John Kasich in a speech last night, reviewing his own performance as governor of Ohio for the past eight years:

In this job, I’ve just done everything that I could do. I’ve done my best.

Except that time when he stayed in the presidential primaries until just after Ted Cruz had dropped out—i.e., exactly long enough to ensure the candidate Kasich most claims to hate would become the nominee.  Kasich did literally the worst he could do.

(Editor’s note:  I was honestly going to send this as a private e-mail to the Hot Air writer Jazz Shaw, but I was unable to find an e-mail address or contact information for him anywhere on the site.  Rather than throw the letter away, I thought I might as well just publish it as an open letter here.  I’ve accordingly also added links to some of the other topics I referenced in the letter.)

Mr. Shaw,

I can’t resist (albeit belatedly) responding to your thoughts on John Kasich’s popularity (or lack thereof) last week.

In particular, you wrote, “In 2014, however, he won his second race by more than 30% and carried 86 of 88 counties. His level of general support was undeniable.”

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Tiny HandsThis is part of the problem with the Romney strategy.  He recommended that everyone vote for whichever non-Drumpf candidate is in the lead in each state according to surveys.  It sounds good in theory, but what if two candidates are tied in the polls, or nearly tied?

The most recent poll in Ohio puts all three contenders in a virtual tie: Drumpf 33%, Kasich 33, Cruz 27, margin of error 4.4 points.

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Mitt Romney and others have urged us (anti-Trump Republican primary voters) to “vote strategically”: by voting for Rubio in Florida, Kasich in Ohio, and whoever is polling highest in each state before election day in that state.

But John Kasich is already a big part of the reason that Drumpf has won as many states as he has.

Arkansas primary results:
Drumpf 32.8%
Cruz 30.5%
Kasich 3.7%

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Ohio Governor John Kasich, who famously did not shy away from controversial reforms last year, is back with more.  Reasonable Tea Party-conservative minds differ on his latest proposals.

Pro, COAST:

This Governor has been the best in our lifetimes, taking on Ohio’s entrenched special interests repeatedly for the betterment of this State and our children.

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