Gov. John Kasich, who has seemingly done nothing over the last year other than talk smack about the Trump administration while trying to thwart any and all attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare, said Sunday that he might soon defect from the Republican Party.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the Ohio governor said he was hoping that the GOP could make substantial changes to the platform before he was forced to make that choice.
“If the party can’t be fixed, Jake, then I’m not going to be able to support the party,” he said. “Period. That’s the end of it.”
Kasich ruled out joining the Democrats, saying he has “no idea what the Democrats are for.”
He said he was still optimistic that the problems – as he sees them – within the GOP can be fixed before it’s too late.
“What I’m trying to do is struggle for the soul of the Republican Party the way that I see it,” Kasich said. “And I have a right to define it, but I’m not going to support people who are dividers.”
Kasich is still hanging on to the Bush-era “compassionate conservatism” that failed to stem the rising tide of liberalism. We’re sure he’s a great guy, personally, and he has a number of ideas that fit neatly into the conservative mold. What’s more, he appears to be doing a fine job in his role as governor of Ohio.
But as a representative of the national party, which he so clearly wants to be, he is found lacking. He does not fully understand the “dividers” and where they are to be found. They are not within the Republican Party. They are within the Democratic Party and the leftist fringe groups that are increasingly gaining power OVER that party. Kasich thinks it’s still 1996, and there is still room for genial compromise between the left and the right. That time has passed. We have real problems in this country, and they have come about through Democrat Party overreach and a GOP unwilling to do the hard lifting it takes to stop the left.
But just listen to him talk about the “problems” with the GOP to see where he’s coming from.
“If the Republican Party is going to be anti-immigration, if it’s not going to be worried about debt, if it’s going to be anti-trade, this is not where our party can be,” Kasich said.
Kasich has been drinking the NeverTrump Kool-Aid for so long, he doesn’t know fact from fiction. If he wants the party to go back to “Jeb Bush” style conservatism, he can keep dreaming. We’re sure there’s an independent party looking for a “star” to run against Trump in 2020. Go for it, Johnny. You won’t be terribly missed.