As Jeb Bush’s campaign sputters and misfires the GOP establishment and self-proclaimed ruling class is casting soulful glances at John Kasich. They may need to think again. At least if they expect him to appeal to Hispanics.
Sharing an anecdote Thursday at a campaign event as he spoke about Republicans trying to attract Latino voters, Ohio Gov. John Kasich got tangled up on the details.
At a luncheon hosted at a posh Orange County golf club by a local political action committee, Kasich heap praise upon Latinos — a crucial voting bloc, with 28 million expected to be eligible to vote in the 2016 election — for family values and work ethic, but then appeared to indirectly conflate Latinos and service-industry workers.
“A lot of them do jobs that they’re willing to do and, uh, that’s why in the hotel you leave a little tip,” said Kasich before a small group inside the Shady Canyon Golf Club, nestled in a gated Irvine neighborhood.
Kasich went on to tell a story about his stay at a hotel in Los Angeles in recent days.
“This lady wrote me in my hotel there in L.A. She wrote this note. It said, ‘I really want you to know that I care about your stay.’ Is that just the greatest thing?” he said. “So, you know, we can learn a lot and she’s Hispanic, ’cause I didn’t know it at the time, but I met her in the hallway — asked her if I could get a little more soap,” said a chuckling Kasich.
Pretty condescending, you say? That’s what Hispanics do in elite circles. They do “some jobs in America that Americans won’t do,” as one well known public figure used to tell us. Does this sound familiar?
This isn’t all that eye opening. It is, after all, the way the upper crust of the GOP looks at you and me. But because Kasich is the “moderate” candidate and supported by the Establishment, nothing will be said about this. If this was a conservative, it would be the end of his campaign.