People talking about this like it’s the end of the world. It’s not, depending on what’s meant.
Look, if you go in and Trump and Cruz have the highest delegate counts but are short of clinching… then someone else like Romney or Rick Perry or Marco gets the nomination….. that’s a problem. Party revolt, automatic Hillary victory.
You go in and Trump has the highest delegate count short of clinching and Cruz is second but Cruz wins the nomination…. That’s not nearly as big a problem. Not saying Cruz would beat Hillary though he might. In any case it amounts to the party ‘putting its best foot forward’. And I think this is in fact what Cruz himself is talking about when he says a ‘contested / brokered convention’ would be catastrophic…. that its catastrophic if he doesn’t end up being the choice when the brokering is done.
And he’s right as far as it goes, and I think it’s probably what’s going to happen. Cruz will be the nominee because its ‘best foot forward’ / least damaging.