Magazine August 27, 2018, Issue

John Kasich’s 2020 Dream

Ohio governor John Kasich (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
It is unlikely to survive contact with political reality

Ohio governor John Kasich has not been coy about his desire to run for president again in 2020. With high-profile speaking trips to the early-primary state of New Hampshire and a recent essay in Foreign Affairs, Kasich’s continued forays have led many to think that he might run as an independent, centrist alternative. Only he knows whether he is indeed thinking of that, but there’s one thing I do know: Kasich wouldn’t have a prayer of winning.

My claim might seem too strong for many. After all, we just went through an election fought between the two most unpopular nominees in

Henry OlsenMr. Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, an editor at, and the author of The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism.

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