As President Bill Clinton said in 2012 at the National Democratic Convention about criticisms aimed at President Obama by Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president, Paul Ryan, “It takes some brass to accuse someone else of doing what you did.”
More prophetic words could not be spoken, especially in light of some statements Ohio Gov. John Kasich said recently at a campaign stop at Villanova University.
Reports from the road say Gov. Kasich, who finally finished first after losing 32 other Republican state contests by winning his home state of Ohio, said President Barack Obama should not rush to nominate a Supreme Court justice because of the “polarization” in Congress. Always wordsmithing, Gov. Kasich said Wednesday that Obama shouldn’t “stiff the legislative body” by rushing to a decision that isn’t in the country’s best interest.
John Kasich “stiffed” the Ohio legislature when it wanted to not expand Medicaid and put it in the last budget bill. Kasich went around his so-called board of directors by orchestrating an administrative reversal that allowed him to do what he wanted instead of listening the legislators Ohio voters elected to make these decisions. When he can, stiffing people who don’t agree with him is his first weapon of choice.
“If I think I’m gonna blow something up in the seventh year, I’m not gonna do it,” he said. For national media who don’t have a clue about the governor’s activity over the last five years in Ohio, saying what he said is stand-up comedy material for anyone who dares delve into his record.
As for not blowing things up when the end is near, John R. Kasich could honor his own admonition by dropping out of the Republican race for president. By staying in the race he blows up the regular nomination process, which Donald Trump’s self-styled juggernaut campaign has been merrily rolling along to Cleveland, site of the Republican National nominating convention. By not getting out of the three-candidate race since he has the fewest delegates won so far, John Kasich is showing again that it’s all about him, not about the country as he tells his virgin-earned crowds. Kasich will blow things up if playing along mean getting the short end of the stick.
National media showed a few signs of conscientiousness in the days leading up to Ohio’s primary by actually contesting some of the governor’s rosy record and resume, including his claims about job creation, balancing the state budget and lifting everyone up no matter their circumstances. Whether it was education, child poverty, infant mortality, limiting access for women to their own health care or protecting workers’ rights, Mr. Kasich has a lot of brass to criticize others for what he’s made a lifetime of doing.