Wednesday (or, if something comes up, Friday at the latest) I will be posting the first in a seventeen part series examining the Republicans running to (hopefully, please, oh please) join John McCain and Mitt Romney in the exclusive club of Presidential election losers. The purpose of the series is twofold. First off, with so many candidates in the race it will be a helpful way for me, and then by extension, my readers, to learn about each of the potential nominees. I mean, other than the “R” after his name, how much do you really know about Jim Gilmore? Probably as much as I do at the moment, which is how to spell his name. (Got it on the first try!) And I’m not singling Jimmy out for any particular reason other than thinking I could spell his name without looking it up either. Other than Scotty, Jebby, Bobby and Donnie, my knowledge of most of the candidates leaves much to be desired. (If Fox News can call Carly Fiorina by her first name at their debate, then I can call all the male candidates by their first names. Ah, equality.)
The other reason is simple. To dispel the fable that any of these candidates can actually be seen as “the moderate one.” You know it will happen eventually. While the goats in this rodeo (2016 Goat Rodeo! Hi tengrain!) all need to run to the right to win the support of the
lunatic fringe base, they then need to drift back towards the center to have any chance of winning the general election. With this political fact in play, it is only a matter of time until one (or several) candidate declares himself (or hersel…I can’t even type it without laughing) the only one “mainstream” enough to win over moderates. The problem with this, this cycle at least, is that none of the candidates are anything close to moderate, a fact I think is important for everyone to realize.
And while it will be a while before I reach him (since I will do the “kid’s table debaters” first to avoid them dropping out before I get to them), Ohio Governor John Kasich is already being labeled the “moderate” of the bunch by the “mainstream” media thanks to not sounding insane on climate issues.
Except, you see, the problem is…..well, the problem is he is insane on climate issues. Or if he isn’t, the primary process has forced him to walk his sanity back to a position more in line with the lunatic fringe that somehow remembers to vote every primary election. From ThinkProgress:
Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) is the rare GOP presidential candidate who has acknowledged that climate change is a real problem requiring us to “protect” the “creation that the Lord has given us.” But just days after earning plaudits for his relatively moderate-sounding approach in Thursday’s GOP presidential debate, Kasich adopted a climate-change denialist approach on Sunday.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd called Kasich one of the “big winners of Thursday’s debate,” and praised him for an “impressive performance for the supportive crowd” in his home state and read a Time magazine quote comparing him to Pope Francis.
Kasich distanced himself from the Pontiff on economic issues and environmental ones. “I think that man absolutely affects the environment, but as to whether, what the impact is… the overall impact — I think that’s a legitimate debate.”
He then added: “We don’t want to destroy people’s jobs, based on some theory that is not proven.”
Though Kasich had previously indicated that he believed in climate science, he had also made clear that he didn’t want to do much about it.
Honestly? I respect an outright science denier more than someone who claims they believe the science, yet think doing nothing is a ethical response to the issue. When future generations are learning about the world leaders who did nothing to prevent the upcoming climate disaster, at least the deniers have an excuse as to why they did nothing.
This is your “moderate” Republican in 2015 folks.
And the scariest thing? He’s far too “moderate” to come anywhere close to winning a GOP primary.