When it comes to politicians, there’s quite a few whom you could classify as not being the sharpest tool in the shed (double meaning here for folks sharp enough to catch it). But what Ohio Gov. John Kasich just did at the polls earns him a not-so-coveted spot among the worst of the worst.
As we all know, presidential candidates have the opportunity to write themselves in should they feel as though they in good conscience can not pull the lever for the party’s nominee.
Well, Kasich, who is most definitely not on board the Trump train, decided he couldn’t vote for The Donald. But it also appears he couldn’t put a check down by his own name either, which speaks volumes about what the man thinks of himself.
Perhaps he no longer agrees with his own Medicaid expansion and as such deemed himself unfit for the office, since such a move is clearly a big government kind of thing?
CNN is reporting, Ohio Gov. John Kasich voted Monday for 2008 Republican nominee John McCain instead of for 2016 Republican nominee Donald Trump.Kasich wrote in McCain’s name at the top of the ticket, Kasich spokesman Chris Schrimpf said, on his absentee ballot. Kasich ran against Trump for the Republican nomination, and has been a prominent holdout ever since dropping out of the race in May. He has long promised not to support Trump in November, but he had not previously said who he planned to support instead.
Kasich’s vote was first reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The popular Ohio governor has spent the fall campaigning for down-ballot Republican candidates, and Schrimpf said he had given the maximum contributions to a handful of Senate candidate. He added that Kasich voted the straight Republican ticket, excluding Trump.
Trump has lashed out at Kasich for declining to endorse him after the Republican primary ended. Kasich, like other GOP rivals for the nomination, signed a pledge promising to back the Republican nominee at the primary’s conclusion.
Here’s a little taste of what Kasich thinks about Trump via Cincinnati.Com:
Gov. John Kasich took GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to task Wednesday for alleging the election could be “rigged.”
“Look, to say that elections are rigged and all these votes are stolen – that’s like saying we never landed on the moon, frankly,” Kasich told “CBS This Morning.” “That’s how silly it is.”
Kasich was responding to Trump’s suggestion that if he loses Nov. 8 to Democrat Hillary Clinton, it will be because of “large-scale voter fraud.”
“That is a big, fat joke,” said Kasich, who ran against Trump in the GOP primary and has refused to endorse the Republican nominee.
Aside from the extraordinarily wacky move of voting for Sen. John McCain rather than casting a ballot for himself, what really makes Kasich look bad is his refusal to back Trump.
No, it’s not wrong to be opposed to the real estate mogul’s efforts for president, but the fact he made a pledge to support the nominee and then went back on his word seems to indicate he’s a fickle man who isn’t trustworthy.
Combine this with a few of his other shifting policy positions — like his take on religious liberty, for example — and he could see some negative backlash toward any future political endeavors.
The best course of action would’ve been to not make the pledge from the get-go. If there’s even a small shred of doubt about one’s ability to fulfill a promise, said promise shouldn’t be made. Character and integrity counts.
[This article was written by Michael Cantrell]