Politics

Kasich Impresses by Bashing GOP

Editorial board likes him because he doesn't like his party

The Washington Post thinks Kasich is all right. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maybe The Washington Post can set John Kasich and the Republican Party up on Date Lab.  

What did the Ohio governor do to get the love of the paper's editorial board? Apparently "he does not dismiss science," accepts compromise as a part of governing and rejects "fear-mongering," the Post's editorial board writes .  

Kasich has won just one primary, his home state's , and he clings to a long-shot chance of winning the GOP nomination at the party's July convention. But his aversion to following the tone and lead of Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz "into the ditch" sets him apart, the board wrote in its lead editorial on Thursday.  

To Post columnist Charles Lane, Kasich's lack of success among his fellow Republicans is baffling.  

"Familiar, conservative, electable: What’s not to like? Yes, yes — he’s a rambling orator, at best, and notoriously peevish. But having met Kasich and listened to him talk about the issues with The Post’s editorial board for more than an hour Wednesday, I’ve got a hypothesis about why he’s failed — and it has nothing to do with his quirks, which were mostly under control during our session. Kasich’s problem is that he’s not apocalyptic," Lane writes in the Post's opinion pages. Maybe it's because he is harshing on his party even as he's trying to win its approval? "If you don’t have ideas, you got nothing, and frankly my Republican Party doesn’t like ideas," he told the board, the Post's Dave Weigel wrote .  

Pressed on voting rights for the District of Columbia, he initially brushed the idea aside, according to Weigel's story, but when pressed about the fairness of the issue, he said one of those things any writer loves to hear: That he'll read your work.  

"They send me a bill, and I’m president of the United States?" he asked. "I’ll read your editorials."  

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