Speaking to CNN on Tuesday night, the Ohio governor said, “If I’m president, I am going to once and for all try to reunite Pink Floyd to come together and play a couple of songs,” after telling anchor Alisyn Camerota that he saw the Floyd during their tour supporting The Wall. “And since we have so much trouble in America with our finances, I’m going to (ask the band to) start with a little song they created called ‘Money.’”
Kasich has had a tin ear when it comes to name-dropping bands to impress the electorate before—last summer he told a bunch of bikers “Linkin Park is one of my favorite bands.”
But this is something else, and there are a lot of questions. Who is Kasich trying to reach here? Rand Paul’s fans, who he (rightfully) assumes are the self-serious stoners that tend to gravitate towards Floyd? Does John Kasich know that keyboardist (and Floyd glue guy) Richard Wright has been dead for nearly eight years? Has he listened to Ummagumma or Atom Heart Mother or any Floyd album that isn’t Dark Side of the Moon or The Wall? Does he know that even the president of the United States has no power to reconvene British psychedelic progressive bands that peaked four decades ago, or any band, for that matter?