Wednesday, May 11, 2016

John Kasich has no interest... carrying water for Donald Trump, according to a piece in Bloomberg today (my emphasis):

Kasich's former chief campaign strategist, John Weaver, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in a story published Monday that “under no circumstances” would Kasich join Trump on the ticket. “He's been as Shermanesque about that as one can be,” Weaver said.

But, at the same time, Paddy Power still has the Ohio governor favored to be the Donald's running mate, at 3/1 odds.

So which is it?

Kasich always sounded to me like the most sensible choice for Trump. The popular governor of a state the Republicans almost have to win to take back the White House, Kasich has extensive government experience at both the state and federal levels, and -- most important, I think -- would act as a bridge between the party's establishment (and donors and business community) and the unpredictable reality TV star. With Kasich acting as a bit of a check (they hope) on a guy most of them see as utterly unqualified to occupy the Oval Office, party bigwigs could at least kinda, sorta get some sleep.

So, once again, to quote Groucho Marx: "Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?" In other words, is Kasich really going to turn down the No. 2 spot in a Trump administration, or are the betting markets right? Will the party just plain tell him he has to do it?

I say Gov. Kasich takes one for the team and accepts the job.

P. S. And will that force Hillary to tap Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown for her running mate?

1 comment:

Ed Crotty said...

We need Brown's vote in the Senate. I think Biden would be a good choice. Tulsi Gabbard is an interesting choice, as is Amy Klobuchar.