Here’s Something To Get Angry About!

This is rather an old story, but if you’ve missed it Alex Isenstadt of Politico will catch you up: Ohio Governor John Kasich, who’s announcing his presidential candidacy tomorrow, has an anger management problem. He’s forever popping off at friends, enemies, constituents, media, you name it, to the point where the famously volatile John McCain has described him as having “a hair-trigger temper.”

You can imagine that this could be a problem in a presidential campaign, particularly one that begins with an insane two-week sprint to do well enough in national polls to make a cutoff for a debate in your own state, at a moment when Donald Trump, people attacking Donald Trump, and people yapping about foreign policy (not exactly Kasich’s forte) are soaking up 98% of the media attention. It’s enough to make you snap, crackle and pop.

I’d say people working for or covering Kasich the next two weeks should treat the gig like attending a Gallagher performance back in the day: get ready to take cover.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.