While John Kasich is not the only Republican candidate to back down on a promise made on national television to support the party’s candidate, no matter who it was, he is most conspicuous from the others because he is the governor of the host state, Ohio.
Kasich looks like the classic case of a sore loser and someone who does not keep his word if it doesn’t benefit him, and that is not the description of a leader.
I have met John Kasich on several occasions and found him to be, while intense, a very kind and thoughtful man. When he announced for the Republican nomination for President of the United States, I felt he was the most qualified in the Republican field. He took a state that was, for all intents and purposes, going broke, and turned it around. He cut taxes and raised revenue and jobs came back. It was a great formula.
Then, out of nowhere came a side of him I frankly had never seen. His insistence upon staying in the race when he had no chance and even advocating for some kind of Trump take-down at the convention made me question my views of his leadership qualities.
Now, the icing on the cake is his abject failure to make an appearance at the Republican National Convention in one of Ohio’s greatest cities, Cleveland. It boggles the mind to know he puts his own political ambitions above the people of Cleveland, and yes, the state of Ohio.
Trump may have put it best when he said even if it had been the Democratic convention, Kaisch should have shown up to welcome the delegations. I can’t disagree with that at all.
This last act may be John Kasich’s legacy and it is unfortunate when you consider all that he has accomplished in both national and Ohio politics, but Shakespeare put it best in Julius Caesar – “The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”