The Reverend


GOP presidential primary candidate, John Kasich, draws 2-3% of all GOP primary voters in the Real Clear Politics averaging polls. Since his announcement that he would run for the Republican nomination, the Ohio governor has never become a serious competitor to the frontrunning Clowns.



If it's Sunday, then it's time for Meet the Republicans ...and so Kasich took questions from ABC's Martha Raddatz yesterday.



Kasich was asked about the ad his campaign ran recently comparing the campaign language of The Donald with the messaging of Nazis in the 1930's. What's that all about....Raddatz wanted to know....



Its about having a leader who unifies the country, Kasich began. I mean Trump has criticized and insulted women, Hispanics, Muslims, and reporters Martha, I know youre offended by this. We need a leader who brings us together, not a leader thats separating us, one group from another.



Set aside the fact that the modern GOP has sought to purposely "separate us, one group from another" for the past 50 years.....as recently as 2012, the Party of Lincoln ran a presidential campaign singularly appealing to white voters. Set that aside. If I'm understanding the Republican primary voter base correctly, what nearly 60% of that base is telling anyone willing to acknowledge it...is that "unifying the country" is the furthest thing away from the minds of a clear majority of the Republican base.



Over 28% support Trump, over 18% support Carson and 12% support Cruz. Trump's APPEAL is in being divisive,"separating one group from another". Carson made his bones with the conservative base by being purposely divisive in front of Obama at a White House prayer breakfast. Cruz...well...his claim to conservative base fame is found in his zealotry to divide his own political party.



It may be accurate to say that the nation "needs" a president that has the potential to unite the country.....but when 60% of a party's voting base still place their bets on candidates who promise to politically divide the nation even more than it is right now.....a uniter president is the last thing that base of voters "wants."



A "uniter" candidate, almost by definition, would be one who is willing and able to bring Republicans and Democrats together.....in compromise....to advance the interests of all U.S. citizens. But the conservative movement in America has made it painfully clear (ask Boehner) that any willingness to compromise to advance the interests of all U.S. citizens will be met with an effort to remove the elected official who suggests such a thing.



60% of all GOP primary voters would rather take a good, sound beating than lend their support to a candidate who even suggests what the party, or the nation, needs is a unifying president.



And yet, Gov. Kasich, who has actually said some sane things in the Clown debates, is still making the same mistake that all the Very Smart Media Professionals have been making for...what?....six months now....



Well, hes not going to be the nominee, Martha, Kasich insisted.



Hes not gonna make it, Martha. You know why? Hes not going to make it because someone who divides this country, here in the 21st century, who is calling names of women and Muslims and Hispanics, and mocking reporters, then saying I didnt do it, but then he did do it its just not going to happen, Martha. And everyone needs to get over it and take a deep breath.



Kasich is an authentic word-salad shooter...isn't he? But amidst all that roughage, there is one mighty fallacy. "..calling names of women, Muslims, Hispanics, and mocking reporters" is the very activity which, if polls are any indication, excites the GOP base the most about a Republican candidate.



Sure, Kasich must put up a good front, pretending that the GOP base really doesn't want a divider as their presidential candidate. But the truth is....the conservative base DOES want a divider candidate....and that is exactly what the GOP base has been communicating that they want for the past six months.



It is Kasich who needs to "take a deep breath". Contrary to the governor's words... "it's just not going to happen".....it HAS been happening for the last half year. Yes, the dynamic can change....it's possible, I suppose....but there is still no evidence of it, anywhere.



Some writers have suggested that The Donald's candidacy is really an extension of Sarah Palin's run for VP in 2008. I think there's some truth to that. Palin's willingness to use divisive campaign language "lamestream media", "palling around with terrorists", etc in 2008 made her the hit of the 2008 general election cycle. She drew larger crowds then John McCain....and those crowds were more visibly excited and enthusiastic than those who attended JohnnyMac's events.



Interestingly, this year's "uniter" Kasich, back in 2008, defended Palin's "mocking" of "reporters".....



"The elite media has gone after this woman because she didn't go on 'Meet the Press,' because she's from Alaska," former GOP congressman John Kasich said on Fox News.



Which, I think, proves that Kasich will say virtually anything to get noticed. Today, Kasich bemoans the divisive words of a frontrunning GOP man who he believes is unqualified for the presidency. Yet, seven years ago he defended the divisive, mocking, and often mean-spirited, campaign words of a vice presidential candidate who...whether she intended to or not....made Trump's divisive and mocking campaign possible in 2015.



Sorry governor, you're a say-anything, pandering putz.