Fellow Ohioans, a vote for John Kasich is now a vote for Donald Trump

Governor Kasich has run a serious and determined campaign for President. However, in this years cycle, where we had as many as 16 candidates seeking the nomination, he has struggled to break out of single digits in any national poll.

His gamble in New Hampshire did pay off to an extent. He finished in second place, but with only 16% of the vote. And to do that, he had to spend many months there as a temporary resident. That’s obviously not possible in any of the remaining contests.

We have had many other successful and respected Republican governors as part of this race. But there came a time for them to realize that it just wasn’t going to happen. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Chris Christie and now Jeb Bush have come to recognize the reality that they didn’t have the support necessary to continue.

When you take the majority of national and state polls, its now clear that we essentially have a 3-man race between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

Donald Trump is leading the race as he has been for months. It saddens me to see that so many who call themselves Republicans are supporting a man whose record and positions are so indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton, but that’s where we are.

There is an immediate need for sane Republicans to stop dividing their votes amongst the quality candidates and coalesce around one in order to stop Trump.

Jeb Bush recognized that he didn’t have the support to be that candidate. For the good of the party and of the nation, Governor Kasich needs to come to the same realization.

One only has to look at the latest NBC/WSJ poll to see that Kasich doesn’t have the support to beat Trump, even in a 2-man race.

Rubio: 57    Trump: 41
Cruz: 56      Trump: 40
Trump: 52  Kasich: 44
Trump: 54  Bush: 43

Kasich also gets only half the support of the next highest candidate in the RCP average of national polls.

Now, it’s no secret that I have supported Rubio from day one. But if the situation between Rubio and Kasich were reversed, I would be calling for Rubio to drop out. I would crawl over broken glass to vote for John Kasich over Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

But that’s not where we are. Trump must not become our party’s nominee. It will ensure the election of Hillary Clinton and possibly destroy the Republican Party. It will guarantee that the GOP loses their Senate majority, which is already tenuous.

Our own Senator Rob Portman is in a close race, and Trump at the top of the ticket will almost certainly lead to Senator Ted Strickland as his replacement. Governor Kasich would be wise to think about this.

Our governor should be proud of the campaign he has run. But he also should do as Governor Bush and his fellow governors have done, and withdraw from the race to let the strongest candidate beat Donald Trump.

All indications are, however, that Kasich intends to continue.

If he does, voters in Ohio and elsewhere need to think about their votes. There is nothing Donald Trump would love more than for Kasich to stay in this race and bleed votes and delegates from Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. There’s a reason Trump hasn’t attacked Kasich since before the new year.

There is also no disloyalty to Kasich in making the choice to stop Trump instead of voting for the governor. You know that Governor Kasich would be sickened by the notion of Trump as our nominee, even if he still erroneously believes he himself has a path to victory. Don’t throw your vote away by voting for someone who’s going to come in 4th or 5th place.

Don’t let Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton win. The rest of us sane Republicans are counting on you.

Author: Nick

I was born and raised in Ohio. After growing up in the Columbus area, I moved to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University, and have lived in Northeast Ohio ever since. I live in Wellington with my wife and son. I work in the private sector and have never worked in the political field.

22 thoughts on “Fellow Ohioans, a vote for John Kasich is now a vote for Donald Trump”

  1. NIck, I would agree with you if this was a normal election cycle — but this year seems anything but normal. My gut says you are right but my head says no one knows.

    That poll you cited was of 400 republicans drawn from a nationwide sample not just Ohio.

    No matter how you look at it things are a mess. They ask the respondents which candidates they could support or could NOT support.

    The following percentages are the could support versus could not support:

    Rubio 70 versus 28;
    Cruz 65 versus 33
    Carson 62 versus 35
    Trump 56 versus 42
    Kasich 49 versus 41

    So how will conservatives win with any of those candidates?. Take Rubio. If only 70% or GOP voters nationwide would support him and over a quarter of GOP voters would NOT support him its a lost cause anyway!!!.

    This is the mess the republicans have made for themselves. The chickens are coming home to roost.

    If you are democrat you can lie and double-cross your electorate because a large percentage of the democrat voters are either abysmally ignorant youth or low information minorities who have no awareness of their candidate’s track records or past promises..

    But if you are a republican seeking the support of conservatives then you’d better nor lie to or betray your electorate because we are informed on the issues.

    I don’t know if Trump is total fraud and a liar or the real deal. No doubt he has been a liberal most of his life – that is proven by video tape.

    But if he is sincere and he now really does hold conservative views he would probably be as good a candidate as any in a race against Hillary in a year like this.

    If Rubio had not done the gang of 8 thing there might not be a Donald Trump?

  2. As I’m typing this Kasich is sitting at 4% of the vote in the Nevada Caucus. I guess his legions and legions of supporters got stuck in the kitchen. This is now 3/4 horrific showings for Kasich, and in all 4 contests he’s finished closer to Jim Gilmore than to that state’s winner.

    Even his one “good” showing really wasn’t. He followed the Jon Huntsman playbook, living in NH for 6 months to the detriment of his campaign in the other 49 states, and only got 16% to show for it. Even Huntsman himself got 17%, and he had to leave the race shortly after.

    Team Kasich insisted this 2nd place NH showing gave them the #Kasichmentum that would launch him to the nomination. With this alleged momentum, in South Carolina all he got was 7% and a free hug. And now 4% in Nevada.

    Kasich and Carson either have oversized egos, live on a different planet, or both. Sometimes you have to know when the end has arrived. Kasich and his sycophants plainly don’t.

  3. Jeff — what you say is all true . The sad part is even if both Kasich and Carson get out today it would not matter much. By now those two represent only about 10% combined.

    I think a President Kasich would be nearly the same as Obama on immigration — he would appease the US Chamber of Commerce and stick his finger in the eyes of conservatives who want a safe and secure southern border. Kasich thinks we just need more Kumbaya moments not a fence.

    The block heads in the Ohio republican party still can’t figure out that Trump is going to beat Kasich in the Ohio primary while he is the sitting governor. Now how could that ever happen if the RINO’s (like Borges, Kasich, Portman and Boehner) really did represent the mainstream of the Ohio republican party? Why they’ll just swamp the “extremist” conservatives at the ballot box right?

    John Boehner, John Kasich and Rob Portman are what the Ohio republican party calls conservatives. All three of them have more in common with Barack Obama than you or I.

  4. I generally approve of Kasich’s job here in Ohio. I was enthusiastic about his presidential campaign at first. But now, I’ve come to the same conclusion. Either Rubio or Cruz has a better chance at defeating the true RINO- Donald Trump. In this primary season, there are two types- Conservatives, who for some reason, are supporting someone with liberal views (Donald Trump), and all the rest. The only way the anti- Trump vote can defeat the Don is if more candidates who have no chance drop out, and allow the anti-Trump voters to coalesce around someone who can unite us all.

    Trump is not conservative. If having extreme isolationist foreign policies, loving Vlad Putin, wanting bigger entitlements, having past supported single payer health care, and being a lifelong Democrat are conservative policies, than I must not know what conservatives believe in.

  5. This is such a muddle we are in! I cannot say that Brian’s views on Trump are wrong because I pretty much think the same thing.

    But the chances of a President Rubio for example (all his slick talk aside) actually building a fence on the boarder with Mexico is close to zero — Cruz not much better (IMO).

    The chances of Rubio or Cruz totally dismantling the tax code? Very low! The GOP establishment in Congress would whip them into line. We all know that.

    Every traditional conservative view is not correct — every liberal criticism of conservatives is not wrong. Every election is a gamble — I am gambling on the fact that Trump can actually take the best of liberal and conservative ideas and plow some new ground.

    Let’s face it — are you going to vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or stay home?. The nominations thing is about over for both parties – with all due respect to the taking TV (empty) heads

    BTW,did Kasich really accomplish much conservative reform in Ohio since 2010?

    1. Dude, Trump’s favorable/unfavorable ratings are something like 28/59. He’d have trouble winning a general election against the Ebola Virus with numbers like that.

      “The chances of Rubio or Cruz totally dismantling the tax code? Very low! The GOP establishment in Congress would whip them into line. We all know that.”

      If we want to talk about what people have done, Trump’s hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to liberal politicians and Democratic Party organizations tells us where his heart lies.

      1. Dude yourself! I have a name in case you did not notice.

        Keep up with things OK? Real Clear Politics Average (Feb 2 to Feb 17 :

        Trump 43.5% Clinton 45.3% margin of error +/- 4%

        Hardly like ebola eh?

        1. Hillary’s approval ratings themselves are down into the 30’s with over 50% already against her. That the Democrats are likely to nominate her would be a catastrophe for them if not for the clown show on the GOP side.

          You remind me of the old joke that goes something like……the Democrat proudly yells that he’s going to screw everything up, then the Republican says, “I’m going to screw up even worse!”

          Running a presidential candidate with Hillary’s ratings is a terrible idea. Running Donald Trump is even worse. Anyone who can read approval ratings can see that, and that’s before getting into Trump’s lifetime history of liberal policies, crony capitalism, support for Democratic politicians, and authoritarian tendencies possibly even worse than Kasich or Christie.

          1. Not everyone shares you assessment of Trump’s chances against Hillary but your scenario is certainly possible. I don’t “like” Trump’s behavior, his pettiness or his immaturity but I SENSE that he is a man who has seen liberalism for what it is and who will have the arrogant, bull-headed toughness to do the all politically incorrect things that NEED TO BE DONE. I’m so sick of weak-willed, well-behaved, play-by-the-rules republicans. We have got to stop bringing knives to a gunfight.

  6. Addendum: Trump has publicly supported these positions: ( I can not guarantee he would doe them but) he says he will:
    1) audit the Federal Reserve;
    2) strip tax exempt status from multi-nationals and banks;
    3) control our boarders and enforce our national sovereignty,
    4) resist making decisions based on political correctness (this is vague I know)
    5) release the full 9/11 report and reveal the role of Saudi Arabia in the attack — the GWB may suffer here a well (but I’ll bet Bill Clinton is the real beneficiary of the secrecy)?.
    6)completely reform the federal income tax code.

    As conservatives which of these do you oppose?

    Who thinks Rubio, Cruz, Kasich, Carson, Sanders or Clinton will take these on? I expect Rubio would be the same old same old — maybe a little better with Cruz. And Kasich — you’d hardly know Obama had left office.

    I think the jig is up for the corrupt RNC and maybe for the socialist DNC as well?

    We maybe well are entering a totally new political reality

  7. Trump has also publicly supported the following.

    1) the Obama/Hillary disaster in Libya
    2) using eminent domain for private development
    3) prosecuting hate crimes against homosexuals
    4) the ethanol mandate
    5) ethanol subsidies
    6) wind turbine subsidies
    7) Obama’s stimulus
    8) TARP
    9) auto bailout
    10) Obama’s suggested limits on executive pay
    11) universal healthcare
    12) importing workers at his Mar-A-Lago club
    13) abortion
    14) Planned Parenthood
    15) assault weapons ban
    16) his crazy lefty sister for SCOTUS

    Do I need to continue?

    Establishment? NO
    Trump? HELL NO

  8. and he says he will “fix” China by imposing stiff tariffs

    can you say “Smoot-Hawley” ?? (Google it)

  9. oh yeah, I forgot his campaign donations

    Carter
    Biden
    Clinton
    DSCC
    DNC
    DCCC
    Ted Kennedy
    Reid
    Rahm
    Gillibrand
    Terry McAuliffe
    Elliot Spitzer
    Andrew Cuomo
    Schumer
    NY Dem Party
    Rangel
    Weiner
    Kerry

    and speaking of the establishment, in 2013/14 he gave $220,000 in soft money to CRUSH Tea Party challengers to establishment candidates including McConnell and Boehner

    oh yeah, he is definitely the “outsider”

    like hell he is

    1. Cherry pick much Bryan! Trump contributions. Full disclosure. 87 democrat and 247 republican.. Do you work for Matt Borges now?

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      1. Bernie, Bernie, Bernie

        My point was first, Trump is not conservative – look at all the Dems he has supported. And second, he is not anti-establishment – look at how he helped two establishment icons crush Tea Party challengers.

        But, hey, thanks for sharing all the other Republican candidates and organizations he has supported. You have really convinced me now. He is definitely not an establishment guy. Nope. No way. Those 247 donations to GOPe don’t mean anything. Definitely not establishment. Definitely an outsider. Definitely.

        Yeah, right.

        1. OK , Bryan get it now. If you contribute to a political campaign you are an insider and/or part of the “establishment”? I truly didn’t know that. Silly me I thought that you had to have held a political office — for a long time. (<:

          BTW, Donald Trump sure is not my ideal candidate for POTUS but he is the one I'm going to get. So again you will probably have three choices next November — Donald, Hillary or stay home. I'm going to vote for Trump and hope he keeps his promises — if you decide to vote for Bill's loving wife or stay home is a call for you to make on your own..

          It is not my fault that the RNC and the republican "establishment" are as dumb as a box of rocks and dishonest as the day is long. They caused "the Donald" not me.

          I've worked for real conservatives all my circa five decades of political involvement.

  10. Bernie

    I agree with you come November. And he will get my vote if he is the nominee. As much as it gets on my nerves at times, I never have and never plan to stay home because “my guy” did not get the nomination.

    I just get annoyed when he tries to portray himself as some outsider. And while I agree that making donations does not make you an insider it is hard for me to forgive him for making MASSIVE donations to help crush Tea Party candidates.

    1. Trump was a good thing at first because he forced the others to honest discussions on immigration and on Muslims and terrorism. But the joke is now on all of us — Trump has outsmarted us all.

      And maybe it will work out. I think Trump will wage a relentless and very aggressive, scorched earth policy campaign on Clinton — the kind of “dirty” tactics that democrats are so good at handing out but never get shoved back into their own faces because of timid, feckless GOP candidates.

      Maybe this time we will have our own “October dirty tricks” to spring instead of cowering everyday waiting for democrats to drop theirs on OUR candidates?

      And the problem for Hillary will be that when Trump publicly calls her out as a liar and an misogynistic enabler it will actually be true — Benghazi, sniper fire in Bosnia, no classified emails, calling other women bimbos to protect Bill ………

      If Trump gets in I want him to appoint Cruz to the SCOTUS and Trey Gowdy as AG …..

      To those who say Trump’s demeanor and mouth disqualify him….well I ask did getting a BJ in the oval office, then lying about it and using the Arkansas State Police to procure women disqualify Bill Clinton? I could see Trump asking this question in national debate…….

  11. Bernie,

    I agree he was a good thing. I have said many times I was glad he was in it because he was making everyone grow a pair and speak up. I also agree he will wage a scorched earth campaign against Hillary, and that is what is needed.

    I like Cruz, but I do not want to see him at SCOTUS. I think there are many good super-solid originalists out there that can fill that seat. If Cruz does not get the nomination, which is looking like it will be the case, I would rather see him in a position to have a broader impact. It is funny that you mention AG because that is a role I think would be perfect for Cruz. That is what he did in Texas. Remember the Heller case? I was also thinking Carson for HHS.

    I do not care for Trump’s demeanor and mouth, but I do not believe that disqualifies him. In fcat his smash mouth tactics may be what is needed to finally shake things loose.

    My biggest issue right now is that we have this permanent political class that is more interested in their own consolidation of power and money than they are in our country and us the voters. And I think that is true on both the left and the right. And I hope this election will break the strangle hold that the establishment has on this country. I am sick and tired of the back room deals and being sold out. So I have a real love-hate opinion of Trump. I love that he is punching the GOPe in the mouth. But I am scared to death that if elected he will become one of them. He is always talking about how he can make the deal. Well I don’t want a president that compromises my principles for a deal. I want one that shares my principles and will stand up to those who do not. If that turns out to be Trump, great. But I am worried that is not who he really is. I think that is why some of the GOPe are starting to line up behind him – because they are scared of the alternative.

  12. one more note – I think the permanent political class is exactly what makes amnesty such a tough thing to kill – the left wants it to get voters – the GOPe wants it because their big business owners want it to drive down wages – that unholy alliance between the US Chamber of Crony Capitalism and the progressives is a tough thing to beat – and it will take someone who is not beholden to either of them to stop it – maybe that is Trump (if his actions follow his words) – maybe it is Cruz (if his behaviors continue as they have been) – it sure as hell isn’t Rubio

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