The return of compassionate conservatism?

Amanda Becker, writing for Reuters:

Kasich, a potential 2016 presidential contender, touts his zeal for tax cuts and balanced budgets. But he also says the Republican Party should be run “from the bottom up, rather than the top down,” and do more to help the poor, mentally ill and incarcerated.

The key question here is how Republican voters feel about the Affordable Care Act. If they can tolerate his push to expand Ohio's Medicaid program, then he's fine—all he has to do is keep orthodoxy on tax cuts, abortion and foreign policy. But if Obamacare hatred is still en vogue come 2015/2016, he's a long shot.