In a nutshell, Kasich was a Tea Partier before there was a Tea Party.
Consider: in Ohio, estates as small as $300,000 -- say, a $225,000 house, a $25,000 car and $50,000 in other assets -- qualifies you as "rich". In 2010 the Ohio Republican Party's governing committee unanimously approved a petition to repeal the Ohio estate tax.
Correspondent Amalaur reports from a Kasich fundraiser that occurred just after a good-sized rally in Cincinnati that boasted 1,000 attendees.
John Kasich was pumped up. The fundraiser was an attempt to unify the Tea Party conservatives with the mainstream GOP.
Rep. Jean Schmidt, from Ohio's Second District, pumped us up with tales of House Democrats running scared.
Rep. Schmidt was asked point blank about Congressman Ryan's plan ("A Roadmap for America's Future"). Schmidt was fully supportive, stating it was on the right track and that it should proceed with some fine tuning.
Kasich is of the mind: repeal and replace. He described, in detail, several alternatives to the existing bureaucracy that would greatly improve the cost-effectiveness of health care delivery. And they were based upon free market principles.
Kasich, frequently seen on Fox News, was excellent. Articulate, Reagan-esque, frank and bright, he addressed every question thrown at him with grace and humor.
If you've got a few spare bucks, please contribute to John Kasich. He's our generation's OT. Original Tea Partier.