The presidential campaigns of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced late Sunday that they were coordinating their efforts in three upcoming primary states in an extraordinary attempt to prevent Republican front-runner Donald Trump from clinching the GOP nomination before this summer’s convention.
Although it seems logical on paper, the big problem is this looks and sounds exactly like the conspiracy theory Trump supporters have been talking about for a year: Kasich and Cruz will do whatever it takes to force a contested convention at which point the nomination will be handed to the candidate of the party’s choice. The problem here is that is exactly what Kasich and Cruz are doing to keep any chance they have alive.
Kasich has nothing to lose. He’s a lousy candidate. He’s not exciting enough to get people to vote for him. He realistically hasn’t won a single primary outside of his home state. He really has no point of even being in the race at this point. Seriously, he doesn’t. This is his swan song. This is the race he’ll be remembered for. He won’t be a serious candidate for President in the future. Especially by playing games.
Ted Cruz should have been smarter than to release this information to the general public. After Colorado and Wyoming, where all of the delegates went to Cruz even though neither had a primary, it is apparent that Cruz is willing to rely on tricks of hand if popular votes won’t do it. The majority won’t forget that. After this race, my guess is, Ted Cruz is toast on the national level. He’s not going to win this primary by any means, and people won’t forget how he tried to deny the popular vote and rely on establishment practices after running anti-establishment for a year. He has already become what he has campaigned against.
The candidates colluding is not surprising. It’s the only realistic chance they have left. All they can do at this point is prevent Trump from getting 1,237 before the convention. Being so open about it is stupid against a populist candidate like Trump. How long do you think it took for Trump to turn it against them?
Wow, just announced that Lyin' Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2016
Almost as fast as it took to broadcast the headline.