There’s this scene from an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer called “Dead Man’s Party” where all of Buffy’s friends gang up on her. The one person who comes to her defense is the obnoxious Cordelia Chase.
Time out, Xander. Put yourself in Buffy’s shoes for just a
minute. Okay? I’m Buffy, freak of nature, right? Naturally
I pick a freak for a boyfriend, and then he turns into Mr.
Killing Spree, which is pretty much my fault–
Cordy! Get outta my shoes!
There are some people you just don’t want on your side. Case in point, I’m sure it doesn’t help Hillary Clinton that there are campaign ads out there showing Donald Trump praising her. The Hillary campaign has been working tirelessly to portray Trump as a racist, right-wing hater. And having clips of Trump singing her praises isn’t exactly an endorsement she’s going to want.
Likewise, you would think that no Republican, during the start of the primary season, would want the not-so-coveted New York Times endorsement.
Most Americans outside of Manhattan despise the New York Times with reason. It has a long and shameful history of whitewashing the truth and praising the unthinkable — like Palestinian terror groups or the Soviet Union.
But, Ohio Governor John Kasich, the guy who got the Times’ primary endorsement is tickled pink.
This should be a big red flag.
In endorsing Kasich, the Times wrote:
Still, 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.
Let’s tick off the list of things Republican voters by and large do not want:
• The Government involving itself in every aspect of our lives ostensibly to “improve” them.
• A path to citizenship for illegals
In other words, all the things that the New York Times likes about Kasich are all the things Republicans do not want.
This isn’t an endorsement. This is categorically a chronicle of reasons not to vote for John Kasich.
And yet, Kasich, rather than hanging his head in mortified horror, is excitedly quivering like a spastic colon over the not-so-coveted New York Times endorsement.
John Kasich: “It’s just fantastic. To be endorsed by the New York Times is just really awesome.”
Notice Cavuto, like me (and pretty much all of you) points out that most of us would be surprised that Kasich is holding this as a badge of honor.
John Kasich: “Well, Neil. You wanna have everybody for ya. You know, I think that what works for me is that I’ve proven that I can attract voters across the board…”
Yeah. That’s what Romney and McCain thought too. But here’s the thing, John. Democrats, if asked to choose between a Liberal Republican and an actual dyed-in-the-wool Liberal will choose the Democrat every time. Sure, Kasich may do okay in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but down south and out west? Not so much. You cannot win the nomination without the support of the base. And the base isn’t going to vote for you because the New York Times endorsed you. In fact, I’d venture to say that most of the base will avoid you like the plague now that you’ve secured the not-so-coveted New York Times endorsement.
John Kasich: “I mean, I have people who come up to me in town hall meetings who say, you know, ‘I’m an independent, and I’m either, you know, you know, gonna vote for Bernie Sanders or you.’
Well, that’s a selling point!
John Kasich: “And somebody came up to me today and said, ‘It’s down to you or Trump.’ I mean, I think, Neil, I’ve been fortunate enough to have, uh, you know, accomplished things in public life and have a tone, or whatever, that can be attractive to people that normally don’t pay much attention to Republicans.”
Just a couple questions:
Who thinks to himself, “Golly, do I support the crusty old socialist or the Governor of Ohio?”
Does Kasich not understand that in order to become the nominee and attract the people who normally don’t pay attention to Republicans, you first have to attract Republicans in the primary?
Kasich, not Jeb Bush, is this year’s Mitt Romney or John McCain. He believes that he will appeal to voters of all stripes because he isn’t a Conservative, but a Compromiser. But if history has taught us anything it’s this: Republican voters do not want someone who compromises and makes deals with the Democrats; they want someone who will stand up to the Democrats and beat them. Republican voters do not want someone whom the New York Times can enthusiastically get behind; they want someone who makes the New York Times editorial board take to the fainting couches and cry like the Leftist babies that they are.
I’ve said before that John Kasich seems to think he is running for President in 1992 or 1996. He fails to grasp that we’ve tried it the compromise way more than once. And every time we did, we got screwed in the General.
After all those times of being Charlie Brown with the football, Republican voters are done with settling for the candidate most liked by the Leftist Enslaved Press. And this time around, I think the Republican who receives the not-so-coveted New York Times endorsement didn’t secure a victory, but rather received the kiss of death.
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