FORT WAYNE, INDIANA, July 22, 2015 — At Ohio State University in Columbus, the Buckeye State’s governor became the seventeenth Republican candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race. Despite being near the bottom of the polls, Kasich is hoping to get a lift from having home field advantage.
Sadly for Kasich, the electorate is not showing a willingness to listen to a man who speaks calmly, rationally and quietly. Kasich will not be waving pom-poms and chanting, “yes, we can.” He will be issuing a sobering warning about the national debt and how his budget plans helped Ohio.
Some may find his calm, rational and quiet speech boring. And just because people should care about his message does not mean they will.
Which are both unsettling truths. We don’t need Hollywood in Washington. We need someone with the skills, and experience, to righten the ship that is the United States of America.
Kasich’s rationale for running is a very simple one. He is a successful, competent governor. He does his job capably. And he can do the same for America.
Being a successful governor of Ohio, which is vital to winning the nomination and the presidency, should help Kasich because as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. No GOP candidate has ever won the White House without winning Ohio.
Note that the first 2016 GOP presidential debate on August 6, 2015 broadcasts on Fox News from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The 2016 Republican National Convention will also be held at the same arena.
Can Kasich get enough support to make it to that first debate in a few scant weeks, much less the Republican Convention July 18-21 (2016)?
Ohioans have benefited from a Kasich led revival in recent years, and the governor deserves plenty of the credit. Working with a Republican legislature, Kasich has turned around Ohio’s economy and created a solid amount of real jobs. he has his critics on the left and right, but most Ohioans find him an honest, trustworthy, likable and competent leader.
On issues of substance, Kasich is as qualified to occupy the White House as most people running. He is certainly more experienced than the current Oval Office occupant and any one of the Democrats seeking to follow in Obama’s footsteps.
There is no way around it. In politics, perception is reality. The perception of Kasich, fairly or not, is that he is mind-numbingly boring. Coastal elites may believe that every white midwestern governor is the same person, but even by white Midwestern governor standards Kasich can be a cure for insomnia.
All things being relative, Kasich could be considered charismatic when compared with Ohio Senator Rob Portman, but Portman is not in the race. Kasich supporters will note that one Republican candidate with plenty of style may be in the process of imploding.
Democrats have turned their entire political party into one craving style over substance. Race, gender and sexual orientation have trumped serious issues and how to solve problems.
Time will tell if a nation obsessed with electing Hollywood-style celebrities is finally ready to consider a reasonable, logical nuts and bolts grinder who puts his head down, focuses on the work, and actually does the work. Governing is not sexy. Neither is John Kasich.
But that could work to his advantage.
Many Americans have had enough flash that become a flash in the pan to last a lifetime. America is declining, and nobody is in charge taking responsibility.
However, Ohio is succeeding, and Kasich has been a driving force behind that success.
If America is truly ready for a serious person with a legitimate stable of policy prescriptions, John Kasich could become a contender.
If style is paramount, Kasich will remain an asterisk. And that might be a loss for America