Republican Party insiders and many supporters of Marco Rubio – with an assist from Fox News and other media outlets – are now trying to pressure John Kasich to get out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. They want him to clear the way for Rubio to consolidate all of the establishment support and be in a better position to stop Donald Trump from capturing the nomination. They say that Kasich remaining in the race is only helping Trump, and the sooner Kasich exits, the better chance Rubio will have to block a Trump nomination, which, in their opinion, will lead to a Hillary Clinton presidency, and ultimately the ruination of the party.
But if Rubio and his friends within the party elite cannot stop an outsider like Trump, that’s their problem. They should have taken him seriously much earlier than they did. He’s been leading in the polls since mid-July, but they just laughed him off throughout most of the summer, fall, and winter. Only after he won New Hampshire and South Carolina has he gotten their attention and caused them to panic. They had their chance, and now it might be too late. They have no one to blame but themselves. They shouldn’t come crying to Kasich now. He didn’t create the Trump phenomenon.
There is no reason for Kasich to get out of the race at this point. None of the Midwest states, where he expects to do well, have voted yet. Why should he quit before his big chance comes up? That would be like a baseball team quitting a game before the heart of its lineup got a chance to bat even one time. While it’s true that Kasich has yet to win a state, it’s also true that Rubio hasn’t won anything either. And no one is calling for him to quit the race. By all rights, Kasich has just as much claim on remaining in the race as Rubio does. I’m getting sick and tired of hearing people call for him to get out.