The nasty, brutish, and short (term) alliance between the Kasich and Cruz campaigns is not off to a good start judging by the results of the five primaries that happened this week. The eccentric, bigoted businessman outperformed media prognostications and embarrassed his rivals. Going into the next set of primaries – in Oregon, New Mexico, and the important state of Indiana – the Cruz/Kasich “deal” which voters likely don’t know about or understand will have to defy the forecast of just how many delegates they can pry away from Trump, who has declared himself the “presumptive nominee” and the race “over.” There is of course still hope (and fear) of a contested convention, but it likely hinges on if the Kasich/Cruz deal can get it’s game plan straight – and if voters will even care.