John Kasich credits God for strong debate performance

John Kasich has been running for president on a one-state strategy thus far, and that one state is New Hampshire. The Ohio governor was the first candidate to begin running television ads in the state, and he has all but ignored the rest of the early nominating contests in hopes of a strong performance in the nation’s first primary tonight.

And during Saturday’s debate, Kasich turned in what was by all rights one of his stronger performances. As in, he didn’t get bodied by Donald Trump, and he was able to successfully stake out an ideological position somewhere between moderate an insane.

However, when MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough mentioned that, in the 22 years that they’ve known each other (they served together as Republican congressmen in 1994), Saturday night was the “most relaxed” he had ever seen Kasich, the wheels came off a bit:

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Said Kasich (at about the 2:20 mark):

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Crusading Kasich

It finally came through on Saturday night. Want me to tell you what I did? Before I went to the debate — we didn’t do a lot of preparation. I said, lord, you took me up to the top of the mountain. I’m gonna have to walk down. Don’t let me walk alone. And he didn’t, he helped me out.

Met with dumbfounded silence by Scarborough, Kasich added a “how’dya like that?” to assure the host that, yes, that was it. Kasich’s only explanation for his strong debate performance was that he asked God very nicely to help him wing it.

As Mediaite’s J.D. Durkin pointed out this morning, the Iowa caucuses were last week, when you can get a lot more mileage out of attributing all of your successes and none of your failures to the man upstairs. New Hampshire Republicans are conservative, yes, but they aren’t quite that religious.

Though that may not mean much to the candidate who once suggested that the best way to defeat the Islamic State would be to set up a government agency dedicated to promoting Christian propaganda.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • paulbip

    He became a religious fanatic when his parents were killed in a car accident years ago. He just lost it and put it all in the hands of god. Will he pray to god and decide to bomb Iran?

  • Duke Woolworth

    I don’t recall his being quite that religious in Ohio. But he produced savings for the state by passing expenses (schools especially) onto the locals.
    His wife’s addicted to the gym, btw.

  • 2karmanot

    “I said, lord, you took me up to the top of the mountain. I’m gonna have
    to walk down. Don’t let me walk alone. And he didn’t, he helped me out.” Hurl, Chunks and Barf. There that does it.

  • crazymonkeylady

    He screwed over the people of Ohio almost as badly as Snyder screwed Flint. Almost.

  • DoverBill

    I knew there was something about him that I couldn’t put my finger on.

    Fuck that!

  • Not a typo. “Bodied” is slang for when you are defeated in a test of masculinity, as in, Trump bodied Kasich during the first debate when Kasich tried to attack Trump and Trump laughed him off as an effeminate loser.

  • emjayay

    “bodied” or “bloodied”? I know, blogs are direct from Starbucks to you, no passing Go, no editing required.

  • “Never trust a man who believes you need to know just how fanatically religious he is.”

    – Me

  • nicho

    I always thank “the man upstairs” — primarily for not putting a password on his WiFi.

  • Kasich was in a GOP debate? When? I mean, there was one guy off to one side who I think was asked maybe one question, but it was like a wall of beige.

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