"What Do We Do Now?" - Anti-Trump Alliance Self-Destructs Within Hours

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Less than 24 hours after the Cruz/Kasich alliance was announced, it already appears to be on the verge of failure. Upon hearing of the deal between Cruz and Kasich, GOP voters and strategists alike were left scratching their heads, wondering how this was all supposed to work. To recap, the two men had their campaigns release statements late last night telling voters of a plan they'd put together that would prevent Donald Trump from winning the necessary delegates required to have an outright victory prior to the convention. Cruz was to focus on Indiana, while Kasich was responsible for Oregon and New Mexico.

Immediately GOP strategists were left wondering how this plan was going to sit with voters, dreading that this would be the latest anti-Trump plan to violently backfire. "I think the Kasich people are now left choosing between two people who they see as unappealing. I have talked to a lot of friends today who are stunned and puzzled and kind of adrift: 'what do we do now?'" said Mike Murphy, a GOP operative in the state of Indiana.

The Hill also quoted an anonymous Republican Strategist in Indiana who said people were torn between stopping Trump, and asking themselves what has happened to their party that made this circumstance even possible. "I think it's a bit of an open question as to whether this deal will take. I've got people who say, 'Yes, I will do anything to stop Trump.' And others who say, 'What in the world is the party coming to?' They view Cruz as unsatisfactory as a nominee but Trump as unfathomable."

And then there was outright frustration at the absurdity of it all. "This election is garbage. I voted early and then they cut a deal a week before election day." Dave Ober, a Republican state representative in Indiana tweeted.

Not only were strategists left dumbfounded, but apparently so was Kasich. Before the ink was even dry, as it were, Kasich suggested during a campaign stop in Philadelphia that his voters should still vote for him in Indiana, which was one of the places the so-called plan was calling for him to fall back on so Cruz had a chance to win. At a campaign stop in Philadelphia, Kasich said "I've never told them not to vote for me. They ought to vote for me." which no matter how one looks at it is thoroughly confusing considering this is precisely what the so-called alliance urged against.

Not one to let anything slip by without comment, Trump had this to say about the half thought out and frankly laughable attempt at blocking his nomination:

“So they colluded, and, actually, I was happy because it shows how weak they are; it shows how pathetic they are,” the front-running candidate said at a rally in Rhode Island on Monday.

“If you collude in business, or if you collude in the stock market, they put you in jail. But in politics, because it’s a rigged system, because it’s a corrupt enterprise, in politics you’re allowed to collude,” he added.

As the circus continues into the final states, we're not sure how everything will ultimately play out. However, we are confident that from now until July, there will be more fodder for Trump to tweet about, and certainly more once unheard of tactics deployed by a desperate GOP establishment which will do anything, even if it results in a smoking crater just hours later, to stop Donald Trump while achieving precisely the opposite of what was intended, and boosting support for Trump to even greater highs.

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Squid Viscous's picture

eat a bag of dicks, kasich

ClydeCrashcup's picture

And Lindsey Graham says: "Hey, don't bogart the bag!"

iinthesky's picture

Special Ed Ted + One Hit Wonder Kasich


Wonder Twin powers... Activate! 

Artemis Rand's picture
Artemis Rand (not verified) iinthesky Apr 25, 2016 8:22 PM

Form up a douche!

Form up a bag!

Latina Lover's picture

 The Cruz and Kasich alliance: placing 2 scorpions into a jar and watching what happens. The outcome is predictable.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

It's funny, everybody is focusing on the fact that Cruz is a creepy lying shitbag poser, which he is of course, but it allows Kasich to kind of fly beneath the radar. Because Kasich is  basically a generic left-wing democrat. He has absolutely no business calling himself a republican, he's a world-class leftist shitbird. You can't call him a cuckservative, because calling him a cuckservative would be an insult to real cuckservatives. Frankly I can't see a dime's worth of difference between Hitlery Cunton and Kasich.

ClydeCrashcup's picture

I think Hillary has marginally larger breasts.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Probably. I bet they both have HPV though.

TeamDepends's picture

Want to see American exceptionalism? Take a spin in the Venom GT, bitchez!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWy6GiWJxHs

Richard Chesler's picture

As corrupt as the democrat party. One and the same...


Bumpo's picture

Why didn't they just come out and say it? "For all you voters praying for a contested convention, both of us need to win a couple of states. We can't do it if we split the vote, but if all Kasich voters vote for me in Indiana, and all Cruz voters vote for Kasich in Oregon and New Mexico, we might be able to beat Trump in a couple of states" Shit, its not as if the RNC, Kasich and Cruz haven't been bragging about this strategy for weeks now. They tried to pull this off "talking in code". I guess their conscious caught up to their slimey politics.

No balls, man. Im a Trump supporter anyway, but that was one lame-ass attempt.

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Let's not forget that Cruz is anti-establishment...lol

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Conscience my ass.  This was no honor among thieves moment.

John Kich's picture

This is Donald Trump's most shocking statement yet,

However the mainstream media isn't saying a word about it!

What are they really trying to cover up?


Kayman's picture

John Kich

6 day Troll. Goldman's got to get some better talent on this schtick.

eatthebanksters's picture

Kasich is such an ass hat...Rubio still has more wins and delegates than Kasich...what a fucking joke.  As to Cruz, I've lot all respect for the guy.  He's done, the voters have basically said 'fuck you' and yet he thnks he ccan still 'win' by bribing delegates who will choose him against the will of their constituent voting base.  Does he think he could ever be an effective nominee by winning this way?  he guy has become blinded by the lust for power...no different than Hillary in my book.

palmereldritch's picture

If Rubio was smart he would flip to Trump.

It's not like he's going to have a political future without doing that

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The song Lying Eyes comes to mind, with the lyrics slightly modified.

Condition 1SQ's picture

I remember during the first debate, Kasich must have mentioned Ohio about 50 times.  Really goes to show how clueless these politicians are.  Did he actually think droning on about a pissant state like Ohio would really turn heads?  Give me a fucking break, nobody wants to hear statistics from your resume.  That and he looks like a beat down used car salesman.

And holy shit, what a terrible way to try to take down Trump.  Making an alliance public?  I can't think of anything dumber.  It makes them both look like desperate girly-men who can't hack it alone.  Trump says a lot of really stupid shit, but he's got balls and what I believe to be a good instinct for running organizations.  Good enough for me.  I think he's going to mop the floor with Hillary and throw the fake media outrage right back in their faces.  I hope Trump manages to make that NWO stoolie Anderson Cooper cry.

j0nx's picture

Like it or not no way an R takes the Presidency without Ohio so it most certainly in the scheme of national elections is not 'pissant'. Ohio is also a swing state like Virginia and Florida which R's require in order to win the offset of all the other states that dems always win. Kasich is a major player in this because he can deliver Ohio. He's a major douchebag but he has a state that the R's absolutely require in order to win. Sooner or later Trump is going to have to come to terms with the fact that he has to mend fences with Kasich if he wants to be President.

Kayman's picture


Perhaps dinner together.

chiswickcat's picture

TeamDepends, As with all American cars, it can only go in a straight line.

N0TME's picture

Now ..... I'm really depressed ......  : (    (Koenigsegg Lover)




Oh, I'm sorry were we talking about politicians ............... (Sorry, I saw a shiny object.)

nmewn's picture

And Hillary! finally reveals she is a closet ZH lurker...

“You said something that is so important for people to hear. You know, joining a gang is like having a family. It’s feeling like you’re part of something bigger than yourself.

So we’re either going to have gangs that murder and rob and do the things that are so destructive to the gang members and to the community, or we’re going to have positive gangs.”

...now, I don't know whats so positive about a legailized "gang" that runs guns across the Mexican border (or Turkey for that matter) but I know someone who's been saying .gov is nothing more than the largest gang on the block for years now ;-)

CheapBastard's picture

cia-backed "moderate gangs" and the far left Hillery-backed "extremist gangs"

In any case, just about everyone aside from The Donald wants to raise middle class taxes to pay for 1) banker bailouts; 2) the FSA increase; 3) bigger gubmint; and 4) moar war.


Fewmoar reasons Trump looks like the best choice if you are middle class, legal American resident, non-gubmint [aka private sector] employee, at least what's left of us.

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palmereldritch's picture

If you want to be a really successful criminal you must pursue an enterprise in politics where apparently you can be immune from RICO prosecution.

g'kar's picture

....and immune from insider trading if you are one of the holy 536 (and friends)

DblAjent's picture

...and kickbacks...and bribery...and false statements..and...

MissCellany's picture

I read where Kasich was to skip the Indiana vote, which comes first, and cede that to Cruz...while Cruz would stay out of the two later contests and give Kasich the go-ahead.

Is it just me, or does this sound like a fake suicide pact?

When I read about it, I thought: Oh, so Cruz is making a dirty deal with Kasich...I bet Cruz will somehow later change his mind once Kasich comes through on his part of the plan...

StychoKiller's picture

It's gettin' kinda tough to figure out the plot in this Kabuki play, ain't it?


Sanctuary2's picture

idiot. There are no 'far left Hillary Supporters'-they are mostly Koch people and even Dick Cheney-she has NeoConservative supporters-she is a pro-war Candidate

jeff montanye's picture

it's like calling obama a marxist: no foundation in fact.  they both work for the rich, the zionists and the military industrial complex in a shifting, issue-based order.

however it feels too good to too many to stop it with evidence and reason, kind of like racial and sexual epithets.

HopefulCynical's picture

Marxism is a bankster creation. The establishment is ALL Marxist 'progressives.' Both "sides."

DblAjent's picture

Hillary will be the most obedient to TPTB. Unless, of course, Trump has a soul and that soul can be seized. Otherwise, this may be a true revolutionary movement. (I am hoping for the latter.)

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HippieHaulers's picture

And most importantly Hillary and Kasich are both terrible neocon warmongers. He's probably the worst, yet he gets a pass and comes off as an affable high school janitor who did too much cocaine in the '80's.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Kasich is the scariest candidate of them all. He's exactly like Major Kong in Dr. Strangelove : "Well boys, I reckon this is it: Nuclear combat, toe to toe, with the Russkies ..


DblAjent's picture

Kasich is as unpresidential as Trump! He flies off the handle, spews venom, gets pissed all the time with media and unfavorable questions. The guy is a nervous ticking time bomb, for Christ's sake. Who would even consider this slob?

He's the midwestern neighbor you avoid because, among other reasons, he mows his lawn in dress socks and sandels.

HopefulCynical's picture

He's the midwestern neighbor you avoid because, among other reasons, he mows his lawn in dress socks and sandels.

+infinity. LMFAO

duo's picture

Hitler and Stalin had pact once.  It ended with 50 million dead.

Miles Ahead's picture

No, it ended with only about 2-3 million dead.  The other 47 million dead came after Eisenhower and Churchill formed "an alliance" and pact with Uncle Joe, as he was affectionately referred to by the West.  

There you go, fixed.

jeff montanye's picture

absolutely disagree.  germany invaded russia and all other countries were essentially irrelevant.  those millions (25 million for russia alone) were going to die in the battle that followed. 

and it wasn't even "eisenhower and churchill" it was roosevelt and churchill.

thethirdcoast's picture


Die Ostfront was its own separate war of extermination within the larger confines of World War 2.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

But, but....."Kasich is the only republican candidate that can beat Hillary in the general". They figure if they say that enough times, you will become hypnotized into believing it, and parrot it back among your friends, and then maybe they will believe it, and parrot it back to their friends, and so on. See how mind control techniques work?

HopefulCynical's picture


The reality is, Trump is the only one who can beat her. He has a limitless supply of I Don't Give a Fuck, and that's what it will take to defeat the Democrat/MSM alliance.

Thom_333's picture

Two cucksters cheating on each other. Videotaped and all. Must be the ultimate cuckolding fantasy.

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