As Election Day draws closer, the harder it is becoming to believe that Ohio Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful John Kasich is still pursuing the White House. Not only is he dead last, given his delegate count of 143 to Ted Cruz’s 463 and a whopping 736 for Donald Trump, but being that 1,237 delegates are needed for the Republican nomination for President and there are now only 943, even if by some miracle Kasich was able to clinch all of the remaining delegates, he would have a grand total of 1,086, 151 short of the necessary total to become the GOP nominee.
Although Kasich has been trading on a “nice guy” persona to suggest a less strident alternative to Donald Trump’s shrill, crude, bigoted braggadoccio, it seems that he just cannot reach Republican voters. Perhaps this is because the GOP voters who have gotten behind Trump feel that Kasich lacks the candor and the courage to “say what’s on his mind,” even though Trump’s tendency to do such is Charge-of-the-Light-Brigade irresponsible, given the fear, loathing and violence surrounding his campaign. I would also imagine that in the eyes of the average Republican voter, Ted Cruz has a considerable edge on John Kasich for being the guy to conduct a filibuster against the Affordable Care Act that lasted over 21 hours.
However, Kasich’s “nice guy” game is nothing more than exactly that. Though he appears – APPEARS – to be less nasty than Trump and less of a wild-eyed Christian theocrat than Ted Cruz, in terms of his values, he really is no different from either, given his policy decisions that led to the closing of half the abortion clinics in Ohio, his endeavors to limit the availability of contraception to the low-income women among his constituents, his desire to deny Syrian refugees entry to the U.S., his determination to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, his stance against same-sex marriage, and more recently, his comment to MSNBC’s Chuck Todd during a town hall event on March 30, 2016 in which he more or less blamed black people in Ohio for the high infant mortality among their demographic:
“I will tell you this. The issue of infant mortality is a tough one. We’ve taken that on, and one of the toughest areas to take on is in the minority community. And the community itself is going to have to have a better partnership with all of us to begin to solve that problem of infant mortality in the minority community, because we’re making gains in the majority community. We don’t ignore any of this, Chuck. These are serious issues and they need to be addressed. I don’t put my head in the sand, and if I gotta get people upset doing it, that’s life.”
Without a doubt, John Kasich trying to come across as the “nice guy” whilst still offering bigoted opinions indicates that he is trying to have it both ways and perhaps that is why he is so far behind Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in the 2016 Primaries. Of course, his failing candidacy indicates a grim long-term picture for the Republican Party as a whole. Being that John Kasich is far behind Cruz and Trump and that General Election polls are currently favoring both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, and considering that the Pew Research Group has ascertained that a majority of Americans favor equal rights for blacks and same-sex marriage and that millennials are proving to be particularly open-minded and accepting in terms of both, I cannot help but find myself under the impression that the Republican party may one day run out of bigots to whom they can appeal for votes.