The Cruz-Kasich alliance is better termed a mutual non-aggression pact. It's true that Kasich didn't call for his supporters to vote for Cruz to stop Trump in Indiana, but he did pull his operation out of Indiana in favor of more fertile grounds in Washington and New Mexico. Some in the media were quick to call it a failure, the truth is we won't know until those states vote, starting on Tuesday.
The presidential primaries are usually settled by the time many states in the Northeast vote.
Last time, the moderators from CNBC made themselves the story. They succeeded in uniting the GOP field against them. It was a good night for those who were quick on their feet, those who excel at the debate format. For those who wanted an opportunity to get their message on policy out to the public, they were largely denied much of a chance. As a vehicle for getting substantive discussion out, the third debate fell way short.
Cruz will split his time between attacking Hillary, Obama and the Supreme Court. He might find time to take some shots at Mitch McConnell. Cruz had to cut short his attacks on the Court and McConnell to demolish the smarmy CNBC moderators.
John Kasich will actually be a factor because of Ford bringing back jobs to Ohio from Mexico. (You heard it here first!)
Kasich has been the underdog throughout his political career, this time is no different and he knows it.