For Plunderbund readers who happened to watch the Friday night edition of the “Late Show” with Stephen Colbert, the unexpected but hilarious treat was a sketch that lampooned Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the rant he wrote in his book “Stand For Something” about the disgust he and his wife had after watching the quirky film “Fargo.”
Stephen Colbert, who will forever be remembered for his searing take down of President George W. Bush at a White House Correspondents dinner with Mr. Bush sitting just feet from him, hasn’t been a friend to Mr. Kasich on either of his two guest appearances on the popular CBS late night anchor show featuring actors and musicians among other guests.
Colbert’s first guest, Steve Buscemi, who is well known for his many riveting roles on TV and at the movies, starred in the Cohen Brother’s production of “Fargo,” a crime drama set in Minnesota in 1987. The plot of the film involves a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs to kidnap his own wife. One of those thugs was played by Mr. Buscemi.
Colbert, who moved to the Late Show on CBS from his Comedy Channel show where he played a conservative talk show pundit based on Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, handed John Kasich’s book to Buscemi, then asked him to read passages written by Kasich on how the Fargo film so disgusted him and his wife that he tried to get Blockbuster Video to ban it.
Buscemi read aloud Kasich’s story of renting it, watching it and being revolted by it. The two actors then did a sketch based on the book with Buscemi, whose bad-guy character that eventually gets ground up in a wood chipper being the tipping point for John Kasich, using Kasich’s own words as the script.
The sad truth for Gov. Kasich is that while he does stand for something, his long record shows it’s the wrong stuff. Meanwhile, as one of the three amigos remaining in the race for Republican presidential nominee this year, the prickly CEO-style governor finds himself far behind in convention delegates to league leader Donald Trump and Ted Cruz in second place.
Kasich was in Wisconsin today, ahead of next Tuesday’s primary. Finishing in first place once in 30 races so far—he won his home state of Ohio but with less than 50 percent of the vote—polls show he’s got third place wrapped up. With 18 more state primaries to go, the smart money isn’t being bet on John Kasich winning any of those either. His plan is to try to steal the nomination when Republicans convene in Cleveland in July.
The 63-year old term-limited governor is ripe for picking, and some reporters did that this week when the former Congressman and Lehman Brothers banker made the faux pas of being caught eating pizza with a fork in New York City. Colbert didn’t include that faux pas this time, but there’s little doubt that Colbert’s supper smart writers took note.
As for the movie John and Karen Kasich so disliked, in 2006 it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and inducted into the United States National Film Registry for preservation. The film is just one of six films to have been preserved in their first year of eligibility. The American Film Institute named it one of the 100 greatest American movies of all time in 1998.