Why is Ted Cruz’s team playing public footsie with one, two, three, seven? There’s no way the Texas Senator can get to the world’s most overhyped number. Can he? Cruz spokesperson Jason Miller said the team feels good about winning before or after the convention. This was after reporters hounded him for clarification, which he did by merely repeating what he had said before: we can win before or after(during one assumes) the convention.

Who is this nuance in Cruz’s post-mortem aimed at? At his supporters, in order to get every last single delegate on board? Whether in the primary votes, or more importantly, when delegates are actually selected. But is there another target? Like, say, Karl Rove?

Is Ted Cruz and his team saying: if not The Donald then it’s gotta be me? Because my delegate count will be as close to Trump as I can get it. As in: there’s no way you are going to glad-handle, and bundle and trundle, a non-Trump or non-Cruz candidate like Paul Ryan onto MY stage! We will have our delegate trampoline stretched so tight that I will bounce head and heels over any one else. If not in the first round, then in the second round for sure. So stay away and forget about sticking a fresh face in.

Ted Cruz and Karl Rove know each other fairly well. And have had a fight (or two) that could have been settled discretely but was instead aired in public. Mostly because of Ted Cruz’s political ambitions and his then recently published book. So Karl Rove does not like Ted at all, and Ted knows this perfectly. Hence the enthusiastic boosterism of his team after Wisconsin’s solid win.

This raises the question of whether the fresh-face-thingy is a vendetta between two politicos from Texas (ok Rove was not born in Texas … oh that’s right, nor was Cruz); or whether there is a substantial portion of the remaining GOP establishment that do not want Cruz as their nominee for president. More and more of GOP standard-bearers seem to be drifting into Ted’s camp, so it appears to be the former. But Ted – like Donald – is fighting a nomination battle on several fronts. And that includes those in his party who dislike him. And, oh yes, he’s also got to worry about a very stubborn John Kasich.