Since the dismal announcement that Ohio Gov. John Kasich was planning to suspend his presidential race, the response has proven... well, people aren't shocked, let's put it that way. From his commencement in the Republican presidential race, Kasich painted himself as a moderate Republican, winning the affections of center-right voters, and the attention of very few others. Toward the end of his race, he and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tag-teamed just prior to the Indiana primary, which resulted in the cease of their respective presidential runs. Of course, Twitter has a whole lot to say about John Kasich's candidacy.
Actually, Twitter has lots to say about most things, but the termination of presidential campaigns is a particular specialty. It seems that for months, Americans have anticipated this news from Mr. Kasich, but because he held strong until the last, the meme- and tweet-front as far as he was concerned remained relatively still and unbothered. Now that both his campaign and Cruz's campaign have ceased, the great people of the Internet can expect memes and remarks abound. News always generates attention, and the following tweet is no exception to this "law." Don't go too hard on 'em, Twitter.
Ouch. Bringing undecided voters into the mix is about as low as one can go — that is, unless undecided is personified into an actual presidential candidate. This is both cruel and hilarious, and many have wondered why Kasich even hung around as long as he did.
There is currently little word on whether or not Kasich will choose to endorse Trump for president, but there are rumors in the air that his name is in the mix for a vice presidential pick. As Trump put it back in April to USA Today, "There are people I like, but I don't think they like me because I have hit them hard." Is Kasich one of those elusive people? He could resurge in an unexpected form, but Americans will not know for at least a month or two.
Kasich's future plans include some personal reflection. During his concession speech in Columbus, he remarked, "Throughout this campaign, I said the Lord may have another purpose for me. As I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward and purpose for my life." This is indeed a lackluster ending to a quiet campaign, but even so, America will still miss that je ne sais quoi so erratically dispensed — unusual pizza- and pancake-eating habits, for one — by Ohio's only John Kasich.