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Despite numerous shoddy sexual assault allegations tossed Brett Kavanaugh’s way in an attempt to keep him off the Supreme Court, Ohio Governor John Kasich, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, is not backing the judge.

Kasich is basically siding with Democrats.

Enter Kasich:

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From Daily Caller:

“Given the questions and allegations surrounding Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination – and the higher standards demanded for a lifetime appointment – the United States Senate should not rush to confirm him,” it said. “In the absence of a complete and thorough investigation, and hearing from all parties involved, moving this nomination forward would be a mistake.”

The statement continued, “In the best interest of your country and the integrity of the court, the Senate needs to hold on this confirmation. Without an investigation, and with so many serious issues involved, I can’t support this nomination if they choose to move forward.”

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Kasich 2020?

From Washington Examiner:

In a recent interview on “Meet the Press,” Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, hinted that he may challenge President Trump in the 2020 GOP primaries.

This is all nice to gossip about, but is it practical? It depends on your goal. Primary challenges to sitting presidents rarely succeed in defeating them for renomination — in fact, it hasn’t been done since the 1850s. But such intraparty challenges often work in driving sitting presidents from office. That may be Kasich’s real objective.

Consider a few examples. In 1912, former President Teddy Roosevelt, frustrated with the direction his former protege and successor, William Howard Taft, was leading the GOP and country in, came out of retirement and beat Taft in 12 state primaries. Taft won renomination anyway, but the damage was done. The Rough Rider was able to put the last nail in his coffin by running that fall on the Bull Moose ticket, splitting the Republican vote and making Democrat Woodrow Wilson the next president.

Continued:

In 1952, frustrated with the stalemate in the Korean War, voters saw President Harry S. Truman as vulnerable. Sen. Estes Kefauver, D-Tenn., a popular figure inside the party, primaried Truman and showed some serious strength in New Hampshire. Truman withdrew from the campaign, opening the door to the out-of-touch, “egghead” Gov. Adlai Stephenson’s nomination. A woman once excitedly told Stephenson, “All the thinking people are voting for you,” to which Stephenson sniffed, “That’s not enough. I need a majority.”

In 1968, Democratic Sen. Gene McCarthy of Minnesota, opposed to the Vietnam War, took on incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson in the New Hampshire primary and showed astonishing strength, garnering more than 42 percent of the primary vote. LBJ abruptly quit the campaign and went back to Texas, where he drank and smoked himself to an early death.

In 1976, Ronald Reagan took on the incumbent, but unelected, Republican president, Gerald Ford, carrying the fight all the way to the convention in Kansas City. Ford won the nomination by just 57 delegate votes out of 2,257 cast, but then he lost in the fall.

Oh, John.

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