Tilting at Windmills

Tilting at Windmills

John Kasich is the Don Quixote of the Republican Presidential race.

Here we are on March 16. Twenty-seven states have voted in Republican primaries and caucuses so far, and John Kasich has only managed to win one state — his own.

Howard Dean had the same bad luck in 2004. Despite Howard Dean’s moment in the spotlight, he failed to win a single state except Vermont — where he was the governor. The difference between Governor Dean and Governor Kasich is in 2004, there was a point early in the race where Howard Dean was the favorite.

Kasich has yet to experience the heady feeling of being the one voters are clamoring for.

John Kasich came into Tuesday with 76 delegates — 93 fewer than Marco Rubio who dropped out of the race last night. Mathematically, Kasich has no chance of securing the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination in the first vote of the convention. He is too far behind.

Yet Kasich continues on with his quixotic campaign — tilting at windmills, believing he has a chance to wrest the Republican nomination from the other two candidates — both of whom have won far more states than Kasich.

Appearing on NBC’s Today show this morning, John Kasich said:

“Let me tell you, neither Cruz nor Trump can win the general election. They can’t come in to Ohio with the philosophy they have and win. You can’t win Ohio, you can’t be president.”

While it is true that Ohio is a key state in the general election, Kasich seems to be overstating his own electoral strength. This is the man who so far has received 4,809,449 fewer votes than frontrunner Donald Trump and only half as many votes as second place Ted Cruz. Even Rubio managed to secure more votes than Kasich — and (I know I’m repeating myself) he dropped out last night.

To cling to some fantasy that Kasich can swoop in and snatch the nomination away from Trump or Cruz based solely on his win in Ohio is pure fantasy.

There is a point where you have to set ego aside and do what is best for the party. Rubio did it. Why won’t Kasich?

Well, we know why. John Kasich, the sanctimonious jerk, believes that he deserves to be President. And since we voters are just too stupid to realize that, he will remain in the race for no other reason than to spoil the nominating process enough to force a contested convention.

Look, there’s nothing wrong with a contested convention. Reagan did it in 1976 and nearly snatched the nomination away from that loser Gerald Ford. In the end, Reagan came within 108 delegate votes from being the nominee.

The difference between Reagan and Kasich is Reagan was actually very popular. He won eleven states in 1976. So far, Kasich, as I said, has won only his own. If Kasich really believes his measly 142 delegates give him bargaining power to leapfrog over Trump and Cruz, he’s living in a bubble.

But he really doesn’t care. Kasich wants to be a spoiler. And this notion that he is doing it in order to ensure Ohio doesn’t go to the Democrats in November is pure, unadulterated BS. If Kasich were really interested in making sure the eventual nominee wins Ohio, he could do his part simply by offering a full-throated endorsement of the nominee and campaigning with him in the state during the general election.

But John Kasich isn’t interested in a Republican victory in Ohio unless John Kasich is the beneficiary of that victory.

For all his twaddle about “caring for one another” and “lifting each other up,” Johnny boy’s quest for the White House is driven purely by ego.

I would expect nothing less from this egotistical son of a mailman.

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2 thoughts on “Tilting at Windmills

  • March 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm
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    I heard at least one person say that Kasich should consider his campaign a contribution in kind to Trump in any of the upcoming winner take all states.

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