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Kasich Starts Gearing Up for Possible Challenge to Trump

Oh no. The most annoying candidate of 2016 may be back.

But don’t laugh. A Kasich primary challenge could be damaging to President Trump, win or lose.

From Politico:

John Kasich’s inner circle is gearing up for a possible presidential run in 2020 — actively weighing the prospect of a Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump against the feasibility of a long-shot general election campaign as an independent.

And there’s one consideration driving their thinking perhaps more than any other: what some of his advisers consider the very real, maybe even likely, possibility that Trump doesn’t run again — by choice or not — or that the president becomes so politically hobbled by late next year that the political landscape fundamentally shifts in Kasich’s favor. That’s one reason Kasich has yet to decide whether to pursue an independent bid or a primary challenge.

Nine Republicans in or close with Kasich’s political operation told POLITICO that the departing Ohio governor has been working with a tight clutch of advisers and informally surveying donors and fellow pols about the shape of his next steps. So far, he has solidified his role as a go-to commentator for national news shows while stacking his schedule with trips including an April return to New Hampshire.

None of this is to say Kasich is a go for 2020. But his activity has undergone a marked shift from just a few months ago, when Kasich and his allies repeatedly denied any interest whatsoever in the White House, even as he embarked on a book tour.

Trump Criticizes Sherif’s Deputy Who Failed to Enter School

President Trump today suggested Scot Peterson, the sheriff’s deputy who failed to enter the Florida school during last week’s massacre might have been a “coward.” Peterson was put on unpaid leave and then resigned after it became clear he waited outside while the rampage unfolded in the school. From remarks to reporters at the White… Continue Reading

Trump Schedule || Friday, February 23, 2018

10:05 am || Delivers remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference; Oxen Hill, Maryland 12:35 pm || Meets with Australian Prime Minister Turnbill 2:00 pm || Holds a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Turnbill; East Room 3:00 pm || Meets with Secretary of State Tillerson All times eastern Live stream of joint press… Continue Reading

Mattis to Break With Trump, Advise Allowing Transgenders in the Military

It’s good to see the left using the military for its social experiments. I’ve got it, why don’t we ban guns in the military? From the Washington Post: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to propose to President Trump that transgender members of the U.S. military be allowed to continue serving despite the president’s call… Continue Reading

Trump May Fire National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster

He’s never been personally comfortable with the guy. According to one report I saw recently, Trump said aloud to the room while McMaster was briefing something to the effect of “Look how serious he is!” And I don’t understand why McMaster, other than out of pique with Trump, would so triumphantly assert last week that… Continue Reading