As a native of central Ohio, I have a deep and abiding dislike for the clownish Governor Kasich. As a congressman, he never missed any opportunity to jump up and down in front of the local media to promote his latest minor accomplishments. That anyone can take him seriously as a candidate for President is at the same time amusing and disturbing.
Kasich has some conservative positions, yes, but he plots a rather small area on the Buckley scale (x: degree of electability, y: degree of conservativism). A somewhat high vertical "electability" scale, at least in Ohio, and a really narrow horizontal.
Where shall we begin? Recently, he has been endorsed by Tom Ridge, the former homeland Security Secretary and previous governor of Pennsylvania. Kasich was very excited about this, despite Tom Ridge's rather lenient stance on abortion. From Red State: Ridge "...specifically ordered his State Department of Health to stop inspections of abortion clinics in order to burnish his pro-life credentials." Kasich was not in favor of a bill in Ohio to protect babies born alive after a botched abortion.
Kasich is a promoter of ObamaCare. Further, he signed Ohio's $50 billion Medicare expansion into law. He has even used the Bible, specifically Matthew 25, as justification for this.
Kasich has a limited respect for the second amendment. He helped the Democrats pass the so-called assault weapons ban in 1993, earning an F rating from the NRA.
Kasich appointed a homosexual rights activist who had worked to overturn Ohio's homosexual marriage ban as the state's Republican Party Executive Director.
Kasich is soft on immigration laws, supporting a "pathway to citizenship" and "birthright citizenship." He uses the terminology of the left, refusing to utter the proper term, illegal alien.
Kasich used the dubious business tax "credit" to bribe businesses to move to Ohio.
To be continued...