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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.

13 Responses to Kasich Starts Gearing Up for Possible Challenge to Trump

  1. OK, let’s see:
    MrTrump is a tall glass of Long Island iced tea.
    Kasich is a cup of tepid herbal tea.
    MrTrump is about to break the world record in a long distance race.
    Kasich is arranging his Scrabble tiles.

    At this point in politics, Kasich would win the “Alf Landon” mantle by running against MrTrump in 2020.

  2. I would say his campaign in 2020 will be about as successful as his 2016 campaign was. I live in Ohio and if he could run for re-election in Ohio this year, I wouldn’t vote for him. IMO, he will never/never win over Trump’s voters – for several reasons, one of which is his ungracious behavior during the 2016 Republican convention.

    • I completely agree with your reasoning, and I think you’re being generous in your estimate. I don’t think he’d do nearly as well against Trump in 2020. I almost hope we get to see.

      As Mr. Pibb wrote, above, “They still don’t get it.”

  3. Once again we have, with Kasich, an example of a person for whom holding political office is like a cocaine hit. It’s a high, a deep psychological need, a withdrawal from normal life. Congress is full to the brim with these weird characters. It’s the very last type of person we should support for any political office. You can’t get rid of them.

  4. Oh puhleeese, not again. Why do these politicians insist on making fools out of themselves? Do they think they were just misunderstood last time? Or maybe the mood of the country has changed? Kasich wasn’t even close last time.
    Talk about term limits. There should be limits on how many times you can campaign for something.