Ohio Governor John Kasich: The Practical/Experienced Candidate!
Once again, I was brow-beaten by my significant other to watch the fourth Republican Debate. Like most normal people, I had enough of the verbal trick or treat repartee among candidates and the “enlightened media”. There were no new revelations; nor, even nanoseconds worth of impressive intellectual reflections. However, I did catch a glimpse of Republican practicality, long gone since Nixon and Rockefeller in Ohio Governor John Kasich.
From the very start of the debate, he started to explain how his life-long pursuit of practical solutions was the keystone factor in his personal zeitgeist of legislative and gubernatorial power. Then, somewhere in the middle of the tiresome debate, Kasich went into an elegant riff explaining how he viewed America’s national security problems from China to the Middle East. I was impressed by his one minute round-the-world assessment of America’s foreign policy concerns and initiatives. Kasich explained that many of these problems could be handled in an effective manner without having to resort to bellicose rants or ineffectual military actions [which is pretty much what the rest of the candidates were spouting]. The one exception in the “make military stronger” ridiculous mantra was the voice of reason from Rand Paul, who seemed particularly confident and eloquent tuesday evening.
Kasich interrupted the debates to return again and again to the issue of creating a balanced budget and a job plan that would increase jobs in a multitude of diversified industries. He never fell for the Trump bear trap of personal insults; nor did he ever enter into ad homonym attacks on anyone on, or off the stage. Kasich has that rare combination of being humble and intellectually forceful at the same time without appearing stilted like Jeb, Cruz, Rubio—or the rest of that pontificating crowd of aspirants.
Somehow, one senses that he came from humble refugee origins which had instilled in him a resolve to make it in America by daring to defy all political conventions throughout his thirty year ascendency to the governorship of Ohio [a key swing state]. Hopefully, if Trump does not make it to the White House, we, Republicans, have John Kasich as Donald’s back-up----or even his Vice President.
We could do worse!