Host: Jon Karl
Gov. Jon Kasich (R-OH)
Karl: OMG Donald Trump was
on a twitter tirade!
Trump: Hillary is a sexist!
Karl: to my credit I've covered
Trump since 2013!
Karl: 2015 was the Year of Trump!
Trump: America sucks!
Karl: ha ha
Trump: God wants to me to be President!
Karl: did even you think
you would be this awesome?
Trump: no I didn't – I underestimated
how wonderful I would be this year
Karl: to be fair to you Mr. Trump we
all underestimated how great you are
Karl: we covered him two years ago
when the elites dismissed him
Trump: [ 2013 ] I may run for President
Karl: I would be shocked if you ran
Trump: I may surprise you
Karl: then he rode down
the escalator like a boss
Karl: why do you people
love you so much?
Trump: we make bad deals –
the special interests control politicians
Karl: he sort-of pledged he
won't run a third party campaign
Trump: I probably won't destroy the GOP!
Karl: he insulted women, Mexicans
Paul Ryan: Trump is not what
this country stands for!
Karl: are you tapping into
white people's anger?
Trump: I'm not tapping into anger –
I'm merely exploiting the rage of the
emasculated white male
Karl: I can relate to that
Trump: If we elect Hillary Clinton after Obama
white men are not going to have a country
Karl: so true – all the really sexist countries
are run by brown people or Muslims
Trump: Hillary got schlonged!
Karl: people love the Trump!
Karl: He's got the poll numbers!
Magazine covers! Saturday Night Live!
Karl: Poltifact gave Trump the award for
Lie of the Year
Karl: not just for one lie – for all the
many lies he's told
Trump: I tell the most lies! I tell the best lies!
Karl: he's the greatest at everything
– even lying
Trump: political correctness is
killing this country
Jeb: you can't insult your way to the Presidency
Trump: hey Jebbie I'm at 43% and
you're at 2%
Karl: he's been leading for 5 months now
Karl: can he win any votes?
Karl: and what if he loses in Iowa?
Karl: so many questions
[ break ]
Karl: welcome Jon Kasich
Kasich: nice to see you again Jon
Karl: you too Jon
Kasich: and you Jon
Karl: Obama may be going to deport illegals!
Karl: Trump is claiming credit
for this crackdown
Karl: are we seeing a 'Tump Effect'?
Kasich: everyone undocumented
person should be in prison
Kasich: it wasn't Trump –
my good friend Bill O'Reilly started
all this hating on immigrants
Karl: so why is Trump so popular
Kasich: poor white guys hate lobbyists
Karl: who will speak for the white men?
Kasich: there's no unemployment in Ohio
Kasich: yep we got rid of it
Karl: so that sly Obama
wrecked America except for Ohio
Kasich: and we give you free
health care if you have autism
Karl: that's nice of you
Kasich: attacking women and
Muslims and Hispanics is not smart
Karl: when you put them
together that is a lot of people
Karl: Cruz wants to deport
11 million undocumented people
Karl: you say that so are you
out of touch with the GOP voters?
Kasich: I've done more town
hall meetings than anyone else
Karl: I'm sorry to hear that
Karl: what's your plan?
Kasich: finish the border
Karl: is it not finished?
Kasich: we're not going to split up
families and deport 11 million people
– it's just not going to happen
Kasich: ignore the polls – I'm begging you!
and also please ignore who ever wins Iowa
Karl: all right then
Kasich: also New Hampshire
Karl: will you support Trump
if he's the nominee?
Kasich: well he's toned down the rhetoric
Karl: he has?
Kasich: Ohio voters don't
want a bunch of windbags
Karl: so picky
Kasich: you can't win the White House without Ohio
Karl: you really want to be
Vice President don't you
Kasich: we give you free health care!
Karl: do you have to win the
New Hampshire primary?
Kasich: I have to come in
third or maybe fourth
Karl: aim high Jon
Kasich: I will catch fire and then who knows
Karl: stop drop and roll?
Kasich: I will do New Hampshire
town halls even after the primaries!
Karl: that is just sad
Kasich: please vote for me –
oh god what have I become
Karl: you're about to get bumped
down to the kiddie table debate
Kasich: I hope to be allowed on the big stage
Karl: you hope?
Kasich: I got a great ground game
– that's what wins elections
Karl: no the best ideas or best
proposals or best party or best track
record or the best person?
Kasich: no it's organization and money
Karl: well thanks for coming Jon
Kasich: you too Jon
[ break ]
Karl: welcome panelists
Karl: Matthew Dowd in September
you predicted Trump would be the nominee
Dowd: nailed it
Karl: what could stop Donald Trump?
Dowd: a self–inflicted wound – for example
if said something really embarrassing
Karl: like calling American soldiers murderers?
Dowd: no I get what you're saying –
it's Trump's nomination to lose!
Rick Perry: as I quit I would just like
to say Donald Trump is an idiot
and is wrecking my party
Scott Walker: God asked me to run
and now God wants to me drop out and
as I leave I would just to beg everyone to
drop out too or we'll end up with that nut
Trump as our party's nominee
Jindal: I am dropping out because
voters don't want policy – they want
that racist demagogue oh lord what
have we created
Lindsay Graham: I have to drop out but
I am warning y'all this is not a game show
Karl: nothing can stop Donald Trump!
Kristol: GOP voters hate the media
and their leadership and the
establishment and America
and also reality
Kristol: their irrational hatred of
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and
has transferred to Republican leaders
Karl: you loved it and nourished it when
it was Vince Foster and Birthers and
now you can't control it
Kristol: I still think Trump will collapse
Karl: dream on
Kristol: he's vulnerable! I swear!
Bruce: when he loses Iowa will he freak out?
Karl: probably not
Bruce: he has no pollsters or
anyone on the ground
Karl: he has no campaign staff –
but who cares he's winning
Granderson: these are the chickens are
coming home to roost – Republicans coyly
flirted with birtherism and they're
stuck plucking the chicken that hatched
from the egg they layed
Karl: well put LZ
Granderson: now they can't control
the monster they stitched together from
the dead body parts of George Wallace
and Strom Thurmond and Rush Limbaugh
Karl: Limbaugh is still alive
Granderson: have you checked lately
Karl: when Trump was birther
they ignored him
Granderson: no they didn't
– they embraced him!
Dowd: the American people want
strength that why Trump is winning
Karl: who wins Iowa and New Hampshire?
Dowd: Iowa is between Cruz and Trump
– with Cruz winning a close one
Dowd: more interesting is who
comes in third?
Dowd: Trump wins South Carolina too
Granderson: Cruz wins Iowa
then it goes Trump and Trump
Kristol: Trump doesn't win either
Karl: oh really
Kristol: Cruz wins Iowa and Christie wins
New Hampshire then Trump wins South
Carolina because why the hell not
Kristol: but I could be wrong – I usually am
Karl: that's true
Kristol: one of the many things I've
been wrong about is the idea Trump
bubble would burst
Kristol: also he's a got a bigger
staff than people think
Bruce: I predict Trump wins Iowa
– Christie wins New Hampshire and
then Trump South Carolina
Dowd: it's a state-by-state race
for the first four states and then
it's a cage match free for all
Karl: so exciting!
Dowd: by mid March we'll have nominee
Granderson: what can stop Trump – nothing!
Kristol: but he's not even leading in Iowa!
Granderson: you're desperate
Kristol: he won't be the nominee!
Karl: you're hoping and praying
Kristol: what is life without prayer
Karl: so what stops him?
Kristol: Ohio and Florida are winner-take-all
and they're home to Kasich and Rubio
Bruce: then we'll have a brokered
convention will run by Paul Ryan!
Karl: the fun is just starting!