Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tea partiers hammer "KasichCare"

Last night, John Kasich spoke at the GOP's annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner in Cincinnati, but things weren't entirely peaches and cream for the increasingly popular governor.

The Cincinnati-Enquirer reports that "about two dozen" tea party protestors showed up to bludgeon Kasich over his support for Medicaid Expansion, which was tagged "KasichCare" by protesters.

Another tea partier held a sign that said "2014 primary", a warning/wish that he could face a primary challenge in the 2014 election.

Kasich doesn't have anything to worry about in the gubernatorial primary, but national conservatives were hugely disappointed by his Medicaid decision, particularly because Kasich once said, "I think I was in the tea party before there was a tea party."

The Medicaid move showed that Kasich is far more concerned about his 2014 reelection race than about a 2016 presidential primary.

Btw, one bit of curio? His ex-wife actually campaigned for him after their divorce and his remarriage, which means she is probably nothing like one of Ron Swanson's ex-wives.