Apr
24
2016

Ted Cruz just took a very big step towards winning Indiana.

You’ve heard the news by now: Ted Cruz is going to let John Kasich take a clear shot at Oregon and New Mexico in exchange for Kasich getting the heck out of the Indiana primary. It’s a trade that Cruz needed, and it’s gonna scramble all the calculations, in Cruz’s favor. It also suggests that the ‘vote for whoever’s ahead: Cruz or Kasich’ state strategic voting rule is now in full effect everywhere else.

…Damn. It actually now makes sense for me to vote Kasich for the primary, and pick all of Cruz’s delegates. Kasich is ahead of Cruz in Maryland, and my county executive endorsed Kasich; but on a second ballot those delegates go straight to Cruz anyway. Huh. Why, I can live with that. Again, damn.

Moe Lane

PS: Why are they announcing this?  I DON’T KNOW WHY THEY’RE HAVING THIS LOUD STRATEGY CONVERSATION – OH, HELLO, MISTERS SUPER-PACS. HOW ARE YOU DOING TODAY? – IN SUCH A PUBLIC FASHION. SURELY, IT IS A MYSTERY WHY TWO CANDIDATES WHO ARE FORBIDDEN TO COORDINATE WITH SUPER-PACS CUTTING ADS ON THOSE CANDIDATES’ BEHALF WOULD BE SO VOCAL IN THEIR THEORIZING…

8 Comments

  • nicklevi86 says:

    So campaign “finance” restrictions beget incalculable silliness? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!

  • earlgrey says:

    I don’t understand why there is so much hatred for Ted Cruz. It is as though everything Trump has done has somehow stuck to Cruz. The Carson thing in Iowa was unfortunate, but I don’t get the rest of it. I can’t bear to see Trump win and the many Trump supporters that are getting the most airtime seem to be loathsome caricatures of all the worst impressions the Left has of republicans. Where did these people come from. They love Trump, hate Ted, but never seem to talk about —policy.

    • Luke says:

      Because Cruz wants to take money and power away from the federal government.
      .
      For some reason, that’s not a popular stance with people who benefit from the status quo.

  • Darin_H says:

    Whatever stops Trump from being the nominee.

    • acat says:

      Question.
      .
      Do you mean “Whatever stops Trump from being the nominee (without losing the general election)” ?
      .
      Or .. are you willing to see another President Clinton more than a Trump crash-and-burn?
      .
      Put more simply, are you down with the Pyrrhic?
      .
      Mew

      • Darin_H says:

        I think Clinton wins against Trump either way (unless Obama decides to burn her down with an indictment).
        .
        I’m even in favor of faithless delegates not voting for Trump on the first ballot.

  • Luke says:

    OK, is anybody actually surprised that Kasich violated the agreement within a couple of hours?

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