June 14, 2011, - 11:18 am

“Cleveland Mavs”: Ohio Gov Hard @ Work [UPDATED w/ FUNNY Video]

By Debbie Schlussel

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Apparently, the massive unemployment and economic problems in Ohio disappeared overnight, and “conservative” Republican Governor John Kasich now has time for the really important business of the day:  honoring the Cleveland Mavericks.  Oh, wait . . . it’s the Dallas Mavericks.  And, at least on my map, Dallas  is in Texas, not Ohio.  I dislike LeBron James as much as the next sports fan. But dissing a basketball player now playing in Miami–which is what this stupid “honorary Ohioans” BS is about–is atop Kasich’s agenda of important action items, these days.  Like Jimmy Kimmel said last night, Ohio is apparently the psycho-stalker jilted girlfriend of states.  A basketball player left to play for another team. Get over it, already.

I wonder how much time one of his staffers spent writing this up, getting it printed out, then promoting it to the press–all a waste of taxpayer dollars and money better spent on helping the people of Ohio. That’s conservative? PUH-LEEZE. This is no different than Congress and the Obama administration constantly investigating the NCAA football play-off structure. Who cares? I can just see Kasich’s re-election ads: “Vote for me. . . . I issue resolutions and executive orders against LeBron.”

John Kasich: “I Hereby Proclaim that LeBron James is a Bad Guy . . . and Congrats Cleveland Mavericks!”

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17 Responses

What advantages GO with being an “honorary Ohioan?” If you’re an honorary Ohioan and you have the fare, you can get on the bus?

Miranda Rose Smith on June 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

I could care less about LeBron James, Ohio, or basketball in general, but I can’t help shaking my head at this. Seriously, Cleveland, get over it already! Hasn’t it been about a year?The guy was just a stupid basketball player who went somewhere else for more money — I’m sure someone else will come along. Yeesh. I’m embarassed for them.

Faye on June 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

Deb, I guess all of the factories in Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus, and Cincy have returned and are humming away, and there are no unemployment or budget problems in Ohio. Otherwise, who would bother with such nonsense?

Jonathan E. Grant on June 14, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Jon, apparently there’s not much room to remember this is “Flag Day.” No one could be bothered to note it for the record?

    NormanF on June 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Jimmy Kimmell talked about this in his monologue last night,saying( Paraphrasing ): “When did Ohio suddenly turn into a crazy ex-girlfriend”?

Phineas on June 14, 2011 at 11:57 am

    The Date From Hell. If someone is ever obsessed, that’s the time to decline them – for your sanity as well as theirs.

    NormanF on June 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

He is a politician. These are bad times. It was a humorous gesture.

As Lord FlashHeart said in “BlackAdder Goes Forth”—“This is stupid, pointless, and certainly a waste of my resources, but I’m going to do it anyway”—and then proceeds to headbutt Captain Darling (who was anything but).

Look, it’s Cleveland. Its Congressional Rep is Dennis Kucinich. The economy is lousy, the people aren’t too bright, they’ve got nothin’ going for them. If it makes them feel a little better, then it may be a good use of State resources. Besides, if only for a few weeks, Ohioans will be popular in Texas.

Occam's Tool on June 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Why are people always surprised by this sort of thing? A politician is nothing more than an older version of the same idiots who ran for office in high school.

Whether Team R or Team D just reflects their clique.

As such, we will always be forced to choose the lesser of two evils. There have been virtually no exceptions to this in all of American history. Admittedly, Reagan v Carter or Mondale was an easy choice, but Reagan was far from perfect.

Red Ryder on June 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Its silly. I understand the ceremonial aspect of politics but what does it mean to be an “honorary Ohioan?” I wish someone would explain it to me.

When it comes to wasting taxpayer dollars on the trivial, there’s no real difference between Republicans and Democrats.

NormanF on June 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Amen, brother.

    I’ve always wondered why it’s bad to run defecits on social programs, but OK to run them on defense.

    Red Ryder on June 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Just populism, trying to get re-elected. Reminds me when the governor of Georgia (GOP) made a point of backing an American Idol contestant from the state a few years ago. It helped a lot of people forget that he wasn’t that much of a governor and get re-elected, whereupon he continued to be not that much of a governor. Looks like Kasich is hoping for more of the same.

Gerald on June 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I’m from Akron originally, and have been there several times in the past couple years to see my ailing mother. She finally did pass away about this time last year.

Once, when I was in Akron, I did happen to meet LeBron at a gas station. I was really low on gas but had forgotten my wallet. I asked him if he could spot me a dollar so I could pump enough to go back and get it. He gave me seventy-five cents and said “Sorry, I don’t have a fourth quarter”!

CornCoLeo on June 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I’ve had a high regard for Kasich over the years, but, this is idiotic!

Much worse things have happened in Cleveland sports-wise – The Drive, The Fumble, every Indians season from the mid-fifties through the mid-nineties. I was actually in the stadium, and watched in horror, the “Mistake by the Lake” playoff loss against the Raiders thirty years ago.

I don’t understand James’ obsession with a NBA title. He already has the greatest title of all: An Olympic gold medal!

CornCoLeo on June 14, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Kasich was good years ago when he filled in for Bill O’Reilly’s (the 2004 sexual harrasser…though he wants you to forget that but DON’T!) now defunct radio show BUT now that he is Gov’, he’s taken on a VERY arrogant persona.

He was interviewed on a radio show recently (I’m trying to remember which) and I was struck by how arrogant he was. It was disappointing and he tried to smack-down (and away) a vital question and point the fill-in host asked. Like he was king or something.

Skunky on June 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Oh, it was on “Quinn & Rose”…which is my favourite talk show.

Skunky on June 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm

screw Kasich…James would probably be a better governor,,

Harold Shalett

Harold Shalett on June 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Sorry,didn’t see the Jimmy Kimmell vid,wouldn’t have responded if I had.

Phineas on June 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

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