Indiana is the end if he can’t pull an upset on Tuesday so Cruz is going to leave it all on the field this morning on the Sunday shows. He’ll hit all five — the “full Ginsburg” — to talk about his plan for an upset, picking Carly Fiorina as VP, and what it feels like to have received one of the lamest “major” endorsements in recent political history. He and his team have been surprisingly forthright this week in describing Indiana as pivotal in deciding whether there’ll be a brokered convention. (Which is sort of true but sort of not. Cruz needs a win to keep the possibility alive but Trump did well enough last week in the mid-Atlantic that he can still clinch on June 7th with a strong showing even if he loses Indiana.) If Cruz ends up losing on Tuesday night, and especially if he ends up losing badly, what will his spin be next week to justify fighting on to California?
Trump himself will return to the Sunday shows this morning after an absence of several weeks, another sign of Paul Manafort falling into disfavor with his boss. Trump disappeared from weekend programming right around the time Manafort took control of the operation, presumably because Manafort thought that Trump being grilled created a risk of a damaging error. (It was on Jake Tapper’s Sunday show, remember, that Trump dodged questions about David Duke and the KKK.) Now that Corey Lewandowski’s back in charge, Trump’s back on weekend TV, appearing today on “Fox News Sunday.” Although it appears there’s a compromise at work: Manafort himself will guest on “Face the Nation” to field questions about the dimming likelihood of a convention battle and why his pre-Trump career involved him working for so many of Vladimir Putin’s stooges. The full line-up is at the AP.