Ohio’s “out-of-touch, thin-skinned governor,” John Kasich, as some view him, got a taste of his own bitter medicine and immediately spit it out. But that’s basic Kasich when it comes to anyone bold enough to ask the governor to accept the same advice he loves to dish out for others.
The cause of Kasich’s partisan outrage this time came when two Democratic Ohio legislators took his advice to “yell into the cockpit” once in a while in order to get the pilot’s attention.
Ohio’s top gun executive pilot was in Washington at the White House recently trying to mend relations with President Donald Trump, who thrashed the petulant leader throughout the GOP primary last year, then dismissed him after the New York billionaire won the nomination as a non-factor.
After the Oval Office meeting, the glib, aging governor blurted out to reporters that he provided honest advice to the president. “The man [Donald Trump] is the president of the United States,” master of the obvious Kasich said. “It’s sort of like being on an airplane; you want to root for the pilot. If you’re on the airplane with the pilot, you don’t want the pilot to screw up.”
Appearing two days later on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Ohio’s always good-for-a-gaffe governor opened his mouth again with this Kasichspeak gem tumbling out: “And you know the fact is, I want the pilot to be successful. But you know what? Every once and a while … you need to yell into the cockpit.”
Well, yelling into the cockpit once in a while is exactly what State Reps. Brigid Kelly of Cincinnati and Kent Smith of Euclid dared to do. They got the pilot’s attention alright, then Commander Kasich, who’s been flying for six years using Reagan-era guidance systems and maps, threw them out of his state airplane after they dared suggest he spend some quality time in a public classroom so he can learn what an entire category of workers he’s never liked do for Ohio’s school-age children.
Reps. Kelly and Smith responded today to a PR handler for the governor dismissing their bill as “partisan politics.” The duo of Democrats said their bill, that has attracted some attention including members of Kasich own political party, would require Ohio’s CEO-style leader, the aforementioned Commander Kasich, to complete an annual 40-hour externship in a public elementary or secondary school.
“We believe what is ‘more than disappointing’ is the fact that under Governor Kasich’s leadership, Ohio has slashed critical funding for local communities and schools; has supported a for-profit charter school industry is failing to educate our children; and even allowed data-scrubbing to cover up charter school shortcomings to occur under this watch,” Kelly and Smith said in prepared remarks.
They noted Ohio teachers make sacrifices every day under challenging circumstances to ensure Buckeye State kids earn the tools they need to be successful in the 21st century. If the governor is serious about strengthening our schools and preparing our students to succeed, they said, he should embrace the opportunity to gain the real world, on-the-ground experience that can inform sound public policy.
Fog in Kasich’s cockpit has been ever present since he first entered his long and lucrative career as a performance politician back in 1978 when he won a seat in the Ohio Senate. During the two-term flight of the Reagan presidency, John Kasich tried to pilot himself from Republican flight-training school to a GOP Kamikaze whose mission was to sink the the U.S.S. Bill Clinton.
“The governor’s office called our proposal ‘partisan politics,’ yet it has Republican support in the legislature and is being supported by right wing organizations on social media. By the same measure, the fact that Governor Kasich’s proposal has no bipartisan support clearly shows he’s the one guilty of playing partisan politics. At this point, there seems to be more support for our hometown teachers than there is for this out-of-touch, thin-skinned governor.”