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comment by johnnyFive

Glad someone among the R's is willing to do it. It's a shame their primary system is so thoroughly borked that he'd get killed.

OftenBen  ·  993 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Maybe he is willing to 'do it' whatever that means, because he knows that he will never be allowed near a position of real power?

user-inactivated  ·  993 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Last time I checked, State Governors wield a significant amount of responsibility.

OftenBen  ·  993 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Within the Republican National Convention?

johnnyFive  ·  992 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My thoughts largely mirror rd95's.

OftenBen  ·  992 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So, Kasich is hoping to be the new Top Dog after all the current top dogs go to jail?

That's a mighty tempting target to paint on one's own back.

johnnyFive  ·  991 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I doubt he expects anyone to go to jail, and honestly I question whether anyone else in our government does either. I mean, you never know, but I'd be beyond shocked if anyone higher than Flynn or Popadopolus does.

I think he's trying to set himself apart as a more moderate alternative. And why not? He knows he can't out-crazy Trump, and I think he's banking on the recent Virginia elections being reflective of something greater.

OftenBen  ·  991 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    And why not?

Because moderates don't win elections in 2017 America.

Democrats win by being more lefty than their opponents. Republicans win by being more... Whatever it is Republicans are for.

I'm just being bitter now, ignore me.

johnnyFive  ·  991 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Haha, well, I think what you're describing was accurate for the last 20-30 years or so. Although Republicans' methods have been leading up to this, we're seeing enough to suggest that even they realize that things have gone too far. They were already getting hammered by the Tea Party a couple cycles ago, and I think Trump took the Republican leadership off guard as much as anyone. After the election, they didn't really know how to handle this guy: he was ostensibly on their "team," but it was hard to be sure how true that really was. They weren't going to rock the boat in case he turned out to be popular, but once his approval ratings tanked, I think they feel safer coming out as more moderate.

And who knows? They may actually be able to thread the needle: seem less crazy and more dignified than Trump, and still have an R after your name. That could be a path to success in a lot of red and purple parts of the country, especially if the Democrats manage to run someone forgettable.

OftenBen  ·  991 days ago  ·  link  ·  


Please continue laughing at me. I'm high on the smell of other people's shit at present. High or hypoxic, whichever hurts more.

johnnyFive  ·  991 days ago  ·  link  ·  

What do you mean?

OftenBen  ·  991 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I am an easily triggerable snowflake.

I am allowing thInga I cannot control make me angry.

And I am self righteous enough to somehow think that being the most angry makes me virtuous.

The analogy was referring to how I am allowing shit into my metaphorical lungs instead of metaphorical oxygen.

johnnyFive  ·  990 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Gotcha. Well, I guess recognizing it's progress?

user-inactivated  ·  993 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Honestly? I think he's expecting the pendulum to the left pretty quickly and is probably positioning himself in such a way to take advantage of it. Whether the RNC will have anything to do with him, I dunno. I'm no poli-sci kind of guy, but everyone I talk to seems to think both parties are falling apart with infighting and criticism abound so where that starts to leave people next year and in 2020 is really anyone's guess at the moment.