A NEW STATUS QUO CHAMPION?
Ohio governor John Kasich – a.k.a. “Medicaid Jesus” – is the GOP establishment’s flavor of the week following his second-place showing in early-voting New Hampshire this week.
And he’s already busy spreading the status quo’s gospel …
“Maybe, just maybe, at a time when clearly change is the air, maybe just maybe we are turning the page on a dark part of American politics,” Kasich told his Granite State supporters. “Because tonight, the light overcame the darkness – and you made it happen! You made it happen!”
Wait … what?
That’s some pretty lofty rhetoric from a guy whose high-water mark is 16 percent in one state … and whose prospects for duplicating this modest feat are hit-or-miss.
Nonetheless, the press got just as caught up in the “Kasich moment” as the centrist candidate did.
“Compassionate conservatism is back,” the left-leaning Huffington Post declared.
It’ll be interesting to see if Kasich can sell his “hope and change” message in South Carolina – which holds its “First in the South” presidential primary on February 20. After all, Kasich will have to show Palmetto State voters the difference between “compassionate conservatism” and pay-to-play crony capitalism … the sort that his cronies have engaged in at the direct expense of roughly 300 South Carolina jobs.
Good luck with all that …
On the other end of the handout spectrum, Kasich will also have to explain how his Jesus-inspired Medicaid expansion in Ohio has wound up costing that state’s taxpayers billions more than he projected.
Yeah … good luck with that, too.
This website is obviously no fan of Kasich. In fact we think he’s far worse than most of the establishment “Republicans” seeking the presidency. How come? Because he knows better … and used to act accordingly.
“In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was a real pro-freedom, pro-free market champion … but in recent years he’s become just another status quo Republican hack,” we wrote last spring.
Of interest? Kasich is focusing his South Carolina campaign almost exclusively in the Palmetto Lowcountry – the more socially liberal region of the state – and in South Carolina’s sixth congressional district (which is dominated by Democrats).
Frankly, that says a lot to us about where he thinks he can pick up votes … and where he knows he can’t.