For me, one of the most vivid moments in recent debates was in South Carolina on February 14, when John Kasich winced as he listened to Donald Trump and others attack each other like kids in an elementary schoolyard.
A few days later, at a town hall-style meeting, Kasich spoke emphatically about our very human need for community.
At one campaign event this week, Kasich demonstrated this kind of empathy with a young supporter who bravely talked about his recent losses, his problems.
Kasich walked toward him, put his arms around him and offered comfort.
I’m not a Republican, but if I were, I’d be running into the arms of John Kasich.
Kasich is someone I could see as president, although I find a number of his actual policy ideas troubling.
Not unlike most of his peers, including Clinton and Trump, Kasich has wavered on the Iraq War, as well.
Kasich takes a lot of credit for Ohio’s economic successes in recent years, and no doubt some of this is deserved; but analysts on the ground in Ohio have disputed his claims to having done anything much to help Ohioans, and t is no consensus on his record of achievement as governor.
Kasich has been the only candidate among the GOP hopefuls who has addressed the human need for community and shown a genuine capacity to empathize with others.