Chris Cillizza | Oh, Ted Cruz – You Had The Worst Week

via The Washington Post:


Ted Cruz - downcast (200x200)Oh, Ted Cruz. You had the Worst Week in Washington.

by Chris Cillizza | April 30, 2016

Desperation, thy name is Ted Cruz.

The Texas senator spent this week doing anything and everything he could think of to blunt the momentum Donald Trump has built with sweeping wins in six primaries over the past two weeks.

First was the alliance — announced Sunday night — between Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Under the agreement, Kasich would stand down in Indiana’s May 3 primary and Cruz would do the same in Oregon (May 17) and New Mexico (June 7). The goal was clear: Unite the anti-Trump vote in hopes of keeping the real estate mogul from the 1,237 delegates he needs to be the party’s nominee.

Within hours of the alliance’s debut, it was already on shaky ground, with Kasich telling his supporters in Indiana on Monday morning to still vote for him and insisting he wasn’t trying to do anything to stop Trump. By Thursday, Cruz was insisting there was no “alliance” — these aren’t the droids you’re looking for — and Kasich’s chief strategist, soon after, sending not-so-cryptic tweets about not being able to stand “liars.”

Cruz followed up the swelling success of that moment with another transparent attempt to change the narrative of the race before Indiana’s primary Tuesday: He named Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate.

The Fiorina pick was seen as either presumptuous or head-scratching (or both!) in most circles, and, even on the day it was announced, didn’t move the needle as Cruz had to hope it might. (Read More)


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