WASHINGTON, November 11, 2015 − Unfortunately for Ohio Governor John Kasich, he may have shattered his chance to gain the 2016 GOP presidential nomination Tuesday evening by sounding more like a liberal Democrat than a conservative Republican during last night’s Fox News / Wall Street Journal debate held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
As a GOP candidate from a must-win midwestern bellwether state, Kasich has a sterling record of economic accomplishment, bringing his state back from the brink after his Democratic predecessor’s record deficits and job losses. He also managed to notch a second term in 2014 in a record-breaking landslide win, overwhelming his hapless Cuyahoga County Democratic opponent.
Yet Tuesday evening, the Buckeye state governor appeared argumentative, petulant and unnecessarily surly, not presidential. He seemed more at war with his own party than with the either the Democrats or Hillary Clinton, that party’s presumed presidential nominee.
For millions of viewers across America, Kasich’s apparent political death wish defense of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal aliens and his support for bank bailouts would certainly elicit a twisted smirk from the current resident of the Oval Office. Many conservatives and perhaps even Kasich supporters had to be wondering just what political playbook the governor was consulting.
In the political world of primary strategy, Kasich must have been channeling his inner Hillary or even even his inner Bernie Sanders. He certainly gave no clue top last night’s national audience that he regarded America’s current illegal alien invasion as anything more than a minor annoyance.
Unfortunately, this minor annoyance has already cost millions of American jobs, the extraction of billions of dollars straight out of American taxpayers’ pockets, and a steadily growing string of needless deaths of American citizens–crimes committed by illegal alien criminals the administration hasn’t bothered to screen upon entering the country.
Kasich actually appeared to be at war with many debate opponents, especially turning his arsenal of rude interruptions and outbursts on Donald Trump. In so doing, Kasich seemed to manage the impossible, actually making Trump seem relatively composed and even more presidential compared to the Ohio governor’s overly belligerent behavior.
America needs a Republican presidential candidate capable of taking Hillary Clinton to the mat in the upcoming general election debates. Yet the views Kasich expressed Tuesday evening were astonishingly similar to those that Clinton and the Democrats have been promoting. Indeed, Kasich’s pronouncements didn’t remotely track the kind of message the Republican base is longing to hear.
Kasich’s comments were virtually historic in nature according to noted pollster Frank Luntz who conducted a focus group of New Hampshire voters observing the debate. According to Luntz, who has been measuring focus group reactions since 1996, Kasich’s clear support for bank bailouts impelled the moderate and conservative members of his focus group to dial down their support for him the more the governor spoke.
According to The Blaze, Luntz said,
“A month ago we showed you the highest debate moment that we have ever tested since 1996. Well, tonight, I have to show you the lowest moment. The moment our New Hampshire voters said, they’ve heard enough.”
It appears that Kasich embraces a sincere belief that America can accomplish genuine immigration reform by simply ignoring the clear desire of Americans to take back this country’s secure borders without being told it’s “complicated.” For Republican voters at least, this approach is a non-starter.
What is certainly not complicated is the way Donald Trump, Ben Carson or Ted Cruz speaks when discussing how to better protect America from the high cost of Barack Obama’s immigration non-policy and associated issues of crime, border security, and the nation’s right to constitutional sovereignty.
In fact, it was Trump who answered Kasich’s “can’t do” or “won’t do” dismissal with regard to deporting the millions of illegal aliens swarming across America’s unprotected borders. He simply pointed out what President Eisenhower had already accomplished in this regard when he served as president. Eisenhower deported millions of illegal aliens on three different occasions, proving that border security can indeed be accomplished if the nation’s Commander-in-Chief has the will to do it.
In June 1954, President Eisenhower enlisted retired General Joseph “Jumpin’ Joe” Swing to head up a concerted drive to deport the increasing number of illegal aliens in this country. As a result, the government sent droves of local as well as Federal officials sweeping through targeted neighborhoods in search of illegal immigrants, according to the Federalist Papers Project.
As a result of these highly coordinated efforts, in their first month of operation, 50,000 illegal aliens were captured and deported, while over a half million more took the hint, fleeing back across America’s borders. By September 1954, in the state of Texas alone, some 80,000 illegals had been sent home. An additional half million to 700,000 illegals departed on their own.
In addition, instead of simply removing illegal aliens and releasing them in Mexican towns close to the U.S. border, they were released deep into the Mexican interior to further discourage their return. While Kasich would most likely despise this rough but decisive border security operation, it resulted in nearly 3 million illegal aliens being sent back home. That is the can-do kind of policy that Trump, Carson, Cruz and the American people who want their nation back would clearly and enthusiastically support even today.
This may actually be a revelation for Governor Kasich – one he may soon discover in the voting booths of New Hampshire where he is staking his initial claim to the GOP nomination. He will soon learn that a policy apparently designed to appeal to liberal Democrats is one that has no home in a Republican primary in 2016.
Frank Luntz would tell Kasich the same thing. According to the Blaze, when his focus group was asked to raise their hands if they had a negative reaction to Kasich’s policies and performance during Tuesday’s debate, “Nearly every hand went up as participants described him as “boring,” “irritating” and “finished.”