The 2016 presidential media sing-along has now embraced Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whose every half-step is being projected as evidence that he might be, would be, could be and – for Heaven’s sake! - should be the GOP’s answer to raise America from the post-Obama ashes as a kind of born-again society.
The National Journal recently swung into the speculative Kasich launch, not quite yet with champagne, by quoting one of the guys who knew him when both were congressmen. Ex-Rep. Tom Davis III , Virginia Republican, described Kasich as a
guy who can “connect with a crowd” and shouldn’t be considered a “sleeper”.
Davis called his colleague ”the total package” who has presided over a “Rust Belt Renaissance” (No mention – now or forever – of Obama’s bailout of the auto industry that saved thousands of Buckeye jobs as the GOP side was damning it.)
The Virginian also said Kasich was a potential presidential candidate that “everyone is overlooking”.
Well, not everyone, Tom, to say the least.
The Columbus Dispatch has set its sights on a Kasich White House for months, with reporter Joe Vardon documenting every Kasich breath. The latest is the word that Kasich is going to Los Vegas to speak to the Republican Jewish Coalition in late March. The head of that group is casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who badly invested tens of millions in the 2012 presidential campaign to elect Romney after candidate Newt Gingrich was left hunting for another day job.
Adelson is still hoping to put someone in the White House who will be friendly to his overseas casino investments.
As Vardon envisioned the RJC trek, it is “already the subject of growing speculation surrounding the GOP presidential field for 2016. Word that Kasich will adddress the RJC is only fueling that speculation.”
And insofar is the Dispatch is concerned, it has plenty of that fuel in its own tank.
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