Missing from Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people, sorted by categories like Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders or Icons, was Ohio’s two-term, fourth-man in a three-candidate presidential race, the Honorable Governor of Ohio, John Richard Kasich.
Under Time’s list of leaders, President Obama made it as did Hillary Clinton. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and even Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the GOP race a while back, made the cut.
Maybe Time staffers didn’t read Gov. Kasich’s laugh-out-loud interviews with the New York Daily News or the Washington Post, that had even long-time Kasich watchers who know well his verbal gaffing skills slack jawed from some of what voluntarily came out of his mouth. Maybe Time didn’t know that the “little engine that can” expects to be the next President of The United States, a vision the 63-year old term-limited state leader has held to from his youthful days growing up in the Democratic stronghold outside Pittsburgh, Mckees Rocks, where his government worker and union man mailman father lived and worked.
How could a list of the world’s most influential people skip over John Kasich, who appears not to be able to finish Republican spring training but demands fans and club owners make his the starting pitcher in the World Series of politics this fall, because only he knows how to strike out Hillary Clinton? Shouldering an ego as big as the great outdoors, which he paraded in plain view for all to see in his editorial interviews in New York and Washington, Mr. Kasich threw some wild pitches he calls strikes.
Maybe in a couple years, when he arranges to become the next president of his Alma mater, The Ohio State University, after he fails to become the next president or vice president or even cabinet official for the next Republican commander-in-chief, Time will see the error of its ways and include him.
Until then, though, his VIP challenge is to become the most influential Republican in this year’s race for the White House. And the way things are going, after losing 32 races and winning only one so far, he might not even make that short list.