Ohio Governor John Kasich, who on Tuesday became the latest and perhaps last major Republican figure to enter the presidential race, may well be the worst nightmare of the Democratic Party.

The party’s decision to hold its 2016 convention in Cleveland probably won’t do much to enhance its opportunities in the state, which Barack Obama won twice.

What if the nominee were the state’s popular, pragmatic governor – Who grew up in another significant state, Pennsylvania, that Republicans would love to include play?

The budget-slashing Kasich has long had a reputation for crossing party lines.

Kasich’s independent streak runs as deep as his Christian faith, but it remains to be seen whether he can win on the religious right and also the party’s activist base.

Kasich is likely to try and talk more about other issues.

Kasich is refreshingly direct, and his openness to adopt unpopular positions is estimable.