Gov. Kasich Won't Listen To "Yelling And Screaming" Electorate Because He's "A Servant Of The Lord"

May 12, 2011 1:21 pm ET — Kate Conway

Thanks to his anti-worker attack on collective bargaining and his draconian budget, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) is abysmally unpopular. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, only 30 percent of Ohio voters approve of their governor, while 46 percent disapprove. A Faith in Public Life/Public Policy Polling survey found an even higher disapproval rating: 58 percent.

This morning, Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson confronted Kasich with his low numbers, asking, "Do you care about that at all?" "You don't ever want to have people not like you," Kasich replied, before suggesting it is not his priority to represent the will of the people because "frankly" he's "a servant of the Lord."

KASICH: Well, you don't ever want to have people not like you, but look, there's lots of polls and lots of questions. Change is always difficult, Gretchen, and I keep my eyes centered on two things. First of all, I'm a public servant, and I know what it takes to create jobs and rescue our state. And secondly, you know, frankly, I'm a servant of the Lord. And that just means that my goal is to strengthen families and help children and get people out of poverty and homelessness and get people back to work.


In other words, Kasich doesn't care what his constituents value, because he believes that he and God know better. The trouble with that, though, is that Kasich — who is an evangelical Christian — doesn't even enjoy popularity among his white, born again/evangelical constituents. According to Quinnipiac, a plurality of such voters (37-34 percent) disapprove of the job he's doing. The FPL/PPP poll is even more damning, with 53 percent of evangelical/born again Christians disapproving of Kasich and a whopping 63 percent saying his budget plan is unfair.

Kasich wasn't done. He continued to justify dismissing his constituents, saying that "too many politicians worry about who's yelling and screaming."

And too many politicians worry about who's yelling and screaming. You know, the great leaders throughout history, not that I'm one of them, the great leaders are ones that focus on the ultimate results and, you know, they drive to it.

Hiding behind his own interpretation of some religious mandate even when it conflicts with the opinions of the people who elected him certainly doesn't make Kasich a "great leader." It makes him an unpopular ideologue.