If you want to know what drives Democrats nuts in Ohio, it’s stuff like this.
Gov. John Kasich co-hosted The View last week, agreed with Whoopi, Joy, et al that President Donald Trump’s budget is bad, then made an unchallenged assertion:
“Honestly, I think the rich are doing pretty well. I kind of like tax cuts being directed at the middle class and the working poor … but let’s not worry about the top.”
Ohio Democrats can only shake their heads as they recall his ongoing push to cut the state’s progressive income taxes — especially the rate paid by the highest earners — and shift the burden to the sales tax, which disproportionately impacts lower-income Ohioans.
Then Kasich informed the ABC women about how “unified” Ohio is — don’t tell that to members of his own Republican Party who chopped his budget proposal apart — and how the state has added almost 500,000 jobs — not mentioning how Ohio’s job growth has consistently fallen below that of the rest of the nation since he became governor in 2011.
Kasich’s pop-culture knowledge wows
Of course, even those annoying Democrats had to be impressed with Kasich’s knowledge of pop culture as displayed by his response to Whoopi Goldberg’s unexpected query: “Can you tell me, what the hell is going on with Taylor Swift and Katy Perry?”
“I’ll tell you, it’s shocking to everybody,” Kasich responded immediately. “Don’t ever steal anybody’s dancers, is the message.”
Perry hired Swft’s backup dancers just before a world tour.
“Maybe they’re just trying to get some extra press, although I don’t know that Taylor Swift needs any more press,” Kasich remarked.
As The View crew gaped, he elaborated.
“In fact, she kind of went into hiding, and now they say she’s going to reemerge with a new sound — and she does have a new sound,” the governor said. “She put out the song ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ with Zayn (Malik), this One Direction guy, and it’s a lot different. Then she wrote this song with Calvin Harris, who’s a big DJ. You all know that. And that was a song called ‘Lightning.’”
Somber, silly moments punctuate book tour
Kasich continued to garner much attention in a week that saw him traveling to Texas, New York City and Florida.
Besides The View appearance, he was on CBS and MSNBC, met with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and touted his new book in Austin and West Palm Beach.
At the latter, he shared a story about Richard Nixon he doesn’t tell too often. When Kasich recounted telling Nixon in 1987 he’d just lost his parents to a drunken driver, “his reaction was amazing. It was like he had been shot. It hit him like a ton of bricks,” the Palm Beach Post reported.
“I said, ‘My sister is really struggling. Could you send her a note?’ And he wrote her a handwritten two-page letter that will be put in the Nixon Library at some point. It was just so amazing. And that’s a side of him that we don’t hear about.”
But the governor’s talk was far from all somber, the Sun Sentinel noted.
“If you like me, buy my book! What the hell’s wrong with you? Give it to your children,” he joked. ”Fourth of July’s coming, buy my book!”
Source: The Columbus Dispatch