Unity, last Tuesday evening, Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Bernie Sanders participated in a spirited discussion about
how Republicans and Democrats can find common ground on some of America’s greatest challenges. Watch"the CNN Town Hall Discussion (here).
Also, in case you missed it, you can read Gov. Kasich’s latest op-ed:
Last week, Gov. Kasich participated in a forum with Cleveland Clinic
CEO Toby Cosgrove to discuss the future of healthcare and the promising innovations that will help America address drug addiction, Alzheimer's and
autism. You"can watch the event
While on the road for his recent book tour, Gov. Kasich spent some time talking"with Yahoo’s Matt Bai, reflecting on his presidential campaign and his drive to help heal America’s
divisions. Below is an excerpt:
“A politician couldn’t look for validation in crowds, Kasich told me, sounding a little like a therapist. You
had to do what seemed right and feel good about it.
“I’m so happy with myself!” he burst out then.
“I’m so happy with this book! I’m so happy with this tour. I’m so happy with how my family is being treated, the way my
friends look at me and talk to me. It’s great! And there’s not a single thing I would change!
“I’m a happy
guy,” he said, “and not looking forward to another political campaign, no matter how hard that is for people to
The thing is, to my own surprise, I did believe him. And that’s actually the best prism through which to
understand what Kasich is doing.
Those of us who follow politics for a long time tend to see everything as tactical,
the transparent means to some carefully calculated end. When a politician who’s out there writing books and giving speeches says “I
don’t know” to another campaign, what we hear is: “I’m not at the announcement phase of the PowerPoint
But there are times, you come to learn, when a politician is motivated more by self-image than self-interest. There are
moments — John McCain in 2000 comes to mind — when a candidate falls almost by accident into a public role that seems, at least for a
while, to have awakened in him some sense of a larger purpose…”
“What happened was that Kasich’s public
persona finally came into line with the way he always hoped people would see him — as a kind of self-helpy, statesmanlike figure, less concerned
with partisan pressure than with the judgment of some higher power. If you disagree with him now, he’s as likely to bear-hug you as to jab a
finger in your face.
So when Kasich says he isn’t plotting to unseat an old rival whose approval rating has fallen to
36 percent, when he says he has nothing more to prove and no idea what’s next, I tend to take him at his word.
And if I were
Trump, and if I hoped to commandeer the party for another term after this one, maybe that’s exactly why I’d start to
In politics, nothing’s quite so dangerous as a guy who considers himself the instrument of a larger plan, even if he
doesn’t yet have one of his own.”
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