As the Governor of Ohio, the very state in which the RNC is currently being held, John Kasich was expected to appear at the most important Republican Party event in four years. However, his absence at the first day's festivities caused more fission within the GOP than was present before, as critics are lambasting the former presidential candidate for not supporting his party at a time when they need to be united in order to defeat Hillary Clinton for the White House. While he eventually showed up and spoke with delegates, he has yet to offer an endorsement of Trump, which is also receiving sharp criticism. While this has brought Kasich’s name back into the political limelight in recent days, a new development involving the governor may overshadow his absence and create substantially larger problems for the GOP.
According to The New York Times, the Trump campaign – which has officially secured the Republican presidential nomination – offered Kasich a very, very interesting deal in its vice presidential search. A top Kasich advisor says that Trump outright offered Kasich the VP selection, telling him that he could control all White House policy if he were to take the position. “Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?” they asked.
This apparently included all foreign and domestic policy coming out of the Executive, which understandably led Kasich’s team to be wildly skeptical. If Trump was handing all policy work over to Kasich, what would the president be doing? Trump’s son told them that his father would be “making America great again.”
If this sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is. The man running on the Republican ticket to lead this country on the platform and pretense that his leadership skills are second to none and that he will have more control over the military and economy than any president in history actually had plans to abscond from all responsibilities and hand them off to another individual – an individual he has criticized for being weak and unfit for the job in the past.
This can mean one of two things. Trump’s willingness to do this could suggest that he does not feel ready for the position and thus decided that someone with more policy experience would be a better fit for the job. Or, Trump realized that nearly every major pollster depicts him behind Clinton by a massive margin and decided that a moderate on the ticket might balance out his radically conservative rhetoric and allow him to appeal to voters that align themselves as conservatives but will not vote for Trump. Either way, both options show a Trump that does not see himself as the winner he tells the public he wants to be for this country, which could certainly hurt him in the polls.
What do you think about this report? Is it true?