I wasn’t a big John Kasich fan when he was a House GOP leader in the 1990s. I’m not a big fan of him today. But my standards for this presidential election have fallen to the point where I’m not looking for a candidate whose fan I could be; I’m looking for someone who, if elected President, wouldn’t tank the United States and/or blow up the world. A low bar, but among the candidates still standing, John Kasich is the only one I’m confident wouldn’t do a limbo under it.
Kasich, as P. J. O’Rourke has correctly stated, is a reasonably responsible, pretty boring governor of a purple state. If by some miracle (not all miracles are visibly exciting) he snags the GOP nomination and then the presidency, I will be thrilled.
Someone has to strike a blow for boredom. For solid, responsible, budget-balancing boredom — not the deadly postmodern ennui that makes a man swing for the fences when a ground ball to the right side of the infield will do, or think of electing Donald Trump to any office more consequential than reality TV host.
Jeb! — with or without the exclamation point — might have struck such a blow. But with Jeb! gone from the race, Mr. Kasich’s now the only guy who could do it.
Don’t let us down, John. #KasichAtTheBat