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John Kasich May Be Trump’s Worst Option For VP

Just say NO to John Kasich as VP

As I explained in Part 1 of this 3-part series, to close the deal with right-of-center voters, Donald Trump's choice of Vice President is the clearest and most important signal he can send to conservatives that he will govern as a conservative.

And the message is getting through; after we exposed Senator Bob Corker’s serial betrayal of conservatives in Part 2 of this series he quickly withdrew his name from consideration and talk of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as Trump’s VP all-but-disappeared from the media once we and other conservatives made our objections to him known.

However, as the Republican National Convention gets closer and the field of potential vice presidential candidates narrows, and the Republican establishment gets more desperate to retain its power, the likelihood increases that there will be a final push to put an establishment “unity” candidate on the ticket with Donald Trump.

And who better – or worse from the conservative perspective – than Convention host state Governor John Kasich?

Ohio is a key state in Republican Electoral College math – no Republican has ever been elected President without winning Ohio, and Kasich did defeat Trump in the Ohio Primary.

Moreover, there is some crossover blue collar voter appeal in Kasich’s working guy biography and his emphasis on jobs and the economy as Governor.

But that’s pretty much where the serendipity between Kasich and Trump ends, because on the campaign trail John Kasich campaigned against Donald Trump’s populist – conservative agenda and even after he suspended his campaign continued to bash Trump’s positions on the issues.

“Tell me who you walk with and I’ll tell you who you are” is an aphorism that I and many other movement conservatives have come to believe through the hard experience of watching Republican candidates surround themselves with inside-the-Beltway mercenaries who despise conservatives, run content-free campaigns and then lose the election.

And throughout his political career and recent campaign for President John Kasich has walked with the anti-conservative elements of the Republican Party.

Kasich was a longtime member of failed Speaker John Boehner’s Ohio political posse in the House.

Kasich is a close confidant of former Virginia Congressman Tom Davis, once head of the Republican Main Street Partnership, an organization bitterly opposed to conservative policies such as the federal marriage amendment, and ending federally funded embryonic stem-cell research, research that contributed to the ghoulish market for dismembered baby parts documented so vividly in last year’s Planned Parenthood videos.

George Soros, personally and through surrogates, donated over $700,000 to support Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign.

When he announced for President Governor Kasich rambled for 45 minutes through his biography and as CNN's Terence Burlij and Tom LoBianco, put it, "Kasich tacked to the left throughout his speech, in a way that no other Republican candidate has this cycle."

After his announcement our friends at the Club for Growth were quick to take Governor Kasich to task for his Obamacare Medicaid expansion:

“John Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid in Ohio in 2013 was a costly mistake,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “Medicaid enrollment in Ohio has far outpaced Kasich’s projections and more than doubled in cost. The Club for Growth is concluding its research into Kasich’s broader record on issues of economic freedom. But, our presidential white paper on the Ohio governor will, no doubt, warn of the long-lasting consequences from his decision to burden Ohio with an ever-growing price tag for Medicaid expansion.”

And while John Kasich can make some claims to have governed as an economic and fiscal conservative, as we pointed out in our article “The Big Government Four: Bush, Rubio, Huckabee and Kasich” Governor Kasich often claims to be governing as a fiscal conservative; however, the reality is this claim is largely blue smoke and mirrors.

Our friends at the CATO Institute contend that “by any measure, spending is growing in Ohio. The question is by how much.” “Kasich seems to pick the data set that sheds the best light on him,” wrote Nicole Kaeding, a budget analyst for CATO, which awarded Kasich a D grade on his budget record for last year.

CATO cites what is known as the general revenue fund, which includes money Ohio collects in state taxes as well as federal dollars for such programs as Medicaid, which provides health coverage for low-income people.

The state plans to spend $71.2 billion from its general revenue fund during the 2016-2017 budget cycle. That is substantially higher than the $52.5 billion in general revenue spending for the 2011-2012 spending years, which was Kasich’s first two-year budget.

And on amnesty for illegal aliens and the impact of immigration, both legal and illegal, the positions of John Kasich and Hillary Clinton are indistinguishable.

As Ohio’s reported back in 2014, a little more than four years ago, John Kasich told The Dispatch, “One thing that I don’t want to reward is illegal immigration.”

Back then Kasich called for a comprehensive federal immigration law protecting America’s borders. And he reiterated his longtime support for amending the U.S. Constitution to end birthright citizenship for children born here to illegal immigrants.

Now Kasich says he’s “a little bit smarter” and that he now opposes all the policies he supported previously, and that country class Americans are demanding the Republican candidate for president stand for, and which are driving Donald Trump’s poll numbers through the roof because he says that’s what he will do.

Kasich told PBS Newshour’s Gwen Iffil, “… I think, with the 12 million, they’re here. If they have been law-abiding, then I believe they should have a path to legalization. They’re going to have to pay a fine. They’re going to have to wait, but I — look, they have become a very important part of our society. “

Kasich went on to tell Iffil that apprehending illegal aliens “is not what America is all about” and compare the identity theft, Social Security fraud and other crimes that attend illegal border crossing and working in the United States to “ditching the line” at a Taylor Swift concert.

Governor Kasich came out of the interview with Gwen Iffil barely one stop short of echoing Jeb Bush’s infamous illegal immigration is “an act of love” comment.

Likewise, on Common Core, Kasich echoed Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush – Common Core, he said, is just a label for high standards.

John Kasich doesn’t offer a vision of America that much different from Hillary Clinton’s, and the policies he advocates aren’t alternatives to Hillary Clinton’s policies; he’s for Common Core, amnesty for illegal aliens and Big Government in general.

Far from adding to Donald Trump’s Electoral College math, Kasich is merely a vehicle for preserving the progressive Big Government Republicans’ hold on the levers of power in government and the Republican National Committee.

Conservatives are not a wing of the Republican Party who can be bought-off or mollified with interest group-type favors and John Kasich’s embrace of Hillary Clinton’s position on issue after issue are almost the antithesis of Trump’s conservative populism.

To win the fall campaign and defeat Hillary Clinton Donald Trump needs to first do two things – unite, and then excite center-right voters who have been, at best, reluctant supporters of Republican candidates for President over the past few cycles.

Nominating Governor John Kasich as his Vice President would be an all-but-fatal blow to those essential steps on the road to victory for Donald Trump. I urge all of my conservative friends to let Donald Trump know that we conservatives believe choosing John Kasich as his running mate would crash Trump’s campaign and that it is time to say definitively that John Kasich is out of the running for Vice President.

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Kasich sucks

This is a guy who has two daughters yet calls NC "Mean" because they do not want perverts into the Ladies Room; also, a guy who pledged to support whoever wins the Repub nomination then went back on his word--a real suckeee! Used to like him.

Kasich for VP?

Kasich already swore he'd never run with Trump as VP. My guess is it will be Gingrich. I'm not fond of Gingrich but I'd love to see Jeff Sessions or Pence or Carson or Palin or West or Bachmann as a VP, but it sure looks like a Gingrich to me.

Irritation Level: Legendary

Exceeding even the ubiquitously aggravating Microsoft "Clippit", the unwelcome advice-dispensing paperclip, for his amazing ability to irritate voters across the fruited plain, Kasich simply would confirm that the RNC is past its sell-by date!

Just how irritating? A quick compilation:

Kasich - UGH!

I have adamantly avoided voting to show my choice for Trump’s VP because I believe Trump needs the freedom to make his own choice.

Now I must break my silence and proclaim Sir Richard’s statement in opposition to Kasich as Trump’s VP, if anything, is an understatement. Kasich as VP would be a cataclysmic disaster.

John Wagner
Ann Arbor


Don't worry about Kasich's conservative credentials. Recall he pushed through legislation to forbid public service unions - teachers, firemen, policemen - from negotiating their benefits. There were huge demonstration against. The legislation was later repealed by public initiative. He severely reduced state subsidies for schools, universities and for towns. Yes, he did accept Medicaid for economic reasons. We had it coming for us and someone else would have gotten the money instead. But he did turn down a Federal subsidy for developing passenger rail service in Ohio. So don't be fooled. As some left winger said he's a wolf in sheep's clothing. He just sounded moderate compared to the other candidates.

Santorum Over Kasich for Conservatives

Kasich’s talents would be beneficial in leading budget and legislative initiatives for a Republican Administration. His knowledge of the voter rich Ohio region could prove to be helpful to the campaign. But, he did not appear in the primary elections to grasp fundamental conservative perspectives on a number of issues.

The candidate Vigueri promoted, Santorum, has more small government conservative appeal than Kasich, and provides a similar set of talents to the ticket. He is a better public speaker. He was also friendlier to Trump in the primaries.

Santorum for VP

I like Rick Santorum but so far haven't heard he's been vetted for VP. Mike Pence, Joni Ernst and Newt Gingrich definitely were tapped and vetted. I would like Jeff Sessions as my first choice, but don't see that happening yet.

VP Watts or VP Bachman for Appeal

Sessions seems to be better than Santorum for the role as the budget and legislative initiatives handler. And, as the cool headed, clean livin’, conservative, Southern gentleman Senator, his appeal in the South would have to be an asset to the Republican ticket. It looks like a good fit.

The glory of Santorum is his acerbic wit and his ready critique of the Democrats’ devilish death cult and their petty grievance factory. His speechifying is more lively, and easy to hear. And, he could pry from the Democrats’ grimy hands a few more Roman Catholic voters than Sessions or Kasich.

A candidate that is not a Caucasian male would be better for interest group and media appeal. I wonder if J.C. Watts, former congressman from Oklahoma is available and being considered; or, Michele Bachman former congresswoman from Minnesota.