At some point, anybody who runs for the Republican nomination for President will learn the lesson that it is not a good idea to insult the very people who determine if you represent the party as their nominee. In 2012, Jon Huntsman, despite a very conservative record as the Governor of Utah, thought it would be a good idea to kick off his campaign by insulting the Tea Party and mocking people of faith for believing in creationism instead of evolution. He didn’t make it past New Hampshire. John Kasich is going down that same route and he didn’t help himself with what he said during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union with Dana Bash on November 1.
Bash was reading from Leon’s article about Kasich and quoted this section:
For all that people criticize Jeb Bush, Kasich is far and away the candidate in this field who is just utterly clueless about the Republican electorate as a whole. Worse, to the extent that Kasich does understand Republicans, he dislikes them.
Watch how Kasich responds:
His response just shows what disdain he has for his fellow candidates and conservative voters by:
A. Pretending that since he is from Ohio, he is the only one who has a chance of winning Ohio.
B. By saying he does “not care” about one of the more influential conservative blogs on the internet.
He pretty much validated exactly what Leon said about him. If you watch the rest of the video, Kasich goes on to yell about what a great conservative governor he has been without ever once mentioning his support for Obamacare, cloaking it in some gibberish about drug addiction.
Perhaps Governor Kasich doesn’t care about RedState but maybe some of his campaign staff does and if they’re reading this, maybe they can pass it along.
1. Nobody cares what you did in Congress in 1998 or 1999, Governor. This is 2015. The country and the world are different. There are rock bands that used to sell out arenas in the 1980’s who are playing state fairs now. People want to know, “What are you going to do?”
2. If you’re so conservative, why are you proposing one of the highest energy tax increases in the nation and blubbering oil and natural drillers who have been successful at fracking in Ohio are not “paying their fair share”? Not only that, with oil prices as low as they are, the industry is has taken a hit and the last thing they need is a tax increases.
3. Lecturing people about their faith when they criticize you about Medicaid expansion is right out the left’s playbook. In case you had forgotten, here is how you put it:
“Look at Medicaid expansion. Do you know how many people are yelling at me? I go out to events where people yell at me. You know what I tell ’em? … I say, there’s a book. It’s got a new part and an old part; they put it together, it’s a remarkable book. If you don’t have one, I’ll buy you one. It talks about how we treat the poor. Sometimes you just have to lead.”
The last time I read the New Testament, I didn’t see the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Kasich. You weren’t in there, sir. And the idea that one doesn’t care to help the poor because they don’t support a lousy government program is exactly what I expect to hear from Hillary Clinton, not somebody seeking the GOP nomination.
Kasich will likely not listen and continue flailing away at his own party and the very people who can make him the nominee. That is his prerogative but he his campaign will likely be closing up shop right after the New Hampshire primary where as of now, he is mired in fifth place. Good luck with that, Governor.