As establishment Republicans look to an elusive stop-Trump effort to salvage their party from self-destruction, circumstances have suddenly handed them their best and perhaps only viable vehicle in Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.
The twice-elected governor and former 18-year congressman, after months of obscurity among the pack of 17 GOP presidential candidates, has emerged after beating Trump in the Ohio primary as one of only two barriers to the New Yorker's nomination.
With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, an unvarnished tea party conservative deeply despised in the Senate as the alternative, Kasich as a more moderate conservative is the establishment's more acceptable hope to avoid the Trump takeover.
His impressive legislative record as a budget-balancer and deficit hawk in Congress, replicated in Columbus, offers a sharp contrast to Trump's total inexperience in government at any level, and he offers the additional virtue of being a positive and unifying campaigner.