Best Of 2017

Best surprise resistance to the Trump train from an otherwise unapologetic conservative: Gov. John Kasich

Best surprise resistance to the Trump train from an otherwise unapologetic conservative

Ohio’s staunchly conservative Gov. John Kasich wasn’t the first person we’d have expected to pick a big fight with reality TV star turned presidential candidate turned actual president Donald Trump, but did he ever. Bitter Twitter wars. Talking trash on TV news shows. A continued refusal to back Trump even after his inauguration seemed inevitable. We have to hand it to Kasich — he didn’t dither when it came to his thoughts on The Donald, unlike some other Ohio Republicans (we’re looking at you, Rob Portman). Maybe he was bitter because he knew he wasn’t going to win the GOP presidential nomination. Maybe he thought he could actually sway people into backing him if Trump’s chances (or his transition plans) went to pot. Maybe he has some actual convictions somewhere in there. Whatever his reasoning, Kasich has hit Trump hard over and over again, and it’s been fascinating to watch.