Where oh where is Johnny Kasich?

Johnny Kasich

Remember back during the heated primary season when John Kasich was busily casting himself into the role of the voice of reason and comradery? All that talk of “connecting hearts and lives,” lifting each other up. His syrupy “Can’t we all just get along” sermonizing.

Yeah. Where’d he go? Where oh where is Johnny Kasich?

To be honest with you, if anyone had asked me, “Which of Trump’s last two competitors do you see skipping the RNC convention?” I would have answered, “I’d be disappointed, but probably Cruz.” After all, Trump went after Cruz like he was a red-headed stepchild.

I didn’t imagine John Kasich would be the one to skip out. Kasich’s entire campaign strategy was to portray himself as the only grown-up in the room.

Yet Cruz is there in Cleveland and Kasich is the one who huffily stomped away.

The Convention is being held in his state, for criminey’s sake.

So, where oh where is Johnny?

All during the primaries, Kasich crowed mightily about how important the Convention was. He gave many of his little Kasich-like homilies about showing our children the importance of our nominating process. But when things don’t go his way, he bails? That is the height of hypocrisy.

Kasich’s Mr. “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” routine was an act. From the very beginning, his campaign was a vanity run. And he’s not skipping the convention out of “principle.” He’s skipping the convention because he didn’t get his way.

I think in his mind’s eye, Johnny pictured a delegate revolt that pegged him as the savior. And over the last couple months while Never Trump people scrambled to find someone to carry their tattered banner into battle, nobody turned their eyes to him. And he’s mad.

Skipping the convention is a temper tantrum. Nothing more. But rather than make John Kasich look like a man standing on principle, it’s making him look like a thin-skinned, shallow child who angrily pitches a fit when he doesn’t get his way.

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One thought on “Where oh where is Johnny Kasich?

  • July 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm
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    As you could tell by watching them cast their delegates for Johnny yesterday, the whole state of Ohio still considers themselves to be the most important state for electing POTUSes. Maybe Johnny thought he deserved it for that reason, too. He was never really the adult in the room, and his behavior now just confirms it.

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