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« Election Night / New Thread | Main | Trump Wins; Takes All of Indiana's 57 Delegates; Ted Cruz Drops Out of Race for President »

John Kasich's Laughable Exit

"I FINISHED 4TH... IN A 2-MAN RACE!!"To be perfectly frank...  I really wouldn't even be typing about this story had I not already stated that Kasich would be staying in the race after yesterday's Indiana primary (his fault, not mine), promising comedic politics for the next month or better.  

He's always been the last-place-guy, so it shouldn't come as a shock... certainly not news-worthy.   The only thing shocking is knowing that somehow, somewhere, somebody finally talked some sense into him.

Many assumed Reince, but word is he took the advice of Bob Roach, his close friend/wealth manager (sounds like a good friend to have) that "thought his message would be diminished” if he stayed in the race.   I assume he meant EVEN MORE diminished, but hey, friends tend to pull their punches.

That was yesteray, when he stated he would be staying in the race.   Then last night happened, leading Ted Cruz to call it quits (and blowing up Twitter in the process), but despite having even less delegates that a candidate suspending his campaign (again), Kasich vowed to venture on.

This morning Kasich (ever the pandering politician) took advantage of the May 4th holiday to spread his anti-Trump message:

(Yes, yes.... May the 4th be with you...  always)

8 HOURS LATER, he STILL appeared to be fundraising with an upcoming remarks release:

By this time I was intrigued.  Would my prophecy come true?   Might he actually tell the world that FINALLY the Republican race for the presidential nominee is down to a 2-MAN race, just as we Americans have been asking for months?!?  Oh man... how GREAT would that be!?! 

But alas, all he did was wimper and walk off stage, suspending his race in the process:

Per ABC News:

"He feels that it would just be tainted, it would lessen the message that he's trying to get out, if he became the laughing stock of the political pundits,” said Bob Roach, a wealth management adviser in Columbus who has known Kasich for decades and spoke with the governor before and after he decided to suspend his campaign.

... well, assuming he hadn't already "become".

So that's it.  Kasich called it quits, officially making him the 4th place finisher in what became a 2-man race between him and Trump.   God I love politics.

So bring on the Hillary attacks.  I have zero doubt that the Trumpateers will be even more ruthless than they were against Cruz.  Prepare yourself America:


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May 4, 2016 at 22:22 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

That stuff about Hillary's illegal server antics is gonna get Winnie all excited, and he will go into Frantic Serial Posting Mode (FSPM).

Meanwhile, back at the Kasich headquarters, our fly on the wall reports that J.K. has now declared his candidacy for President of the United Federation of Planets. He says it's not too late, and once the Romulan results are in, he has a mathematical chance.

May 5, 2016 at 07:01 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

In a proverbial pie throwing contest yesterday at Hilda where the filling was shit; Tuesday couldn't have been a worse day..First she finds out the the U.S. Federal Court of the District of Columbia under Judge Sullivan has sent word that Hilda will get the perp walk into court for her 'interview' under oath with penalty of perjury right before the conventions. THEN; Drudge blast on it's site which gets 15-20 million hits a day that the hacker Guccifer has given an interview where he claims to have hacked Hilda's bathroom server stating it was "easy." No wonder Sanders won't get out of the race. I wouldn't blame him. The two or three righteous people left in the democrat party have to tell Hilda it's over sometime in the next few months.. She can't run under federal criminal indictment...

May 5, 2016 at 08:08 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Just so were clear for those keeping score; the case in U.S. Federal District Court of Columbia with Sullivan IS A WHOLE OTHER LEGAL CASE from the one the FBI is closing in for "The Dusty Vee Jay-Jay Crypt Keeper." This one is the claim that Hilda or her surrogates by her direction gave notice to the State Dept. to destroy or hide her emails from a FOIA request concerning Benghazi and a host of other sleazy shit that swirls around a Clinton..... Demwit transparency; you gotta' love it...

May 5, 2016 at 08:17 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

More bad news for Hillary, as the Supreme Court has denied her the illegal alien vote in Texas by upholding the state voter ID law. Awww. And she was SO counting on using criminals to win. Poor baby.

I'm sure the ACLU and the SPLC will be all over this, since it's their position that requiring a bare minimum of proof of eligibility to vote is something akin to trench coat-wearing Gestapo thugs demanding to "see your papers."

Hopefully the Court will not weaken on this.

May 5, 2016 at 08:24 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Do you disagree with leftist orthodoxy? OFF WITH YOUR HEAD for your thought crimes.

This is a glaring symptom of the left's totalitarian agenda. Freedom of speech and freedom of association are no longer to be tolerated.

Oh, and remember Hillary's ear-splitting screeching about our right to disagree with any administration? Surely she will condemn this action. Right?

May 5, 2016 at 09:37 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Well Tom, the pinnacle leftists tend to get more worked up about micro-aggressions (i.e. Trump 2016) than actual crimes that put the security of our nation at stake. A vote for Hillary is pretty much just a hope for them to stay in power and a willingness to ignore any illegal activity (and her husband's hopes of another BJ in the oval office) to achieve it.

May 5, 2016 at 10:06 | Unregistered CommenterSkinny

Hysterical hyperventilating. Come down off the ceiling yourself--no one is making anyone shut up, and no one is restricting anyone's asociations.

Mr. Acid, I'm disappopinted at your snarky sneering at Kasich, who ran an admirable, aspirational, substantive, issues-oriented campaign. He deserves thanks and respect from Republicans but I guess that and two-fifty will buy you a vente latte these days.

May 5, 2016 at 10:10 | Registered CommenterWinston

Winnie the Concern Troll, defending Kasich when he is absolutely no threat to the left. Funny and transparently phony.

On the other matter, I wonder how leftists like Winnifred would react if their private correspondence with their cohorts was sought by opposition legal forces, with the purpose of stopping their political actions. Would they feel a chill in the air? You betcha. But as long as it's leftists in government doing the chilling, no problem. The double standard is alive and well with the left, as always.

May 5, 2016 at 10:34 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Kasich was always the favorite Republican candidate of the press and the asshole leftists, two groups which have a very significant overlap.

May 5, 2016 at 10:41 | Registered CommenterDuff, man

Hilda's propaganda storm troopers are denying Guccifer ever cracked her server... Why 'he's a criminal in prison" they retort. Reminded he was the one who leaked Sid 'Vicious Blumenthal's emails and if Hilda didn't release then how did Guccifer get them? The response? Why "he's a criminal in prison." They got nuttin.'

May 5, 2016 at 10:58 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

My point about Kasich had nothing to do with his positions--most of which I vehemently disagree with--and everything to do with the principled, honorable, issue-focused, insult-eschewing campaign he ran. Guess that's unwelcome in the New Grand Old Meth Lab and Child-Molester Party.

WRT to the subpoenas, the fraud and denial around the great climate change "debate" is moving to a new phase. There may be evidence that multinational participants in the oil industries actually conspired to suppress scientific information and may have violated the law in doing so. These are matters of scientific fact, and of what people knew and when they knew it, and not opinion. Law enforcement has not only the right but a duty to investigate these potential crimes. Your hysteria is duly noted for the record, but won't keep them from carrying out their responsibilities to the public.

May 5, 2016 at 12:07 | Registered CommenterWinston

So the mayor of New York City takes time away from actually running the city to tell us not to eat at Chick-fil-A. What a complete buffoon.

Since Hizzhonor decided to demonize Chick-fil-A, I'm forced to make a decision. Lessee now... do I want the classic chicken sandwich, or the spicy one?

May 5, 2016 at 13:28 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Excellent follow-through on your statist agenda there, Winnie. What other freedoms, in your view, needs to be suppressed for the common good?

May 5, 2016 at 13:30 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

The demwit party of openness, free will and caring has demonized a chicken sandwich to the extent it's now the forbidden food..The party of trigger warnings, micro-aggressions and now evil chicken sandwiches is clueless on how F' up they are to regular Americans. I approve of demwits 50-state strategy of transgender bathroom rights. It does get peoples minds off the cluster f*ck of an administration going out the door on January 20, 2017...

May 5, 2016 at 13:40 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Your feigned and nonsensical First Amendment concerns, however insincere and risible, are duly noted.

May 5, 2016 at 13:43 | Registered CommenterWinston

Oh, what the hell, Winnie. Let's get it over with, and just toss out the other nine articles of the Bill of Rights. Those things just get in the way of central government power and people control. Very inconvenient.

May 5, 2016 at 13:52 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Again, Redbeard, no one's speech is being suppressed, and no one's associations are being restricted, in any way whatsoever. Your hysteria is being forwarded to the appropriate department.

It may be worthwhile considering the following:

"It doesn’t matter how hard you work, how responsible you are, how you raise your kids. You can’t set up a whole water system for a city. That’s not something you do by yourself. You do it with other people. You can’t hire your own fire department or your own police force, or your own army. They’re things we have to do together. Basic things that we all benefit from.

Volunteers don’t build water systems and keep lead from leaching into our drinking glasses. We can’t rely on faith groups to reinforce bridges and repave runways at the airport. We can’t ask second graders, even ones as patriotic as Isiah Britt, who raised all that money, to raise enough money to keep our kids healthy. You hear a lot about government overreach. Oh, Obama, he’s for big government. Listen, it’s not government overreach to say our government’s responsible for making sure that you can wash your hands in your own sink, or shower in your own home, or cook for your family. These are the most basic services. There’s no more basic element sustaining human life than water. It’s not too much to expect for all Americans that their water is going to be safe".

Whackjob free market fundamentalists deny any relationship between the freedoms the Constitution protects and the corresponding duties to the common good and the public welfare. Government is how we as a people organize our affairs, no more, no less. Do you really want to defend large-scale corporate crimes?

May 5, 2016 at 14:18 | Registered CommenterWinston

Oh, what the hell, Winnie. Let's get it over with, and just toss out the other nine articles of the Bill of Rights. Those things just get in the way of central government power

You know, freedom of speech and association are simply not implicated in this situation, in any way. And when you ramp up the hysteria in likening a criminal justice agency’s perfectly legitimate information-gathering to some tyrannical wholesale violation of rights you sound unhinged. No, you ARE unhinged.

May 5, 2016 at 15:56 | Registered CommenterWinston

Interesting; the senator of my former (purple) state says she’ll “support” Trump but won’t “endorse” him. Cool. Maybe her constitutents will vote to “support” her but “retire” her from the Senate.

Downballot blowback is gonna be severe.

May 5, 2016 at 16:08 | Registered CommenterWinston

Mr. Acid, I'm disappopinted at your snarky sneering at Kasich, who ran an admirable, aspirational, substantive, issues-oriented campaign. He deserves thanks and respect from Republicans but I guess that and two-fifty will buy you a vente latte these days.

This persona was only adopted after bitter fights were the focus of the race. His best way to even stay significant in the race was to establish himself was as the type of candidate took the high-road, while still undermined the non-establishment candidates, because at the time the only thing he had going for him was his tenure as the tiny, arm-wagging establishment attack dog at the far end of the stage... before his sudden shift to that of a sunnier, level-headed, uniter from a rainbow-filled alter-reality where unicorns run wild (a.k.a. Ohio).

But hey... some fell for it, albeit only a tiny fraction of voters (hence his streak of last-place finishes). Apparently they too forgot about his awful, and I mean GOD-FORSAKENLY ATROCIOUS, debate performances in the beginning. Candidates (especially Cruz) tore him apart, he got booed numerous times, and then to top it off he couldn't stop interrupting people to talk about himself for more than 5 minutes. He earned the phrase of "Biggest Loser of the Debate" by many, many different outlets (both left and right leaning).

He never would have lasted had the GOP not reigned him in and motivated him to sticking it out as long as he did, MOST LIKELY to saturate the vote leading up to Cleveland. He never stood a chance anyway, but if he could help push the race to a contested convention (simply by denying Cruz/Trump enough votes) and allow the GOP to pick an establishment type candidate, he'd have been a hero to them.

My opinion, despite this close friend story they're chucking out there, is that even the GOP saw no good coming from him sticking it out any further. He wouldn't have stopped Trump, and his staying in the race as long as he did (despite being eliminated LONG ago) was beginning to piss off his voters in Ohio (where he supposedly governs, in case any of you didn't hear him mention that a time or two), but I bet if the GOP had wanted him to stick it out and see what happens... he'd have done it, no questions asked. He showed no signs of stopping until he suddenly stopped.

I'm sure some Republicans (i.e. establishment) heaped him with praise for the great disservice he did to the primary process just by overstaying his welcome (right up until the point he looked clownish)... doesn't mean the rest of us have to.

(He was considered a bit of a dick before being the GOP's jerk... far from admirable)

May 5, 2016 at 23:53 | Registered Commenterskinnydipinacid

Oh, good grief. Did Winnie REALLY veer into that false narrative about socialism vs. municipal services? That has to be one of the weakest, most patently ridiculous, and laughable propaganda failures ever tried. It's been trotted out to defend socialism (or rather brought out limping on three legs) since the "glory" days of Lyndon Johnson, and it has never been anything but a juvenile "Oh, yeah? So's yer old man!" failure.

May 6, 2016 at 08:18 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

It's laughable DF's contention that the government is pure and their to help the people with his Flint water example. Ahhhhh, criminal charges are being readied for government officials who chose to cover up the lead level in the Flint, MI water.. Is this the "governments here to help you" bullshit that DF claims makes the smothering need of some water bureaucrats existence ok???

May 6, 2016 at 08:28 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Couple of days ago The Old Bag was asked on MSNBC, point bank, if she or any of her aides had been contacted about the FBI investigation. She flat-out LIED and said no. Even CNN (Clinton News Network) had to admit that several of her aides had been interviewed. This is not surprising conduct on her part. She and her beloved hubby have been getting away with lie after lie after lie for decades, so why should she stop now?

But I guess this is simply another "scandalette" to be swept under the rug, because, you know, Queen Hillary and all that.

May 6, 2016 at 08:31 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

"Again, Redbeard, no one's speech is being suppressed, and no one's associations are being restricted, in any way whatsoever. Your hysteria is being forwarded to the appropriate department."

DF just throws shit out there when it can be easily proven false as his idiot political philosophy.. In the last six years we've seen PROVEN actions of the IRS targeting political speech by organizations the administration residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. disagrees with. The objective is to shut them down so no contrary political perspective than the one-party objective of demwits is achieved.. Hey DF; been to a college campus lately where any conservative giving a speech is met with screaming intolerant liberals yelling hate speech, called a racist or misogynists?? The free association for Republicans is stopped by Nazi like tactics from the intolerant left.. Seen a Jewish speaker make a speech on campus without death threats or demonstrations that shut his/her speech down? Do I need to post YouTube videos for you to believe this???

SO PLEASE spare us your endless whiney posts on how conservatives have this whole First Amendment phobia... Your posts are b.s enough without also being totally detached from reality...

May 6, 2016 at 08:39 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Tom, my only question is whether Winnie actually believes that crap, or if he's simply lying. Crazy vs. immoral. What a choice.

May 6, 2016 at 08:44 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Just some Friday morning funny stuff:

#DropOutHillary is the top topic on Twitter. Feel the Bern. LOL LOL LOL

May 6, 2016 at 08:46 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard


I think psychologists call it a demented reality.

May 6, 2016 at 08:54 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Interesting article from the Federalist:

Lower courts for decades have ruled on contract cases without regard to the actual meaning of words involved, but the conservatives on higher courts, especially the Supreme Court, were always around to remind us that unambiguous wording in contracts has established meaning that a court should not change.

The Obamacare case involved plain language, that subsidies can only be paid to people who buy Obamacare polices on state exchanges. The legal point in question involved unambiguous language within a US law. And John Roberts agreed that the intent of the wording or the goal of the legislation trumped the actual words on the page.

Liberals, even on the highest court, have long ago stopped caring about the meaning of words, in favor of intent or desired outcome.

It was a big deal when John Roberts made this ruling, because now that words in contracts and words in law no longer have fixed meaning, contracts are less reliably enforceable. It is a lawyer's dream, but a nightmare for anyone else.

May 6, 2016 at 09:42 | Registered CommenterDuff, man

This just in: Chris Matthews is straight.

After getting thrills up his leg over Obama, some folks weren't too sure about Chrissy. But the fossilized old horndog got caught on a hot mic, apparently revealing his heterosexuality.

Way to go, Chrissy! Keep the fire burning, man!

But now, about your claim of being a "professional" journalist....................................

May 6, 2016 at 09:47 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

Do you want to look at Melania in the WH for eight years or Hilda and Chelsea?

May 6, 2016 at 10:51 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Excellent point, Duff. Once words lose their meaning, nothing means anything at all. That's how leftists handle the Constitution, by ignoring the black letter law and assigning all manner of fabricated or imagined goals to it.

May 6, 2016 at 11:15 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

I see that Chelsea Clinton is charging $65,000.00 for a half hour of talk and Q&A at the University of Missouri. What sort of imbecile thinks Chelsea has ANYTHING worth saying, much less at that rate? And paid for by the taxpayers?

Good lord. The Billy the Bomber Ayers Education Industry Agenda can't sink any farther into stupidity, can it?

May 6, 2016 at 13:55 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

U of Missouri? Isn't that where Social Justice Warriors with help from members of the football team forced the University President to resign?

They are facing a massive shortfall in budget due to next fall's enrollment predictions:
Seems they are facing a 32 million dollar hole.

Why would fewer students wish to apply to attend there? Maybe Chelsea can recruit enough future students to fill the gap.

May 6, 2016 at 14:08 | Registered CommenterDuff, man

I hope none of you missed this story, and the New York Times article that precipitated it. Bragging about controlling the press because the press is stupid.

Ben Rhodes takes his fiction writing skills and applies those skills to duping uninformed reporters.

If I remember correctly, Rhodes coming-out party was when he took control of the "narrative" (more accurately termed "lie") to create the after-Benghazi taking points.

May 6, 2016 at 15:38 | Registered CommenterDuff, man

Goodness gracious, Mr. Duff! You're not saying that our beloved president is a manipulative, conniving liar, are ya? Surely Mr. Hope-'n-Change, riding astride his white unicorn, with a rainbow in one hand and a Saul Alinsky guidebook in the other, couldn't be the slightest bit duplicitous.

May 6, 2016 at 16:44 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

"The free association for Republicans is stopped by Nazi like tactics from the intolerant left..."

It's true. Terrorized clumps of Republicans, unable to appear openly in public, huddle furtively in underground catacombs trying to keep the faith in a hostile world.

How unhinged are these people? Have there ever been such laughable, pathetic drama queens?

May 6, 2016 at 21:43 | Registered CommenterWinston

"Pelosi, Vicente Fox plot to defeat Trump, Mexican calls Trump voters lazy drunks"

The demwit dream team.... Republicans can only hope these two idiots go on tour, everyday until Nov. 8th...

May 7, 2016 at 06:04 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

I see the FBI flew to Romania over a month ago to interview the hacker known as Mr. Lazar aka 'Guccifer.' It seems Guccifer hacked Hilda's bathroom server with ease. Hilda's eunuchs deny this could ever happen but won't answer how Guccifer got a hold of her emails to Sid Blumenthal..Question; when it's just a 'scandalette' does the FBI always fly to Romania to interview people?

Hilda's May legal calendar is filling up. She'll be under oath when she 'interviews' with the FBI but is that really news anymore when the FBI sits down with a Clinton and their not under oath?

May 7, 2016 at 06:11 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Imagine this lumatic’s enraged disappointment when IndictmentWatch™ ends, like all the others, with all the drama and consequence of a wet fart….

May 7, 2016 at 07:39 | Registered CommenterWinston

Try if you can to imagine the choking spitting shrieking shitstorm that would follow if a Democratic candidate for President suggesting defaulting on the national debt. This is the grotesque circus clown the Grand Old Meth Lab & Child Molesters' Party has in its wisdom decided should lead the Free World.

May 7, 2016 at 08:03 | Registered CommenterWinston

"Trump Slams Hillary Clinton as 'Nasty, Mean Enabler' of Husband's Affairs"

LOL, oh' Hilda your in for a rough ride...Wait until the political commercials start with women Bill's abused asking Hilda why she had her subordinates call them sluts and whores? Or the mother's of dead Benghazi patriots ask why Hilda lied to them and said their sons died because of a videographer...What's her comeback? Once a whore always a whore or who ya' going to believe me of the mothers of dead patriots?

May 7, 2016 at 10:37 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Miller

Oh, yes. Frustrated, panicked IndictmentWatch™ enthusiasts begin frothing at the mouth.

Back to the Howdy Gowdy BongNazi Bullshit. Anything to avoid the Orange Frankenstein in the room.

May 7, 2016 at 10:49 | Registered CommenterWinston

Tom, do you think the US should offer its debt holders seven cents on the dollar?

May 7, 2016 at 11:06 | Registered CommenterWinston

There's no question that Hillary used an illegal server and compromised state security. The only question is whether she will be indicted or not. If she avoids indictment, the stain remains, and I think it's safe to assume that Trump will bring up the subject in a rather forceful manner.

May 7, 2016 at 11:08 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

I think that's safe to assume. It's also safe to assume that will turn out as well for him as his Birtherism and the BongNazi sideshow have.

Redbeard, do you think the US should offer its creditors nine cents on the dollar? Is it too soon to start referring to the Drumf eunuchs or will they not even bother trying to defend him?

May 7, 2016 at 11:28 | Registered CommenterWinston

Why on earth do you think I should defend someone I don't like? Why should I be asked to defend a possible debt policy that hasn't been expanded upon sufficiently to make it understandable, yet has the usual uninformed leftists pissing in their Depends?

Ask a sensible question next time.

May 7, 2016 at 12:03 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

A Drumpf enuch, then.

May 7, 2016 at 13:43 | Registered CommenterWinston

Three possibilities: You can't read what I wrote, or you're too stupid to understand what I wrote, or you're a damnable lying sack of crap who gets some sort of demented thrill by making up gross falsehoods. Golly gee... which could it POSSIBLY be? Tough choice.........

May 7, 2016 at 13:52 | Unregistered CommenterRedBeard

a possible debt policy that hasn't been expanded upon sufficiently to make it understandable,

Seriously? Seriously? That’s what you call it? Offering US creditors a 15% haircut?
Get ready for your nominee to be offering LOADS of "policies" (that's being generous) on lots of subjects and declining to expand on them sufficiently to make them understandable. It’s been his f***ing M.O. since Day One.

This is going to be an interesting struggle between normal people who need to feel assured the Executive Branch is being run by people who know what the hell they're doing, and other, not normal, people who feel the most important thing to focus on is that everyone must agree with them the former Secretary of State is a really BAD person. Choose your side.

Might call it a character test.

May 7, 2016 at 13:52 | Registered CommenterWinston

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