John Kasich’s father was a mailman. You may already know that. You’ve doubtless heard him say it when you surfed past Dr. Phil. Or a TV weather report. Or a Chevy commercial. Or when he cut into a Jimmy Swaggart sermon. Or a remedy for toenail fungus. Or when LeBron James is dashing down the floor for a dunk.

It never changes. “My father was a mailman,” the governor always assures each audience, an uplifting preface to his profound preparation to lead the nation. A simple declaratory sentence separates him from his predecessors who didn’t have.the benefit of a mailman in the house. Not even Abe Lincoln could boast of the distinction.

It is a bit of golden family history that leads some of us to wonder about all of the offspring of mailmen who never aspired to the highest public office in the land, thereby forfeiting any hope of being the pick of the litter.

Maybe Kasich is on to something. After all Jeb’s father was a president. And where did that get him?

 

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