Several states will be at play during the March 15th primaries, but Ohio and Florida will be the big indicators of what course the Republican race for the nomination will take. If Donald Trump manages to win both states he will be very hard to stop.
Lindsey Graham infamously said several weeks ago that choosing between Trump and Cruz was like choosing between being shot or poisoned. Considering that sentiment, Republicans are gathering around John Kasich of Ohio to pull off a victory in what might be the Last Stand of the Republican Party. At this writing Trump and Kasich are in essence in a dead heat in the polls.
General Custer’s Last Stand at the Little Bighorn wasn’t the result so much of his under-estimation of the opposing force but rather over-estimating himself. Custer did not take the time to learn the terrain around the area or allow for detailed scouting reports. In much of the same way, over the last several years the GOP has been charging forward while brushing off the size of the dissention around them in their own party. Now, the inner circle of the GOP is surrounded and one by one the members are falling as whizzing arrows crack the air.
On Monday March 14, 2016 John Kasich was joined by Mitt Romney in a last stand of will in Ohio. I attended a town hall meeting at the MAPS Air Museum in North Canton, Ohio. Whether you agree with John Kasich or not about a host of given issues, he is trying to have a dignified and responsible campaign.
The question as to if substance can win an election is the real problem and it is not just for the Republicans. The general election is shaping up to be a contest between two sweeping political ideologies. I’m not sure the public has the patience for nuance in regard to any issue anymore.
We like our candidates to stand tall in the stirrups, pull out a sword, and yell, “Charge!” This is especially true when where they are going is exactly in the direction of what we want to hear.