One candidate stuck out from the rest in last night's GOP debate as being more presidential than the rest. That candidate was John Kasich. This has been a fear for me. A lot of people have focused on his polling, but remember that Kasich has only been in the race for a couple of weeks and to the average voter, they just don't follow state governors. That can be seen further in the polls, where his "don't know enough about him" column has always been sky high. I got a feeling that is going to start changing though. He came off as presidential, being able to address the issues and not resorting to attacks, unlike most of his competitors. He actually has done some good here in Ohio, which is covered with bad but not the kind of bad that will turn off GOP voters. He also brings more experience to the field than about everyone else up there.
I would honestly not be surprised if Kasich won the nomination. His answer on gay marriage will win over the Log Cabin and younger Republicans. His defending his expansion of Medicaid will help win over the more moderate voters. And the fact that he is from Ohio will win over the Republicans that want nothing more than a Republican in the White House. Add to all that the fact that he was also a host on Fox News means he will have the biggest Republican media machine in his pocket, which is starting to become more evident. My guess is a lot of that has played into him making the cut last night. In two weeks he beat out two former GOP contenders, the two Ricks, as well as some other big names, like Lindsey Graham. If he doesn't win the nomination, which isn't a given for him, I can easily see him being a running mate, just to win Ohio.
I've been warning for months that John Kasich is the one Democrats have to watch out for. I've also been met with a lot of pushback over that, but after last night I think more people are seeing my concerns come true.