Is A Brokered Convention a Knee JERK Reaction for Kasich?
Boy does John Kasich have a lot of people fooled! Traveling around the Country in his metaphorical sweater and loafers, telling people what a “beautiful day in the neighborhood it is,” when to so many Americans who have been suffering under Obama, it is anything but. No Fred Rogers he, and anyone considering supporting this man for President should know the type of person Kasich really is:
Molly Ball at The Atlantic wrote in an article last April, that “the thing about John Kasich is, he’s kind of a jerk.” Outside of Ohio, people don’t know much about Kasich, who has done his damnedest to capitalize on a contentious Republican campaign starting with the free-for-all against Donald Trump, during one of the earliest debates. Inside of Ohio, Kasich has been described by state staffers as being “arrogant, condescending and manipulative.”
Kasich is trying to pass himself off as someone having “just the right type of moderate temperament needed to run this Country with a steady hand.” This might be fine for some if it was true, but the problem is, it’s NOT. For someone claiming to be the calm in the midst of a political s*itstorm, those who’ve worked alongside Kasich describe him as having a “short fuse.” Kasich’s grating style “is known to be brusque, confrontational and dismissive of others’ views, even fellow conservatives,” says a D.C. insider.
Reports of angry tantrums by Kasich have dogged him throughout his career, from state Legislature, to Congress and to the governorship. In the “it takes one to know one” category, the notoriously hot-headed John McCain, known to blow a fuse or two, has described Kasich as having “a hair-trigger temper.” In early June of 2015 when a campaign donor suggested to Kasich that he took too long to declare his candidacy, Kasich yelled back, “You don’t know what you’re talking about!” (I wonder how much that guy ended up donating to the Kasich coffers!)
At a Southern California conference a year earlier sponsored by billionaire Republican donors Charles and David Koch, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick asked Kasich why he said his expansion of Medicaid in Ohio was “something God wanted.” Kasich turned beet red, pointed his finger at Mrs. Kendrick and shouted “I don’t know about you, lady, but when I get to the Pearly Gates, I’m going to have an answer for what I’ve done for the poor!”
This exchange took so many in the audience aback, that at least 20 people sitting in the crowd were reported to have gotten up and walked out, after which two other governors on stage with Kasich, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, told him they disagreed with his remarks. Governor Kasich has not been invited back to another Koch-sponsored conference since, including the one that was held in his home state of Ohio, in August of 2015.
A reporter covering the Kasich campaign New Hampshire would “tweet” about his “wandering speeches” at Town Hall gatherings, which were described as being “emotional, rambling, and self-important.” When he met groups of potential supporters in New Hampshire, they stated privately that they “liked him less after meeting with him one on one.” Publicly, Kasich has said that he has “a hot wife” who “stays at home doing the laundry.” (and Trump is the one who supposedly has “problems with female voters”?!), and he’s been quoted as saying that Californians are “wackadoodles.” That comment that should go over like a lead balloon in California on primary day, but this is the real John Kasich – not the guy he plays on T.V.
Anger management isn’t the only issue Kasich has. He also has an embellishment issue when it comes to his record. For example, Kasich claims that it was his administration’s “controlling spending” that enabled him to cut taxes. A patently false statement, since state government spending actually increased on Kasich’s watch. The real reason he was able to cut taxes, was because Ohio, like many other states, experienced a revenue surge at the outset of the start to a sluggish recovery from the worst recession we’ve seen in over 50 years. A recession brought about in part, by Lehman Brothers, the Company Kasich was working for at the time we were hit by the recession.
Kasich brags repeatedly about not raising taxes, when in reality, he has nothing to brag about. They only reason that Kasich “avoided” raising taxes after taking office in 2011, was because he made drastic and devastating cuts in state funding to municipalities and schools. Kasich cut funding for public schools, where 90 percent of Ohio’s students are enrolled, by half a billion dollars. This move forced local governments to pass levies, in order to raise the millions of dollars in operating money needed for public schools, due to state budget cuts.
Kasich says he’s running on his “record,” but when it comes down to policy, he is little more than a big Government, Republican Establishment politician. Kasich dramatically expanded Obamacare in Ohio, and has repeatedly said that a repeal of this disastrous healthcare law will “never happen.” He’s also pro-amnesty, with a record on this issue similar to those of Rubio and Ted Cruz. Those who know Kasich find him to be off-putting, due to his arrogant, quick-tempered temperament and habit of embellishing his record, which he is a master at doing!
Many years ago, when Bill Clinton was first seeking the Democrat party nomination, I was stopped in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Garden State Parkway on a hot summer day. I struck up a conversation with people who had also exited their vehicles, one of whom was from Arkansas. He warned us about how bad Clinton was for Arkansas, and cautioned that we “shouldn’t let him do to the Country, what he did to the state.”
Perusal of various blog sites paints a clear picture of what many Ohioans think of their Governor, who is seen as being the second coming of Warren Harding with a little bit of Spiro Agnew mixed in. As President, some Ohioans say that Kasich’s primary concern would be making sure to put his friends in charge of all positions that handle revenue streams, while also making sure that anyone who had ever contributed to one of his opponents got no job whatsoever. Due to the fact that he has no ideology of any kind, they predict that Kasich would agree to a deal whereby he was given the nomination, in exchange for Party Establishment selecting key cabinet positions, etc.
There is no one with a more excited reaction at the prospect of a “contested convention” than Kasich, who knows full well that this scenario would be the only one that represented any chance of him getting the Republican nomination. He clearly doesn’t care about the will of the American people, people who are coming out in record numbers to cast votes in their primaries that have given Donald Trump in a commanding lead over Kasich and Ted Cruz. Kasich also seems to hold the party in complete disregard, by way of his willingness to sacrifice the very existence of the Republican Party, for his own political ambition.
That sure sounds like a jerk to me!