Are you getting tired? If you’re a NeverTrump supporter, Nate Sliver of fivethirthyeight.com fame, thinks so. In a very telling graphic, he shows how voter turnout as percentage of the eligible population has been steadily falling since the New Hampshire primary. If he’s right, and the falling turnout is due to anti-Trump Republicans becoming discouraged, then the psychology shifts for the crucial Indiana primary next Tuesday.

It’s no longer Donald’s desperate last attempt to avoid a contested convention. It’s now Cruz, Kasich, and the rest of the GOP opposition forces’ (we can call them opposition at this point although it’s still a bit of a stretch) desperate last attempt to ensure a contested convention does indeed happen in Cleveland. Ted and The Pastor and the rest of his incredibly well-organized campaign team are doing what they can to fight the good fight in the Hoosier State.

Will Indiana turn out for Ted? Or are enough NeverTrump voters tired of what has been a long, bruising battle that shows no signs of the much-needed party unity? And how can you predict what Kasich’s supporters will do on May 3? To say nothing of GOP voters who dislike Trump even more than they do Cruz.

But what if voters themselves are hedging their bets? And, more importantly, are delegates also hedging? Think of it as buying futures options by voting in favor of Trump in the primary, but siding with Cruz in the shadow election for delegate loyalty. Do voters sense that there is a need for unity at some point if the GOP is to take on Hillary, and have a chance at the real magic number: 270 electoral votes?

And if enough GOP voters are feeling that way, then the kerfuffle between Corey Lewandowski and Paul Manafort is not just understandable, but maybe not that terrible a thing.

Politico – and the staff at any number of conservative sites – can grin with malicious pleasure at the power struggle between Donald’s top two advisors. And see it as Trump being unable to grasp the nettle needed to both win the nomination, and then win the general election by being presidential.

But what if Trump is playing the two of them against each other? What if Trump IS the point guard. And neither of them are? And hopefully, the two of them are now aware of it, and understand why Trump is the one passing the ball around. Lewandowski has been largely responsible for helping Trump get to where he is. And Manafort brings – maybe – some veteran tactical experience to ensure Trump can convince delegates and voters in states like Indiana. Manafort has had a bit of a rough few days – with leaky RNC members recording and handing out his attempted deal-making to a ravenous press – but he might be able to do just enough in the ground game in Indiana to help win the state for Trump. As in keeping Governor Pence neutral, for example.

Do Lewandowski and Manafort begin each meeting hugging each other? Not likely. But can they work together to help bring Trump to the delegate total he needs? And make the right move when Trump zings them a pass? Indiana will be the test of how useful their combative relationship is. Because Indiana likes a winning team on the court. No, they demand a winning team on the court.

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