Why John Kasich Won’t Win the Republican Nomination

Ohio Gov. John Kasich threw his hat into the ring for the Republican presidential race this week, becoming the roughly 412th primary candidate. But political consultants say that his candidacy is doomed from the start because, as PolitiFact points out, he has a serious problem with honesty.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is set to announce his presidential candidacy in an appearance at Ohio State University on July 21. The Republican won office in 2010 by defeating incumbent Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, then won reelection easily in 2014, taking 64 percent of the vote. Earlier in his career, he spent 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s known as a policy wonk and what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., once called “hair-trigger temper.”

PolitiFact has fact-checked Kasich 51 times, most of them by our former affiliate, PolitiFact Ohio, during his tenure as governor. As of today, the majority of his ratings (51 percent) have been True or Mostly True. Eighteen percent were False or Pants on Fire.

But can he really compete with the other candidates with that kind of track record of almost being honest some of the time? Experts say no, and his fellow candidates are already mocking his lack of mendacity. Donald Trump told an audience in Iowa that Kasich “is a loser who couldn’t lie his way out of a wet paper bag,” adding, “I am the greatest liar in the history of the world. Those Joe Isuzu commercials were based on me.”

Kasich’s top advisers argue that the governor is a quick study and will soon be able to dissemble with the best of them. One Kasich aide, who did not want his name used in this post, told me that the governor has been training with some of the top lawyers and used car salesmen in Ohio. “Don’t worry about Kasich,” he told me. “I’ve never seen anyone work so hard to become a good liar. I guarantee you that by the first of September, we’ll have his accuracy rate down into the mid-teens where it belongs.”

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  • StevoR

    Actually he’s only the 16th – at least speaking “major”(~ish) contenders. Seems like more. The Young Turks have a good contest and summary of them here :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O1fnKNRgUU

    First round has finished already too and seems like an ongoing feature.

  • colnago80

    Is he any bigger a liar then his Rethuglican opponents? Hillary ain’t no slouch in that regard either.

  • Mr Ed

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich threw his hat into the ring for the Republican vice presidential race this week,

    While he might not the traditional Republican bona fides he did try and have the movie Fargo censored at his local Blockbuster once because he was shocked by the ending.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Mr Ed, you do have to admit that the ending to Fargo was pretty shocking.*

     

    * That night, Marge and her husband, Norm, sit in bed together discussing Norm’s mallard artwork, which has been selected as the design for a US postage stamp. Norm is disappointed that it will appear on the 3¢ stamp instead of the more prestigious 29¢ stamp, but Marge is very proud of his achievement, pointing out that every time the minimum postage is raised, the 3-center is going to be used to make up the difference. The two hold each other close while expressing excitement for the birth of their child in two months. (wikipedia)

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    I’m confused…

    as PolitiFact points out, he has a serious problem with honesty.

    But can he really compete with the other candidates with that kind of track record of almost being honest some of the time? Experts say no, and his fellow candidates are already mocking his lack of mendacity.

    Is this sorta like an Onion piece?

  • colnago80

    Re Mr. Ed @ #3

    I just watched the wood-chopper scene in Fargo in HD and it was a little gross. However, not as bad as what’s in many of the slasher movies, like Friday the Thirteenth. I would agree that,, perhaps a warning label should be attached to the DVD/Blue-Ray copy that is either sold or rented.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    eoraptor “Is this sorta like an Onion piece?”

    Is that like a codpiece?

  • grumpyoldfart

    One day one of those liars will be your president. Then what?

  • John Pieret

    He’s learning. During a 2013 New York Times interview, Kasich expressed his concern “about the fact there seems to be a war on the poor” emanating from his own party. He just went on Sean Hannity’s show to counter the notion that he wasn’t conservative enough and pretended he didn’t even know where the “war on the poor” quote came from.

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/07/22/foxs-hannity-helps-kasich-walk-back-war-on-the/204535

  • eric

    I’m glad. Even though the field is already full, it looked like Jeb was the only one competing for the moderate wing. Everyone else was just trying to out-right-wing each other. Now he’s got competition for the moderate spot.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    eric, it’s sad and a little disturbing that Jeb Bush somehow qualifies as a Moderate. Still, it gives him room to stretch out, on account of that wing being virtually deserted and all.

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    Portions of this blog post were typed tongue-in-cheek.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Actually he’s only the 16th

    Really, StevoR? You’re correcting an obvious joke?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Is this sorta like an Onion piece?

    Never mind, StevoR. It seem you’re not the only one who didn’t recognize the humour.

  • busterggi

    I can hardly wait for the space elevator to be built so the Repubs can build their “You must be this crazy to be a successful candidate” sign.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    I’m glad this post turned out the way it did, or I was going to have to scoff at Ed for his naivete. Republicans care about loyalty to the tribe. They care about casting resentments on people not of the tribe. They care about crushing their enemies, which is everyone not like themselves. They don’t care much for honesty. A lie told on behalf of the cause is far better than an unwanted truth. In fact, the willingness to tell an exceptionally absurd lie demonstrates strong team loyalty, and is regarded admirably.

  • Al Dente

    The important question is “Did God tell Kasich to run”? One can’t be a proper Republican presidential candidate without God’s endorsement.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich threw his hat into the ring for the Republican vice presidential race this week,,

    Another lie. Kasich doesn’t wear hats.

  • StevoR

    @grumpyoldfart : “One day one of those liars will be your president. Then what?”

    I doubt very much that any of the current klowns running for 2016 will ever become POTUS. I really can’t see that happening. Expect two terms of Hilary and then maybe a new saner crop of possibly remotely electable republicans. Or maybe another party will have replaced them then if the party keeps imploding and veering further and further Plutonian rightwing?

    @ tabby Lavalamp : Well, kinda being a bit tongue in cheek myself there – it does seem like an endless parade of OMG NO! klown candidates.

    @ 10. eric : ” ..it looked like Jeb was the only one competing for the moderate wing. .. “

    Chris Christie? Lindsey Graham? George Pataki? Aren’t they all relative republican moderates as well? Pataki is even pro-choice and pro-gay rights (Shhh ..don’t tell them!)

  • Ichthyic

    eoraptor “Is this sorta like an Onion piece?”

    Is that like a codpiece?

    yes, but with layers.