Camp Kasich’s presidential campaign is always looking over the horizon.
Unable to finish first in any primary or caucus state except one so far, they say wait until more enlightened states like California start voting, then voters will show how much they like Ohio’s term-limited leader compared to his two remaining challengers, New York billionaire Donald Trump and first-term Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who lead him by wide margins in delegates.
The 63-year old Kasich, who is running from cover 16 years after his first run for the White House, has made mocking Californians as “whackadooles” a standard part of his laugh-inducing but misguided political beliefs over the decades.
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The Golden State these days is run by Democrats, including two-time governor Jerry Brown and a legislature again run by like-minded Democrats, who with the help of voters statewide raised income taxes to put the state back in the black again after Arnold Schwarzenegger, a big Kasich booster, cut the budget and left it in the red.
Whackadooles Whack Back
As his long, well-documented record shows, John Richard Kasich has from his first days as a state senator in the late 1970s been obsessed with the GOP ideology of cutting income taxes as a standard but misunderstood strategy to create jobs and wealth. Unfortunately for Mr. Kasich, that strategy has really only created wealth for the already wealthy.
On the jobs front, Ohio’s 69th governor brags that he’s cut taxes by $5 billion and put $2 billion in the state’s emergency fund, but in this false claim he never mentions that he did so by essentially stealing funds that had long gone to local governments and schools. The only thing the so-called “turnaround governor” has turned around is his inability for 39 straight months to meet or exceed the national average, a threshold his Democratic predecessor Ted Strickland did routinely before leaving office at the end of 2010 after the Great Recession knocked the state and nearly all others to its knees.
California, on the other hand, has done quite well recovering from the Great Recession, putting to shame the Kasich administration’s largely fabricated narrative of how cutting taxes, reducing government regulation and balancing the budget is the right recipe.
Even though he’s won just one first-place finish, that one in his home state where he controls the state Republican party and everyone office holder of any worth with the exception of state treasurer Josh Mandel has endorsed him out of party loyalty or personal fear, he remains in the race as 14 other one-time candidates have for one reason or another bowed out.
CA Voters On Kasich: He Has Not Risen
It might come as a surprise to Camp Kasich that in California, which holds it’s primary very late on June 7, likely won’t give the former Lehman Brothers banker and Fox News TV talk show host another first-place finish in a big and important state. In fact, according to the latest L.A. Times story explaining the most recent USC DORNSIFE/TIMES POLL, it looks bad for the state’s fractured GOP and even worse for Gov. Kasich.
“California Republican voters favor Trump, but he could threaten down-ballot candidates if nominated,” LA Times reporter Cathleen Decker wrote, noting that “division sets up the potential of cascading losses down the ballot for Republicans already fighting the tide in one of the nation’s most Democratic states, including in a number of contested congressional districts.”
For Mr. Kasich, poll results show Donald Trump leading in most areas of the state except the Central Valley, where conservative voters put Cruz ahead. In Los Angeles County, she notes, the two are nearly tied. “The survey showed [Trump] leading among college graduates and those without college degrees, and among almost all ranges of income,” Decker says, adding there was no distinction between the level of support from men and women.
What should be of great concern to Mr. Kasich, who many conservative Republicans are saying voting for him only helps Donald Trump, is that among registered Republicans in California, Trump pulls down 37 percent to Cruz’s 30 percent with John Kasich a distant third at 12 percent. Among likely June 7 primary voters, Kasich does slightly better, but he’s still a distant third with 14 percent.
Golden Staters may be whackadooles to John Kasich but even a whackadoole knows he’s not the chosen one.