What is the point of John Kasich?

The purpose of Thursday night's debate was to knock Donald Trump down a peg. The polls are very clear that Trump will win the nomination if things continue as they are — regardless of who drops out.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, in their different ways, attacked Trump. It was the most abuse Trump took all campaign, and Trump's ignorance, bluster and liberalism was on full display. Attacking Trump means taking counterattacks from Trump, and those are never pleasant. Trump is like the Batman villain the Joker — utterly unpredictable, unmoored by reality or decency.

John Kasich took a pass in fighting Trump. Even when twice asked explicitly if he disagreed with Trump, Kasich took a pass.

Also, when asked whether state governments should force businessmen to act against their consciences, Kasich said yes — in effect, that businessmen should abandon their religious beliefs once they walk out of church.

When it comes to the campaign, Kasich's unwillingness to battle Trump shows he is not the man for the moment.

When it comes to the country, Kasich's surrender on religious liberty shows he is not the man for the moment.

It's time for him to go.

Timothy P. Carney, The Washington Examiner's senior political columnist, can be contacted at tcarney@washingtonexaminer.com. His column appears Tuesday and Thursday nights on washingtonexaminer.com.