'If Gov. Kasich's coy notions about a presidential candidacy continue on the current track, he will doubtless confirm his grandiose national plan from atop preacher Rex Humbard's abandoned tower in Cuyahoga Falls. As you may have noticed, Kasich has been injecting his contract with God into every stop these days, claiming the Creator has placed a decisive hand on him.
You don't need to be for this religion or that one - or have none at all - to start worrying about politicians who want you to join them at the altar on Election Day. We think of all of the presidential candidates in 2012 who said they were told by God to seek the Oval Office. The law requires only one achiever, whether by God or the Supreme Court, to take the oath of office. We think of the wise caution expressed by then-candidate Barack Obama when asked about the office still occupied by George Bush:
"You can only have one president at a time."
But in today's crowded free-for-all that is even worrying hefty Republican donors that there won't be enough millions to go around, keep an eye on the spiritual flow through the candidates who equate the presidency with their personal heaven.
The governor isn't taking chances. As the Plain Dealer reported this week, his $10 million plan to staff Ohio public schools with mentors has a "surprise religious requirement - one that goes beyond what is spelled out in the legislation authorizing it."
The hook in the legislation?
"Any school district that wants a piece of that money must partner with both a church and a business - or a faith-based organization and a nonprofit set up by a business to do community service. No business and no faith-based partners mean no state money."
I'm not a lawyer , but isn't that discriminatory against kids who could use some mentoring without those grant-enriched "partners" in spending public money?