priest and who would make a great National Chaplin if there was such a position, Kasich relishes the role of state CEO, where his word is final and any pushback earns excommunication or retribution to those who find themselves not in alignment with Camp Kasich.
Campaigning in Michigan, Gov. Kasich is now telling audiences he shouldn’t have answered a question in last week’s debate about whether he’d support Donald Trump if he wins the GOP presidential nomination. An AP report of one gathering says Kasich was challenged to retract his potential support for Trump. He said he “shouldn’t have even answered the question” because he plans on “being the GOP nominee, not Donald Trump.” Clever response, but it shows just how mercurial—some might say hypocritical—Ohio’s Exaggerator can be but when he finds himself in uncomfortable waters. In the 11th Republican debate last week, Mr. Kasich said he would support Donald Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee, but couched his support saying Trump sometimes “makes it difficult” to support him. It’s basic Kasich to avoid direct answers, which he did when he declined to answers the questioner’s comments accusing Trump and his supporters of being racists and bigots.
Shape-shifting again, John Kasich defended his comments in the recent GOP debate that gay people who are denied services should find another business who will serve them rather than suing. When Kasich’s position on serving gays was compared to not serving black people because they sat in whites-only sections of diners, he pretzel-twisted his answer. He said states shouldn’t pass new laws until they are absolutely necessary. How convenient. The civil right movement would have been ignored by Kasich because he would have reigned in federal support, deferring to state’s rights. He mentioned the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage, but in basic Kasich double-talk said, “let’s just let everybody take a deep breath and see if we can get along and use common sense,” the AP reported.
Kasich, Snyder Kinship Governors
John Kasich, who’s as Republican as they come, thinks his strategy to stay above the fray of criticizing his Republican challengers is a winning hand. While he let’s his challengers off the hook for their radical, xenophobic policies, he can’t wait to attack Hillary Clinton. Also campaigning in Michigan, Mrs. Clinton has called on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to resign over the lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. John Kasich, who rose to power with the brood of Tea Party governors in 2010 who believe and push all the standard GOP principles and values that include attacking government whenever they can, said Clinton’s remarks in Sunday’s Democratic debate that Snyder should resign or be recalled is “the definition of gall.”
Counting his victories before they’ve been won, John Kasich, who finds himself in the final four because he’s refused to exit the race despite bad election performances, said “we’ll get to that in the fall.” Meanwhile, Gov. Snyder, who has been called on to resign by many others other than Hillary Clinton, isn’t endorsing John Kasich, even the governor of Ohio has on several occasions defended his response to the Flint water crisis.
The Exaggerator will have another chance to exaggerate how well he’s doing if he doesn’t win Michigan today. Next week, when Ohio votes, the Exaggerator will have more exaggerating to do if he doesn’t win his home state, where he and Donald Trump are essentially running neck and neck. For Trump to be doing as well as he is, after the governor’s five years in office with Ohio media shinning his shoes every day, is a worry Camp Kasich downplays but is as real as the Governator’s return to his former life as a movie actor.
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