Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Another thing that doesn't exist: the competent Republican candidate

Not only does the reasonable republican not exist, but the competent adult-in-the-room who- knows- how- to -manage- things- republican seems to be MIA as well.
John Kasich, one of only three still-standing GOP presidential candidates, isn’t featured in Oregon’s voters’ pamphlet for the May primary election — an embarrassing blunder for any major campaign.
The state said the Kasich campaign failed to submit information by the March 10 deadline.It’s up to candidates to get their photos and statements into the pamphlet, which is one of the most cost-effective political advertising tools in the state. Each Oregon household — roughly 1.5 million in total — gets a free copy of the pamphlet. Presidential candidates pay $3,500 to put their half-page statement in the pamphlet, or else submit 500 supporters’ signatures and get their statement included for free.
Kasich’s failure may throw a wrench in a coordinated strategy announced publicly Sunday night by Kasich and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz aimed at denying front-runner Donald Trump enough delegates to secure the Republican nomination on the convention’s first ballot.
The rare show of collaboration entails Cruz focusing his campaign staff and money on Indiana’s primary in coming weeks, while Kasich will stand down there. Indiana is a key remaining state in the battle to deny Trump, because its winner takes all the state’s delegates. In exchange, Kasich will be allowed to essentially take on Trump head-to-head in Oregon and New Mexico.
Ironically, the Cruz campaign got its presidential statement included in Oregon’s voter pamphlet. The pamphlet also includes statements from Trump and from Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
There’s been little public polling on the GOP race in Oregon, but Kasich, a moderate, is expected to fare much better than Cruz here. Trump, meanwhile, was found to have approval ratings of 53 percent among only Republican voters, with 42 percent viewing him negatively, in a February Oregon Public Broadcasting poll.
For the Oregon voters pamphlet, candidates typically submit a biography, a photo, their platform and endorsements.
Kasich’s non-inclusion means some voters may not be aware that he is still on Oregon’s ballot — and won’t realize it until they receive their ballots in the mail this weekend and see his name.
If Republicans are eligible for Darwin awards, I'd like to nominate Kasich.

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