You miss the point. Kasich has two options:
A: try and persuade Ohioans to believe the right things.
B; pretend to belive the wrong things because he thinks most Ohioans believe the wrong things.
He chose B, which NEVER EVER WORKS for Republicans. Oh, it looks like it will, it is the easiest thing to do in the short term, but it never actaully works.
Rove is in favor of this kind of strategy,
He took a few stands the last few years and Dems easily mobilized and got OH voters against him as Ohio is barely purple.
Voter ID was one where he got clobbered.
Medicaid expansion looks like ‘free’ stuff courtesy of uncle Obama.
He's not going to convince Ohioans’s to personally go without health insurance esp when it looks free to the state.
I admit this is disappointing but remember : when Rush+CO make demands that all these Purple state Rs should give up their seats for one ‘principle’ or another that he cites, he makes mo money the more Dems take over. That is the nature of his business.
This is disappointing for sure, but re-districting is key to Pelosi taking back the House..