At the Republicans Governors Association Conference, a little preliminary bout for the 2016 GOP Presidential Primary Campaign found Ohio Governor John Kasich showing just how shallow and how ignorant our Governor Scott Walker is. And hopefully the national media won’t be quite as complacent as the Wisconsin media has been during Gov. Walker’s three gubernatorial campaigns.
It was almost as if John Kasich wanted to reach out and pat Scott Walker on the head.
The Republican governor of Ohio and the Republican governor of Wisconsin were seated onstage at the opening plenary session of the Republican Governors Association annual conference. Before an audience of roughly 2,000 donors, political operatives and lobbyists watching from the darkened floor of the cavernous ballroom, the first fireworks of the 2016 Republican presidential primary went off.
Call it a dry run for the primary debates. Five governors all thinking of running for president were on the stage when Kasich, a wily 62-year-old former congressman, demonstratively disputed Walker’s retelling of political history.
Walker, the 47-year-old conservative star, was arguing that President Barack Obama is more hostile toward congressional Republicans than President Bill Clinton was during the ’90s, teeing up a critique of Obama’s plans to issue an executive order on immigration this week.
During the 1995-96 budget dispute between Clinton and the Republican-controlled Congress, Walker said, “Clinton did not say the Republicans in Congress aren’t going to work with me so I’m going to do an executive order.”
“He sat down with them,” Walker said.
Kasich, who like Walker just won re-election to a second term in a Rust Belt, labor-dominated state, snapped almost matter-of-factly.
“No, he shut the government — the government got shut down first,” Kasich said.
The audience laughed. And then the two men, both of them likely to run for president in 2016, began to talk over each other as NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd stroked his red goatee in delight.
“There was tremendous animosity,” Kasich said, almost yelling, to remind the younger Walker that he, Kasich, had been there himself as a member of Congress.
“It wasn’t —” Walker tried to get out before Kasich cut him off.
“Scott, it was!” Kasich said. “I’ll tell you, when you’re sitting around and we’ve got Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole at each other over a shutdown, it wasn’t easy either.”
Check out the link…read the rest of the story. But I will be amazed if Governor Walker gets as free a hand at telling his own version of history on the national stage as he’s had here in Wisconsin.