As time has gone on, the Cruz campaign realizes it needs a deal. But the Kasich campaign also realizes that Cruz has done a masterful job locking down delegates. Even in Michigan where the Kasich and Trump people thought they’d allied against Cruz, the Cruz people masqueraded as Kasich people until after they were selected.
Kasich, still running behind Rubio in the delegate count, at this point just does not want to get embarrassed headed into Ohio for the convention and still has delusions of grandeur. Cruz knows he has to concentrate resources in Indiana and can’t be looking over his shoulder at Kasich.
Within a few hours of the deal, however weak it may be, coming out, the Cruz campaign announced it is vetting Vice Presidential candidates. Kasich’s name was not mentioned. This is Cruz signaling to his base that the alliance really is all about getting to the convention, not about forming a ticket.
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