New York Magazine published a celebrity journalism article by Lisa Miller titled “John Kasich Is Already Running.” “For the Ohio governor,” the subtitle continued, “the campaign against Trump never stopped. And it won’t till 2020.”
It’s another in a series of “in-depth” looks at Ohio’s quirky, petulant, and outbound governor that rehashes similar attempts to fathom the great reformer’s mind done by national venues that end up reading like Kasich wrote it himself. It tells us nothing new about the practiced performance politico, who knows the rules of the media game and takes serious, naive or gullible reporters like Miller on his patented rhetorical joy ride.
Miller recounts his now familiar biographical stories, repeated ad nauseam over the course of Ohio’s term-limited, lame-duck governor’s political life. The 65-year old supply sider, a political dinosaur left over from the Reagan era, tries desperately to seem hip, cool, and with-it. He pulls out his now-familiar, time-tested Kasichisms like Las Vegas comedian Carrot Top pulls out props from his stage trunk. If you think this is new stuff, you haven’t been paying attention.
Best Of Basic Kasich On Display
While this article fails to enlighten, it emboldens Kasich to continue his quixotic, attention-getting quest to one day reign in the White House, maybe as the 46th president? When Breitbart took note of the article, it took tremendous pushback and ridicule in comments from the crowd whose leader lives in the White House and who stomped on Kasich last year like he was a bag on fire on their front porch.
The motor mouth governor whose brashness and bravado have been his political selling points, reveals how mixed up his mind is on important subjects that he doesn’t seem to understand. He is far from where the nation is these days, especially Millennials, on many issues, social and economic. Relying on his quasi-religious beliefs in the power of supply-side economics (which economic history shows doesn’t work), Kasich carefully avoids spending any time on social issues like gay marriage, abortion and women’s health rights, each powerful issues he’ll lose on at the national level should he enter a third run for the White House in 2020.
His new schtick is saying he’s wants to be the voice of young people and he’s for protecting the environment. Facts show he led the charge to take Ohio from the nation’s most advanced renewable energy portfolio to one of the worst. If Kasich is so pro-environment, why doesn’t Ohio have a reasonable tax credit for electric cars or solar or wind?
As for his singular claim that he’s the voice of young people, Kasich appears not to know that young people are trending liberal, especially on topics Kasich is embarrassed by, like gay marriage, LGBTQ issues, abortion, and women’s healthcare rights in general.
What thinking young person wants to be a Kasich conservative if that means siding with Kasich on extending the age of retirement and getting less when they retire? Or on Medicare and Medicaid, two programs Democrats made possible, not Kasich conservatives, that keep seniors from living in poverty and poor people having affordable access to healthcare?
Even on his supposedly bread-and-butter economic issues, Ohio is worse off after eight years of his trickle-down theories than before his so-called “conservative” beliefs came to pass in his state budget bills, which busted all previous budgets in their increase in size – a cool feat for someone whose call for a balanced federal budget seems comical by comparison.
Ohio lags in jobs, and its poverty rate is up, especially among African-Americans. Student debt is among the highest in the land, cities continue to struggling after he stole billions from them to put into the emergency fund so he could claim a good credit rating with Wall Street credit-rating agencies.
Kasich has done such an unspectacular job with Ohio’s economy that Republicans running to replace him have no fear in saying they need to change, bigly. This includes starting with a business-mindset need to push the state forward, with remedies including conservative leadership, getting control of government spending and taxes, and ending pay-to-play, a situation Kasich has remained silent on since he’s complicit by allowing corrupt government to continue.
Jim Renacci, a Tea Party Trumpster and businessman gubernatorial candidate from northern Ohio, is among the Buckeye State’s 12 GOP congressman in Washington. He lifted his leg on the Kasich years, saying “reinvigorating Ohio’s job market will only happen if our leaders are willing to fight for what’s right — even when it’s hard.”
That puts Kasich in perspective, for those who need perspective help. Ohio is far from being reinvigorated, as most charts on most important issues attest to, starting with median household income compared to national data ($59,039 in 2016).
He’s signed bad bills into law that help suppress voting and made it harder for third-party political parties to gain a beachhead in Ohio’s lopsided political climate. The outbound governor says he against gerrymandering, but as governor Kasich eagerly participated in and voted for the very setup he appears to have forgotten help put in place.
He continues to hide how much taxpayers are foot his travel bills, so reporters stopped asking. Meanwhile, he’s still asking for donations to his campaign to help spread the word, according to John Richard Kasich.
“Please consider chipping in $10, $25, $100 or whatever you can right now to help us keep fighting for common-sense solutions to America’s challenges,” is what his continuing campaign asks for.
He’s a multi-millionaire now, worth as much as $22 million according to his own federal filings, but he still talks like he’s the kind of working man his Democratic postman father was, or his mother, another public employee.
Kasich is no fan of public employees and their unions, having tried unsuccessfully to gut their collective bargaining power in 2011 that Ohio voters nullified by a 2-1 margin when they rejected State Issue 2 (SB5). And for history buffs, Ohio doesn’t have a constitutional clause for recall, otherwise Kasich would have faced a recall election like his fellow conservative governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, did because Wisconsin makes it legal.
Yet despite all his failures as a politician focused on promoting himself and his failed solutions to fix problems that affect all strata of society, Kasich gets weekend cameo appearances on national TV talk shows, where hosts and panel participants have no clue of the debris field of bad budgets and policy outcomes that the next Ohio governor faces after Kasich’s razzle dazzle management strategies that took credit for work others performed and divorced itself from where he’s fallen down on the job.
Opposites attract, they say. Maybe Kasich and Trump dislike each other because they are kindred spirits in showmanship, temperament and vanity.