- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 21, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is getting frustrated. Or maybe he’s been that way for several months, unable to build a loyal Republican fan base, even as others have dropped out of the race, and win more primary contests other than his home-state of Ohio.

But, darn it, he’s still vying for the GOP presidential nomination and still wondering why Republicans won’t just coalesce around him. Never mind, he’s mathematically eliminated from winning and still has fewer delegates than Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

On Wednesday, his campaign blamed the #NeverTrump crowd (or rather the GOP establishment) for not helping stop businessman Donald Trump in New York. Many viewed it as a plea to them to fill his own lacking campaign coffers.

Then, in an interview in Thursday’s Washington Post, he took at outright swipe against the Republicans he’s supposed to be swaying.

“If you don’t have ideas, you got nothing, and frankly my Republican Party doesn’t like ideas,” Mr. Kasich told The Post in an editorial board meeting. “They want to be negative against things. We had Reagan, OK? Saint Ron. We had Kemp, he was an idea guy. I’d say Paul Ryan is driven mostly by ideas. He likes ideas. But you talk about most of ‘em, the party is knee-jerk ‘against.’ Maybe that’s how they were created.”

Ouch.

Mr. Kasich is trying to campaign as a happy conservative, the one with ideas, or whatever, but every now and then a snide and obnoxious temperament shines through.

Take for example, this weekend, when a reporter asked him how he could win against Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in the fall, if he can’t win more than his home state’s primary.

Mr. Kasich lost his cool. He snatched the reporter’s voice recorder out of his hand to ask the reporter: “What do you think?”

Then, there are the condensing remarks he’s made to young women on the trail.

First, it was the Taylor Swift moment in the fall, where an eager college female wanted to ask him a question at a town hall, and he mistook that excitement for her thinking he was selling Taylor Swift concert tickets.

Then, earlier this month, Mr. Kasich was seemingly baffled when a young woman asked him a question about Social Security.

“Did somebody tell you to ask this question?” Mr. Kasich remarked.

“No,” she responded. “I can think for myself.”

It seems many Republican voters are, and in doing so have decided to reject Mr. Kasich.


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