Can you please unpack Kasich and why he is good/bad? Sure, I would be very happy with either Sanders or Clinton, but out of all of the Republicans, Kasich seems best. Would it be that bad if he won? (Again, I am SUPER Bernie and also believe that Hillary would do great things, but Kasich seems like a Libertarian-leaning moderate.)
Kasich is terrifying because he’s the only candidate who could beat Hillary. Trump is a distraction, Cruz is too galvanizing, and Rubio is a child, but John Kasich is that special blend of unassuming, unoffending, classically bland Presidential white guy that could beat Hillary Clinton by boring enough Democratic-leaning voters into staying home on election day.
That’s why I think he’ll be the inevitable Republican nominee. Sure, I could be wrong, but at the end of the day, Republicans don’t fuck around when it comes to money and elections, and nobody seems to have noticed, but Kasich also happens to be the living embodiment of Wall Street.
Everyone thinks Trump is the fat-cat big-business candidate. He’s not. He’s just a clown with money. Kasich is the true capitalist. He’s a former banker, former Chairman of the House Budget Committee, and a former managing director at Lehman Brothers. He also happens to be a popular Governor of a swing state, and he’s been quietly waiting for primary season to swoop in and save the party from itself.
He only seems moderate because he’s standing next to raving lunatics. He only seems palatable because we expect so little from a Republican presidential candidate. The man’s banality is his secret weapon, and it’s dangerous. The guy is a major fucking threat for the very reason you asked the question, “Would it be that bad if he won?”
Yes. It would.
Don’t kid yourself. A Kasich presidency is a win for the American plutocracy and a loss for the common American.