Can I get an amen?
A top Republican strategist tells the Associated Press that if Ohio Gov. John Kasich thinks he’ll win a contested convention, he’s “delusional.” The Associated Press’ Kathleen Ronayne assessed Kasich’s convention path, noting that, as Cincinnati.com’s Chrissie Thompson and Deirdre Shesgreen have reported, Kasich faces some steep hurdles.
“If John Kasich’s strategy is to hope and pray that longtime party establishment insiders are going to bail him out, I think he’s delusional,” says Ryan Williams, a GOP consultant who worked for Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush but is now unaffiliated with a presidential campaign.
Kasich has no chance whatsoever of winning a contested convention. He has won only one state, his home state of Ohio. That’s it. This means he’ll have around 150 delegates, which is (significantly) less than 10% of the total amount of delegates at stake in this primary season.
In other words, Kasich is a nuisance.
Now, if his ground game was at least somewhat efficient, he could get something done. But, well, let me just quote one of Kasich’s own people:
Black acknowledges the obvious — Cruz is in a better position.
“We’re pretty good in some states, not so good in others,” he said. “(We’re) not nearly as organized as Cruz, but of course he’s been at it for a year.”
Cruz has been at it for a year, because he’s serious about this and because he can actually win. Kasich isn’t and can’t. He just wants to raise his profile.
In the meantime, however, he’s hurting Cruz’s chances of preventing Donald Trump from getting to 1237 delegates, the amount the Democrat plant needs to win. In a two-man race between Cruz and Trump, the former would clean up, but Kasich does everything in his power to prevent that from happening.
The saddest part of all this is that Kasich’ll end up hurting his own image, rather than helping it. Everybody sees through his tiresome act. You know, the ‘practical’ Ohio governor who’s the ‘only serious person’ in the room, and who always takes the ‘moral high ground’ because he ‘refuses to play games.’
Enough with that. Kasich isn’t claiming the moral high ground, he’s beclowning himself. And, while doing so, he’s hurting the Republican Party and the conservative movement.