It is hard to find anyone who doesn't like John Kasich. The ebullient former congressman from the Columbus Ohio area spent nearly twenty years making a mark in the House of Representatives as an expert of the budget, ran a principled campaign for the GOP nomination for president in 2000 to underscore his concerns on federal spending (prophets are never heeded in time) and then had a great run as a Fox News Channel host and commentator.
Last year Kasich decided to try and help his beloved Buckeye State and launched a run for governor against Ted Strickland, the affable but hapless career pol who has presided over an economic bleed out that continues despite promises of massive help by President Obama when, as a candidate for president, he stumped the key swing state asking for a chance to show what a united Democratic Washington could do for the industrial Midwest.
Kasich is teamed at the top of the Ohio GOP ticket with a former colleague from the House, Rob Portman, who is favored to keep George Voinovich's Senate seat in Republican hands. The two of them present the GOP's best face to voters: Earnest, smart, optimists who got into politics just as Ronald Reagan came to D.C. and who are now at the top of their games and ready to contribute urgently needed leadership at the state and federal level.
This is a great situation for a candidate like Kasich, and just as many candidates have done, he has authored a book.
Except Every Other Monday: Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith and Friendship is unlike any other candidate's book that I have ever read. Every Other Monday is Kasich's spiritual autobiography, or more accurately, a biography of the small group he and seven other men put together in 1987 to discuss the biggest issues of life using the Bible as their guide. The group has grown over the decades into a cornerstone of the lives of the men who participate in it, a rock on which they have all stood through some very tough times and some deeply difficult circumstances.