John Kasich is practically the poster child for mainstream media bias.
If his name is in a piece, it’s usually to show how this “reasonable Republican” speaks for the people. And if only the Deplorables would realize Kasich, as opposed to President Trump, is the future of the party, the media would find some nice things to say about them.
But Kasich took thumping after thumping in the Republican primaries at the hands of Trump. Even after all other candidates gave up the ghost and soldiered on, he persisted in hopes Trump would make a mistake that would force him to the forefront.
Trump never made that mistake, though, and Kasich never gained any traction. But since Trump gained the nomination, Kasich has gone out of his way to criticize him.
The lead to Chris Brennan’s story in the Philly Inquirer after Kasich appeared with Joe Biden at a college event in Delaware read, “The setting: the campus of the University of Delaware.
“The lesson: How to bridge the partisan divide.
“The professors: two guys with similar blue-collar Pennsylvania backgrounds whose presidential stock has risen in the era of Trump toxicity – former Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.”
So here were two wisened statesmen sitting side by side, trying to look presidential, in the era of “Trump toxicity.”
Both said “partisan rancor is at an unacceptable level,” then listed three pro-Democrat reasons why – the rise of Newt Gingrich and his Contract With America, the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the congressman yelling “You lie!” during President Obama’s 2009 State of the Union Address.
“Biden turned his ire on President Trump’s approach to governing since then while Kasich, who did note his refusal to endorse Trump after the GOP primaries, lamented American culture gone awry.”
Kasich and Biden disagreed on free speech, the piece said, with Kasich supporting the decision at Ohio State to ban a recent event because they feared it would have featured hate speech.
Biden said a European foreign minister compared President Trump to Benito Mussolini, and, in case all this had raised your curiosity, he was fully coy on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday when asked whether he run for president in 2020, according to the piece.
“Ohio Gov. John Kasich plainly is keeping his options open for 2020,” she wrote in a piece that ran Monday. “The more he speaks out, however, the more obvious it becomes that his strand of conservatism and his entire approach to politics put him outside the “mainstream” of today’s GOP.”
Kasich “lashed out at congressional gridlock and gun absolutism,” Rubin wrote.
He said, “if you’re a strong Second Amendment person, you need to … slow down and take a look at reasonable things that can be done to answer these young people.” He later said, “Think about how bad it is in Congress. They can’t decide anything. They can’t decide that a kid that was brought here at 5 years of age who’s been here for 30 years ought to be able to stay. They can’t agree on anything down there.”
This is why Rubin and those of her ilk love Kasich. He has supported suppressing speech on a college campus, “lashed out” at congressional gridlock, called for law enforcement to “immediately examine” anyone who becomes “emotionally distraught” and said if “you’re a strong Second Amendment person,” it’s time for you to find a gun control bill to get behind.
It was music to Rubin’s ear.
“You don’t hear many elected Republicans these days saying that rights need to be balanced with obligations or that half (or even a quarter) loaf is better than nothing. And in the Trump-era GOP, there’s even less of an emphasis on decency.”