Nearly two weeks since Gov. John Kasich (finally!) suspended his presidential bid, chatter continues to swirl about him possibly being drafted for a third-party bid in an effort to stop Trump. Just over the weekend, a Washington Post report Gov. Kasich was a “top recruiting prospect” for a #NeverTrump team that includes William Kristol, Erick Erickson and Mitt Romney.
Tonight, however, Gov. Kasich himself revealed in no uncertain terms his intentions about a third-party run.
John Kasich said Monday that he would not mount a third party bid for the White House, putting an end to budding hopes that the former Republican presidential candidate would reenter the race.
[Snarky editor’s comment: “Budding hopes”? Really?]
“I’m not gonna do that,” the Ohio governor told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview, his first since leaving the race. “I gave it my best where I am. I just think running third party doesn’t feel right. I think it’s not constructive.”
Kasich acknowledged that he has had a phone call with “somebody” who wanted him to mount an independent bid. Hopes from some Republican elites in stopping their own presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, have intensified as third-party ballot deadlines loom.
But Kasich isn’t having any of it.
“A third party candidacy would be viewed as kind of a silly thing,” he said. “And I don’t think it’s appropriate. I just don’t think it would be the right thing to do.”
Phew, that’s a relief — on multiple levels.
I (Michelle Jesse) know I’ve been kinda rough on Kasich, calling him out as delusional — like the time he declared, after winning his one and only primary (in his home state of Ohio, no less), that may would go to the convention “with more delegates than anyone else.”
However, I will give credit where it’s due. And Gov. Kasich tonight, in recognizing a third-party bid at this point as “not constructive,” is demonstrating a connection to reality we haven’t seen from him in some time.
Let’s hope this rubs off on the others who still appear to be plotting one…
Let. It. Go.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]