I’ve been having some fun at Ohio Governor John Kasich’s expense for several weeks. The fact that he somehow manages to cling to his hopes to be president and remains in a race where his presence is largely unnoticed by the voters is mystifying.
However, I do believe in giving credit where credit is due. If it came down to a choice between Kasich, Trump, and setting my hair on fire, voting for Kasich would come in a relatively close second to setting ablaze my already fiery, red tresses.
With that in mind, I’m compelled to step forward and run a block between Kasich and the gilded toad, who felt necessary to slam Kasich this weekend at a stop in New York.
From the Washington Examiner:
Speaking on Staten Island Sunday, Trump said the Ohio governor is “interesting” because he’s never faced a negative commercial.
“Nobody’s ever hit him. Nobody knows he’s there, and so he does well. He does okay,” Trump said. “Because nobody talks about him.”
This may be true. Nobody, outside of myself and a few field reporters in Ohio feel necessary to mention that Kasich is even involved in this race. Kasich is a grouchy guy, with views that are decidedly left of center, and much like Trump, he would probably fit better in the Democrat party than the Republican party.
Kasich has only won his home state of Ohio, but has shown a tendency to do better in moderate-to-left leaning states. According to a Real Clear Politics poll, he’s currently in a distant second place in New York, with 23.2% to Trump’s 52.2%.
One thing Kasich has that Trump can’t boast of is executive leadership in a government role. Kasich won the governorship of Ohio in 2010, and won reelection in 2014. Before that, Kasich served nine terms, from 1983 to 2001, representing Ohio’s 12th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a member of the House Armed Services Committee and he was a ranking member of the House Budget committee.
Of course, he also voted to approve the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) and sided with President Clinton in voting for a federal assault weapons ban, earning himself an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association because of it.
Kasich is no conservative and he would likely side more with the Democrats than Republicans as president. He truly is the quintessential Republican in Name Only. His presence in this race, no matter how futile his efforts, at the very least, makes more sense than Trump being in this race.
I’ve always felt governors make better presidents. Maybe he wouldn’t be the governor I’d immediately think of as the president we need, but any governor would be head and shoulders over a reality TV personality.