Well, the reviews are in for Gov.Kasich's headliner role in a reprisal of the movie Honeymoon in Vegas. Not good!
Headliner? Kneeliner is a better fit for his groveling performance to impress Sheldon Adelson, the Midas-like figure whose riches are based on casinos. Adelson spends hundreds of millions promoting politicians who would be expected to protect his gambling empire. Of late he's in a huge campaign to block on-line gambling that he fears would nibble at his casinos.
Allow me to quote New York Times columnist David Firestone, who wrote:
"It's hard to imagine a political spectacle more loathesome than the parade of Republican presidential candidates who spent the last few days bowing and scraping before the mighty bank account of the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. One by one, they stood at a microphone in Mr. Adelson's Venetian hotel in Las Vegas and spoke to the Republican Jewish Coalition (also a wholly owned subsidiary of Mr. Adelson), hoping to sound sufficiently Pro-Israel and pro-interventionist and philo-Semitic to win a portion of Mr. Adelson's billions for their campaigns.
"Gov. John Kasich of Ohio made an unusually bold venture into foreign policy by calling for greater sanctions on Iran and Russia, and by announcing that the United States should not pressure Israel into the peace process (Wild applause) "Hey, listen, Sheldon, thanks for inviting me," he said. "God bless you for what you do."
Two points: There is no evidence that Kasich has ever been a foreign policy expert. Nor that God is at all interested in blessing billionaire casino owners.
Kaisch's shameless pandering even exceeded that of Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin who humbly told his audience that he puts a menorah candle next to his Christmas tree.
Unfortunately, in what was clearly an eager foray to build goodwill and a new bank account for his presidential run after his own presumed reelecton in November, Kasich brought no honor to his office by relinquishing his soul, nor to the people of Ohio. Funny how we have long suspected that he was that kind of guy.
Maybe it wasn't Honeymoon in Vegas after all, but another Vegas movie: Indecent Proposal.