Back in April, Gov. John Kasich had not tipped his hand yet on whether he would enter the GOP race for president.
Any one who knew him even a little bit knew he wasn’t going to let this opportunity, maybe the last of his lifetime, slip past him, as happened in 2000, when George W. Bush blew the wings off his amateur campaign plane for the White House.
Ohio’s term-limited governor likes to talk about how only he knows how to “land the plane,” but so far, all the fantasy pilot flying his fantasy plane can do is barely clear the tree tops.
Camp Kasich’s low-flying campaign plane lost a little more altitude when the new national poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University showed the bully in the cockpit at just two percent. His new arch rival, Donald J. Trump, the larger than life Republican candidate establishment career Republican politicos like John Kasich are trying to knock out by any means, maintains his undisputed title as GOP leader.
Gov. Kasich has too many shortcomings on policy to enumerate now. His biggest flaw by far, one that’s become his ignominious national trademark, is his immature, generally off-putting, sanctimonious personality that takes pride in rubbing people the wrong way.
The 63-year husband and father showed just how annoying he can be when he made headlines following the last Republican debate for the many times he shamelessly interrupted other candidates and even debate moderators to gain more TV time.
Instead of gaining support, he lost it.
Kasich 9th Of 9 In Candidate Favorability Scores
A new survey by Gallup shows John Kasich may have known more than he was letting on back in April about how dislikable he can be. In an article published by The Dayton Daily News [DDN] on April 17, Kasich let his Freudian slip show what his main problem would be.
Mr. Kasich fixates on himself as a uniter not a divider, but according to Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, that seems to be mostly a figment of the governor’s imagination.
“We’ll see how they like me in South Carolina,” he told a sall crowd in Spartanburg. “We’ll see if they like me in New Hampshire. If they like me, that’s encouraging, and if they like me, I’ll tell my wife, ‘they like me,’ and we’ll see what she says,” he said, the DDN reported.
Well, it’s unlikely that after nearly five months on the campaign trail Gov. Kasich has told his wife “they don’t like me.” But that would be truth based on what voters are saying about their lack of love for him.
Topping the list of those Republican White House wannabes voters are cuddling up to, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are now liked as much as Dr. Ben Carson. Senators Rubio and Cruz came of the third GOP debate as winners. Both have seen significant improvement in their net favorable scores compared with late October/early November. Dr. Ben Carson, meanwhile, is experiencing a loss of cabin pressure in his campaign plane, Gallup reported, of 11 points from the 61 he registered over Oct. 24-Nov. 6.
Of the nine candidates Gallup looked at, John Kasich comes in last place on the net favorable scale. While Carson, Rubio and Cruz had respective net favorable ratings of 49, 48 and 45, Gov. Kasich topped out at nine percent [30% favorable minus 21% unfavorable]. As low as it was, it was actually up three points from more than a month ago but still behind, in ascending order, Jeb Bush [16%], Donald Trump [23%], Chris Christie [26%], Carly Fiorina [33%] and Mike Huckabee [38%].
Will Christie Crush Kasich?
Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, predicted weeks ago what Gallup found out on Kasich’s likability. Analyzing the GOP field, Kondik found Gov. Kasich to be unscripted with a combative style that leads to unforced errors. He also said that even as Ohio’s governor becomes better known, he’s not necessarily better liked.
Lumping Gov. Kasich into the long-shot category he dubbed “Daydream Believers,” Mr. Kondik remarked on Kasich’s path to victory in blunt terms that made Camp Kasich fit to be tied.
“Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) interrupted his way to the second-most speaking time at last week’s debate, but his performance wasn’t well-received by voters, and he hasn’t caught on nationally and perhaps never will. His New Hampshire-or-bust strategy might actually end up in a bust whether he wins or not. Even if he maneuvers his way to a Granite State victory, where does he go from there? Does New Hampshire provide him enough fuel to stay in the race until Ohio votes on March 15? Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), another tough-talking, low-polling, New Hampshire-style candidate, is in the same boat as Kasich, and they might cancel each other out. If one exits the race, perhaps the other would be a more credible contender.”