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Kasich and Cruz Announce Team Up for Voltron-Style Attack on Trump

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Governor John Kasich and Senator Ted Cruz—two men who are technically still running for President—released simultaneous statements on Sunday night announcing a joint effort to knock Donald Trump out of the competition. Yes, the sad network drama that is the 2016 Presidential election has reached the part where former foes embrace the power of teamwork.

The plan is simple: split the remaining delegates so that Trump can’t get the required number to clinch the nomination. As Politico puts it:

The new Cruz-Kasich pact is an acknowledgment that neither man can overtake Trump in the race, and both know their best shot at preventing Trump from clinching the nomination outright is to team up to block his path and force a contested convention. And it may still be too late: Trump is closing in on the number of delegates he needs to win the nomination.

For Cruz and Kasich, this move is somewhere between the nuclear option and forming Voltron. Either way, it’s telling. The “pledge” appears to be, if not dead, than at least a reanimated corpse. If this joint effort works and the GOP barrels headlong into a contested convention, it’s hard to know what would happen next. In a brokered convention, anyone can try to get the necessary 1,237 delegates necessary to secure the nomination. The winner could still be Trump, or Cruz could surge ahead. At least a few insiders think Kasich has a shot. But the floor is open to literally anyone in a contested convention. It could be Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan or Marco Rubio. It could be Dwight Howard, Kanye West or Reese Witherspoon. It could be you, if you’re in the mood for a little adventure.

Donald Trump has responded to all this by doing what he does worst: taking to Twitter in an attempt to string words together into sentences. He’s tweeted about his new two-headed Kasich/Cruz contestant no fewer than four times since the announcement dropped.

Shaky definition of “collude” aside, Trump has a point here. Kasich does not like Cruz, something pretty common with the GOP at large. And if Kasich is willing to put aside his historic distaste for Cruz in an attempt sabotage Trump’s victory efforts, then things must be getting very desperate indeed.

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