I hate to be the guy to call off the party, but it’s late and somebody’s had too much to drink. Riding high on his big win in Ohio, John Kasich has dreams of being the guy the GOP rallies behind at the convention and carries the Republican banner forward to victory in November. Have no doubt, when Governor Kasich looks at himself in the mirror he sees President Kasich winking back. But it’s a pipe dream and he’s the only one who doesn’t know it.
Caught up in the high-spirits and bluster of the anti-Trump clique in Washington and New York, John Kasich believed the hype. “You have one job, John,” they told him. “Win Ohio.” And win it he did – on the same night that his rival for GOP Establishment affection (and money), Marco Rubio went down in flames in his home state of Florida. Rubio had the good sense to exit the race after losing by 19 points. Kasich campaigned only in Ohio and was able to come away with his first and only win of this primary season.
Kasich Couldn’t Win A Majority In Ohio
But before we get ahead of ourselves lets remember that John Kasich was not able to secure a majority of the vote in his home state, the state of which he is currently governor. And he poured all of his resources into Ohio. It makes his victory a whole lot less impressive. Especially when you note that in Missouri and Florida, which also voted Tuesday, he received less than 10% of the vote. In fact, throughout the primaries Kasich has been the most likely to place last or darned close to it.
Marco Rubio gave the race his best shot. He waited too long, but after he lost Florida he got out to let others carry the torch. John Kasich’s results have been consistently worse than Rubio’s and yet he hangs on. He’s the guest who doesn’t know the party’s over and it’s time to go. Ted Cruz has won the right to continue his race if he chooses to do so. He has won more states and more delegates than Rubio and Kasich combined and he at least retains the theoretical possibility of amassing enough delegates to become the nominee.
Out of respect for the voters and a desire to see the Republican Party win this election – and win state and local races around the country – John Kasich should step aside. He should let Donald Trump and Ted Cruz compete and let the voters pick their nominee. He took his chance and came up short. Time to move on.