For Republican Survival -- Kasich Is Prepared

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 4:25 AM

(Bernie Sanders polls better against all the Republicans.) Many of the Conference delegates may be in high heat and playing with the irresistible, venomous, masochistic fervor.

To avert a historic summerset in the Nov elections, what should the Republican Party do at its July 18-21 nominating convention, if "Doubtful Donald" Trump and "Terrible Ted" Cruz cancel each other out?

Their best chance is to assign the remaining man in the race -- OH Governor, John Kasich -- who polls better than Hillary Clinton who, in turn, polls better than both Trump and Cruz. (Bernie Sanders polls better against all the Republicans.)

Many of the Conference delegates may be in high heat and playing with the irresistible, venomous, masochistic fervor. This would be okay with the Democratic Party that'd appreciate the televised spectacle of the GOP imploding. But, if chilly heads are bent on rescuing the Party from the brink, here is the case they can create for Kasich.

The son of a postal worker, Kasich is a candidate who thinks, but still he's a wily politician. He spent years in the House of Representatives as a near confidante with the insurgent Newt Gingrich who overthrew the Democrats and defeated its Speaker, Tom Foley, in that memorable election of 1994.

I recollect seeing Kasich huddling around a lunch table at a nearby WA restaurant strategizing with Speaker Gingrich. Yet he wasn't a sycophant. He even publicly suggested that the Pentagon budget may be more than a little bloated.

Kasich became Chairman of the influential House Budget Committee. In that capacity, he responded well to my request for the first Congressional hearing in history on corporate welfare or crony capitalism. The day-long hearing, being of pioneering consequence, received very tiny press, because the reporters knew that Kasich wasn't going to follow-through seriously with legislation. See, he is a politician.

As OH Governor, he swung into attacking the deficit, neglecting to slice corporate welfare payments or tax abatements as one necessary way to reduce the deficit. Three letters from me reminding him of his House Budget hearing weren't answered. But, he did frequently reveal his compassion, most notably applying his religious principles by going with Obamacare'south Medicaid program, unlike other Republican Governors who ideologically rejected this health insurance for destitute families.

During the presidential debates, Gov Kasich, a decided underdog, became a contrasting voice to the crazed belligerence, insult-soaked, waves of misleading statements and braggadocios of Trump, Cruz, Christie, Rubio and other early dropouts.

Kasich has won only one state primary -- defeating Trump -- in his state of Ohio. But, he's been on the modest upswing in recent primaries and receiving more press for being a comparatively sane voice amidst the shouting and overtalking of his fellow candidates.

I saw three versions of Kasich on the debate stage. Kasich, the advocate for reason, negotiation and compromise. Kasich, the presentation of himself -- experienced, knowledgeable and steady. And Kasich, pulled down by the madness of the stage to declare some "wild and crazy" things, particularly about his proposed military policies.

He seems relatively scandal-free, has a fine family and can speak folksy because he's folksy. The biggest operating problem in his campaign isn't being able to lift sufficient money to match his major competitors.

Donald Trump won't obtain the necessary one thousand two hundred thirty-seven delegates to gain the majority -- assuming they all stay with him -- at the Convention. Neither will Cruz, even with his machinations amongst the delegates which have outmaneuvered the under-organized Trump to date.

Who's left? House Speaker Paul Ryan seems to imply it when he says he'south not interested in the nomination. Mitt Romney will be seen as a retread with continual plutocratic baggage in a year of progressive resurgence. And Jeb Bush has already been rejected by Republican voters in the primaries, notwithstanding his best known title and massive campaign funds.

Kasich is the remaining, vetted default option.

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