Rubio’s Path Forward

For much of the presidential campaign, it has seemed that one of Marco’s best strategic assets was that he had nothing to lose. He wasn’t running for re-election in the Senate and began talking about open-convention strategy almost immediately. He’d burnt his ships on the beach.

Over the last few weeks, as he’s consistently fallen short of vote goals, debate performance and fundraising, it’s become clear that while losing his bid for the presidency isn’t a career ender for Marco, losing in the wrong way could become one.

Three scenarios present themselves for consideration.

  1. Rubio prosecutes the campaign with a serious eye towards an open-convention. Erick has discussed the folly of this strategy at length. The chances of a positive end result of this plan for Marco, let alone our nation or party, is slim to none. What’s much more likely is that it allows Trump to reach a delegate majority months before the convention.
  2. After losing Florida, Marco concedes. In a last ditch effort to prove viability, Rubio stays in for March 15th, when nearly 300 delegates are at stake. If he wins, he’s still behind both Ted and Donald in the delegate count. If he loses, which is increasingly likely, his division of the vote gives at least 200 of the day’s delegates to Trump. In the process, Marco will have burnt his opportunity for party unity, a potential VP selection and the resurrection of his reputation within the conservative wing of the GOP.
  3. Marco makes good on his #NeverTrump promise by backing Ted Cruz prior to March 15. As a Cruz supporter, it’s easy to see how this helps Ted but Marco has some serious up-side in this scenario.

By dropping out and joining forces with Ted before Florida, Marco would become the man who sacrificed his presidential ambitions in order to stop Trump. He didn’t run out of money. Was still getting delegates. But he read the tea-leaves and saw that his country needed a special kind of sacrifice from him. The voters who have held Gang of 8 against him will have to weigh their disagreement against Marco’s unprecedented self-sacrifice. I, for one, think that such an action would erase a host of prior sins. It would also make him the only candidate to exit the campaign gracefully in the last 4 months.

Following this course of action would give Rubio significant credit for stopping trump. It would fuel a desire to see him on the GOP ticket, preserve future presidential viability and also leave the Florida Governors race open to him. Losing badly in his home state and handing the nomination to Trump would kill each of those paths.

I recognize how unlikely it is for Sen. Rubio to choose this path but I believe our nation needs it. Should he choose it, we will owe him a debt of extreme gratitude.

Senator, I believe you’re a good man who truly wants what is best for your country. She needs you now but not in the way you believed when you launched your campaign. Please answer her call.

The Betrayal Makes Me Smile

I am smiling over the betrayal of the House Republicans.

Led by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Renee Ellmers51%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard51%, the House Republicans have yanked a bill that would prohibit the savage killing of 5 month old children, some of whom are gruesomely killed feeling their bodies torn limb from limb.

The Republicans did this on the day of the March for Life, when thousands upon thousands of pro-life voters marched on Washington. These are the base voters of the GOP who now see the party betraying them.

I have been writing about the GOP’s incompetence, contempt for their base, and lack of real pro-life bona fides for several years. It has been a recurring point I make and have made in the run up to the 2014 elections.

But it is often pro-lifers who have the hardest time believing it. Fiscal conservatives recognize it immediately. But pro-lifers see a politician kissing babies and talking Jesus and they extend plenary grace toward the politician. When the politician betrays them, they love them just the same. After all, they just couldn’t get the votes to get it done. But they really believe in the cause.

That, at least, is the pro-lifers’ rationalization.

In fact, today we are already seeing some pro-life groups making excusing for the House Leadership. These stooges love them some table scraps. But the majority of the pro-life movement will not be so easily mollified.

The GOP has been exposed, just after its election, as incompetent and having contempt for its base. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Renee Ellmers51%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard51% has become the Abortion Barbie of the GOP — more successfully defending late term abortion than Wendy Davis ever hoped to do.

More and more of the Republican base sees the GOP Leadership today as I have long seen them. And that, friends, is a good thing.

Many observers have chalked up Republicans’ success in the midterms to their having kept the Tea Party in check. The establishment spent tens of millions beating back intraparty challenges, and not a single incumbent GOP senator lost a primary, for the first time since 2008. In his RedState posts, Erickson has argued against the idea that the Tea Party is on the ropes: “I do not expect to have to win every one of the races, but then the brilliance of this effort is that the establishment must win them all and we don’t have to.” Just as terrorists don’t have to blow up every bus to have the intended effect (my metaphor, not Erickson’s), conservatives don’t need to overthrow every incumbent in order to move the GOP’s agenda to the right.

Pretty much.

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The Betrayal Makes Me Smile

I am smiling over the betrayal of the House Republicans.

Led by Renee Ellmers, the House Republicans have yanked a bill that would prohibit the savage killing of 5 month old children, some of whom are gruesomely killed feeling their bodies torn limb from limb.

The Republicans did this on the day of the March for Life, when thousands upon thousands of pro-life voters marched on Washington. These are the base voters of the GOP who now see the party betraying them.

I have been writing about the GOP’s incompetence, contempt for their base, and lack of real pro-life bona fides for several years. It has been a recurring point I make and have made in the run up to the 2014 elections.

But it is often pro-lifers who have the hardest time believing it. Fiscal conservatives recognize it immediately. But pro-lifers see a politician kissing babies and talking Jesus and they extend plenary grace toward the politician. When the politician betrays them, they love them just the same. After all, they just couldn’t get the votes to get it done. But they really believe in the cause.

That, at least, is the pro-lifers’ rationalization.

In fact, today we are already seeing some pro-life groups making excusing for the House Leadership. These stooges love them some table scraps. But the majority of the pro-life movement will not be so easily mollified.

The GOP has been exposed, just after its election, as incompetent and having contempt for its base. Renee Ellmers has become the Abortion Barbie of the GOP — more successfully defending late term abortion than Wendy Davis ever hoped to do.

More and more of the Republican base sees the GOP Leadership today as I have long seen them. And that, friends, is a good thing.

Many observers have chalked up Republicans’ success in the midterms to their having kept the Tea Party in check. The establishment spent tens of millions beating back intraparty challenges, and not a single incumbent GOP senator lost a primary, for the first time since 2008. In his RedState posts, Erickson has argued against the idea that the Tea Party is on the ropes: “I do not expect to have to win every one of the races, but then the brilliance of this effort is that the establishment must win them all and we don’t have to.” Just as terrorists don’t have to blow up every bus to have the intended effect (my metaphor, not Erickson’s), conservatives don’t need to overthrow every incumbent in order to move the GOP’s agenda to the right.

Pretty much.

New House GOP Spin: Scalise Hanging With Racists Helps Him Work With Conservatives

The House GOP will stand by [mc_name name=’Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’S001176′ ], signaling they will hold their leadership to lesser standards than they would conservatives.

Now they are just rubbing everybody’s nose in it.

Their latest spin, courtesy of the Washington Post, is that Scalise’s ability to connect with racists makes him a bridge builder between conservatives and Speaker Boehner.

I kid you not.

From the article:

Racist elements have long been a part of political life in Louisiana and throughout the Deep South, but Scalise’s skillful ability to balance them with his party’s modern-day need to appeal to a rapidly diversifying electorate helped enable his rise.

and

One of Scalise’s assets in the leadership is that he has been able to sway rabble-rousing members who often cause headaches for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). On the House floor, he will sit down next to a colleague he is trying to win over, place his arm around his or her shoulder, lean in close and talk.

Scalise’s political associates say he tolerates political outsiders and even some gadflies more than most leaders, eager always to turn anyone into an ally. That persona has fueled his climb to power. It has also invited controversy.

In other words, because Scalise is confortable in front of David Duke style groups, he knows how to navigate those wackado conservatives in Congress.

House GOP Will Stop Stoners, but Not President Choom Gang

House Republicans intend to stop Washington, D.C. from legalizing marijuana. They’re going to attach the legislation as a rider to their continuing resolution/omnibus.

But they will not stop President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.

The most amazing thing about this is that Washington, D.C. decided to legalize marijuana through democratic action and a referendum.

Barack Obama declared his own actions unconstitutional just two years ago. The GOP has held the same position. But the GOP has decided to stop the constitutionally democratic actions of Washington, D.C. and will fund President Obama’s unconstitutional actions.

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Shut Up About Obama’s Amnesty Plan Unless You Do This One Thing

You have given up your right to complain about Barack Obama’s amnesty plan.

Just shut up. Stop complaining.

You know why? Because you did not do the one thing that could stop it. You did not call your congressman despite me making it very easy for you to do so. All you had to do was click here.

I’m in Washington, D.C. right now. Last night I had several members of congress tell me that they’re barely hearing from anybody.

So stop your bellyaching about amnesty if you can’t even be bothered to call.

I’ve made it really easy for you. You click here, enter your zipcode, and my program will show you your congressman’s phone number. In fact, if you click the “Call Congress Now” button, I’ll even connect you to your congressman’s office.

If you aren’t willing to call your congressman and demand he defund amnesty, stop bellyaching about it. Otherwise call now.

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BREAKING: House GOP Pull Their Immigration Bill

House Republican leaders do not have the votes to fund Barack Obama’s amnesty/immigration plan. So they pulled it.

The House leaders are thus far insistent they will not close the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. They would rather be embarrassed in their failure to do anything than do the right thing and close this program.

They even had some Democrat support, but could not muster enough votes to give Barack Obama more money to cause more problems. So much for the new McCarthy-Scalise team.

This, by the way, is a big win for Ted Cruz of Texas and Jeff Sessions of Alabama Both Senators have come out forcefully against the House plan not including DACA. It appears enough Republicans in the House listened.

Think about this for a minute: House GOP Leadership would rather do nothing about the immigration problem than secure the border. Anything they passed would have been blocked by Harry Reid. Anything. Yet they were too scared to come out as the party that supports securing the border. So they scuttled the whole thing rather than take a position popular with the American public.

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This is Inexcusable

House Republican Leaders have a deal for conservatives. After giving Barack Obama a blank check with the debt ceiling, if they will now give him $659 million then and only then will John Boehner give conservatives a vote on shutting down DACA.

This really is inexcusable. DACA is the chief incentive inspiring people to cross the border. The administration intends to expand DACA.

The House GOP should be starting with closing DACA, not telling conservatives they first have to fund the President and then they’ll get table scraps.

I have opened RedState’s Action Center. Go here now, put in your zipcode, and we will connect you with your congressman. Tell him the House GOP must close DACA as part of their legislation, not as a separate vote after funding Barack Obama.

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