This plays like a joke given how feeble Kasich turned out to be against Trump in the 2016 primary and how irrelevant he’s been to the national Republican scene for years. When Zell Miller pulled this trick at the 2004 GOP convention, crossing the aisle to endorse the other party’s candidate, he had the advantages of being a sitting senator and a speaker who was charismatic as hell.
Kasich isn’t a sitting anything right now. (Well, a sitting contributor to CNN, I guess.) And he is, ah, not charismatic as hell.
But I’m loath to second-guess Team Biden, as they’ve been canny in their strategy thus far. And Sleepy Joe does have one obvious compelling reason to want Kasich at his convention. He and Trump are tied at 44.7 percent apiece today in Kasich’s home state of Ohio in the RCP average. Trump won there by eight points in 2016 but there’s every indication this year that Ohio is in play. Ohio also happens to be the one primary that Kasich won when he ran for president four years ago. If his endorsement is worth so much as one percent among fencesitters in OH, it’s potentially decisive.