John Kasich said the current state of Republicans is that they are “in a coma” and lacking new ideas for 2020.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Kasich said the Republican Party, of which Kasich is a member, is “stumbling around” after having "no new, really exciting ideas ... for a number of years."
The former Ohio governor explained to the Post that a “tribal instinct” is pervasive in today’s politics, saying there’s only a willingness to absorb what you currently think, adding he thought this was true of both major parties.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that at a recent speaking event in New York, Kasich said he didn’t recognize his party, adding, “I have no idea what the Republicans in the United States Senate are doing except waiting for the election.”
When speaking to the Post, Kasich was critical of Republicans for not focusing on “...the issue of workforce training, of dramatic reforms in education, the need to address climate change ... it’s like we’re sunk.”
Kasich, who ran for president in 2016, did tell the Post there was a “path” to a 2020 primary challenge of President Trump but didn’t say if that path included him.