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Monday, June 11, 2018

Is Gov. Kasich Trying to Write His Way Into the White House?

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 1:30 PM

  • Gage Skidmore, Wikipedia
Ohio Governor John Kasich has been pulling a page out of Alexander Hamilton's playbook as of late, publishing five different guest columns for multiple publications in the last 11 days. Since May 29, Kasich has written criticisms of the Republicans in Washington (primarily Trump), while simultaneously promoting his own ideas for the future of the country.

Advisers for Gov. Kasich told BuzzFeed News that "the op-ed binge is evidence that he is viewed as a thought leader representing an alternative point of view in the Trump era."

It also seems as if this is Kasich showing that he's gunning for a third presidential campaign. Kasich lost the Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump in 2016, and is rumored to potentially challenge his seat in the 2020 primaries.

Kasich has spent the last 11 days criticizing the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for USA Today, encouraging a stronger stance on Russia for the Boston Globe, criticism of Trump's foreign relations and how to fix it for Foreign Affairs, and an analysis of global security suffering whenever Trump starts drama with our trading allies for the Canadian publication, Globe and Mail.

Also, despite his to run for gubernatorial re-election due to his term limitation, his political organization has been extremely active and he has continued to meet with national security and foreign policy experts.

For someone who isn't confirmed to be seeking any sort of future political office, why is he maintaining such an active presence?

Kasich is one of many Republicans unhappy with the current state of affairs under the Trump administration, and is one of his most vocal critics. Over the years, Kasich's views have begun to lean more moderate (borderline liberal), with fiscal conservatism keeping him in the Republican lane.

His progressive-for-a-Republican views have made him popular with a party that is showing increasing signs of moderatism, and is straying away from the older and more conservative generations.

Kasich was the first Republican governor to adopt Medicaid expansion, and is a major defender of the Affordable Care Act (aka: ObamaCare). Radical environmental groups praised him for vetoing House Bill 554, which makes energy benchmarks mandatory, thereby opening the door to comprehensive energy reform.

He claims to be pro-life but vetoed the six-week "heartbeat bill" in favor of a 20-week abortion ban, is an outspoken critic of the NRA, favors grating U.S. citizenship to undocumented immigrants and thinks Christian owned businesses should "get over it" in regard to the anti-LGBTQ bakery scandals.

Many view this as Kasich flip-flopping, but it could also be he's simply realized what problematic rhetoric is constantly promoted by the GOP.

While challenging Trump's seat for the presidential nomination for 2020 would be unheard of as an incumbent president has never lost the primary seat seeking re-election, Kasich has already gone on record saying he wants to "bring the Republican party back."

Whether or not Kasich is actually going to pursue dethroning Trump is merely up to speculation. However, much like Alexander Hamilton writing 51 of the 85 essays in six months as part of The Federalist Papers. Kasich sure seems to be doing an awful lot of writing to keep himself in the public eye while getting his thoughts and stances out to the masses, and on permanent record. 

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