It’s too bad the mobile gaggle of reporters who swam around Ohio Gov. John Kasich, to hear him discourse on why he’s still in the race when he’s only really finished first in one state, are so ill prepared to engage the 63-year old term-limited governor.
If any one of them took a little time to learn more about the governor, from his long record in congress and especially his last five years in Ohio—as he keeps telling them to do—they would have a field day with him on one issue after another. Were they to do so, they might be journalists again instead of new-day digital social-media scribes who repeat his made-for-headlines snarky remarks that a performance pro like Kasich knows will take them down his Kasich-lane rabbit hole.
Kasich Counts On Poor Journalism
But sadly, the movable mob that’s covering him know little about him even though the book on him is wide open. Of course, when a reporter dares confront him, as one did yesterday, his prickly,. Mr. Hyde self emerges. It’s natural for him to disdain media, but reporters he has it out for don’t always get mentioned.
Likewise, the American people also know little about him, other than his carefully crafted but largely fraudulent narrative that plugs his leadership, his call for balanced budgets and his conservative social views, which are more out of step with mainstream Americans, especially today’s youth, than in step with them.
Full as always of bombast and snippiness, Mr. Kasich wobbles on as the third wheel still turning on the Republican chuck wagon rumbling onward to the nominating convention in Cleveland in July. John Kasich has long proclaimed to the uninformed that he’s above politics, when everyone who knows him as the ultimate politico predator knows he doesn’t like competition or challengers if he can at all avoid either.
So it was basic Kasich last Sunday on another political talk show for Ohio’s CEO-style governor to call GOP league leader Donald Trump a “whiny schoolboy complaining about a math test.” He knew media would run with his snark. Asked whether he agreed with Donald Trump’s current assessment that the primary race is “rigged,” John Kasich, no stranger to rigging stuff if he can, agreed. “It’s the way it works,” he said, drawing on his nearly 40 years of experience in professional politics.
“You know, it’s like saying I made an 83 on my math test, so I should get an A just because I think it’s rigged that you need to make a 90 to get an A,” Gov. Kasich said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I mean, come on. Act like, you know, you’re a professional. Be a pro.”
Any reporter who knew even a modicum about Kasich’s penchant to resemble his own remarks could have turned the tables on him, pronto. Using his own analogy on math tests to ding Trump, why does he think he’s entitled to an A grade, in the form of the nomination at the convention, when in the field before voters across the nation, from one primary or caucus state to another, he’s has finished anywhere from a low of eighth place to his high of second place?
When He Loses He Wins?
Gov. Kasich says he’s winning by just accumulating delegates. Everyone else, mostly, says if you don’t finish in first place, you didn’t win. The independent Quinnipiac University Poll isn’t a good one for Mr. Kasich. It finds that Donald Trump has 55 percent of New York likely Republican primary voters, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 20 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 19 percent,
Since Beltway reporters only see the horse race between the candidates, they likely won’t ask Gov. Kasich why it’s costing Ohio taxpayers millions to protect him as he runs for an office voters in 2014 didn’t elect him to pursue, but one he’s done anyhow that’s now shrouded in mystery. One Ohio newspaper is reporting that the state’s taxpayers’ tab for protecting Mr. Kasich while he campaigns for president outside the state apparently played a role in the release Monday of an additional $2.5 million for the Ohio Highway Patrol.
Recent Gallup polling shows that nearly half of Americans express a “great deal” or “fair amount” of confidence in Sen. Bernie Sanders (47%) and Gov. John Kasich (46%) to recommend the right thing for the U.S. economy. That’s the highest ratings among the five remaining presidential candidates, Gallup notes about Americans who say they have the least confidence in Donald Trump (30%).
Meanwhile, Gallup notes that all five candidates still running don’t do as well on economic confidence as does President Barack Obama.
According to Associated Press delegate tracking, on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton has 1,758 (including 469 superdelegates) Bernie Sanders has 1,076 (including 31 superdelegates). For Republicans, Donald Trump has 744, Ted Cruz 559 and John Kasich trails with 144. And Marco Rubio, who has already dropped out, has 170 delegates.
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