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What Does John Kasich Think Hes Doing?
The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | April 15, 2016 | Matthew Continetti

Posted on 04/15/2016 5:43:55 PM PDT by Kaslin

Column: Blame the Ohio governor if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee

When John Kasich departs this earthly vale of tears, he ought to donate his brain to science. It could teach us a lot about irrational thinking.

The Ohio governor has won a single state: his own. He has 143 delegates. That puts him fourth in the count behind Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio—who is no longer a candidate.

To win the nomination on the first ballot of the Republican convention, Kasich would have to win 138 percent of the remaining delegates. This is impossible. Even a politician should be able to do that math.

To win on the second ballot, Kasich would have to outmaneuver Ted Cruz and his impressive delegate operation. That seems, let us say, beyond implausible.

To win on a subsequent ballot, when the nomination is up for grabs, Kasich would have to do something over the next two months that he seems constitutionally incapable of doing: show the slightest bit of selflessness and concern for the cause and the country and put those feelings ahead of his own narcissism, vanity, condescension, and sneering disdain for the party he seeks to lead.

What does that mean for Kasich in practice? Running against Trump where he’s strongest and ceding ground to Cruz where he’s weakest.

Kasich helps Trump. He can’t pretend otherwise. For months the anti-Trump forces have wanted nothing more than the ability to coalesce around a single challenger. One goofy man has stood in the way all along. He bit into Bush’s vote, into Christie’s, into Rubio’s. Now he’s biting into Cruz’s.

Nor does Kasich split the anti-Trump vote passively. His campaign and associated Super PACs assist the real estate developer by spending time and money criticizing Cruz. Indeed it’s become hard to distinguish Trump attacks from Kasich attacks. One Kasich-aligned Super PAC called Cruz “Lyin’ Ted”—a Trump coinage. Another hit Cruz for his jab at “New York values.” Next they’ll be saying nasty things about Heidi.

Here’s John Kasich’s fundamental misunderstanding of this primary race: The Trump vote is static. His supporters aren’t going anywhere. But the anti-Trump vote is elastic. It can bend in any direction. It shifts between Kasich and Cruz depending on the terrain. In proportional states, the distribution of the non-Trump vote doesn’t matter. But in states where there’s a prize for coming in first, either statewide or by congressional district, then the distribution of the non-Trump vote is all that matters. When asked to choose between Cruz and Trump, Kasich voters go with Cruz overwhelmingly. Yet Kasich is so stubbornly and stupidly and selfishly focused on maximizing his share of the anti-Trump vote that the Trump vote remains the same.

The strategy is mindless. I’ll say it again: It doesn’t matter how many delegates Kasich accrues. The only thing that matters, the only prospect he or anyone else has of securing the nomination, is keeping Trump from winning on the first ballot. If Trump loses, and Cruz proves unable to secure the second ballot, the opportunities are endless—for Kasich, for Scott Walker, for General Mattis, for anyone who can unify the party. But for Kasich to be in such a position, he’d have to show he cares more about stopping Donald Trump than he does about picking up a few more delegates.

Right now Kasich is the guy for Republicans who can’t bring themselves to support either Trump or Cruz. Voting for Kasich relieves them of the burden of having to choose between two men they find distasteful.

It’s an evasion. Doesn’t get these voters anywhere. Indeed, the longer Kasich stays in the race, the greater likelihood of a Trump nomination on the first ballot at the convention. Kasich and his voters are complicit in the same offense: easing Trump’s path to taking over the Republican Party and endangering the country because they’d rather not make a tough and painful decision.

Yet Kasich remains. Perhaps he wants to be Trump’s running mate. He denies it. But they all deny it. No one wants to be vice president—until the moment the presidential nominee offers you the job. What a sad and ironic end to Kasich’s career if he, like so many Republicans and conservatives who have appeased Donald Trump, betrayed his principles and inevitably his conscience in the pursuit of power.

“When I get to the pearly gates,” Kasich has said, “I’m going to have an answer for what I’ve done for the poor.” Sorry John, but St. Peter will be asking more than just one question. He’ll want to know what you did to stop Donald Trump. And right now my friend you don’t have an answer at all.


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1 posted on 04/15/2016 5:43:55 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Kasich is doing the same thing Cruz is doing;
trying to keep Trump from getting the nomination.


2 posted on 04/15/2016 5:48:02 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (I was conceived in liberty, how about you?)
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To: Kaslin

I think he is trying to keep his campaign going until the GOP convention, hoping to get the nomination there, as the only non-Trump and non-Cruz candidate.

He has the notion that both camps would find him acceptable.

I personally think he is delusional.


3 posted on 04/15/2016 6:01:33 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Repeal The 17th

“Kasich is doing the same thing Cruz is doing;
trying to keep Trump from getting the nomination.”

Isn’t it wonderful just how our policticans have devolved into POS’s who, when they can’t come up with a rationale for their own candidacy, launch into all the lies and deceptive comments about their competitiors! “Well if I can’t convince the voters that I’m the best candidate, I’ll just talk trash about everyone else!”
JUST WONDERFUL, NOT!
I can tell Lyin’ Ted and K-sick, if either of them were in MY rear view mirror and I had the car in reverse, I’d have no compunction about standing on the gas!


4 posted on 04/15/2016 6:04:09 PM PDT by vette6387 (Obama can go to hell!)
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To: Innovative

I think you are right with the first line.
He is acceptable to The Cheap Labor Express and that’s what counts.
He may not be as delusional as he appears.


5 posted on 04/15/2016 6:05:46 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Know Islam, No peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Kaslin
Kasich's money man.

Soros: Just hang in there until I tell you to stop.

6 posted on 04/15/2016 6:09:20 PM PDT by Slyfox (When someone tells it like it is, is it the truth?)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t even need a whine detector for this one Kas.


7 posted on 04/15/2016 6:10:04 PM PDT by itsahoot (Trump is a fumble mouthed blowhard that can't finish a sentence, but he will finish a term.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Cruz on Kasich ten days ago saying Kasich should leave the race because he doesn't have a path because he is "at this point" "mathematically eliminated" from getting 1,237.

Cruz quoted here in the Boston Herald:


"Cruz said in an interview Tuesday on WTMJ radio in Milwaukee that any candidate who doesn't have a path to winning should end their campaign.

"At this point," he said, "Kasich has been mathematically eliminated." "


Well Teddy, are you going to leave your presidential campaign when you are mathematically eliminated, which is going to happen this month?

8 posted on 04/15/2016 6:13:55 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Kaslin
Plus TPP supporter
9 posted on 04/15/2016 6:16:31 PM PDT by Right-wing Librarian
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To: Innovative

“both camps would find him acceptable’

It’s the GOPe that would find him acceptable.


10 posted on 04/15/2016 6:18:02 PM PDT by dynachrome (We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.)
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To: dynachrome

I think that Kasich thinks, and the GOPe may have told him, that he would be an acceptable alternative to either of the two front-runners.

But I doubt it is correct.


11 posted on 04/15/2016 6:21:06 PM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Innovative

They’re still counting on JEB!/s


12 posted on 04/15/2016 6:22:52 PM PDT by dynachrome (We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.)
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To: Red Steel
"Cruz said in an interview Tuesday on WTMJ radio in Milwaukee that any candidate who doesn't have a path to winning should end their campaign.

So why hasn't Cruz ended his campaign already?

Does he really think he won over any voters with his slimy antics in CO?

13 posted on 04/15/2016 6:24:32 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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14 posted on 04/15/2016 6:27:13 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Repeal The 17th
My conspiracy theory is that he's doing exactly what Trump wants him to be doing.

Trump hasn't hit Kasich particularly hard, and Kasich has reciprocated. Kasich has campaigned against Cruz for the most part.

I still say thay'll be the ticket. I think Trump has Florida, but Kasich will just about guarantee Ohio.

We don't think much of him, but he has very good approval numbers in Ohio, and he won the governorship in a landslide.

He has Washington experience, which Trump has said he wants in a VP. The executive experience is a bonus.

15 posted on 04/15/2016 6:29:27 PM PDT by TontoKowalski (You can call me "Dick.")
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To: Kaslin
Right now Kasich is the guy for Republicans who can’t bring themselves to support either Trump or Cruz. Voting for Kasich relieves them of the burden of having to choose between two men they find distasteful.

So now these RINOs know how hard the rest of us had to swallow for their two RINO losers in 2008 and 2012.

16 posted on 04/15/2016 6:33:18 PM PDT by bkopto
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To: Kaslin
Right now Kasich is the guy for Republicans who can’t bring themselves to support either Trump or Cruz. Voting for Kasich relieves them of the burden of having to choose between two men they find distasteful.

So now these RINOs know how hard the rest of us had to swallow for their two RINO losers in 2008 and 2012.

17 posted on 04/15/2016 6:33:18 PM PDT by bkopto
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To: Kaslin

what else can he do?...go back to being 0-Pinhead’s supernumerary???
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18 posted on 04/15/2016 6:34:48 PM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: exDemMom
So why hasn't Cruz ended his campaign already?

A few words come to mind about Cruz. Cruz is living up to his nickname that is going to stick with him for life.

19 posted on 04/15/2016 6:46:51 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Kaslin

Kasich is ensuring 8 years of a Hillary Clinton presidency.


20 posted on 04/15/2016 6:50:49 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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