The old saying, “politics makes strange bedfellows,” refers to alliances that come about when people of differing views find areas of commonality in which to work together. For instance, when Ted Cruz (sort of) talked John Kasich into “working together.” But the two of them were different, not opposites. Now, we hear that Bernie Sanders’ people think they can attract supporters of Ted Cruz. Seriously.

Vocativ reports that the recruiting is already underway.

Bernie Sanders fans are attempting to recruit Ted Cruz supporters in their latest effort to prevent Hillary Clinton from securing the Democratic presidential nomination. After Cruz announced he’s suspending his campaign following his Tuesday loss in Indiana, many Sanders supporters posted messages on Cruz’s Facebook page urging his followers to instead join their fight against both Clinton and Donald Trump, who appears set to become the GOP nominee for president.

“I realize how heavy your hearts must be that Senator Cruz has dropped out of the race,” Sanders supporter Linda Humason wrote in a 1,150-word letter addressed to Cruz’s fans on his Facebook page. “Furthermore, I understand the fear some of you must have for the future with Donald Trump being the Republican nominee… I warmly welcome you to join us if you don’t want Trump in the White House. I truly believe that Bernie is the best chance we have to keep Trump out.”

Another Sanders supporter, Mark Roe, offered a list of reasons why Cruz fans should back Sanders. . .

“Dear Ted Cruz Supporters,

“I am deeply sorry to hear that your chosen candidate has suspended his campaign. I was truly hoping he could break the Trump reign.

“I know this may be a stretch, but I am inviting you all to please consider supporting Bernie Sanders.

1) He is independent
2) He has a very good congressional history
3) Between him and Trump, he beats Trump in the national polls, whereas Hillary barely can
4) He isn’t Hillary Clinton (in my opinion, the BEST thing about him)
5) Those of you in California can still switch your party affiliation by May 23, 2016”

The last point may be the most telling. Nobody really believes that fans of the devoutly-evangelical, corporate-attorney Washington-insider (aka, “Lucifer in the flesh”) would like to see the secular-Jewish, Democratic-caucusing socialist be in the White House. BUT, it can give them a chance to have an impact on the Dem race, since their votes will no longer count in the remaining GOP primaries.

HuffPost gives five reasons why Cruz supporters could give Hillary fits.

Here are five immediate repercussions to Ted Cruz dropping out of the Republican primary:

1. News coverage for the Democratic primary, and thus Bernie Sanders, will increase exponentially — immediately. . .

2. Sanders will pick up a huge number of what would otherwise be Trump votes in states where voters are still able to register for upcoming Democratic primaries, or are able to cross over and vote in the Democratic primary due to being a registered independent. . .

3. Clinton will have to start spending a great deal of money to fight a two-front war against Donald Trump, who’ll begin his ultra-negative primary campaign against Clinton immediately, and Bernie Sanders, who will avoid attacking Clinton directly but has nevertheless vowed to take the Democratic primary to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. . .

4. Sanders now has a greatly increased chance of winning all of the remaining Democratic primaries and caucuses. . .

5. The Democrats will have a contested convention, and the Republicans won’t.

As far as that goes, why not have all Republican voters jump into the Democratic primaries. It would look odd to have zero votes for Trump et al in the upcoming primaries, but imagine the impact and spectacle of Bernie beating Hillary with all his supporters PLUS every possible Republican voter.

No wonder Hillary opposes open primaries.

Primary elections are volatile precisely because only 10 to 30 percent of the party faithful participate. What if an even larger percentage of the “party unfaithful” came to the voting booths? It is entirely possible that Bernie could get the—average—65% in the remaining states to take the nomination on the first ballot!

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  1. What a wishful thinking ! It’s demeaning to average voter.Are they really stupid to act like that ?

      • The leaders may think like that but in this age where an average voter is well informed , he or she is unlikely to be a blind follower of his leader – especially in such cases of ‘making strange bedfellows’ .

  2. Ted cruz someone who has conservative followers
    Bernie sander has socialist followers is trying to atrack conservatives they would rather not vote than vote for Bernie nice try but no

    • But the point was that Cruz followers (and all Republicans, for that matter) could vote AGAINST Hillary, to keep her primary problems going, and not be able to focus on November. OR–as noted, if enough Republicans voted for Bernie, he could still beat Hillary, and be the one to run against in November.

      There actually are a lot of TRUMP supporters who might support Bernie if Trump had lost the nomination. And there are Bernie fans who might vote for Trump, since they’re both outsiders. But you’re right–nobody who thinks like Cruz could ever honestly vote for Bernie–or vice versa.

      • GOEHTE, REALLY. YOU ARE SERIOUSLY DILLUSIONAL. VOTERS ARENT STUPID. AND THERES NO WAY EVEN REMOTELY POSSIBLE THAT SANDERS WILL WIN ALL THE REMAINING PRIMARIES. AND FOR ARGUMENATIVE SAKE LETS SAY HE DID. HE WOULD NEED TO WIN LIKE 80% TO 20% ANOTHER DREAM YOU ARE HAVING. AND AGAIN LETS SAY HE DID. HE WOULD ( STILL ) FALL SHORT OF THE NUMBER TO SECURE THE NOMINATION. HILLARYS SUPER DELEGATES ARE GOING TO PUT HER OVER THE TOP TO THE NOMINATION REGARDLESS. YOU TALK ABOUT SANDERS ENERGIZING PEOPLE WELL SORRY TO BURST YOUR BUBBLE BUT SO DOES HILLARY. PLEASE LETS LOOK AT THE FACTS. FIRST SHE HAS A HUGE LEAD IN JUST PLEDGED DELEGATES AND THEN AN INCREDIBLE LEAD WITH HER SUPER DELEGATES. ANOTHER FACT HILLARY YES HILLARY HAS MILLIONS OF MORE VOTES THAN SANDERS AND TRUMP. HILLARY HAS MORE VOTES THAN ANYONE IN THIS CAMPAIGN. AND ANOTHER FACT LETS NOT FORGET THAT ALL THE CANDIDATES AGREED TO THE RULES AND THEY AGREED TO HOW THE PROCESS WORKS. SO YOU CANT START SAYING TOWARDS THE END OF THE PROCESS THAT ITS A RIGGED SYSTEM JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE LOSING. SORRY BUT THIS IS WHAT WE CALL RULES. LETS TALK ABOUT CRUZS SUPPORTERS SUPPOSEDLY SUPPORTING SANDERS, REALLY. OK PLEASE DONT FORGET THESE FACTS. HILLARY WILL WIN THE BLACK VOTE, HILLARY WILL WIN THE HISPANIC VOTE, HILLARY WILL WIN THE WOMAN VOTE, HILLARY WILL WIN THE OVER 45 YEARS OF AGE VOTE, HILLARY WILL WIN THE LGBT VOTE, WHATS LEFT FOR SANDERS, THE YOUNGER VOTE. AND IF IT DOES GO TO A CONTESTED CONVENTION THE ONLY WAY SANDERS COULD WIN IS IF HE GOT LITTERALLY HUNDREDS OF SUPER DELEGATES TO SWITH SUPPORT FROM THEIR LIFE LONG DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE HILLARY TO A RECENTLY SELF DECLARED DEMOCRAT. VOTERS ARE NOT STUPID. BUT YOUR COMMENTS ARE FULL OF IGNORANCE. SORRY YOUR CANDIATE IS LOSING AND WILL EVENTUALLY LOSE. HE HAS A GREAT MESSAGE. HE WILL BE A GREAT V.P. FOR HILLARY, IF SHE EXTENDS THAT INVITE…. HILLARY 2016….

        • The word “could” means it’s possible, not that it is probable. Read some more of our pages and see what other things we say “could” happen.

      • Where in the world does your logic come from? Trump supporters are the exact opposite of Bernie…. and so are Cruz supporters.

        • You’re still not getting it. Cruz and Bernie are opposites. But the idea isn’t to vote “for” Bernie–it’s to vote “against” Hillary, to give her more trouble.

          As for Trump. In a survey of 700 Bernie supporters, 500 said they’d vote for Trump rather than Hillary–but not just out of spite. As one respondent said–

          “Bernie and Trump agree a lot on healthcare, Iraq war, campaign finance
          and trade. I really want to move on to something new, new ideas from
          outside the box. Maybe Donald Trump can provide that.”

          Another:
          “Donald Trump is the only candidate besides Bernie Sanders
          who cares about curtailing Free Trade. This is my only reason for
          supporting him if he makes if to November and Clinton is the Democratic
          nominee.”

          A third:
          “Trump is an obnoxious vulgar blowhard who says foolish things. However,
          unlike Clinton – but like Sanders – at least he is an outsider who
          understands that the government and the economy are broken.”

  3. Don’t Panic – President Hillary is on her way to the White House.

    ” Lets Go Hillary “

  4. While I’m flattered to receive notice of my post on the Ted Cruz For President FB page, the actual idea and template for the letter came from my fellow traveler Ally Ocasio. She has been a tireless worker in our revolution. Also, I thought your readers might be interested in a private message I received the day after I made the post. This was from a Cruz supporter whose name I am withholding out of respect for his privacy: Mark…Thank you for your condolences on Ted. On thr surface it seems odd that a Cruz supporter would ever consider such a radical departure from tgeir conservative views..However,I had already cone to the conclusion to back Mr Sanders should Ted drop out.Here is my reasoning…Bernie Sanders is obviously a man with sincere convictions and great character.Our other options are death by poison or death by hanging.Two ego manical people..who care obly for themselves.The conservative point is an orphan in this election.Since a liberal will prevail..I must take ideology out of the question and vote for character. Count me as a Cruz supporter..who just got “Berned”..My vote will be Sanders.

    Ps.Im an old guy w fat fingers..please for give the typos..also it corrected out of the equation to out of the question

    WED 10:51

  5. Except this goes against what Sanders supporters have been saying about Clinton all through the campaign. According to them she is actually a Republican posing as a Democrat. So wouldn’t Republicans who hate Trump choose her over Sanders.

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