Has compassion become Kryptonite in GOP presidential race?

Mitt Romney’s crew is making noises about the Mittster running again, at least if Jeb Bush doesn’t run. Jeb is showing signs of maybe kinda yearning to be president, just like Dad and Big Brother, but only if he can avoid the humiliating gauntlet of Tea Party conservatives that is the GOP primary system.

I’m not aware that such a path exists.

Meanwhile, the handful of GOP presidential hopefuls in the Senate — Cruz, Paul, Rubio — continue to come across as petulant, insecure 15-year-olds unable to handle the sensation of testosterone flowing through their bodies. And most of the conservative governors who set right-wing hearts aflutter a few years ago, such as Scott Walker of Wisconsin, have overpromised and underperformed and are at serious risk of being unseated by their home-state voters.

kasichBut then you look at Ohio, a swing state that is crucial for any GOP plan to cobble together 270 electoral votes, and what do you see? You see Gov. John Kasich, a conservative Republican with leadership experience in Congress and on Wall Street, running for re-election and holding an impressive 18.8-percentage-point advantage in the polling average compiled by Real Clear Politics.

Why does Kasich, elected in 2010 by just a two-point margin, now enjoy such a huge margin in a state that voted twice for Barack Obama? And why doesn’t that success translate into making him a leading GOP contender?

It turns out that those two questions — “why?” and “why not?” — have essentially the same answer.

Last year, Kasich dared to propose a state budget that included the acceptance of Medicaid expansion in Ohio. When Republican legislators refused to go along and instead passed a budget that barred expansion of Medicare, Kasich struck the language via a line-item veto. He then arranged a bureaucratic end-run around the Ohio Legislature that would make John Boehner fall onto a fainting couch if attempted by President Obama, and the Ohio Supreme Court upheld the manuever by a 4-3 vote.

Voila! — some 275,000 additional Ohioans are now covered by Medicaid, and $2.5 billion in federal money is being spent in the state, boosting its economy.

Kasich has not been shy in explaining why he has taken such steps, arguing that we “should not allow this notion in our country — this growing notion particularly among those people who have — that those that do not have are somehow lesser.”

“As Americans, we need to beat back this notion that when somebody’s poor, somehow they are lazy,” he says.

He has even gone on Fox News to spread the gospel, telling Chris Wallace:

“See, my philosophy is this, Chris: as the state does better and gets stronger economically, we must help people who live in the shadows. The people who have drug addiction — we have to get them rehab. The people who have mental illness. Those two groups of people should not be sitting in our jails and in our prisons, that’s unconscionable in our state.”

“And so, it’s a two-prong strategy: continue to grow the state, continue to make it stronger and stronger economically, and help to lift people outta the ditch where they are, bring them into the mainstream, and give them an opportunity to realize their God-given purpose.”

When you’re standing at Heaven’s gate, Kasich is known to ask, what will be more important? “Whether you kept government small” or “what did you do for the poor”? I would dearly love to hear him deliver that line in a GOP presidential debate.

Just to be clear, if Kasich were to somehow become the GOP’s 2016 nominee, I’m not saying that I would vote for him. He still wants to ban gay marriage, he has slashed access to food stamps, cut taxes on the wealthy, raised sales taxes on the working and middle class and tried to restrict abortion rights in Ohio. We disagree on a lot of things.

But if I still thought of myself as Republican, I’d look at Kasich’s 19-point margin in a crucial swing state and wonder whether there’s something to his approach. The problem is, the reasons that the GOP is unlikely to embrace Kasich or anyone like him are exactly the reasons that they need to do so.

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LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

HYPOCRITE Sheetz,


Yes_Jesus can lead the way...

gotalife
gotalife

I would like to see a hearing to call corporate media leaders to the hot seat to tell Americans why they are bullying to get more of our troops blown up in Iraq. Need to put some pressure on these psychopaths.

gotalife
gotalife

The President said no boots on the ground but corporate media are fixated on proving him wrong. These are American troops corporate media want to get blown up again. corporate media are run by rw psychopaths.

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@gotalife The President said no boots on the ground


Does that include the 1,600 Soldiers he's already sent there?  Is obama forcing Soldiers to wear tennis shoes instead of boots?

gotalife
gotalife

In his last home game, Jeter hit the game winning run and Yankee Stadium was rocking last night.


Great baseball history.

gotalife
gotalife

Hagel said needs money from congress. nbc screams for boots on the ground too.

gotalife
gotalife

@fedup52 @gotalife That will never happen and the Iraqi army is worse than thought but it should be their boots on the ground not ours.

fedup52
fedup52

@gotalife  They and their NRA buddies are welcome to put their boots on and join the fight.

Jm75
Jm75

Ugh.  A big government and big religion republican.  No thanks.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

With both Mr. Kasich and the Republican Party, one flower in a dung pile (biblical term) is not enough to win a general election, especially with Mr. Cruz out there demagoguing every issue coming down the pike.

But keeping the door opened, like you said, Jay, it could be interesting to see what transpires, especially since our fingers are crossed and prayers are in the air for a more moral opposition!

gotalife
gotalife

@TomMiddleton You will need to give them a moral compass because they broke theirs and call themselves Christians.

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

@gotalife @TomMiddleton The Golden Rule!

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

Which Premier League team gets to humiliate Manchester United this week?


mwuahahahaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Finn-McCool 

West Ham? 

To change the subject I can't believe Southhampton this year!  It is a miracle, as I think Arsene Wenger said. 

gotalife
gotalife

Turkey is getting pressure to engage but they are a moderate Islamist State and probably will not. cnn is still screaming for boots on the ground. The General said not needed.

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

So, you Cons who rankle at the thought of helping the poor, are we to believe your parents or gandparents or great grandparents were rich?


If they weren't then chances are extremely high that your family benefited from the New Deal and social safety nets like the GI Bill.
Do you accept your hypocrisy?

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Finn-McCool 

you Cons who rankle at the thought of helping the poor..........

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False premises make for bad arguments AND LIES. 

breckenridge
breckenridge

Y-J-C you remember the day you had that meltdown because federal judge John Jones (R-Pa) ruled that teaching creationism in public schools violates the  Establishment Clause in the Constitution? That was really cool. And you were so incensed you said you were going to contact upper management at the AJC and register a complaint.


So.........how did that go for you, registering that complaint?


Ahhhhhhhhhhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha  ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@breckenridge 

Since YJC already has numerous puppets he uses on the AJC blogs he should add one more name to his marionette troupe.  


To go with the meltdowns he has had under all various puppet names he should add Meltdown "Sweet" Jesus to the mix.


LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@breckenridge 

About as well as his efforts to discredit that NY Times writer (whose surname is “Rosenthal”, as he repeatedly reminds us, golly, wonder why?) he’s been crying about the past coupla days, one imagines.

gotalife
gotalife

News 12 The Bronx's Matt Pieper quickly became every parent's least favorite person Friday morning when he insulted anyone who relies on government assistance, and then continued to joke about it for a cringe-worthy amount of time without realizing he was still on air.

During what he thought was a break, Pieper began talking to another reporter about crossing guards at schools and suggested that "parents do their f**king jobs and walk their little kids to school."

rw scumbag.

Soothsayer2
Soothsayer2

Well, Europe takes a 5 matches to 3 lead after the first day. It's almost too painful to watch. Maybe they'll do better tomorrow.

gotalife
gotalife

The mission is to degrade  then destroy isis. They don't stand a chance.

Eustis
Eustis

@gotalife Maybe the Congressman should resign to show he's serious.

gotalife
gotalife

Hagel is speaking on airstrikes in Syria. The coalition is growing. The world is responding.

gotalife
gotalife

These new governments in the ME need major help on security. I am pretty sure they can reverse the sofa agreement to include immunity to leave troops and should establish a base along the Iraq-Syria border and get the Turks to engage at their border. This will end the isis threat.

fedup52
fedup52

@gotalife  These new governments should put pressure on the Saudis, etc.  They ought to string up their RWs. They are the biggest cause of the instability.

gotalife
gotalife

UK's congress came back to vote so where is our congress?

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

@gotalife harry reid doesn't believe in voting.  Maybe youi should put down the koolaid and ask the Demwits to do something.


LeninTime
LeninTime

Yes Jesus Can


"Unlike every single predecessor president, bamster has never crossed the aisle"


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Spewing more lying trash? 

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@LeninTime 

But he lies in Jesus name so he has convinced himself that his lies and tripe is more than ok. 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

Why does Kasich, elected in 2010 by just a two-point margin, now enjoy such a huge margin in a state that voted twice for Barack Obama? And why doesn’t that success translate into making him a leading GOP contender?

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Jay the nothing-but-demagogue-for-bamster Bookster might have asked the same question about Zell Miller, who, I suppose, had the highest approval ratings of any Georgia politician.  Crossing the aisle with integrity and with concrete solutions works. 

Don't tell that to bamster.  Unlike every single predecessor president, bamster has never crossed the aisle, and he has no integrity, ethics or standards.  Hence bamster's sucky approval ratings. 

Don't tell us how you feel about Miller, my bamster-bot leftist friends.  There isn't enough vitriol on your keyboard to express it "appropriately". 

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@Yes_Jesus_Can You do know Zell has endorsed Michelle Nunn, don't you?

HDB0329
HDB0329

@Yes_Jesus_Can "..........Unlike every single predecessor president, bamster has never crossed the aisle, and he has no integrity, ethics or standards.  Hence bamster's sucky approval ratings. "

Not intended as a factual statement.......


GOP senators block top Obama jobs initiative (http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/19/politics/senate-bring-jobs-home-bill-blocked/)

Republican Strategy: Obstruct, Blame Democrats For Obstruction’s Damage

(http://ourfuture.org/20140529/republican-strategy-obstruct-blame-democrats-for-obstructions-damage)

Yes, Republicans Really Are Unprecedented in Their Obstructionism

(http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/08/yes-republicans-really-are-unprecedented-their-obstructionism)

....and there's more......

 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@LordHelpUs 

That fact alone may help her win, but I doubt it. 

To answer your question, I didn't know that, but I will verify it so that I can believe you. 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@HDB0329 @Yes_Jesus_Can 

So, bamster hasn't crossed the aisle.  FACT.

Thanks for the supporting evidence BD!  A perfect four today with leftists helping me: 3 times stands, and now 1 from you. 

HDB0329
HDB0329

@Yes_Jesus_Can @HDB0329 ....interesting in that Mitch McConnell stated that ANY legislation presented by Obama was DOA on the Hill....when Obama asked for Congressional approval for legislation, the Republicans FILIBUSTERED......


Obama HAS attempted to cross the aisle...the GOP has obstructed and obfuscated....FACT!!

HDB0329
HDB0329

@Yes_Jesus_Can @HDB0329 

http://www.politicususa.com/2014/09/26/ted-cruz-vowing-obstruct-obamas-unnamed-attorney-general-nominee.html


Ted Cruz Is Already Vowing To Obstruct Obama’s Unnamed Attorney General Nominee 

"Obama hasn’t nominated anyone yet, but some Senate Republicans are rallying the campaign to obstruct his nominee. Cruz’s remarks are typical of Republicans. Anything that comes from Obama is bad. Anyone that the president nominates does not deserve confirmation. The nominee has already been judged as unfit, even though the president has not picked who he wants to be the next attorney general yet."

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@HDB0329 @Yes_Jesus_Can 

Tip O'Neil said that about almost everything Ronald Reagan did too.  Gingrich about Clinton, including a government shutdown, Daschle about Bush, etc., etc.  Your argument is incoherent and lost.  The point is that bamster is the least transparent president, the worst communicator and the laziest leader.  He sulks in his office or looks like an oaf throwing out baseballs.  He's a political recluse, and that is a fact. 

You have a very short memory for a leftist.

HDB0329
HDB0329

@Yes_Jesus_Can @HDB0329 ....problem is that YOU forget that Republicans mounted their obstruction BEFORE the first Inauguration....and EVERY endeavor from Obama was met with derision!! This is the ONLY President who has been faced with such disrespect and disdain from the opposition!!



Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@LordHelpUs @Yes_Jesus_Can 

I'll tell you this.  Read what I wrote.  It wasn't about Michelle Nunn.  It was about how bookster could compare his nascent approval for Kasich with high approval numbers to Zell Miller's.  I'm guessing however, that because of Miller's support for GW Bush and other Republicans, that Bookman's (and most bamsterbots here) extreme hatred for Miller would prevent him from similar analysis--BECAUSE WHAT MILLER DID WAS CROSS THE AISLE TO WORK WITH REPUBLICANS NOT DEMOCRATS AS KASICH DID. 

Hope you got it this time. 

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@LordHelpUs @Yes_Jesus_Can @gotalife 

I understand your discomfort with the cross, but as a Catholic d it has been a privelege to contribute to my fellow man and the request of the Lord by leading five agnostic / atheists and 2 southern baptists to the Church, plus five in a class right now, and God-willing to hope in Christ and to eternal life. 

So, what you say just isn't true......dude. 

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@Yes_Jesus_Can @LordHelpUs @gotalife 

What kind of class would that be?  


Maybe you can post the information / link to see if others might be interested.



Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@LordHelpUs @Yes_Jesus_Can 

No.  I think he was a good governor.  I wouldn't come out in outrage against someone who served honorably.  Besides, I voted for him twice. 

I think many dems were fuming in uncontrolled rage when Miller spoke at the Republican convention though. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@Nobody_Knows How about helping kids all those priests molested.


Start there instead of doing the whole conversion thing.

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@HeadleyLamar @Nobody_Knows 

Oh he is working on conversions alright.  It is why he doesn't say what type of "class"  these people are in that I assume he is teaching.