This election year gets more and more interesting…more and more bizarre.
Now, two candidates who, based on the last several months, have no particular affinity for each other are joining forces in a coordinated effort to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the Republican presidential nominee.
From Matt Flegenheimer and Jonathan Martin’s article in this morning’s New York Times:
Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio have agreed to coordinate in future primary contests in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican presidential nomination, with each candidate standing aside in certain states amid growing concerns that Mr. Trump cannot otherwise be stopped.
In a statement late Sunday night, Mr. Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, said that the campaign would “focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Governor Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico.”
Minutes after Mr. Roe’s statement, the Kasich campaign put out a similar message. The Ohio governor’s chief strategist, John Weaver, said that his campaign would shift its resources to states in the West and “give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.”
I’m not entirely sure of what to make of this.
Does it mean only that Cruz and Kasich are trying to dump Trump and nothing more? Or does it mean a Cruz Kasich, or Kasich Cruz ticket if they do?
That remains to be seen. What will not take any time to be seen, however, is Donald Trump’s reaction to it.
From the standpoint of pure theater, I can’t wait.
UPDATE: This “coalition” is already blowing apart. Both candidates are telling voters to vote for them, not the other guy….just like they would if there were no coalition at all…
…which leads me to wonder whether this, in reality, was accurately described by The Times (and other media) in the first place.