John Kasich has got to go.
I have never been one of the “do what’s good for the party” kind of analysts. However, when someone is a candidate with a mathematical impossibility of winning the Republican nomination outright, he or she should start coming to terms with the fact that they will not be president.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz is fighting like mad to offset Donald Trump’s momentum and Kasich has continually upset that effort. Kasich’s minor victories have not been enough to earn him any momentum of his, but have been just enough to serve as an advantage to Donald Trump.
On Sunday, as he was questioned by Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, Kasich laughably claimed that Ted Cruz should exit the race, saying,
“Maybe Ted ought to get out because he can’t win in the fall.”
Said the guy who has consistently lost to Cruz and holds a fraction of the delegates he has…
“Maybe these people that are hot on that ought to tell him to do it. You know, they tried to tell me to get out of the race how many times, Chuck?” Kasich continued.
Kasich’s comments come after Cruz called for Kasich to exit the race as his presence is only aiding Trump in the two-man race.
“When you go 1-for-27, that’s a problem,” Cruz said of Kasich during a Friday interview. “At this point, it is clear the voters have decided it’s a two-man race.”
Again, I’m not often of the belief that one’s loyalty must be to his or her party; in this instance, however, Kasich is the annoying guy holding-up the morning coffee line as he asks stupid questions about lattes. “Get out of the way- some people have business to which they must attend.”
With Kasich over a thousand delegates away from the majority needed to clinch the nomination, he’s not getting the nomination in a convention- brokered or otherwise. Further, he would be bereft of any legitimate mandate- and that’s assuming he could somehow muster the political networking necessary to manipulate his way to the nomination.
Ted Cruz may be able to work within the framework of a brokered convention, and while there would be outrage amongst many Donald Trump supporters, at least Cruz would bring with him a semblance of legitimacy as he has been nipping at The Donald’s heels consistently.
As we head-into Utah and Arizona, Kasich is currently siphoning-off votes that might otherwise go to Cruz and in doing so, aiding Donald Trump. If Donald Trump can take the majority in Utah and is the winner in Arizona, he receives 40 and 58 delegates, respectively.
In conjunction with New York and California primaries that should go very well for Trump, Kasich’s efforts that hinder Cruz might very well benefit Trump to the degree that the billionaire receives the majority of delegates at the convention.
This is bad news for both Kasich and Cruz who would be hoping for a brokered convention.
Further, Kasich is about as establishment as a Republican can get and is as exciting as off-brand unflavored yogurt. Conservatives rooting for Trump may snarl if Cruz walks-away from a brokered convention with the nomination. Constitutional conservatives and Trumpers will be irate if Kasich cons his way into the nomination that would pit him against Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
Kasich can’t win against Trump and he can’t win against Cruz. He can’t win against Bernie or Hillary and the fact that he would lob such “I know you are but what am I?” critiques of Cruz’s electoral prospects is indicative of someone who is either unreasonably stubborn or unbelievably stupid.
In either case, it’s time for Kasich to go home (preferably before tomorrow).