RUSH: The point I’m leading to is Kasich’s not the same guy that he was when he chaired the Budget Committee to balance the budget. He’s not the same conservative. He used to come to my office with Frank Luntz and they’d talk about messaging and all kinds of stuff. Kasich is now doing the best impression of a sensitive soul do-gooder liberal than anybody in the Republican primaries. I don’t know about the Ohio economy, outside of fracking, discovering oil, what else there is.
I don’t dislike Kasich. I think he is a guy who got there and was one of us kind of conservative and over the course of years he, I don’t know how you term it, relaxed. He moderated. He became more moderate. He refers to himself as a conservative, and what he does as somehow representing conservative values, but he doesn’t talk conservatism. He used to be able to match wits with Newt Gingrich. I mean, he and Newt and the boys, Boehner, too. I mean, if you want to know what happened to Kasich, look at Boehner. It’s the same thing. Same state, by the way.
He hasn’t demonstrated that he can appeal to a mass national electorate. I don’t want to go too much farther because he’s not gonna — well, I’ll tell you what he’s banking on. He’s banking on this thing going to a contested convention, and he’s banking on the Republican establishment choosing him. Conservatism and the Republican establishment, they don’t overlap. It’s about the best I can tell you.