Gov. John R. Kasich

Gov. John R. Kasich

Just who exactly is the pleated-khaki, aww shucks, dork dad Republican Presidential candidate going by the name John Kasich on the campaign trail this year? He bears little resemblance to the person we know as governor of Ohio, save perhaps his perpetual awkwardness.

The false-front persona Kasich has been deploying since announcing his bid for the Presidency is nothing more than a political marketing product, and not a very believable one, but occasionally the mask slips.

OK, often the mask slips, and Kasich is returned to his arrogant, prickly, rude, off-putting jerk self. Not that anyone outside of Ohio would notice because, well, as the Republican primary has thus far demonstrated, nobody outside of Ohio gives a damn about John Kasich.

But one particular phrase has repeatedly popped out of Kasich’s mouth in these moments that perfectly encapsulates the Kasich gubernatorial experience: Get Over It.

Hey John, you tried to screw public employees out of their collective bargaining rights.

Get over it.

You cut $1.86 billion from local governments and public schools costing thousands of public workers, police, firefighters and teachers their jobs.

Get over it.

You signed onto cuts to addiction treatment in the middle of a heroin crisis.

Get over it.

You privatized prisons with disastrous results.

Get over it.

You privatized the state department of development and rendered it a shadowy cesspool for insider cronyism.

Get over it.

You’ve given income tax kickbacks to friends at the top of the scale who don’t need it while raising regressive taxes on those with the lowest incomes.

Get over it.

You rolled back Ohio’s renewable energy portfolio and disemboweled the state’s efforts to set itself up for a new green manufacturing boon, costing our state billions of dollars in lost opportunity every year.

Get over it.

You unraveled a constitutional education model that used evidence to prescribe best practices in favor of an incoherent, unconstitutional one that robs the wallets of most school districts while funneling even more cash to those already well-off.

Get over it.

That’s what it’s really like when John Kasich is in charge of the executive branch of government, and no political kabuki theater on his part will alter that reality.

He waltzes around the country pretending he’s some sort of compassionate moderate and I half expect the bullshit to start leaking out of his eyeballs at any moment.

If you watch him closely, he’s promised to continue his “get over it” attitude toward constituent concerns were he to become president.

Back in October, he asked an audience if they’d have a problem with him cutting their social security benefits. When one member of the audience said yes, guess what John said? Yep.

“Well, you’d get over it, and you’re going to have to get over it.”

Most recently, Kasich was asked for his opinion about LGBTQ people who face discrimination due to laws such as that passed in North Carolina and Mississippi that seek to legalize discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

I’m sure you’ll be shocked by his response.

“If you feel as though somebody is doing something wrong against you, can you just for a second get over it because this thing will settle down?”

Leadership for the 21st Century, folks. John Kasich 2016: Get Over It.

In Kasich’s world, this is how it’s supposed to work, you see. He talks out of both sides of his mouth, makes a bunch of empty promises, displays the backbone of a jellyfish and the earnestness of Eddie Haskell, then he does whatever the wealthy radical right puppeteers want and tells the rest of us to get over it.

Sadly we’re stuck with him in Ohio through 2018. I say that because if there’s one thing Republican voters have made very clear in 2016 it’s that they do not want John Kasich to be president.

I’m sorry, John, (not really), but you’re never going to be President. Nevertheless I have a bit of advice for you as you face that stark reality:

Get Over It.

David DeWitt is a writer and man of sport and leisure based out of Athens, Ohio. He has also written for Government Executive online, the National Journal’s Hotline, and The New York Observer’s He can be found on Twitter @DC_DeWitt.