Having grown up an “average American” in Ohio, it is not uncomfortable to consider a candidate from Ohio, a state that has provided its share of past presidents. Ohio hasn’t delivered one in awhile, not since Blooming Grove gave to America, Warren G. Harding, 1921-1923.
See Ohio presidents here: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/profileohio/ohiopresidents.aspx
John Kasich was pitching himself at the Republican Governors Association where the Toledo Blade says he’s a “long shot”.
Let’s test the idea by first considering his resume.
First of all, he has been governor of a significant state, one that is as representative of America as anywhere. It is a place that some say peaked in the 1970s and has been in decline ever since. Ohio farming has doesn’t well. Ohio manufacturing has sunk. Inventive retailing and restaurant franchising has done well operating from the State’s capital city. Yet, its big cities have suffered, Cleveland, Toledo, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown. Cincinnati has done alright because that is the home of Procter & Gamble.
On the whole, Ohio has produced upward mobile jobs in healthy numbers to advance the economy. Ohio has natural resources such as natural gas from oil shale and coal, so there is harvesting going on there at the expense of the landscape and environment.
John Richard Kasich, Resume
May 13, 1952 (age 62)
McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, U.S.
69th Governor of Ohio
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio’s 12th District, January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001
Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget
Member of the Ohio Senate, 15th District, January 3, 1983 – January 3, 2001
Profession: Politician, Investment Banker
The Ohio State University (B.A.), Political Science
Having been the CEO (governor) of a large state is significant. The troublesome thing is that he is a professional politician. That is about all that he has ever been. That isn’t a good thing, especially for a Republican whose party trashes government.
He had about 8 years in the private sector. What did he do?
“Private sector career (2001-2009)
After leaving Congress, Kasich went to work for Fox News, hosting Heartland with John Kasich on the Fox News Channel and guest-hosting The O’Reilly Factor, filling in for Bill O’Reilly as needed. Kasich also frequently appeared as a guest host and analyst on Hannity & Colmes (the title of which was later changed to Hannity).”
He went to work for conservative broadcasters and accomplished nothing, except for himself of course.
There are no signs that John Kasich could become a collaborator in a bipartisan government. There are no signs that his presence in Ohio leadership has turned the corner for the Ohio economy with inventive leadership, plans, and ideas. That’s three swings, misses, and a strikeout.
“Ohio Gov. John Kasich potential presidential candidate
He plays down the idea of running, and he’s considered a long shot, but …
BY TOM TROY AND JIM PROVANCE
BLADE STAFF WRITERS
His spunky performance at a Republican Governors Association conference in Florida and his big win on Election Day has vaulted Ohio Gov. John Kasich into the long-shot category of potential Republican presidential candidates.
Mr. Kasich brushes off any suggestion he’ll run for president in 2016 and has not done the early things that potential candidates do — such as hiring a national political consultant, frequently visiting Iowa, or creating an exploratory committee.
But on the campaign trail, he talked much about the nation as a whole learning from Ohio, and he shifted from calling the U.S. Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” to “Hillarycare.”
A Quinnipiac Poll released last week showed that Mr. Kasich at least registers among Republican and GOP-leaning voters, even though he trails nine others. Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney led the pack with 19 percent followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 11 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson both scored 8 percent, and Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul scored 6 percent.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all scored 5 percent. Mr. Kasich was in a four-way tie with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal with 2 percent.
Mr. Kasich easily won re-election Nov. 4 with nearly 64 percent of the vote after the campaign of his opponent, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, virtually disappeared from public sight and never was able to air the all-important TV commercials that drive turnout and voter impressions of the candidates.
During the election, Mr. Kasich refused to agree to a publicly televised debate with Mr. FitzGerald and often rebuffed news reporters’ questions when he made campaign appearances.”