As the Republican Party grapples with the very real prospect that Donald Trump will be their nominee for the presidency, other candidates have been busy plugging themselves as sensible moderates in a field of loonies. Marco Rubio is the frontrunner, but John Kasich is regarded by the media as being the true moderate in the GOP line up.
Of course whenever the media declares a candidate to be one thing or another, you can be almost 100% certain that the exact opposite is true. The American media busily promoted John McCain as 'The Maverick' during his prime political years -- a moderate Republican with liberal tendencies who could reach across the aisle in difficult times. The reality was that McCain was war mongering psychopath who wanted to gut social security and stop gays from getting married.
It is no different with John Kasich, and behind the aw shucks, kindly Christian schtick, the Ohio governor is a hardcore Republican who opposes gay rights, opposes women's reproductive rights and has a record of slashing taxes for the very wealthy. He is running on a platform of more tax cuts, gutting the welfare state and increasing military spending -- proof that Kasich's media image is completely mythical.
Samantha Bee did some more digging on Kasich's record in a brilliant sketch last night, and revealed his right wing tendencies are in some cases more extreme than lead wacko bird Ted Cruz:
And the Republicans wonder why their party is on the brink of complete collapse.