I find the idea that KASICH would be trouncing her to be especially hilarious.
Yeah, even if I don't agree with 100% of his views, Kasich seemed reasonable to me. And I suspect he'd be about as appealing to the fired-up Republican base as spoiled milk.
Those who are excited by the prospect of a Trump presidency, or where supporters of Cruz (who, IMO, is consistently worse) would consider Kasich to be Republican-in-name-only.
It takes stronger tea than 'reasonable' to get noticed in that crowd.
It's funny to me that Democrats will only elect the most moderate centrist 'safe' candidate (aka, the least liberal or progressive) they can find, while the Republican base goes for the most extreme and dramatic 'severely conservative' rightest-of-right-wingers.
It's a bizarre double standard. Romney gets criticized for being an emotionless robot (instead of a fire-breather / rabble-rouser / carnival barker like so many others in his field). Howard Dean gets criticized for having a feeling, once. Too loud! Most unseemly! Use your indoor voice! You'll scare the children!