Have you noticed that Kasich has said little to nothing about Trump? Unlike every other establishment candidate, Kasich doesn’t seem that worried about him.
I was watching CNN, thinking about the electoral map, and a light bulb appeared above my head! In a Trump vs. Clinton race, Trump will need to focus heavily on the Midwest, AKA “the rust belt”. These are swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and of course, Kasich’s Ohio. These are states with a history of manufacturing, and a strongly blue collar mostly Caucasian group of voters. Who better to help Trump win these states than Kasich?
In a Trump v. Clinton matchup, we know Trump will sweep the south simply because he is the Republican, with the exception of Florida, and maybe VA and NC. We know Trump will win those very red and sparsely populated western, non-coastal states like Arizona and Montana. We know Clinton will dominate New England, except for New Hampshire, and we know she’ll win the West Coast. Florida and the Midwest will therefore determine the next President, as they so often do.
So back to Kasich. The media has noticed that he’s been very hesitant to criticize Trump. While Trump is almost certain to win more delegates to the RNC than any other, he may not win a majority. That would mean a “brokered convention”. Trump’s delegates will have to cut a deal, or maybe second place Ted Cruz might work something out sooner. Trump is almost certainly not teaming up with Cruz or Rubio at this point. But as things have been relatively civil (considering it’s Trump) with Kasich, Kasich only needs to win enough delegates to be able to give Trump the majority. Also, Kasich could help Trump at least in Ohio, if not the entire “rust belt”. Not only that, but Kasich is politically experienced, and in the establishment of the GOP.
Therefore, I’m predicting that one way or the other, if Trump is the nominee, he picks Kasich as his running mate. Kasich could help satiate the establishment. And more importantly, would be valuable to Trump in a race against Clinton. About the only swing state where he’d be of little help is Florida, but then, Rubio and Jeb Bush are clearly out of the question. Trump may fight extra hard in Florida, or write it off and focus on the Midwest. But Trump already has his trade policy that will be well received in states that have suffered from decades of outsourcing. Those states are always close, especially Ohio, so Trump needs any edge he can get.
Maybe I’ll be right, maybe I’ll be wrong. We’ll see. I just wanted to put this out there and see if I get some bragging rights after the RNC.