Donald Trump, bruised after one of the most difficult weeks of his candidacy, said Sunday that Ohio Governor John Kasich should drop out of the race. Speaking to reporters in Milwaukee, Trump said that he had raised concerns about Kasich in a meeting with the RNC. “He’s taking my votes,” Trump said. He argued that without any path to a delegate victory, Kasich was just gumming up the works.
For their part, the Kasich campaign insisted that Trump should take his own advice. “Since he thinks it’s such a good idea, we look forward to Trump dropping out before the convention,” said spokesman Chris Schrimpf, who argued that none of the three candidates would have the required 1,237 delegates.
Kasich has made no secret of his plans. In an interview with ABC, he said the party would likely choose him as the nominee if no candidate could come up with enough delegates to lock it up. He said he thought a contested convention would be “fun.”
“Kids will spend less time focusing on Bieber and Kardashian and more time focusing on how we elect presidents,” Kasich said. “It will be so cool.”
Right. Kids everywhere will be glued to their television sets, hanging on to every procedural motion, biting their nails to see if Kasich and the Republicans will actually go through with this idiotic plan. Of course they will.
Kasich seems like a good guy and he’s apparently been a fine governor, but he is growing increasingly delusional about his chances of securing the nomination. He’s hoping that the delegates will hate Trump and Ted Cruz enough to go with him, even though all of the voter excitement is centered around the other two. And he apparently thinks that Republican voters will just shrug and say, well, guess them’s the rules. Go, Kasich, go!
It’s not going to happen like that. The RNC may very well thwart the will of the voters, but they aren’t going to get away with it. It makes not one whit of difference what the rules are. If the person with the most delegates going into the convention does not come out with the nomination, the party will have a big problem on their hands. That person could be Trump or it could be Cruz. It’s not going to be Kasich.