Seth and I recorded a special episode yesterday about John Kasich and the NeverTrump movement. You can listen to it below or download it through the iTunes (link below). Why did we take the time to do it?
Because it’s getting embarassing. Lest anyone forget, John Kasich currently serves as Governor of Ohio. He doesn’t seem to be at work very often. Maybe that’s why he couldn’t get a majority of Republicans in his home state to vote for him in the primary on March 15th. He didn’t perform particularly well in neighboring Illinois or Michigan either. Donald Trump won both of those states. In fact, Kasich has so few delegates that it is mathematically impossible for him to reach the 1,237 delegates required to win the nomination.
His only rationale for remaining in the race is to act as an agent of the NeverTrump movement and a spoiler to both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. This is wrong – morally and politically. Kasich is misleading voters and destroying his own credibility. It’s a campaign based on a lie. Both Trump and Cruz have run strong, straightforward campaigns and have a solid base of support. Kasich has not and does not – not in Ohio, not in the upper Midwest where he was supposed to gain strength, and not anywhere else.
That he remains in the race says a few things. The first is that Governor Kasich makes decisions based on ego and delusion. Perhaps voters sense this and it explains why they don’t support him. Instead of being “the adult in the room” he’s petulant, short-sighted, and self-centered. It also speaks volumes that neither Kasich nor the NeverTrump movement will support Senator Cruz. That’s why they are a movement against a candidate instead of throwing their support behind the only other candidate with a sizable base of support among voters.
Between them, Trump and Cruz command the support of 80% of the Republican electorate, but neither have much support among the elites. John Kasich is their 80-yard Hail Mary pass thrown into a pack of defenders with no time left on the clock that could send the game into overtime – the convention. And even if that works (it won’t) he has no chance of gaining the nomination for himself. Time’s up. The game’s over. I said it in this piece but I’ll say it again: Our of respect for 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.” Now.
He should be honest with himself and honest with voters. Ted Cruz has earned the right to compete with Donald Trump. John Kasich has not. He must end his campaign and give voters a choice not an echo. He should stop dreaming about the Oval Office and get back to his day job as Governor of Ohio.
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