Cruz and Kasich

(CNN)Ted Cruz and John Kasich are joining forces in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination. Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements late Sunday saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy — something the two campaigns have been working on for weeks — is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP nomination this summer.

The extraordinary moves reflect the national strength Trump has shown and the inability of Republicans who oppose the New York billionaire to come together to stop him. Dividing up some of the remaining primary states by putting forward one strong alternative to Trump in each could be enough to take away delegates and curb Trump’s run to the nomination.

It’s worth the jump to CNN to watch the embedded vid wherein Trump’s son –who, by and by, cannot vote for dear ol’ Dad– note’s (at roughly the 1:44 mark) the GOP would rather lose with Cruz than back his father. 1-800-WAAAA!

However, does anyone believe the Cruz and Kasich shotgun marriage smacks of anything but pregnant desperation? I just don’t see this working out well for either of them.

And this on top of the ABC interview Sunday, where befuddled ol’ grandad Charles Koch stated he and brother David didn’t see the point in intervening in the GOP nomination fight 1:

Charles Koch says he won’t “put a penny” into trying to stop Donald Trump, that there are “terrible role models” among the remaining Republican presidential candidates, and that his massive political network may decide to sit out of the presidential race entirely.

“These personal attacks and pitting one person against the other — that’s the message you’re sending the country,” Koch said in an exclusive interview with ABC News that aired Sunday. “You’re role models and you’re terrible role models. So how — I don’t know how we could support ’em.”

And then mentioned he thought he could vote for Hillary.

Who about had a cow…

What’s going on? It’s easy: The Kochs believe it will be oh-so easy to demonize Hillary once she’s president, making the ReThugs chances in 2018/2020 far more palatable. Per David Atkins…

The Koch brothers … see politics not as a series of pitched electoral battles to implement various legislative aims, but rather as a grand battle of ideologies in which the entire longitudinal direction of a country is determined. If some Republican careers are damaged in the process, so be it. If some (to them) odious regulations are implemented in the meantime, so be it. They intend to win the war over time, even if it means losing the occasional battle….

They know that putting Hillary Clinton into office gives them potentially four years to run oppositional politics….

How?

If you haven’t been keeping score what the Koch’s have been up to is stuffing their ideas about economic and regulatory changes down the throat of state officials (we’re looking right at you, Brownback.) –slashing spending, shifting the tax burden to the poor, busting unions, and implementing voting restrictions that will lead to the election of more ReThugs in the future.

That’s the long game: more Brownbackistans.

Wake up, People.

Cruz and Kasich

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  1. Not that they would ever dream of interfering with our nation’s beloved democratic process.

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