Is Kasich Really the ‘Adult’ on X-rated GOP Stage?

JohnKasichby Linda Harvey   3/8/16
As Donald Trump and Marco Rubio traded jabs about male genitalia, my Ohio governor, John Kasich claimed he was above it all. Kasich said at the Detroit debate, “People say, everywhere I go, you seem to be the adult on stage.”

But there’s a problem. The adult John Kasich may have hoisted himself on his own petard with the help of the Ohio Republican Party.

Come the Tuesday, March 15, Ohio primary, Kasich’s main role may be reduced to that of “spoiler.”

At least that’s the thinking in a few Ohio circles: Vote for Kasich, even with all his flaws (and there are plenty), or else Trump will win Ohio and its 66 winner-take-all delegates.

Ohio primary voters on March 15, as well as those in Florida, should take heed: We have far better election alternatives than Donald Trump, Kasich, or even Rubio. Ted Cruz, for instance.

The clear adult on the Detroit debate stage was statesman Ted Cruz, who succinctly covered critical policy points while humorously managing Donald Trump’s attempted jabs. The only reason Kasich escapes debate bedlam is because the other candidates don’t take him seriously.

Donald Trump was definitely not the grownup on stage. The evidence continues to mount for his unsuitability as our president.

Among Trump’s serious flaws are his immature bullying; policy cluelessness; and an unrepentant, sexually liberal track record. Another horror for concerned parents was just revealed: The Trump Foundation supports GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Trump donated $20,000 to GLSEN in 2012.

I have written extensively about GLSEN’s push for school “LGBT” propaganda and early sexual activity among children. GLSEN also advocates gender confusion even for children as young as kindergarten. Here is one of my detailed reports on GLSEN.

In spite of my own personal “2016NoTrump” campaign, I can’t go along with voting for Kasich. How many ways can we say “back-stabbing RINO”?

Kasich claims to be a unifier, but it’s not true. The policies of the Kasich administration in conjunction with the Ohio GOP and Ohio Right to Life have worked together to badly fracture the pro-life movement in this state. Here’s the short version.

There was a piece of legislation called the Heartbeat Bill, HB 125, which twice passed the Ohio House but stalled in the Ohio Senate without a vote. It would outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, saving up to 20,000 unborn babies a year in Ohio.

Kasich opposed this bill. His buddies at Ohio Right to Life even lobbied behind the scenes against the bill.

Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati (founded by the late pro-life pioneer, Dr. John Willke), Cleveland Right to Life and many other county groups have since disaffiliated with Ohio Right to Life and joined a new state pro-life group, Ohio Pro-Life Action, formed by Dr. Willke and former ORTL leader Linda Theis.

Could a unifying, strongly pro-life governor have patched all this up by supporting the Heartbeat Bill?

Yes, but he didn’t. Kasich gave the cold shoulder to this excellent bill. Kasich has signed a few recent measures limiting abortion, but not the most effective one. Why?

Controversy. John Kasich had his eye on the presidency and wanted to maintain his RINO credentials. But the estimated 20,000 babies a year who would have been saved by the Heartbeat Bill might have another view on whether this was “adult” behavior by Kasich.

Let’s talk about Kasich’s pro-homosexual sympathies. Early in his administration, he issued an executive order banning Ohio government worker “discrimination” on sexual orientation.

That was bad enough, but his support for marriage has been totally lame. Kasich says he favors man/woman marriage, but since the Supreme Court ruled, believes we should all just “move on.” He moved on so far as to attend a friend’s “gay wedding.” Why would a faithful follower of Christ not heed the clear words of Jesus on this issue (Matthew 19 and Mark 10) and be cautious about public support for sin?

His Christian-hostile, pro-homosexual staff may be giving him stupid advice. Both Matt David (formerly with Young Conservatives for Freedom to Marry) and John Weaver are advocates of same-sex so-called marriage.

When Kasich figuratively smashed a wedding cake in the faces of Christian bakers by his insensitive remark that they should just go ahead and bake homosexual ceremony cakes, he revealed a heart not apparently touched by the Christian principles he frequently espouses.

In Detroit, Fox gave him a chance to recoup. (Ted Cruz never gets these softball questions.) So Kasich’s new “adult” position is that he would reluctantly support some kind of religious freedom law.

Great. So it’s high time Kasich signed on to support the First Amendment Defense Act. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have pledged to support this legislation.

Kasich has not.

Kasich also positions himself as a fiscal conservative, to the uproarious laughter of most Ohioans. Both Trump and Kasich support the lucrative Medicaid funding stream going to Planned Parenthood for all those wonderful non-abortion “services.” Kasich signed a bill in Ohio that purportedly defunds Planned Parenthood, but that’s not true. The state of Ohio will continue to generously reimburse the abortion giant for Medicaid services as it has to the tune of $17.2 millionover the past five years.

And speaking of Medicaid, why did John “I-work-well-with-other-people” Kasich detour around state lawmakers to accept federal Medicaid money as a part of Obamacare funding? The Wall Street Journal said he was “abusing his executive power.”

Kasich claimed to back locally controlled education, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to start screaming. He accepted federal Common Core dollars even before the progressive, dumbed-down standards were available for review, and he seems to know little about them.

I ask Ohio: Do you want to support a trustworthy, consistently conservative adult on March 15? If so, please do not support Kasich or Donald Trump for president. Cruz is the clear choice.


MissionAmericaThumbLinda Harvey is president of Mission America and hosts a talk show on Salem affiliate WRFD in Columbus, OH. • (738 views)

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17 Responses to Is Kasich Really the ‘Adult’ on X-rated GOP Stage?

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    An interesting and informative piece. Clearly Kasich is of a particularly low political order.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The conventional wisdom of the RINO right is that conviction politicians are bad for political careers. You sprinkle just enough anti-abortion dust to fool those for whom that is an issue. But when push comes to shove, you’re not serving the interests of your voters (let alone the unborn). For some damned reason, the RINOs care much more about what the liberal press says about them. Or they simple care more for what liberal voters think about them.

      It’s really a good and fair question why these guys are running as a Republican instead of a Democrat. Truly. I think that’s a good and fair question.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    The reason Kasich was called the adult, and not Cruz, is that Cruz attacked Trump on substantive issues (unlike Rubio’s personal insults, though this could be considered poetic justice against the man Voltaire might have called the King of the Vulgars) and Kasich didn’t attack him at all. Of course, some of Kasich’s new enthusiasts complained when Cruz didn’t attack Trump until Trump started in with the birtherism in January.

  3. Steve Lancaster says:

    I lost all interest in Kasich when he said that the president and governors need to be father figures for the people. I believe that shows that at heart Kasich is really a progressive RINO.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I’m torn on the subject, Steve. Many boys and girls need a father figure, liberal culture having done its part to deny a father at home. And if we were to think of George Washington as “the father of our country” and compare and contrast with the insane nanny of Germany who is bringing her country to ruin, maybe a little fatherly advice is just what we need.

      Unfortunately, the problem with Kasich is that the’s the typical girly-man. I have no problem with a politician using the voice of his office to stump for integrity, fidelity, lawfulness, industry, and the willingness to learn. Moral guidance of this type is not a bad thing coming from any source. I think what you object to — and I quite agree — is when you have these nancy-boys trying to turn it into a government program which, by its very nature, robs the ability to actually transmit the masculine traits of self-reliance, etc.

      But, in principle, I have to admit I would very much appreciate more politicians playing the role of father figures. We need them. And a big part of acting the father is not to parse everything through emotion, as the girly-men and nancy-boys do as they play to their female constituencies and bend to the rules of feminism. A father would stress the need four learning, knowledge, wisdom, sound judgment, and a whole host of things that are outside of merely being buffeted about by the emotion of the day.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      The key reason for my rejection of Kasich (who actually has a decent record overall, as was true of Jon Huntsman in 2012) came when he defended his Medicaid expansion on religious grounds that amounted to an unlimited call for social welfare spending.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        There have been several icon-of-destruction moments. The one by Kasich you just noted. The others I can think of are:

        1) Rubio — Gang of 8
        2) Christie — hugging Obama and dissing Romney
        3) Bush — “crossing the border illegally is an act of compassion”
        4) Carson — “the pyramids were for storing grain”. Give Joseph some credit. The pyramids took perhaps decades to build. Joseph of the bible had only a few years to prepare for the famine. And certainly so much rock just to store grain is a poor use of resources. But I hear he’s a hell of a surgeon.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I don’t know that Christie actually dissed Romney, though his hug of Obama was certainly harmful for his larger ambitions. One also can’t forget the George Washington Bridge. A lot of people were stuck in jammed traffic because of that.

          Apparently there are some Christians who think Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. In reality, of course, they long predated him and hardly had that much storage capacity. (Incidentally, anyone interested in a different take on ancient Egyptian history — linking it to Jewish history, including a letter from Mutbaal (a name the author equates to Ishbaal) referencing David, Jesse, and Joab — is David Rohl’s Pharaohs and Kings.)

  4. GHG says:

    Kasich is staying in the race to scrape off a few delegates here and there in an attempt to keep Trump from reaching critical mass and thereby the eGOP can get their backdoor victory with a brokered convention. Whether that should be considered adult or not, I don’t know, but it is a slimy move by a slimy politician.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      There are those who also speculate that Kasich is staying in because if he wins his home state, that would give him street cred to be on the ticket with Trump. But I don’t think he’s high on the list for being drafted by the eGOP.

  5. David Norris says:

    Back in 2011 there was a ‘small story’ about John Boehner meeting with Obama on the golf course for a round of golf. This was unusual for Obama because normally golfing was a private and social affair where he could relax.

    The Obama-Boehner golf outing coincided with White House and congressional negotiations on a long-term deficit reduction plan and raising the government’s borrowing authority.

    At this time it was beginning to become clear that the so-called republican leadership was at least ineffectual at slowing Obama down, if not having become complicit in giving him whatever he wanted.

    The question in the air at the time was “Does the president have something on the republican leadership which is causing them to fold at every turn”?

    Along for the ride at this outing (because they needed a foursome) was vice president Biden, and governor Kasich. I had never seen Kasich at such a high level meeting before, and wondered what he was doing there.

    Ever since, I’ve had this picture in my mind of Kasich as ‘caddy’ for Boehner and Obama, and have had a sense of deep mistrust for the man.

  6. NAHALKIDES NAHALKIDES says:

    Thanks to Linda Harvey for this update on the execrable John Kasich. To put it simply, Kasich is an Establishment-man. He doesn’t have as many people fooled into thinking he’s a Conservative as Rubio does, but there are a few who have drawn that mistaken conclusion based on his service as Chairman of the House Budget Committee. As I think most ST readers are aware, merely objecting to the high cost of a few social programs does not a Conservative make. Real Conservatives see the Federal Government as an out-of-control Levithan; E-men like Kasich and ¡Jeb! just want to get their chance to run it.

    So, how to deal with Kasich if you’re voting in the Ohio primary? I’m inclined to agree with Linda that you should vote for Ted Cruz, who’s obviously the much better man (and my choice for the nomination). But that’s a gamble: The latest polls show Kasich likely to win Ohio, which means that switching to Cruz (who’s polling third) could merely help Trump overcome Kasich. (The latest numbers from RCP: Kasich 34; Trump 29; Cruz 19; Rubio 7)

    The strategic case for Kasich is that he is more likely to defeat Trump for first place than Cruz, thus depriving Trump of Ohio’s delegates while posing no real threat himself as Ohio is the only state he has a reasonable chance of winning. I hate to advise anyone to vote for someone as loathsome as I find Kasich to be, but that strategy might actually be the best way to help Cruz, since if Trump fails to get a majority of delegates on the first ballot at the convention, Cruz seems to me likely to get the nod on the second or third ballot.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      When Kasich fell to third in Michigan, his case for being a possible nominee virtually vanished. He did well in counties near Ohio (as was also the case in Kentucky, and may happen in a few other states), but that’s it — despite making a major effort there, unlike Cruz. So strategic voting for Kasich can be justified. It may require holding one’s nose, but I’ll have to do that in November anyway if Trump wins the nomination.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        We need to market a purely non-profit StubbornThings nostril-pinching-guard to avoid chafing of the nasal exterior due to all the nose-holding we typically have to do. We’ll put our logo on it and sell the for $1.00 each. Maybe a red, white, and blue motif. Sort of a version of the Breathe Rite strips but covering a little more of the nose area.

  7. When Kasich figuratively smashed a wedding cake in the faces of Christian bakers by his insensitive remark that they should just go ahead and bake homosexual ceremony cakes, he revealed a heart not apparently touched by the Christian principles he frequently espouses.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I couldn’t agree more, Linwood. A thoughtful response might have been something like this:

      “Other than up and down, right and left, hot and cold, and black and white, there have been few truths as enduring as male and female. When we get to the point where we penalize people for holding to this obvious fact, we’re not being “sensitive” to others. We’re scrapping the truth for a very fringe and vocal minority who commonly dismiss male-and-female as mere ‘breeders’.

      “Only a lawyer or a Democrat could make the issue of baking a cake this complicated or controversial. Declining to honor and thus advocate the screwball notion of same-sex marriage has to remain a right, for if this common-sense right — reality itself — is forsaken, then it’s clear that the only basis for grounding moral opinion is whatever the flakes at the New York Times says is the thing to do.

      “That’s no way for a society to govern itself. And we should unmask the Pink Mafia for what they are: a bunch of bullies. In a truly tolerant society, you learn to peaceably live with ‘no.’ You are I hear ‘no’ all the time, whether it’s being turned down for a loan, a job, a girlfriend, or whatever. But it’s part of life. You don’t always get what you want…nor should you.

      “But what the Pink Mafia demands is that every facet of society always bend to its will. And so we should understand that the homosexual agenda has little to do with being ‘sensitive’ or ‘tolerant.’ The movement, assuming it was ever anything marginally reasonable, is a fascistic movement…bullying people into compliance.

      “The weakness of all this is that your average person is a coward. He or she will not stand up to the Pink Mafia and say: I may or may not approve of homosexuality. But whether I want to honor it or not is up to me. The long ground of common-sense, logic, biology, and tradition means the burden is on the very fringe minority who wish to twist the laws of nature. The burden is not on those who do not.

      “But most do not speak out and plainly. Most are intimidated into silent compliance. What they need to learn to say is: If you want a cake for your homosexual wedding, then bake your own damn cake and get on with it. Stop demanding the world hang on your every word. Grow up.

      In the case of Kasich, he has adopted the Kumbaya version of Christianity where the point is not being right with God. The point is emotional therapy. Everyone must feel good about themselves. One must not be “judgmental” (that is, to have standards of conduct and behavior). One is to be “tolerant” which, in practice, means jettisoning tried-and-true biblical or conservative values and adopting liberal ones…just because its the fad thing to do.

      We’ve got a Pope right now who I think is fraudulent, at best. But he’s all the rage because he reinforces people’s Leftism (rather than authentic Christianity). He caters marvelously to the faddish modern beliefs of liberalism. The Cultural Marxist long march through the institutions is now nearly complete. A truly biblical man would have the awareness to reflect on that. But he’s just another smarmy politician.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        At least the Peron pope hasn’t — yet — surrendered to the Left on sexual issues such as abortion and homosexuality. Kasich did, and I’m not surprised; like McCain before him, his constituency is the synoptic media, who would turn on him (as they did McCain) the instant he became even the presumptive nominee. But, meanwhile, he gets to “stand tall in Georgetown”.

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