by Steve Beynon
57 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
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John Kasich was crushed in the last round of primary contests, even losing to
the ghost of Sen. Marco Rubio in Utah from early ballots casted before the
Florida senator terminated his campaign. Between the recent contests in Utah
and Arizona, Kasich failed to pick up any delegates.
This battle for
the Republican nomination has not been kind to governors. Chris Christie, Scott
Walker, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee have all been casualties in a rambunctious
political climate that seeks mischief and is giving the finger to the
establishment by hopping on the Trump train or embracing the rebellious Texas
Senator Ted Cruz.
Kasich sits with a mere 143 delegates. Trump is far in the lead with 739,
followed by Cruz’s 465. It is a long shot for the Texas senator to halt Trump’s
warpath to the nomination — it is mathematically impossible for Kasich. It
takes 1,237 delegates to secure the GOP nomination. Even if the Ohio governor
won every contest moving forward, there are not enough delegates for him to be
victory was Ohio — a contest he won by 11 points. However, Trump defeated the
governor in virtually all of Ohio’s southern counties and every county that
borders Pennsylvania and West Virginia. While Kasich’s victory in his home
state was a moral victory, it highlighted that even with a home field
advantage, he still could not get a sweeping victory like we saw with Cruz and
Sen. Bernie Sanders in their states.
that, he probably holds the record for most fourth-place victories. Outside of
the Buckeye State, Kasich has struggled with name recognition or gathering any
meaningful traction — a weakness that is entirely understandable when you have
to make noise while in the same room as a man that flies
around on a private jet with his name on it.
strategy is digging in northeastern states like Pennsylvania, where Cruz is not
expected to perform well. His campaign is not about defeating his opponents
with delegates — it is about denying Trump every vote possible.
This points to
both Kasich as a weak candidate and the power of Trump’s message. Kasich has
never had a real message in his bid for the presidency — other than not being a
jerk on stage. Instead of building his vision for the Oval Office, he hides in
the corner biding his time for Trump’s self-destruction. However, that
destruction never happened and is unlikely to ever occur.
either tapping out, accepting Trump will be the nominee — and possibly our next
president — or they’re holding their noses and siding with Cruz, a candidate
that in any other presidential run would be seen as the fringe candidate that
needs to be stopped at all costs.
It is hard to
tell if Kasich actually thinks he can show up to the GOP convention with a few
hundred delegates and deny Trump the nomination, or if this is a last-ditch
effort to put the Ohio governor out there to take humiliating defeats while
trying to soak up handfuls of delegates in hopes of putting some dents in
Trump’s almost inevitable nomination.
To deny Trump’s
nomination would be the GOP spitting in the faces of their voters. The
democratic process picked Donald Trump, and it is hard to not take Trump
seriously when he suggests there will be riots if the party robbed him of his
Bernie Sanders won the delegate game only to be toppled by Hillary Clinton’s
superdelegates. There would certainly be some liberal-on-liberal violence in
the aisles of Whole Foods.
If this is
Kasich’s strategy, it should raise concerns of how much respect for the
democratic process he has. If he is just crossing his fingers that Trump’s
plane crashes, he should admit it instead of suggesting he is going to upset
Republican voters of their candidate to lead the free world.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
It was the day after I retired from The Enquirer and Rick Pender, an editor at CityBeat, asked me to consider being this paper’s lead columnist.
“I don’t have an opinion every week worth 750 words,” I told him. We left it at that.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Of course, that obsession with raunch
culture in the first place is sometimes what necessitates the hard,
unpleasant conversations about preventing rape and sexual assault in
this country. Cause and effect.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Do you look forward to your job every day? Do you do for a living something you would do for free, anyway? I do, don’t you?
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Many parents attest that when your child is born,
some instincts just kick in. In nature, this is seen all the time.
Females are generally the primary caregivers to their offspring, but
there are plenty of species whose fathers don’t just hit it and quit it.
4 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I’m sick of the Tailhook nature of
navigating daily life when people are so blithely rude they let doors
slam in the faces of the people behind them, they jostle and slam into
others without so much as an “excuse me,” so by the time I retreat back
to home base I feel like an abused slab of dough.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 27, 2013
There’s one reason I’d really like to
have children someday and one reason I want to get my tubes tied the
next chance I get, and they both happen to be the same thing. I don’t want to stop being a kid myself.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 12, 2013
THURSDAY MARCH 7: The American thing to do is buy an even
bigger and more expensive TV than the one you already have even though
it works just fine. Fountain Square, located in America, will soon
follow this cultural imperative.
5 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
LaSalle High School is in denial about its drug problem. Anytime students stupidly decide to
trick an armed drug dealer with counterfeit money, all kinds of
socioeconomic and chemical problems are in play beyond the pranksterism
and tomfoolery of bored white teenage boys.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Most people who play poker know more
terminology than applicable math, which you might be surprised to learn
is essential to the game. But because anyone at the table can win any
hand at any time, there’s a misleading allure to the contest. People who
play badly sometimes beat people who play well.