It is not immediately evident why anyone, or at least anyone outside Ohio, should care much about what John Kasich says or thinks. The lame-duck governor has already run for president twice and lost. He's not a particularly charismatic or appealing figure. And to the extent most people in America know who he is, it's probably from his role as a marginal and somewhat irritating participant in the 2016 Republican primaries. To those in need of a refresher, he was the one who kept talking about how his dad was a mailman. Still, the guy clearly thinks of himself as a national figure, and whatever else you can say about him, he has a knack for getting on television. Right now, he's in the process of reintroducing himself as that great rarity of politics, the Sensible Moderate Republican, a species long thought extinct outside of minor ecosystems like Vermont and Massachusetts. But unlike your typical SMRs, Kasich will never be happy as a merely regional attraction. He wants to be president, … [Read more...] about Commentary: Believe it or not, John Kasich matters
Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post Published 9:18 am, Monday, March 12, 2018 READ ANOTHER OPINION Here's the case: Trump has the worst Cabinet ever Pointers for Pompeo: How not to follow Tillerson Will Trump play the part of Putin's poodle, again? What to look for in Pennsylvania's 18th District race Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., sees his party gone mad (as in bonkers, but as in furious as well). The GOP has adopted the worst possible economic policy - tariffs and rent-seeking (i.e. countries now come begging for exemptions). It has come to admire Vladimir Putin, attack a free press and reflect, at best, indifference to misogyny and racism. I'm talking not only about President Donald Trump but also the millions in the GOP who voted for him and still defend him. Trump - in all his vulgarity, ignorance, nativism and mean-spiritedness - is still overwhelmingly popular among Republicans. Some, a few, in the GOP cannot stomach that. Flake, appearing on "Meet the Press" … [Read more...] about What’s a Jeff Flake or John Kasich to do?
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print Gov. John Kasich gave his annual, and last, “State of the State” speech Tuesday night in his hometown of Westerville. It was strange, and strangely self-indulgent. The governor chose not to address, with any specificity or new ideas, the many pressing policy issues that bedevil the state of Ohio. RELATED: Kasich delivers State of the State address Instead, much of his talk was about philosophy and the history of political and religious thinking, beginning with Plato on down to the Existentialists. We got nothing about Lake Erie and the algae blooms and the runoff of agricultural manure. We got nothing new on opioids — no new money and no new ideas. Gun laws in the state of Ohio could use some leadership, and quickly. Mr. Kasich devoted many minutes to praises for Westerville’s small-town ambience and lamenting the tragic slayings of two police officers by a man who was in illegal possession of a gun. … [Read more...] about John Kasich: A governor detached
Ohio Gov. John Kasich this weekend praised young people for holding politicians accountable for the lack of action on gun violence. "Young people — the Millennials, the Gen Xers — are saying, 'Look, we've heard enough. Deliver something. Deliver something. We don't want all these excuses. Deliver something,'" the governor said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. "Frankly, they put it to me every once in a while, and I try to explain to them the politics of why it's so difficult," he continued. "They don't want to hear it. And you know? Good for them! Bully for them! I love them! I love the way that they are saying, 'Let's do the art of the impossible rather than the art of the possible.'" Last week, Kasich announced that a bipartisan panel had agreed to six recommendations on gun policy, including stricter background checks, a ban on purchases for a third party, and allowing family members and friends to petition a court to remove guns from a person's home if they pose a … [Read more...] about Gov. John Kasich on Student Protesters: ‘Good for Them’
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will join fired Republican Assembly leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) to launch “New Way California,” an attempt to re-make the California Republican Party, on March 21. Mayes was dumped as GOP leader in August after he provided the crucial Republican swing vote that renewed Democrat Gov. JerryBrown’s cap-and-trade, which is expected to increase gas taxes by up to $.79 a gallon by 2030.Mayes claimed he would launch a “New Way California” message to urge the struggling California Republican Party to unite all Californians in support of “individual freedom, shared responsibility, educational excellence, environmental stewardship, efficient government and an open economy.” Named by a newspaper in his local district as the “Benedict Arnold to many California conservatives,” Mayes has had trouble attracting support for his “New Way.”But according to Schwarzenegger … [Read more...] about Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Kasich to Launch ‘New Way’ for California GOP