John Weaver, Ohio Governor John Kasich’s chief presidential campaign strategist, says his 63-year-old, term-limited, faith-based leader has a “positive inclusive approach to problem solving.” Other than Camp Kasich repeating this Greek Chorus claim about his recipe for governing, examples of it happening with any regularity are hard for any student of Kasich to find since they are rare indeed.
Bringing people together to solve problems has always been a priority for Gov. Kasich over his nearly 40 years in professional politics, or the “arena” as he refers to elective office these days. And when he says he knows how Washington works, he’s right, as rules and rule making, essential parts of government that are little known to outsiders, are two complex and important areas of government that even though not approved by a legislature nonetheless carry the force of law.
Kasich Brings Riggin Crew Together
Insiders like Congressman Kasich, who served 22 years as a lawmaker, soon learned it’s better to fashion them to achieve his ends if possible. Eighteen years in congress and nearly ten years in state service, split between four as a state senator and six as governor, taught Kasich to manipulate the rules if you can, and his rigging crew will do just that at the GOP convention in Cleveland.
The plot is simple: heist the nomination after he couldn’t win it outright by finishing first place in primaries or caucuses across the nation. The people Kasich likes to bring together are his buddies and close insiders, and the problem they like to solve is how to stack the deck for John Kasich, who will return the favor with business revenue and appointments to public bodies.
Like a political version of Oceans’ 11, where lots of big Hollywood stars were brought together to rob millions from a secure Las Vegas casino, John Kasich knows he has to do the same in Cleveland if he expects to heist the nomination. He’s assembling his rigging crew now, and their mission is to heist the nomination in Cleveland, as Trump is expected to arrive there with the most delegates [he has 673 delegates now] but not enough to win it on the first round of balloting. Camp Kasich announced the addition of veteran operatives Charlie Black, who worked for Reagan in the last convention fight back in 1976, Tom Ingram, Stu Spencer and Vin Weber, who worked for President Ford in 1976, had joined the rigging crew.
Mr. Black is a longtime Republican strategist who is said candidates have to win it on the playing field but who clearly thinks his skills are needed once John Kasich can’t win it all out right. “People sitting around here talking, it’s just a parlor game,” Black said, according to reports. “There’s nothing you can do behind the scenes. It’s all got to happen out there on the playing field.”
Talking through his hat since he has everything to gain and nothing to lose as he’ll still be governor of Ohio if he loses, Kasich boasted this week that he believes he can win enough delegates to arrive in Cleveland with the lead.
Glenn Beck Calls Kasich An SOB For Staying In The Race
One of the nation’s biggest conservative megaphones, Glenn Beck, spelled John Kasich in three letters: SOB. “Kasich, I mean, excuse my language, but, you son of a bitch, the republic is at stake,” the firebrand talk show host said. Beck is backing Sen. Ted Cruz and reminded Gov. Kasich that there’s more at stake than his future. “This is not like a normal race. The republic is at stake.”
Continuing his criticism of Kasich, Beck, a top surrogate for Republican candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, argued that the Ohio governor is “delusional” if he thinks he can win. Additionally, he thinks the Ohio governor made his victory speech Tuesday night “about himself” instead of about the country.
The Plot Thickens
And therein lies the key Camp Kasich is ready to turn to steal what Gov. Kasich [he has 143 delegates now] couldn’t win out right in state primaries from Main to Texas to California and states in between. Ohio,where all the political planets were in alignment for the governor in his adopted state, is the exception.
Since Kasich beat Trump in Ohio by 11 percent points, reports say two previous competitors who fought for their respective candidates in 1976, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, have joined the rigging crew Camp Kasich is bringing together to pull off the next Great Heist. Vin Web worked for Gerald Ford and Charlie Black worked for Ronald Reagan in the battle for the nomination nearly 30 years ago.
When Republicans pick their nominee for president, and convention rules prevent the candidate with the most delegates but not enough to cross the tape winning, the candidate everyone will be left with will be none other than John Kasich. And that’s just fine by him. The high road to the highest office in the land would be winning state primaries. The low road to the highest office in the land is conspiring to rig the convention rules in Cleveland so he wins what he didn’t earn, as Camp Kasich is now plotting to do.
One delegate from North Dakota knows what John Kasich knows. Curly Haugland, an unbound GOP delegate from North Dakota who appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday, said voters mistakenly think they choose the nominee. “The media has created the perception that the voters choose the nomination. That’s the conflict here,” Haugland said, as he questioned why primaries and caucuses are necessary.
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