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One Big Problem with the Cruz-Kasich Strategy

Here’s one giant reason the Cruz–Kasich strategic voting alliance is, if not doomed to failure, facing a steep uphill climb . . . 

Indiana Kasich Voter: Governor Kasich, I think you’re exactly what the Republican party needs! We’ve had so many of these hard-line ideologues filibustering and blocking and delaying, it’s as if none of them care about actually getting anything done! They’ve turned “compromise” into a dirty word! You’re the experienced hand, the grownup in the room, the man who can hammer out a sensible compromise and listen to all sides.

Strategic Voting Guide: That’s great. Now we need you to vote for Ted Cruz, who is pretty much the opposite of what you just described. That’s it, go ahead, go cast a vote for the guy who led the government shutdown.

Indiana Kasich Voter: Wait, what?

New Mexico or Oregon Cruz Voter: Senator Cruz, I think you’re exactly what the Republican party needs! We’ve had so many mealy-mouthed moderates and RINOs who refuse to take a stand — guys who go to Washington or a state capital and are so focused on “getting something done” and winning praise from the liberal media that they don’t stand for anything.

You’re the defiant outsider, the upstart who’s not afraid of being criticized by the liberal media, the man who’s willing to do the right thing and fight the tough fight, even if it isn’t popular!

Strategic Voting Guide: That’s great, now we need you to vote for John Kasich, who is pretty much the opposite of what you just described. That’s it, go ahead, go cast a vote for the guy who expanded Medicaid under Obamacare and was endorsed by the New York Times editorial board.

New Mexico or Oregon Cruz Voter: Wait, what?

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