The Republican’s “Deep Bench” Got Trumped.

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Exit…Stage Right.

There will be no contested convention in Cleveland.   No white knight will rise to rescue the Republicans from the monster that devoured them.   We started off with 17 governors, senators, former CEO’s and other leading lights of the GOP.    One-by-one they were out put out to pasture.  Insulted, humiliated, and belittled until they were beaten by a dude who may not even be a Republican.

Last week in Indiana, Trump’s final remaining challengers, Terrible Ted Cruz and John “Son of a Mailman”Kasich finally faced the cold hard truth.  The voters weren’t buying what a Texas senator and the Ohio governor were selling, but they were all-in for a billionaire businessman from Noo Yawk who’s never held elected office.  With Donald Trump Ascendant it’s time to ask one question and its the one question which needs answering more than any other question.

What the hell happened to that “deep bench” of candidates the Republicans had as opposed to the weak scrubs the Democrats had?

The myth of the Deep Republican Bench has been exposed as the total and complete fraud it was.   Writing in the Washington Times, Joseph Curl boasted in 2014 how the GOP was stacked to the max with presidential contenders while the poor Dems were left with little more than cold pizza and moldy meatloaf to choose from.    Curl got a good giggle from the prospective candidates.

…Hillary Rodham Clinton, who got crushed last time by a first-term senator no one had ever heard of, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a one-dimensional politician who has repeatedly said she does not plan to run in 2016.

The Dem bench thins significantly after that — ever heard of Jim Webb or Martin O’Malley? Didn’t think so. They get mentioned most often after Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Warren. And party leaders still talk seriously about Vice President Joseph R. Biden making a run. Highly unlikely. So crushable.

It’s so much fun to look back with the benefit of hindsight isn’t it.   It gets better.   Carl next crushes on The Notorious B, Bill Kristol, the Weekly Standard editor and former head cheerleader for Sarah Palin’s presidential hopes, who rhapsodized wistfully draming of the 26 (!) potential Republicans who would wrest control of the White House from the Kenyan usurper/occupier come the next election.

“…the Republicans are sitting on the deepest bench they’ve had in decades. Bill Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard, counts some 26 potential candidates: “John Bolton, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Pete King, Mike Pence, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, Joe Scarborough, Scott Walker, and Allen West … Dick Cheney, Tom Cotton, Mitch Daniels, Joni Ernst, Newt Gingrich, and Rudy Giuliani.”

The Donald and the 16 Dwarfs

“Each of you would be a better president than Hillary Clinton. You would deserve the thanks of man and woman if you beat her. And if your name is not on this list, don’t feel slighted. Rather, feel free to volunteer you’re also more ready than Hillary. If you think you’re the right person go for it.”

He missed a few others: Nikki Haley, Brian Sandoval, Susana Martinez. And of course Rand Paul. That pushes the number to 30. Not all are top-tier, ready-to-govern candidates, but all are, as Mr. Kristol points out, “more ready than Hillary.”

I don’t read Curl on a regular basis and in retrospect, in 2014 nobody saw the Trump Express bearing down on the rest of the Republican, but these are among the WORST prognostications made about the 2016 presidential race.   You could hardly be as wrong as Curl was.     The Republican field featured five current and former U.S. Senators (Graham, Cruz, Rubio, Paul and Santorum),  nine current and former governors (Christie, Walker, Kasich, Huckabee, Pataki, Perry, Gilmore, Bush, Jindal),  a well-regarded brain surgeon (Carson) and a less well-regarded CEO (Fiorina).     If you had asked the experts like Mr. Curl if Trump would have been the one to crush ALL of them, he’d probably blow snot bubbles out of his nose laughing at the suggestion.

Who’s laughing now?  Besides Trump that is?   The GOP establishment is trapped in a nightmare they can’t wake from and the only thing that stands between Trump and the rest of America getting caught up in it as well is Hillary Rodham Clinton.   It’s a terrible position to be put in for a Republican who abhors Trump to have to rely upon a woman they’ve hated for decades to save the country from a narcissist infected by megalomania.

What happens next?  Don’t ask me.  This is unfamiliar territory to all of us.  The experts are now saying Trump can’t win in November no way no how.  They were saying that when he was over a year away from November 2016.  Now he’s only six months away.

Meanwhile, for all you Cruz/Fiorina ‘16 fans, get your orders in NOW. Operators are standing by. They got no choice.. The movers have already taken the chairs and desks and are coming back for the phones.

Buy this crap now before some poor kid in El Salvador or Haiti ends up rocking the gear of two assholes like Cruz and Fiorina who’d never let them in this country in the first place.

Collectors Items? Nah. Just garbage.

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You Knew This Was Coming, Right?

TRUMP OR CLINTON???!!!

TRUMP OR CLINTON???!!!

Super Tuesday is the Super Bowl of the presidential primary season.  There are happy winners and gloomy losers.   Tonight, forget the spin and you can even forget the results.   No matter who else won what or where they won it, the only real winners are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.    Everybody else are merely varying degrees of LOSERS.

The Bern lost.  The Cruz lost.  The Rubio lost yuuuuge!    The Kasich and the Carson don’t even matter because one guy is running to become someone’s vice-president and the other is selling books and building a brand.

Trump and Clinton are running the table everywhere except for Vermont (Sanders home state), Texas (Cruz’s home state) and Oklahoma where Cruz and Sanders both won. That’s something, I guess.  Winning your own state doesn’t count.  Losing it does.

Otherwise, how long can Marco Rubio play the “I’m the Alternative” to Frankentrump when he hasn’t won anything anywhere. Rubio is a dead man walking and when he loses Florida to Trump that’s the end for his thirsty, sweaty, no good, terrible, pretty bad campaign. Kasich and Carson?  They’re so irrelevant they barely qualify as speed bumps for the Trump Express.

Sanders will go on and so will Ted “I’m the NEW mainstream alternative!” Cruz, but to what end? Sanders has proven he can win young people, progressives and nobody else. Cruz is still the same extremist asshole he’s always been.   Both of them will soon go back to passing each other in the hallways of the Rayburn building and sneering at each other.

Looking forward to a brokered convention in Cleveland? Put down that pipe.  It’s not gonna happen. The GOP establishment waited too long and planned too poorly to knock off Trump. The Field of 15 has been whittled down to the Final Five and there’s no endgame in the mix, no secret plan, no one waiting in the wings to take on Trump. There’s no one riding to the rescue of the Republicans.

"You take the Blacks and the Latinos and I'll take the racists and the nuts and we'll divvy up the rest. Deal?"

“You take the Blacks and the Latinos and I’ll take the racists and the nuts and we’ll divvy up the rest. Deal?”

Frankentrump is your reality, Republicans. How ya like him now?    The Hildebeast is back, Democrats (if she doesn’t get indicted).  How’s that make you feel?  Better or worse?

Strange days have found us and it’s only going to get weirder as we go on.

Snap Judgments from the 2nd GOP Debate (a.k.a. “Fear the Walking and Talking Dead”).

Now with 100% more Carly!

Now with 100% more Carly!

WINNERS WINNERS CHICKEN DINNER!

Marco Rubio:  (energetic and laid down some pretty good smackdowns on The Donald. Now what will he do with the spotlight?)
Carly Fiorina: (even better smackdowns of The Donald, but she’s running for a Cabinet position or another Senate bid)
Rand Paul: (probably too late to help much, but he joined in on The Donald Dogpile with enthusiasm.  Lindsay Graham and Piyush Jindal give you two thumbs up!)

I’M A LOSER, BABY SO WHY DON’T YOU KILL ME?

Ben Carson: (Hey! Doc! You’re right next to the front runner and you’re in second place in Iowa.   Kick his ass!  You think if she were in your place Carly wouldn’t? )
Jeb Bush: (Because he stayed awake better than the first debate, but he couldn’t have been much worse).

MEH.

John Kasich: (if you want to move up in the podium positioning Johnny-Boy, you gotta say something worth remembering besides you wouldn’t defund Planned Parenthood)
Donald Trump: (Ever see a team get a big lead on an over-matched opponent and keep running up the score?  That was Trump.  Punching on Paul’s poll numbers and looks is dumb).

WHY TRY HARDER?  OR TRY AT ALL?

Chris Christie: (STOP LYING ABOUT MY RECORD!    Aw shit.  That was me lying about my record!)
Scott Walker:  (Like cheese?  Like beer?  Visit Wisconsin.  We’ve got lots of both.  Why am I here again?  Oh yeah. To stop Kasich from taking my spot here)

DEAD RAT STUCK IN A PIPE.

Ted Cruz:  (So you were happy when George Bush selected John Roberts for the Supreme Court but now you’re mad he did?  First rule of politics, Ted: Never apologize and never explain Look how well that’s been working for The Donald, the shark to your pilot fish).
Mike Huckabee: (Is there a church somewhere with a need to hire a Bible-thumping, fire n’ brimstone preacher because this guy knows nothing about the U.S. Constitution).

WON SIMPLY BY NOT BEING THERE

Ronald Reagan:  Because he’s dead and didn’t have to watch these losers stumbling around on stage claiming to be St. Ronnie’s secret love child.

Say, why are we on our second Repubs debate before the Dems even have their first?  Isn’t it about time Hillary and Bernie and Marty all got together to spread the boredom around?  Since they both come from states without pro football teams, Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb have nothing better to do this weekend.  Uncle Joe might even show up.  He’s always fun!

“My reason for not watching the GOP debate? Well, I’m dead, so there’s that…”

 

Here Comes the Pain

If you ain’t one of Us, you must be one of Them and we don’t like Them.

I was in the lunchroom trying to eat my soup before it got cold.   A pretty young woman who is a political junkie as much as I am smiled an even prettier smile and asked me oh-so-sweetly, “Jeff, do you think there’s any chance the Democrats can win in Ohio in November?”

I could have gone into the gory details at excruciating length, but I kept it short.  “Not a hope in hell.”   Her smile flipped over into a frown.   I didn’t want to dash her hopes, but I couldn’t lie either.

The  suffering is nearly over for the Democrats.  They knew going into 2014 with the sour mood of the voters and the uncanny ability of the Republicans to successfully make all the Democrats fault, they are  standing on the eve of a major wipe-out in November.   The pain is coming and blood will flow with the President and his party on the receiving end of most of it.

Though I’m on the Do Not Call registry, I get hit up by the Democrats for campaign cash because I’ve given in the past.  I get a call tonight for some kid trying to support Democratic candidates for governor and he starts reading from his script.

“Good evening sir, there’s good news for Democrats.  Our candidates for governor are up or close in several states.  Charlie Crist is leading Rick Scott in Florida.   Mary So-and-So is tied with Scott Walker in Wisconsin.   Democrats are on the move, but we need your generous support.”

“That’s GOVERNOR Douche to you!”

I interrupted the kid’s feel-good, happy talk before he could get to the part where I’m supposed to drag out my credit card and send him $50 bucks.  “Well, that’s great for you guys in Florida and Wisconsin, but I live in Ohio and here in Ohio the zombie running for governor is losing to John Kasich by 20 points.   If Kasich died between now and November, they could run Kasich’s dog against Ed FitzGerald and still win by double-digits.”  You could melt steel with the acidic disdain dripping from my lips.

Dead silence.  Sadly for this poor kid nobody prepped him in dealing with an irritated contributor.  He tried to regroup and continue the sales pitch of fairy dust and unicorns pooping rainbows, but I wasn’t trying to hear any of that noise and shut him down quick.”

“Look, I know you’re just trying to do you job and raise some money for the Democrats, but you’re not going to get me to believe things are all sweetness and light,” I said.   “The Democrats aren’t even trying in my state and when FitzGerald goes down in flames next month he’s going to take the whole ticket of other candidates down with him.  They are going to go down hard and lose big.”

It didn’t have to be this way.

Two years ago when President Obama was running for reelection,  I couldn’t go more than a day or so without somebody from the campaign calling, emailing or knocking on the door making sure they got out the vote and more importantly got the base fired up to vote.   Now here we stand less than a month away from an election that will decide the balance of power in Congress as well as statehouses across the nation and the blase indifference of the Democrats is frankly stunning to behold.  Nobody’s knocked on my door.  I barely see any yard signs.  Only the Republicans seem to have bought any commercial time to tell me how wonderful life is since Kasich became governor.   What’s the response from the other side?   Damned if I know.   They aren’t even making enough of an effort to even be considered embarrassing.

It’s as though the Dems have resigned themselves to getting worked by the Repubs.  Yeah, we’re gonna get bitch-slapped.   Going over the cliff.   Driving down a dark country road at midnight with no headlights.  Playing Russian Roulette with five bullets in the chamber.  No sense trying to fight fate.

There’s no shame in losing.  The shame is in not even trying to win.  If the Democrats have a plan to avoid being humbled and humiliated  it will take a far better political prognosticator than I to figure out what it is.

I don’t see any effort.  I don’t feel any sense of urgency.   I don’t have any feeling the Democrats are going to pull off a last minute save and deny the Republicans almost complete control.

The Republicans moved me out of the White House into a warehouse.

And they have plans for you and you and me too.   Lots of plans, and all of you who didn’t care today will care a lot tomorrow and tomorrow and the tomorrow after that.    If you’re a woman they have plans for your reproductive organs.  If you’re in a labor union they got plans to bust unions.   If you’re unemployed don’t look for any extensions of benefits.   If you’re a college student you’ve got no relief coming from those student loans.   If you’re Black there’s more prisons and less affirmative action coming your way.   If you’re gay they’re coming to shut down that marriage equality stuff.   There are lots of folks who are going to get what’s coming to them and the GOP is going to give it to them good and hard.

Sometimes shit has to get really bad before it can get any better and trust me when I say this:  when there’s nothing between the plans of the Koch Brothers and ALEC and all those other incredibly wealthy, incredibly greedy and incredibly vindictive bastards whom have been patiently waiting and plotting and planning for this moment, oh, what you got coming!

Just you wait…

Jon and John’s War Against The Black Vote

“Good job making it harder to vote, Jon.” “Thanks, John.”

I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter turnout machine.”

~ Doug Preisse, Republican Party chairman of Franklin County

Here’s the thing about the sacred right to vote.   It’s only a right as long as you have it.   They don’t have to take it away from all at once.   Killing it off by a slow death of a thousand cuts will get the job done just as effectively.

The hard-right conservatism of the Republican Party does not appeal to Black voters.  This is simply a fact.   Here in Ohio, a perennial battleground state, the Republicans recognize this and have resolved to address it by doing all they can to suppress the Black vote as Think Progress reported:

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has followed through on promises to restrict voting opportunities in his state. The change, announced Tuesday, eliminates extended early voting hours on weekdays, the final two days before Election Day as well as Sunday voting, a day typically important to African-American voters because churches use it to turn out votes.

The early voting period is vital to the elderly, low-income voters, and anyone else with limited means to get to the polls, not to mention that it cuts down on election-day long lines and chaos. MSNBC notes that in 2008, black voters made up 56 percent “of all weekend voters in Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s largest, even though they made up just 28% of the county’s population.”

Optional in Ohio.

Husted’s announcement comes on the heels of other Ohio initiatives to suppress turnout. Ohio just passed two bills that eliminates an entire week of early voting and end the practice of mailing absentee ballots.

Naturally Husted would never say he’s going to make it harder to vote.  The Big Lie told by the GOP is they are streamlining the process and making it fairer. 

“In 2014, absentee voters will have the option of voting in person for four weeks, or they can vote without ever leaving home by completing the absentee ballot request form we will be sending all voters,” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said. “Our goal is to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat and to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity in the voting process no matter which method they choose.”

“Easy to vote and hard to cheat?”   That’s a different line than Husted’s rap last year when his office and the state’s 88 country boards conducted investigations looking for fraud in the 2012 presidential elections and came back with 135 cases they recommended for prosecution.

Wow.  That many?  Go get those crooks, Jon-Boy!   Uh-uh.  Not so fast.  Every whiff of smoke doesn’t mean there must be a forest fire.

Voter fraud does exist, but it is not an epidemic,” Husted said. “To put this into context, … that’s 135 referrals out of more than 5.6 million votes cast.”

Oh.

Well, that’s disappointing, but 135 cases is good enough for the G.O.P.   Let’s go ahead and  shorten the early voting period by six full days and get rid of same-day voter registration.  While we’re at it let’s cut the number of voting machines in the state and increase wait time for voters at the polls.  Especially those old Black ones.   Watching them shiver in the November cold to cast their ballots will be fun!

This is how Husted, Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Republicans observe Black History Month.  By trying like hell to make the votes of Blacks history.

Once upon a time Blacks had to march in the streets and even die for the right to vote.   Just because marches aren’t popular and nobody’s dying doesn’t mean Blacks can relax and stop fighting to keep and protect their hard-won rights.

The Republicans are engaged in one of the historically most efficient political tactics: suppress the vote and by making it harder for people whom aren’t going to vote for you to for vote for the other guy, you win.  Voter suppression works for Republicans and that is today’s Black History Moment.  If we sit idly by it will be tomorrow’s Black future.

What the enemies of our progress take away we can take back.  IF we are willing to fight for it.    Hoping someone else will come along and get our rights back won’t do it.  When it comes to voter suppression Husted and Kasich are only getting started.

The secret of the GOP’s success.

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Mitt Romney: Shut Up, Fool!

Don’t give this dope more chances to say dumb things.

There were other worthy candidates for the Shut Up, Fool! award.  Finding fools that say stupid things in a week’s time is not a problem.  It’s never a problem during election season.  The worst problem is there so much stupidity and so little space to call them all out.

Ohio Governor John Kasich made a strong play for the award.   Speaking at a rally for Mitt Romney he said, “It’s not easy to be a spouse of an elected official.  You know, they’re at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we’re up here on the stage getting a little bit of applause, right? They don’t often share in it. And it is hard for the spouse to hear the criticism and to put up with the travel schedule and to have to be at home taking care of the kids. And where is the politician? Out on the road.”

I feel for your wife, Governor.  Washing your Fruit of the Looms can’t be an easy task.  Mostly because you’re so full of shit.

Then there was Jay “Crybaby” Cutler, the quarterback of the Chicago Bears.   Prior to a Thursday night tilt against the Green Bay Packers, Cutler, basking in the afterglow of a Week One victory over the Indianapolis Colts, wished the Packers defensive backs “good luck” in trying to stop his new wide receivers, 6-5, 230 Brandon Marshall and 6-3, 214, Alshon Jeffrey.

The Packers harassed, hit and sacked Cutler seven times and when he wasn’t picking himself off the not yet frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, Cutler threw four interceptions and yelling at his offensive linemen.   Marshall caught two passes for a meaningless 24 yards, while dropping a certain touchdown pass in the end zone and Jeffrey added one reception for seven yards.

After the game Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said, “I don’t think we were doing anything to him. We were just having ‘good luck’ out there.”

When you flop as spectacularly as Cutler and the Bears flopped the odd of Cutler opening his trash-talking yap again this season should have dropped somewhere between zero and sub-zero.  They probably won’t though because on top of being a crybaby, Jay Cutler simply isn’t very smart.

But there’s no way to take the award away from Mitt Romney.   He worked for it, he earned it and nobody can deny him from it.   Not only was Mittens both stupid and wrong, he was malicious in his callous comments after the attacks on American embassies in the Middle East and the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The reactions to Romney’s remarks were swift and savage.

I’ve said all I need to say how craven Romney is and how cruelly indifferent to the deaths of good people trying to do a tough job, he showed to the American people his unfitness for the office of the presidency.  This won’t cost Romeny the election, but it adds to the reasons to vote against him.  I leave the last word on this sorry display by a desperate politician to   former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough who said writing in Politico, ““And the lesson is clear: If we want to win the battle of ideas in the long term, we should be willing to face the fact that Mitt Romney is likely to lose — and should, given that he’s neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate. He’s just an ambitious man.”

Mitt Romney certainly is ambitious.  He also needs to Shut Up, Fool! 

The Biggest Loser

If “pride goeth before a fall” what goes after a butt-whipping?

The kind of butt-whipping Ohio voters handed Governor John Kasich and his right-wing Republican supporters when they sent Senate Bill 5, the collective bargaining eliminating, union busting bill down in flames was an epic beat down.  Dropped like they got hit by a Joe Frazier left hook, Ohio Republicans took a staggering loss going into the 2012 elections.

Unions under siege by Kasich, launched a $24 million counter-offensive to make the case the governor was waging war against working class men and women including police, firefighters and school teachers and by a margin of 61 to 39 percent they sent Kasich’s signature issue crashing and burning in a humiliating defeat.

The message for the overreaching governor was use his bully pulpit to put Ohioans back to work, not simply be a bully.

Kasich said he got the message.

“It’s clear the people have spoken,” the humiliated governor said from the Ohio Statehouse. “I heard their voices. I understand their decision. And frankly, I respect what the people have to say in an effort like this. And as a result of that, it requires me to take a deep breath and to spend some time to reflect on what happened here.”

Make no mistake about it, despite Senate Bill 5 being the brainchild of a Republican legislator, Kasich raised the monstrosity as he took the unusual step of visiting Statehouse hearings to fight for it.   This was a bill Kasich wanted passed in the worst way and it was rejected by the people of Ohio in the most forceful way.

More people voted against Kasich’s bill in 2011 than voted for Kasich in 2010.   That’s good news for President Obama who threw the support of his group, Organizing For America, behind the repeal of SB5.  The result was a good sign for the president and labor groups going into 2012, but they should only take a day or so to congratulate themselves because as the governor learned to his sorrow, political fortunes can turn on a dime.

Ohio, as it has been said to the point of nausea, is one of the most important states in every election and often serves as the leading indicator for future elections and every liberal from Maine to California is giving the state a lot of love and props for taking on Kasich, Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, the Tea Party and the rest of the vast Right-Wing Conspiracy and shoving it where the sun don’t shine.

Speaking for all of Ohio, I would like to say, “Thanks, but hold your thanks.”

In fact, don’t thank us. We owed all y’all one after we put Bush over the top in 2004. We’re still trying to make up for that one.

This is just a good start.  Next year we can pay our debt in full if Ohio sends Obama back to Washington.

Glad to be of help.

Dead Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! (and one Dumbass Governor)

Welcome to Ohio. Please don't step on the dead lions and tigers.

Hi.  Welcome to Ohio.  Our governor is a dumbass..

That’s not exactly a controversial remark.  Republican governor John Kasich is only one dumbass governor among a host of dumbass governors.  He’s got plenty of company and competition for who is the Biggest Dunbass Governor with Scott Walker (Wisconsin), Rick Scott (Florida) and Rick Perry (Texas) all putting in work to claim the crown but for downright dumb assery to the power of 10, you have to go some to be a bigger dumbass than Kasich was a few weeks ago when due his stupidity Ohio became the big game hunting Mecca of the Midwest.

ZANESVILLE, OhioAuthorities in Muskingum County say they have recovered most of the exotic animals that were running loose since they were set free, apparently by their owner, last night.

The owner of the exotic animal farm, Terry Thompson, was found dead yesterday in his house. Sheriff Matt Lutz said Thompson apparently opened the cages to release all of the animals, then committed suicide. He died of a gunshot wound. Lutz said Thompson’s body was “bothered” by the animals.

Thompson not only opened the cages, but cut the cage wire so the animals would escape again if returned to their cages.

Lutz announced that authorities believe only two animals remain missing this afternoon — a monkey and a wolf. The sheriff previously said a grizzly bear and mountain lion were missing. Today, authorities confirmed they killed the bear on the property last night. An officer wounded the mountain lion, which staggered into a neighbor’s property and died.

Some animals were still in cages at Thompson’s farm when authorities arrived. Some of those animals, including three leopards and some primates that were living in the house, are being taken to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

At one point, Thompson took three lion cubs to New York City for a photo shoot with model Heidi Klum. On another occasion, he brought animals to a 2007 community pet fair in Muskingum County. Thompson and his wife brought bear cubs, lions cubs and a baby ape, Hostetler said.

He said the wild animals disrupted the fair because they weren’t friendly.

“We had to change the advertisement in following years to say bring your domestic pets,” Hostetler said. “He was a piece of work.”

I strongly disagree with this characterization of the late Mr. Thompson.  He wasn’t a “piece of work.” He was a piece of shit and our governor is a total dumb-ass.

It’s a real tragedy. You hate to think of these animals being gunned down, but the irresponsible prick who owned them (or caged them might be a better word), had a history of not caring for them.  Ohio has no rules regulating the sale and ownership of exotic animals.

An executive order that Kasich allowed to lapse after taking office would have prevented Thompson from owning exotic animals. The order, issued by Gov. Ted Strickland but permitted to expire by Kasich last spring, prohibited anyone who had been “convicted of an offense involving the abuse or neglect of any animal pursuant to any state, local, or federal law” from owning exotic animals.

Thompson, the owner of the more than 50 animals set free in Muskingum County, had an animal cruelty and two other related convictions in 2005.

What began as a tragedy turned in a farce and it was preventable.  Ohio became the object of scorn from around the nation and beyond the nation for what happened in Zanesville. There were even death threats made against Columbus Zoo director emeritus Jack Hanna for not providing tranquilizer guns to the deputies.  Hanna explained wild animals can still be dangerous after being shot with a tranquilizer, but he was still criticized by animal lovers horrified at the slaughter of 48 lions, tigers, bears and wolves.

This is blaming the wrong person.  What are small town cops in a rural part of the state supposed to do with  wild animals on the loose?   I doubt they enjoyed having to kill them, but protecting the citizens from being mauled by a grizzly bear or tiger had to be their first priority.  It was a dirty job but thanks to Kascih’s stupidity, they had to do it.

Criticism for Kasich came from both the expected places (PETA, Humane Society) and the completely unexpected in unapologetic hunter and Right wing rock n’ roller, Ted Nugent.

Nugent, who is known for his support of gun ownership and hunting rights, said Kasich should never have ended an executive order from the previous governor that banned exotic animal ownership.

“These are real, wild, dangerous, capable and dangerous animals and they belong in the wild,” Nugent told The Detroit News Wednesday.

“I think it’s a downright tragedy when people attempt to keep dangerous wild animals in captivity — I think it should be criminal,” he said.

Nugent is as far to the Right as I am to the Left, but he knows all Kasich had to do was leave Strickland’s executive order in place and this all could have been averted.  Alas, he didn’t and once again Ohio makes headlines again for all the wrong reasons.

Kasich’s stupidity literally reduced the world’s tiger population.   This isn’t the kind of story that costs politicians their jobs, but you sure get a sense of how well or poorly they do their jobs.

The right thing to do would be to man up and admit he screwed up, but Kasich comes from the school of “Never Apologize, Never Explain.”  And never admit it’s your fault when you can pass the buck.  That’s what a dumbass does.

Welcome to Ohio and don't feed the wild animals..

Speaking at a conference in Canton, Ohio, today, Kasich called the situation “a mess” and a “ terrible thing,” but took no blame for allowing Strickland’s order to lapse.

He added: “This has to be fixed.”

“This is unbelievable that this even existed, and what’s hard for me to understand is why Ohio over time didn’t deal with this, but we’ll deal with it now.”

Kasich said he would push a task force working on an exotic-animals law and regulations to move more quickly. He said the state also should deal with animal auctions being held around the state and do background checks on exotic-animal owners.

“If there’s some way I could’ve prevented it, I would. But what we have to do is move forward and make sure we can clearly limit anything like this in the future.”

The buck doesn’t stop at Governor Kasich’s desk. He just keeps on passing it.   Next week he’s going to be on the receiving end of a major humiliation when his signature legislative act, the anti-union Senate Bill 5 is defeated in next week’s elections.

It’s hard to stand out from the idiocy of the many dumbasses driving down the I.Q. of the states they’re running into the ground, but John-Boy is no ordinary dumbass.  He keeps finding new ways to prove it’s hard to top his special brand of stupidity.