Ted Cruz and John Kasich have thrown together a last ditch effort to keep Donald Trump from the nomination, by focusing on certain states while abandoning others, and telling their constituents that they are “clearing the path” for the other candidate.
“To ensure we nominate a Republican that can unify the Republican party and win in November,” the Cruz campaign said on Monday, “our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Governor Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico.”
“Due to the fact that Indiana is a winner take all statewide and by congressional district, keeping Trump from winning a plurality in Indiana is critical to keeping him under 1237 bound delegates,” the Kasich campaign agreed, marking a bold new strategy for the “Anybody But Trump” faction of the GOP.
The “alliance” is a weak one, as Cruz advised his supporters not to vote strategically while Kasich said “I’ve never told [my supporters] not to vote for me. They ought to vote for me. But I’m not over there campaigning and spending resources.”
Trump has predictably blasted and insulted the alliance, as working together seems to be an attribute that the GOP loathes. “It is sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination,” Trump simultaneously whined and bragged in an entertaining press release on his website.
After a round of personal attacks (that I’ll get to tomorrow…), he went on to say “collusion is often illegal in many other industries and yet these two Washington insiders have had to revert to collusion in order to stay alive. They are mathematically dead and this act only shows, as puppets of donors and special interests, how truly weak they and their campaigns are.”