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Mitt Romney endorses Ted Cruz: Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will vote for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, saying he is “repulsed” by Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Mr Romney said in a Facebook post that the only way to nominate a Republican is to have an open convention, in which party officials choose the nominee. Preview […]

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Trump’s Tiny Hands Crush Little Marco

 

On today’s podcast, we play the new game: Primaries or Game of Thrones. I outline a scenario and you try to guess: Is it something that happened in the primaries, or is it a scene from Game of Thrones? For instance: A sociopathic tyrant tortures a man until he turns him into his mindless lackey. Ramsay Bolton and Theon Greyjoy? Or Donald Trump and Chris Christie? Tune in. The fun is just beginning!

Primary Lesson

 
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National Review’s two cover stories on Rubio.

The two biggest losers of the 2016 cycle are Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Bush came into the election with a reputation as a conservative reformer, a successful governor, and (by many accounts) the smarter, better of the sons of George H. W. Bush. That said, Jeb had a number of significant problems — the wrong last name, lack of charisma, support for Common Core, etc. — any one of which might have sank his candidacy, though it’s at least arguable that he was undone by his stance on immigration.

On Oaths & Pledges

 

shutterstock_179090876Late last summer, all of the Republican candidates signed the following loyalty pledge:

I, [name], affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is, “I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.

Well, two of the candidates now seem to have realized that this was a bad idea. Asked at one of the recent debates whether he intends to keep the pledge, Senator Ted Cruz said “Yes, because I gave my word that I would,” in much the same tone that one says “We shouldn’t announce the divorce until after your sister’s wedding.” Senator Marco Rubio also promised to abide by the oath, but — pressed on it this weekend — was open about his regret over the decision:

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It goes something like this: When I began this campaign, I believed with all my heart that I was the candidate who could lead this country into a New American Century. This journey has only reinforced that belief. Yet, as important as becoming president is to me, it is not as important as the even […]

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Is there any stopping the steamroller that is Marco Rubio? After nearly six weeks of Nimitz-class momentum, the answer is a definitive “no”. Why Trump et al., haven’t left the race to rally behind the Florida senator is beyond me. After only 20 primaries Rubio has already picked up wins in not two, not three, but… one state. Throw […]

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Why Kasich and Rubio Are Helping Donald Trump: A Theory

 

Absent Donald Trump quitting the Republican race, there is no conceivable way John Kasich or Marco Rubio becomes the Republican nominee. At this point, both of their campaign strategies must contain the line “And then, a miracle happens.” (The same line occurs in Obama’s economic plan.) At this point, they are spoiling the race for Ted Cruz, who could actually win.

Pundits have put forth theories as to why these two are continuing in the race. They suggest that by denying an outright majority to Trump, they can create a brokered convention and end up on the ticket, even of they are not the nominee. Alternately, it may be pure ego, or delusion. But I think their continued presence is to position themselves for 2020.

Romney’s Anti-Trump Speech a Rousing Success

 

Mitt RomneyEarlier today, politicos across America proclaimed that Mitt Romney’s speech denouncing Donald Trump was a complete bust. Morning Consult polled Republicans and found that the broadside had barely moved the needle in the race:

Thirty-one percent of GOP voters said they were more likely to vote for Trump, while 20 percent said less likely, and 43 percent said it had no impact either way.

The poll, which was conducted March 4 through March 6, also finds that only five percent of Trump supporters said they are now less likely to vote for Trump. And, of those who voted for Romney in 2012, 30 percent said they were more likely to vote for Trump, compared to 20 percent who said less likely. Nearly half (48 percent) said it wouldn’t affect their vote either way.

The 11th Republican Debate: At This Point What Difference Does It Make?

 

Once again, I have sat through a Republican debate, the 11th according to my internet research (I personally lost count about six debates ago). We started with 17 candidates, so many that we needed two debates to fit them all in. Now, we have come down to the final four: Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor John Kasich, and Donald Trump. This election has turned into a hard and bitter struggle for the soul of the Republican Party, and I don’t think it can be saved. Many people seem to relish this thought, and that knowledge depresses me. The party that has fought for freedom and liberty since its inception, that won the Civil War and the Cold War, the party of William F. Buckley, is likely to hand its presidential nomination to a man who — when questioned about his own ignorance — openly cites his polls as proof of how right he is. How can anything involving this man be called a debate? I frankly don’t think anything Cruz and Rubio did tonight will really matter. Whether it’s by huge majority or slim plurality, Trump is impervious to reality so long as he’s ahead. He is powered by pure ego. Is this even a serious process?

I would go candidate-by-candidate, but I don’t really see the point when there are so few. The main story of the night is the remarkable job Rubio and Cruz did working together to take Trump down. For the most part, Rubio would set him up and Cruz would spike him down. They hit him on his use of illegal workers, Trump U, and his love of Putin. Trump dubbed them “Lying Ted” and “Little Marco” … I think we all know what will carry the day. This was probably Cruz’s best night in a debate, but  does any of it matter? It doesn’t seem to have done much until now. Both Rubio and Cruz managed to give good answers on all their questions, but that is irrelevant.

Dispelling the Idea That Ted Cruz Is Unelectable

 

ted cruz latino closeupWe’ve reached the point where if the field doesn’t produce an anti-Trump in the next two weeks or so, Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination. Up until Tuesday night, the general feeling was that Marco Rubio could fill that role and that the others should make way for him. That was good, except now, out of 15 contests, Rubio has won exactly one.

That would seem to point to Ted Cruz as the anti-Trump savior. Unfortunately, the thing I hear over and over again from conservatives and some libertarians, is that they prefer Cruz, but that he is unelectable. Just so everybody is clear: I don’t have a guy. Other than being anti-Trump, I don’t have a dog in this fight. But I find fault with the argument that Ted Cruz is unelectable.

First things first, can we all agree that this presidential election cycle is unprecedented? Having a former First Lady as a major party nominee alone makes this a historical election. As does a woman being the major party nominee. As does a candidate who has a non-zero chance of getting indicted between now and election day.

If I Ran Marco Rubio’s Snapchat Account for a Day

 

snapcode-300x300Snapchat? Isn’t that the app 13-year-olds are using to text each other and college kids are using for sexting pictures? No, not even close.

In 2015, brands on Snapchat discovered the power of stories and the world of Snapchat changed forever. Not buying it? Let me give you some numbers to show you how on fire Snapchat is.

From May 2015 to January 2016, Snapchat’s daily videos grew 350 percent, from 2 billion (with a B) to 7 billion per day. Meanwhile, a total of 8 billion videos were viewed on Facebook. Snapchat is closing quick with an estimated 60 percent of voters under age 34 on the new platform.

Rubio Passes the Buckley Test Best

 

About a month ago, member V the K had an excellent post asking members to describe what they saw as the “three issues of paramount importance.” I highly encourage everyone to go back and re-read that thread, as — dammit — our members are sharp. My own answer was was “Entitlement reform … A clear, steel-eyed foreign policy based on national interest … [a] Returning of constitutional order.”

Why Didn’t Sessions Endorse Cruz?

 

360px-Jeff_Sessions_official_portraitIn recent threads, members have speculated as to why Sen. Jeff Sessions endorsed Donald Trump instead of Sen. Ted Cruz. On the Corner, Mark Krikorian offers his take:

This is purely speculation, but I think what probably made up [Sessions’s] mind to endorse — and to endorse Trump instead of Cruz — was the imperative to stop Rubio. For some reason, the conventional wisdom has gelled that Cruz can’t stop Trump, whereas Rubio can. I think that’s nuts — unlike Rubio, Cruz is likely to actually win his home state. (I’ll be voting for him tomorrow in Virginia.)

He continues:

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Yes, #NeverTrump — that is where I am too. But there’s a risk of premature defeatism here. I vote tomorrow, and it’s still not over after that. We have, maybe, only a couple weeks to turn this around — but we have that time; let’s use it, and may God help us to use it wisely.  Meanwhile, […]

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Hope for Anti-Trumpers?

 

For those who are worried that there is no hope of avoiding a Trump victory, I offer the following graph of opinion polls leading up to the South Carolina Republican primary. This is hardly ideal data, but it is the best we have, and it does seem to reflect what happened in the final vote.

Cropped Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 8.41.16 AM copyThe magenta line is Rubio; the dark blue line near the bottom is Kasich; the black line is Cruz; and, most importantly, the blue line at the top is Trump. I’ve put a vertical line on February 11, because it was clearly an inflection point with sudden shifts in many of the candidates’ slopes. And, beautifully, you can see that the Trump blue line near the top starts sloping down.

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Dear Senator Cruz, Senator Rubio, Thursday night’s debate was a trainwreck. Neither of you won the debate, the Republican Party didn’t win, and the people of our nation didn’t win. Donald Trump… he fared pretty well. As did Dr. Carson and Governor Kasich. Preview Open

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