Diary

Unity Ticket Makes Sense...But with Kasich Not Rubio.

NOTE: I’m not completely sold on this idea. I posted this diary and then deleted it 1 minute later because I am not sure Cruz can partner with a man who said basically that deporting illegal immigrants is ‘fantasy’. But I guess if Reagan could partner with Bush who called his economic policies “Voodoo Economics”, Cruz can partner with Kasich if it means beating Trump and the other Democrats in the fall election.

Original Post:

There has been a lot of talk about a unity ticket between Cruz and Rubio. After Rubio’s Saturday Night Massacre, that makes absolutely no sense. Rubio is behind in his own state and has shown incredible weakness now in primary after primary.
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And what can Rubio offer Cruz after March 15th? The answer is not as much as Kasich.
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Cruz needs to unify the establishment part of the party, the conservative part of the party, and the Trump side of the party. Trump will never accept he VP role and Cruz is well- accepted among most (but not all) Trump supporters. Therefore, what Cruz needs most is to mend fences with the establishment part of the party. Enter Governor Kasich.
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Kasich has told the press that he is not interested in the VP role, however, Kasich wants to be respected as the guy who is level headed and can get things done. I’m not sure Kasich will be thrilled with Trump as the nominee. He might join Cruz for the good of the party.
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Of course Kasich joining Cruz depends upon Kasich giving up his dream to be President which might be hard to do especially since Kasich must think he has a shot to win these Midwestern states. But hopefully he recognizes now, after Saturday, that Cruz is not going to leave the race–ever, and if Cruz stays in, Kasich cannot hope to beat Trump with a divided vote in these states.
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But why should Cruz join with Kasich? Simple. Cruz needs to win the following winner take-all (or winner take-all by district) states after March 15th:
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Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Nebraska, California.
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Does Rubio help in any of these states? I don’t think so. But the Governor of Ohio could make a big difference in the Midwestern states particularly Pennsylvania. I also believe Kasich’s moderation would balance well with Cruz to help sway California away from Trump. And for Cruz it would help him to have someone who can work with and convince Congress to pass his agenda and to give the stamp of approval to Cruz’s tax plan.
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Ideally, Kasich would drop out immediately and join Cruz. Together, Cruz and Kasich should be able to defeat Trump in Ohio as a team. (The same cannot be said for Cruz and Rubio in Florida) But if Kasich insists on staying in the race until Ohio votes, the unity can still work if Kasich wins Ohio. If he doesn’t then he has shown that he is not popular enough to make a difference in the Republican primaries.
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Kasich would also help in the general election to soften Cruz’s harder edges and make up for Cruz’s limited governmental experience. Just as Bush helped Reagan seem much more acceptable to moderates, Kasich could help Cruz in the same way. I grew up as a Reagan Republican, but I still remember my mother saying that the only reason she voted for Reagan was because Bush was on the ticket. Personally, I think she would have voted for Reagan anyway. However, this gave her, and people like her, a way to justify their vote for Reagan. Against Hillary having someone on the ticket who can give people an excuse to vote for Cruz would really be helpful.
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Finally, Cruz can get away with nominating a liberal Republican because he has built up a reservoir of trust among conservative voters. It also eliminates the stereo-type that Cruz never compromises and cannot work with others to get things done. It worked for Reagan.