Although Ohioans know the truth about his awful nature, our dear governor, John Kasich, is somehow once again looking like a decent, bipartisan politician on the national stage. In September, Kasich was invited to the White House with a handful of other leaders by President Barack Obama to discuss the importance of passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the controversial free-trade agreement between the U.S. and eleven Pacific Rim nations.
Despite the unpopularity of TPP, Obama has been pushing for Congress to pass the agreement before he leaves office, and Kasich and his team have committed themselves to the effort as well. “America can’t lock the doors and lower the blinds and ignore the rest of the world,” Kasich said at a “surreal” White House press conference, doing his usual aw-shucks, nice-guy act for the cameras. “We’re a force for good. And this TPP will help us not only on the economic side but will also allow us to continue to be a strong world leader for good.”
Even though there are serious concerns about the TPP that both Republicans and Democrats have expressed over the last year, Kasich went even further with his “bipartisan” efforts by writing an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, saying that passing the TPP determines “whether America still has the will to tackle change head-on and emerge stronger, on the leading edge of innovation, offering a better quality of life for Americans.” Kasich doubled down with his pro-unity, pro-America rhetoric with yet another op-ed in The Washington Post in October, writing that the TPP would “promote peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region” and “help maintain the United States’ essential strength in that hemisphere.” Ah, peace through strength. How uniquely Kasich!
Of course, Kasich really looked like a genius after a video tape of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was released this month, in which the businessman brags about sexually assaulting women. This caused several of the Republicans who had endorsed The Donald (including our junior own senator, Rob Portman) to do an unendorse-song-and-dance to distance themselves from the presidential candidate. But not Kasich. Instead, Ohio’s governor was able to take “a victory lap” and made seemingly logical statements like, “I’ve also encouraged [Donald] to change his behavior for the better and offer a positive, inclusive vision for our country, but he has not. It’s clear that he hasn’t changed and has no interest in doing so. As a result, Donald Trump is a man I cannot and should not support.”
Naturally, as has been written about here on Plunderbund and elsewhere, all of this is just a ruse so Kasich can continue to build his national profile and make yet another (likely unsuccessful) run for the GOP’s presidential nomination after he (thankfully) leaves the governor’s office at the end of 2018. The Republican party will be in a significant state of restructuring after being engulfed by the flaming orange dumpster fire known as the Trump campaign, and the GOP will likely be desperate for an “aw-shucks” type of uniter.
Fortunately, Ohioans know all about Kasich’s duplicitous and deceitful way of doing things. We know that Kasich balancing the budget really means shifting the tax burden from rich citizens to poorer citizens and local governments. That economic reform means creating a secretive state agency to pick the free market’s winners and losers. That education reform means utilizing an electronic school system riddled with corruption and scandal. That healthcare reform means bypassing your own state’s legislature and constitution. That getting reelected means engaging in dirty tricks to get your opponents removed from the ballot or ruining their good reputations. And so on.
Yes, Ohioans know the truth about John Kasich. Hopefully we’ll have the courage to let other Americans know the truth down the line as well — because we may be the only ones left who can.