The Lid: How Kasich, Cruz Could Be Hurting #NeverTrump Efforts

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 2:14 AM

K. said yesterday that he's filed the "relevant paperwork" to found a new political party which -- and we're not making this up -- will be called "The Party Party." There are number details yet available about its platform, although we assume it'll comprise solo cups and a keg you're never going to obtain the deposit back for.

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the two thousand sixteen ethos…Musical artist Andrew W. K. said yesterday that he's filed the "relevant paperwork" to found a new political party which -- and we're not making this up -- will be called "The Party Party." There are number details yet available about its platform, although we assume it'll comprise solo cups and a keg you're never going to obtain the deposit back for.

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It may be April Fools' Day, but John Kasich'south attacks on his GOP rivals are number joke. (Look what we did there?) The OH governor, who's portrayed himself as the glimmer of light in the center of a shadowy and stormy Republican presidential primary, has shifted strategy. On Thursday, he held a press conference specifically to hit Trump, saying the frontrunner is "not prepared" to be president. And today he said Cruz'south record "is shutting down the government and making everybody he works with upset." (Some of our historian friends pointed out the irony given Kasich'south central role in the government shutdowns of the mid-1990s.)

The escalating Kasich v. Cruz battle is probably the more significant development, particularly for the #NeverTrump efforts. The pro-Cruz super PAC has bought $500.000 worth of ads in WI knocking Kasich. A pro-Kasich super PAC responded with a TV ad in WI knocking "Lyin Ted." Stopping Trump in the Pester State is critical to preventing him from securing the nomination, and having the allies of the two remaining non-Trump candidates duking it out doesn't assistance the anti-Trump cause. Our other takeaway for all you Lid Heads to ponder over the weekend is this: Does Kasich'south modify in strategy indicate that modern day politics simply doesn't authorize candidates to win by staying positive?

"If my experience as a partier, an entertainer and a human being has taught me anything, it'south that many of us have lost faith in our political process."

-- Musician Andrew W. K. announcing the formation of the Party Party.

On, Wisconsin! Each of the remaining candidates will campaign in the Pester State this weekend.

And on Sunday: Republican National Chair Reince Priebus and WI Sen. Ron Johnson sit down with Chuck Todd on "Meet The Press."

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