Poor John Kasich. First, he suffers from debilitating “Invisible Orchestra Conductor Syncrome” (or IOCS, wherein one is constantly conducting an orchestra no one can see), and now this. The New York Times has endorsed him as the GOP’s only “plausible” candidate.

Ouch bro.

The actual text of the endorsement reads like pretty much the most brutal anti-Kasich ad imaginable.

Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, though a distinct underdog, is the only plausible choice for Republicans tired of the extremism and inexperience on display in this race…

As a veteran of partisan fights and bipartisan deals during nearly two decades in the House, he has been capable of compromise and believes in the ability of government to improve lives. He favors a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and he speaks of government’s duty to protect the poor, the mentally ill and others “in the shadows.” While Republicans in Congress tried more than 60 times to kill Obamacare, Mr. Kasich did an end-run around Ohio’s Republican Legislature to secure a $13 billion Medicaid expansion to cover more people in his state.

Holy cow, dude. That is a laundry list of Please Leave Iowa Quietly assertions. This may top the Rubo non-endorsement endorsement AND Cruz’s un-endorsment endorsement from last week.