Browsing the blog archivesfor the day Thursday, March 17th, 2016.


So If Trump Supporters Riot at the Cleveland RNC Convention, Will Gov. Kasich Call Out the National Guard?

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Interesting thought, huh? Ohio governors do have history regarding the Guard.

This is a scenario Charles Pierce alluded to, after DT hinted that his people might riot at the convention if he doesn’t get the nomination, and I confess it hadn’t occurred to me before. This might give us a clue why Kasich is bothering to stay in the race. Maybe he’s planning a coup.

Since this is Saint Paddy’s Day, let’s quote the Irish Times:

With most of the remaining states allocating delegates proportionally, Kasich’s aides believe he could prevail at a convention at which no candidate enters with a majority.

“The plan is to win Ohio, and some other states, and if that happens, nobody is going to have enough delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot,” said John Weaver, Kasich’s chief campaign strategist, who also worked on Republican Senator John McCain’s losing presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2008.

Kasich’s plan, according to aides, is to leverage the momentum to gather more endorsements from mainstream party insiders and Republican donors.

With the wind at his back, he hopes to score more victories in upcoming primaries including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Wisconsin, Connecticut and California, where he believes the terrain is friendlier to his brand of Republican moderation.

It’s a long shot, but it’s a shot. And, frankly, I’m not sure Hillary Clinton could beat John Kasich in a general election. He’s anodyne enough to pass for normal; she is more hated than loved.

Thanks again, Debbie Wasserman Schultz …

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