After a weekend on the campaign trail with Ted Cruz, Glenn returned invigorated and more positive than ever his guy could become the nominee.
On radio Monday, Glenn laid out just how he envisions the race playing out, with Cruz ending up at the top of the ticket this November.
Listen to the segment below. Start at 4:15.
Rubio and Kasich Must Drop Out
Glenn has been saying this for weeks now, but head-to-head, Cruz destroys Trump --- so narrowing the field to a two-man race is critical. Should this occur, Glenn even suggested the Cruz camp should be fine with losing every race on Tuesday.
"The Cruz campaign, I believe, should be willing to walk away with all losses on Tuesday,” Glenn said. “If Kasich and Rubio get out on Wednesday or Thursday --- if they get out, everything changes because the poll numbers show, in a head-to-head, 61-39 Cruz."
It makes it a little trickier mathematically, but as long as Kasich loses Ohio and Rubio loses Florida, it won't catastrophic if Trump emerges as the one on top. Even assuming Trump wins the other three contests, Glenn showed just how there would still be a path to victory for Cruz.
"Cruz needs to win 80 percent. If he loses everything, he needs to win 80 percent of the [remaining] delegates," Glenn said. "But he's tracking 61-39 currently. He could sweep the rest of the delegates."
Not an ideal scenario, but not the end of the world either.
Ohio Is Still in Play
The key is for Kasich to lose in Ohio, and while polls show he is tied with Trump at 33 percent, Cruz is not far behind at 27 percent and is surging. Why is it so vital for Kasich to lose Ohio? Because winning his home state might cause Kasich, who Glenn said might be delusional, to stay in the race.
“If he wins Ohio, he stays in. My belief is he is so delusional and so much just wanting to be the vice president, anybody's vice president, that he will stay in,” Glenn said.
Whether or not he's delusional, he's certainly not good at math. On Sunday, he told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press he thought he could win 112 percent of the remaining delegates if he were to win Ohio.
If you say so, John.
A Replay of 1968
Glenn has long said 2016 could be a replay of 1968, and as the threat of a brokered convention becomes more realistic, the more the two years look the same. With violence erupting at recent Trump rallies, the evidence of this couldn’t be more clear.
“We've been talking about this for years. Martin Luther King said, you put riots and people who have the dogs and being hit by sticks you put those two things together, and they will choose the right side," Glenn said.
The more people see the stark comparison between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the more likely they will be to choose Cruz --- which is why a two-man race is so important.
The polls are tight, but Glenn thinks Cruz will win North Carolina, collecting most of their 72 proportional delegates. Despite trailing by six in Ohio, Glenn has a good feeling Cruz will be the one to nab all 66 of their delegates once the dust settles.
There haven’t been many polls in Missouri, but chances are Trump will win all 52 delegates there, along with the 99 from Florida, where he has a 20-point lead. That leaves Illinois and their 69 winner-take-all delegates, which could be the deciding state in who wins the total delegate count for the day.
As of Monday, Trump has won 44 percent of all delegates and even if he were to win every state on Tuesday, he would still need to win 48 percent of all remaining delegates to reach 1,237 and secure the nomination.
This means he would need to win at a higher rate than he is now.
"The Devil You Know is Better Than the Devil You Don't Know"
The final piece will be the establishment coming together to push Cruz to the finish line. Why would they do that and why would Cruz be ok with it?
“They look at Donald Trump and say, 'I don't know what's going to happen here. It could be really ugly.' And it could even go to fascism," Glenn said. "They look at Ted Cruz, and they're like, 'He's just going to be constitutional. So we know his game because he actually believes this. So we know --- we can at least strategize on that game.' You can't strategize on Trump because he's too unpredictable. He could be a completely different man the day after the election."
That explains the establishment. But as a candidate that has been running against the "Washington Cartel," why would Cruz want this to happen?
"Ted Cruz is beginning to shape up in the establishment as the winner in their minds. It will all be decided if Kasich and Rubio get out on Wednesday," Glenn said. "And Cruz --- they're coming to Cruz on his terms. He's not asking for them."
You might say it will take divine intervention to have this all fall into place, but as a nation built on just that --- that just might be the point.
Featured Image: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses supporters during a campaign rally at the Adams Mark Hotel on March 12, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. The candidates continue to campaign before the March 15th Missouri primary. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)