Kasich Has Eyes on the Prize
The feeling of walking into the Oval Office and calling it yours must be huge. So huge, that over a year of buses and flights and town halls and attack ads is worth it all for the end result: to be the Commander in Chief, the POTUS. While all candidates on both the Democrat and Republican side are in it for the long haul, it seems like one candidate in particular has his eyes set steadily on the prize, and that is Governor John Kasich.
Out of 17 candidates who were Republican candidates, it is hard to believe that the remanding three are the ones left. There were so many others, especially Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, who the media and every political specialist promised would be the next president. Even Governor Christie and Governor Walker seemed to have much more national presence and much more media coverage, and therefore, a real shot at the White House. Instead, the three candidates are a celebrity billionaire with no background in politics, a right wing, freshman senator who is well known for wanting the government to shutdown, and an unknown, soft spoken governor from Ohio. While Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have won more states and are in the media ten times more, many believe that Kasich is the only one who has a chance. So, how can this possibly be? Because Kasich is moderate.
The hardest part of the race for the White House is not the general election, but locking in the nomination. Because of the extreme polarity within the party, the candidate is already badly bruised before the real fight begins. This fight took down Mitt Romney in 2012. So while Trump and Cruz look like they are on top now, they will have a much harder time when it comes to Clinton or Sanders. For this reason, many believe Kasich is the one for the contested convention. And lucky for him, the convention just happens to be in his home state, with the primary win under his belt. And side not, no president has ever won that Oval Office without winning Ohio. Some say there is no such thing as a coincidence.
So what Kasich is doing now, is showing how polls show him to be the only candidate to beat Hillary Clinton. In an election, it is the undecided voters that bring it home for a candidate. In general, there are dedicated Republicans and dedicated Democrats who always vote red or blue. That is why purple states are so important, and why those Independent voters are so important. This is also why, people believe, moderates are the most viable candidates in the general election.
While Cruz and Trump battle it out, Kasich is flying below the radar. Kasich and his campaign must have something they are holding onto that is telling them this will all be worth it, and that there is a good chance he will be the one to walk into the Oval Office. Whether it is backdoor conversations or not, it would not be the first time in history there is a brokered convention. For these reasons, Kasich is the candidate who is most in it to win it.