John Kasich (did you know his dad was a mailman?) is part of that little clique of former and would-be public officials who won't go away and who are forever swaying like a reeds in the wind towards whomever is willing to pay.
The Democratic National (Online) Convention is off to a great start.
AOC, relogated to a one-minute pre-taped statement, is upset that John "Pay Attention to Me" Kasich is getting more time. And Kasich is scratching back at AOC.
Anyone who remembers the 2016 Republican primary knows that former Ohio Governor John Kasich loves nothing more than the sound of his own voice.
So it should come as no surprise that he is ditching his allegiance to the Republicans in order to speak at the Democratic National Convention in support of Joe Biden.
Do you think he'll mention that his father was a mailman?
Ohio governor John Kasich (R) has been an outspoken critic of President Trump and his voters, so it's perhaps not surprising that he stated Sunday he is "very seriously considering" running for president in 2020.
It's not clear if he plans to primary the president or if he believes he can win on a "centrist" third party, even bipartisan, ticket.
Last Sunday, Ohio Governor and former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich said that he does not have plans to run against President Donald Trump in 2020 and is "rooting for him to get it together."
Less than a week later, reports have emerged that Kasich may team up with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in 2020 as independents with Kasich taking the top spot.
The 2018 midterms are going to be followed like nothing we've seen before, drawing more mainstream media coverage than did even the 2010 midterms. Although they have lost two special elections (Kansas and Montana) and failed to avoid a runoff in Georgia, Democrats and their media allies really really want the 2018 midterms to be a referendum on President Trump.
While we focus often on the fact that Democrats are divided between the Bernie Sanders-Elizabeth Warren wing and the slightly less radical Cory Booker wing, Republicans, too, are divided. The 2018 Ohio Senate race for incumbent Sherrod Brown (D)'s seat provides a snapshot of this friction.
Conservative, conservative-leaning, and Trump-supporting Republicans are already endorsing Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel in what they hope will be a successful rematch between Brown and Mandel. Mandel lost to Brown in 2012 and last year announced he was running again in 2018.
The ObamaCare Medicaid expansion is a horrible deal for low income Americans; it's also where a large number of "newly covered" Americans get their new coverage.
Not only does the expansion include "automatic" enrollment in Medicaid through ObamaCare even if it's not wanted, but expanding Medicaid to slightly higher income levels includes many who have managed to acquire a home or other assets. Their home and assets, however, go to pay for their Medicaid bills after they die. In essence, then, Medicaid functions as a loan from the federal government just as it always has, but because the income level has been raised, more Medicaid recipients than ever will have their assets seized to cover the cost of their Medicaid expenses.
Despite this, some GOP governors are fighting their own party to keep the Medicaid expansion in their states.
John Kasich has a big announcement at 5:00 EST, but we all know what he will say. He'll formally announce he's suspending his presidential campaign. And yes, he was running for president this whole time. By the way, did you know his father was a mailman? Because his father was a mailman.
By some theories, Kasich hung on just long enough to siphon votes from Cruz and serve as an anti-Trump spoiler. Not sure I buy this particular line because it assumes Kasich supporters would've defaulted to Cruz in the absence of the Governor.
In any case, some have suggested (though none have confirmed), that Trump and Kasich struck a smokey, back-room deal which would explain the timing of Kasich's withdrawal from the race.
Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvanie, Rhode Island, and Maryland vote today. All polls close at 8:00 PM EST.
UPDATES (by WAJ):
Issue is not whether Trump wins the 5 states, issue is whether he picks up more delegates than expected, which he will have to do to get on trajectory for first ballot win.
Oh, Ben Carson. Sweetheart, he may be, but the man is never short on gaffes.
On Fox News' Outnumbered Tuesday, Dr. Carson, former Republican presidential contender, now Donald Trump spokesman had some interesting things to say about ambitious individuals:
I once commented that I can't stand the sound of John Kasich's voice.
It's not that it is grating on the nerves, like Hillary's screeching chalkboard-scraping cackle.
It's just that he reminds me and a lot of people of the relative at the dinner table who JUST WON'T STOP TALKING. And who doesn't pick up on social cues, like people looking sideways at each other out of the corners of their eyes; gently trying to change the subject; excusing themselves because it's getting late and they have to get up early for something or another.
When I hear him speak, I get flashbacks of childhood when an elderly relative-in-law would corral me into sitting with him for the post-meal Passover seder service. For most non-orthodox Jews, the seder meal means we're done. But no, he'd put me on the spot because no one else would stay, and there we'd be for what seemed like eternity. John Kasich could be that guy.
I don't know if this is coordinated [update - yes it is, see below], or just Ted Cruz doing what he thinks is best to keep Trump from 1237 delegates, but it's the BREAKING NEWS of tonight: