I am underwhelmed by many of the Republican presidential candidates. You'd think that with 19 or 20 inidviduals who've tossed their hat into the ring, someone would stand out as a clear frontrunner, but mediocrity, listlessness and deficiencies seem to rule the day.
Perhaps Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the only person in this cattle call who seems to have the proven track record necessary for success at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Walker managed to get elected county executive in heavily Democratic Milwaukee County in the early 2000's, and has been an effective Republican governor in a frequently blue state.
Walker survived a recall election in 2012 when the Democrat Party and its union goons brought out the heavy artillery and had the pom-pom waving media cheerleaders behind them seeking to oust him for attempting to rein in profligate spending on public sector wages and healthcare costs. Walker also won re-election in 2014, despite another full-court press by the Democrat/union/trial lawyer/academia left-loons.
Walker has been a successful governor, having eliminated an inherited budget deficit, reduced unemployment and checked runaway public employee salaries and benefits. He is not afraid to take the heat from the leftist blowhards. But he has a bland personality, and as I indicated in an April 12 post, his lack of charisma is matched by his communications staff's uninspired prose and lame persuasive abilities.
My hope: That Ohio Gov. John Kasich declares for the presidency. I've followed him since the mid-1990s, when he and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, in conjunction with President Bill Clinton, managed to balance the federal budget for the first time in 30 years. As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Kasich also helped enact hugely successful welfare reform -- calmly letting the asinine hysteria of the left roll off his back -- as well as capital gains tax cuts that helped the economy roar in the 1990s.
Kasich is also pushing for welfare reform in Ohio, and has helped this important Midwestern state revive its economy. In the 2010 election, he defeated incumbent Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland (an impressive feat in itself), then went to work eliminating an $8 billion budget deficit and reviving the Buckeye state's economy by cutting taxes and spending. Despite Ohio's significant number of Democrat voters, Kasich was re-elected in 2014 by a 63-32 percent margin, winning in an astounding 86 of 88 counties.
In addition to Kasich's impressive track record, what I like about him is his boundless common sense, honesty, sincerity and down-to-earth personality. Americans are sick and tired of bullshit and double-talk from politicians.
President Barack Obama may look great in a $4,000 suit, and may sound articulate at the podium as he reads a teleprompter, but I believe a vast chunk of the population knows he's a fraud. They know it, but are just too weary from politicians' broken promises to even be angry about it. Call it the soft bigotry of low expectations in reverse. We just don't expect much from our politicians, and when they don't deliver, hey, that's the way it goes.
Ohio has an impressive track record when it comes to the U.S. presidency: Eight U.S. presidents have come from the Buckeye State. Here's hoping number nine is elected president 17 months from now.