Here come the Rubio endorsements: Another senator, Pat Toomey, signs on; Update: Santorum endorses Rubio

posted at 6:51 pm on February 3, 2016 by Allahpundit

Not as important as Tim Scott’s support since Toomey’s not from an early state, but still significant big-picture. This isn’t just a case of Cruz losing out to Rubio on another endorsement among his Senate colleagues, it’s a litmus test of electability — or perceived electability. Why might a Republican from a purple state, whose seat is up this year by the way, prefer Rubio to Cruz or Trump? Hmmm:

The rollouts are designed to generate momentum for Rubio, who finished strongly in the Iowa caucuses and is hoping for a similar showing in New Hampshire. The Florida senator hopes to unify the Republican establishment around him and cut off avenues of support for his competitors in the mainstream lane of the GOP primary — Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and John Kasich. Many in the party hierarchy would like to soon coalesce around one candidate and halt insurgents Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Toomey, a swing-state Republican and former president of the anti-tax Club for Growth, is facing a competitive reelection bid in 2016. Those close to the Pennsylvania senator say he’s deeply concerned about who represents the top of the ticket for the GOP.

It’s fine to argue that Rubio isn’t really more electable than Cruz, especially given how impressive Cruz’s Iowa organization was, but a guy whose political career depends on gauging who’ll win more votes in Pennsylvania this fall is betting that he is. Worth noting. The other significance of the Toomey announcement is that it comes just 24 hours after Scott’s announcement, suggesting that Team Marco has a string of big names lined up that it’ll roll out day by day before New Hampshire. Who’s next? Kelly Ayotte seems a sure bet to prefer Rubio — she’s hawkish, moderate, a Gang of Eight supporter, and, like Toomey, comes from a purple state — but she announced yesterday that she won’t endorse in the primary. It may be that her home state of New Hampshire is so influential in picking the nominee that she feared Cruz and Trump fans would take revenge on her in her own election this fall if she jumped in on Rubio’s side. If not Ayotte, though, then who? Rubio would love to complement Tim Scott’s tea-party cred with Mike Lee’s, but Lee is also a frequent Cruz ally and might not want to choose between them. Tom Cotton, another vocal hawk, seems like a good fit for Rubio and may feel free to endorse now that Huckabee’s out of the race and he doesn’t need to worry about offending Arkansas voters. Ben Sasse would be a nice get too, although Sasse was just in Iowa campaigning with Rubio and Cruz to stop Trump. I doubt he’d want to dilute his anti-Trump message by choosing between them so soon.

What about ol’ Mav? McCain said a few weeks ago that he wouldn’t endorse in the primary, although the opportunity to knife Cruz and Donald “He’s a hero because he got captured” Trump at this point might be irresistible. Then again, like Ayotte, McCain is up for reelection this year and doesn’t want to alienate Cruz fans in Arizona more than he already has. McCain’s pal Lindsey Graham is already committed to Jeb Bush, but here’s an interesting quote from today’s NYT story about Bush’s tribulations in New Hampshire:

Specifically, many Republicans — including some of his supporters and donors — said Tuesday that Mr. Bush must finish ahead of Mr. Rubio in the primary here on Tuesday to justify continuing his campaign into South Carolina.

“If Rubio beats him badly in New Hampshire, Jeb is toast,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, a Bush backer who spent most of Tuesday traveling the state with him. Mr. Graham added that Mr. Bush must either “tie Rubio or beat him” in this state.

That’s way off-message from the rest of Team Bush, which (momentarily) is insisting that they’ve got plenty of dough to go on to South Carolina and beyond. The whole value of Graham’s endorsement, in fact, is that he has some pull in South Carolina; if Graham’s now telling Jeb to hit the bricks before SC votes if he can’t beat Rubio in New Hampshire, presumably it means Graham is open to consolidating behind Rubio soon to stop Cruz and Trump. And he wouldn’t be the only Bush supporter who is.

All we’re looking at here is Senate endorsements, though. Could be that Rubio is ready to roll out Nikki Haley or Scott Walker, who talked openly about forming a ticket with Rubio back when he was still in the race last year. And of course there’s always the chance that Mitt Romney will decide that he has no choice but to knife Christie and Jeb Bush by diving in on Rubio’s behalf to help center-right voters consolidate as quickly as possible now. If Rubio’s building to something before Tuesday, that’s who I’d bet on — Walker or Romney, both friends of Chris Christie but both astute enough to know that Christie’s going nowhere at this point, no matter how many times he calls Rubio “the boy in the bubble.” Although a Twitter pal asks a good question: If Rubio had Walker in the bag, wouldn’t he have rolled him out before Iowa, Walker’s strongest early state?

For your viewing pleasure, here’s Jeb Bush in his final days as a candidate asking an audience in New Hampshire to clap.

Update: And here’s Toomey making it official.

Update: Here’s another (former) senator from Pennsylvania onboard with Team Rubio. Your move, Huck.


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Jimmy Carter prefers Trump over Cruz, calling Cruz a hard right-winger, while Trump is malleable.

‘Nuff said.

Cruz 2016

mankai on February 3, 2016 at 9:26 PM

Yep. This is the year of the anti-endorsement. I’m going opposite of damned near all endorsements. Of course, Jimmy Carter is kind of a no brainer.

trapeze on February 3, 2016 at 9:32 PM

I appreciate the exchange, dominigan. Hopefully, we will both have something to cheer about and support after all this is over.

HornetSting on February 3, 2016 at 9:23 PM

I have to say I really appreciated the exchange too, HornetSting. Your hope is the same as mine. Have a great rest of the week!

dominigan on February 3, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Make it happen. Have a great week and, more importantly, weekend.

HornetSting on February 3, 2016 at 9:35 PM

Oh boy, now you done it PA. What is wrong with your boys up there? LOL

HornetSting on February 3, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Have you seen our Governor??

ToddPA on February 3, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Panty. Waist.
I think you might consider moving out of that state, ToddPA. You don’t know if that virus is contagious.

HornetSting on February 3, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Don’t know about anyone else, but these waferless candy bars
really piss me off!!

ToddPA on February 3, 2016 at 9:37 PM

Panty. Waist.
I think you might consider moving out of that state, ToddPA. You don’t know if that virus is contagious.

HornetSting on February 3, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Oh WTH, we need a good bout of Zika, or whatever it’s called here!
Just destroy the whole f*cking State!

Only the Amish survive!

ToddPA on February 3, 2016 at 9:40 PM

Trumpers and Cruzers peer out from their trenches, cautiously climb up into no-mans land, meet in the middle, shake hands, and share out cigarettes while comparing family photos.

Rubio really is a uniter.

Bishop on February 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM

that’s just great writing!

WestportSC on February 3, 2016 at 9:40 PM

So the TED CRUZ campaign tweeted out exactly what CNN had reported and Donald trying to blame CRUZ???? Donald needs to grow up…..But alas, most LIBERALS NEVER DO…..

Realdemocrat1 on February 3, 2016 at 9:43 PM

Instead of whining, Donald should tell us the details how he’d implement his SINGLE PAYER Health Care Plan…..

Realdemocrat1 on February 3, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Panty. Waist.
I think you might consider moving out of that state, ToddPA. You don’t know if that virus is contagious.

HornetSting on February 3, 2016 at 9:36 PM

Oh WTH, we need a good bout of Zika, or whatever it’s called here!
Just destroy the whole f*cking State!

Only the Amish survive!

ToddPA on February 3, 2016 at 9:40 PM

I’ll mail you some diseased mosquitoes.

HornetSting on February 3, 2016 at 9:50 PM

So the TED CRUZ campaign tweeted out exactly what CNN had reported and Donald trying to blame CRUZ???? Donald needs to grow up…..But alas, most LIBERALS NEVER DO…..

Realdemocrat1 on February 3, 2016 at 9:43 PM

Actually, Cruz sent out official e-mails with his own campaign letterhead specifically telling caucus goers that they needed to vote for Cruz because Carson was out.

Paperclips on February 3, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Jeb is kicking himself. He was supposed to be the establishment favorite.
This nomination was his and he blew it.

Rubio will be the nominee. The party elites have moved on

weedisgood on February 3, 2016 at 9:51 PM

twomey is a rino so it kinda pushes me away from marco, just sayin’

tm11999 on February 3, 2016 at 9:53 PM

And speaking of endorsements, the Jeb! endorsements will be fleeing him over the next few days and (presumably) going to Rubio. And Jeb’s! reaction will be to use every penny in his war chest and in his PACs to try and destroy Rubio. Jeb! still thinks that if he just hangs around long enough and just attacks the GOPe candidates he will ride in and save the day.

The funny thing is that after this primary season there actually be a legitimate example to point to in regards to the term, “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”

trapeze on February 3, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Donald needs to explain in detail how exactly he’d deport Illegal Aliens and then bring them RIGHT BACK IN…..Give us the details.

Realdemocrat1 on February 3, 2016 at 9:56 PM

Donald is looking OLD and TIRED……Very OLD and TIRED

Realdemocrat1 on February 3, 2016 at 10:02 PM

Donald, Hillary, and Bernie are just three OLD WHITE TIRED LIBERALS from New York…..

Realdemocrat1 on February 3, 2016 at 10:06 PM

ToddPA on February 3, 2016 at 9:40 PM

I’ll mail you some diseased mosquitoes.

HornetSting on February 3, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Thanks Hornet!

They’ll go great with our polluted water supply in Allentown.

Hey, Flint, we got you beat!!

“Study finds water in Allentown worse than Flint, Mich.”

ToddPA on February 3, 2016 at 10:07 PM

Still not voting for Rubio! Blech!

lineholder on February 3, 2016 at 10:11 PM

I’m not gonna vote for amnesty. No way I’m going to do it. Cruz yes, Trump yes but amnesty Marco? No way.

Big Orange on February 3, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Marco Rubio AUTHORED the GANG OF EIGHT AMNESTY Bill

Realdemocrat1 on February 3, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Actually, Cruz sent out official e-mails with his own campaign letterhead specifically telling caucus goers that they needed to vote for Cruz because Carson was out.

Paperclips on February 3, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Wow. That’s slimey.

SpongePuppy on February 3, 2016 at 10:13 PM

I’m not gonna vote for amnesty. No way I’m going to do it. Cruz yes, Trump yes but amnesty Marco? No way.

Big Orange on February 3, 2016 at 10:11 PM

Rubio is a Big Lemon.

SpongePuppy on February 3, 2016 at 10:15 PM

In Iowa, TED CRUZ received the most votes EVER for THE WINNER in a Republican Primary……

Realdemocrat1 on February 3, 2016 at 10:24 PM

Marco Rubio AUTHORED the GANG OF EIGHT AMNESTY Bill

Realdemocrat1 on February 3, 2016 at 10:13 PM

If Rush is OK with it, so is America!

Jose K on February 3, 2016 at 10:31 PM

So the GOP pushed nominating Romney in 2012 to take Obamacare off the table.

Now in 2016 they’re trying their best to nominate Rubio so they can take Obama’s lawless open borders immigration stance off the table.

The GOP is run by genius strategists. Geniuses, I say.

A box of rocks has nothing on those guys.

Too bad about Santorum. What a disappointment. So much for having an “A” at NumbersUSA.

Business as usual. We anti-open borders folks are used to walking around with knives stuck in our backs.

fadetogray on February 3, 2016 at 10:33 PM

Donald LOST to Megyn Kelly…..

Donald LOST to TED CRUZ…..

And now Donald will LOSE to Marco Rubio…..

Realdemocrat1 on February 3, 2016 at 10:34 PM

Donald and Hillary are adopting the Howard Dean Scream….

Realdemocrat1 on February 3, 2016 at 10:45 PM

You know, Rubio just just bland and scripted enough to win the general!

But then, the McCain / Schumer compatriot would be president, so no thanks.

LilyBart on February 3, 2016 at 10:48 PM

Trumpy better start worrying about Little Jeb……..or was the whole point of Donald’s candidacy to block Cruz from getting the nomination???

My message to the Establishment trying to force a Smiling big eared McCain on us……

Shove it you filth!!!

PappyD61 on February 3, 2016 at 10:51 PM

I seriously think if the gop Establishment success in nominating another Dole/Bush/McCain/Bush “Open Borders” candidate………

I may campaign for Hillary…….just to burn down the republicant Party!!!

#burnbabyburn

PappyD61 on February 3, 2016 at 10:54 PM

Succeeds!!

iPad thingy.

PappyD61 on February 3, 2016 at 10:55 PM

What’s happening is that compared to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio seems normal.

Ringo on February 3, 2016 at 11:32 PM

Actually, Cruz sent out official e-mails with his own campaign letterhead specifically telling caucus goers that they needed to vote for Cruz because Carson was out.

Paperclips on February 3, 2016 at 9:50 PM

BASED on information being reported by CNN

LilyBart on February 3, 2016 at 11:42 PM

It shows just how out of touch the GOP leadership is to think the endorsements of establishment shills means jack to the base.

idalily on February 3, 2016 at 11:49 PM

Rick Santorum tells Greta he is endorsing Marco Rubio as a “born leader”

More like ‘born follower’ as in follows he lead of McCain and Schumer.

LilyBart on February 3, 2016 at 11:49 PM

This is getting too easy. The candidate with the most congressional/senate endorsements is the one to stay away from.

Dongemaharu on February 4, 2016 at 12:12 AM

Rubio didn’t even have enough guts to vote against the last Stimulus Bill. He’s out

Dollayo on February 4, 2016 at 12:29 AM

Schumer has endorsed the fine job Marco did writing the Gang of Eight Bill.

bluesdoc70 on February 4, 2016 at 12:30 AM

The fact that Rubio is being pumped while Cruz and Trump trade fire is disheartening. So now the push polls the Cruz and Trump too crazy stories Rubio our conservative electable a la Romney/McCain. His win good his loss no worries. No matter if neither Trump or Cruz gets the nomination let the Democrats have it better to go off the cliff quickly while my kids are young than saunter to it for another 8 years.

LeeBelieu on February 4, 2016 at 1:19 AM

What’s happening is that compared to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio seems normal.

Ringo on February 3, 2016 at 11:32 PM

“Normal” as in “normal” to the big money donors running the GOPe and DEMe.

Of course…

Why do you think they have fought and continue to fight Trump with greater ferocity than they ever fought Obama?

Recall National Review gathering “conservatives” to lambast Obama or the feckless GOPe leadership? Nope, I don’t recall either.

This election represents a test for the GOP base. Will they continue to fall for the lying GOPe and risk fracturing the party? Or they will wake up and show them the door.

TheRightMan on February 4, 2016 at 1:22 AM

Feb 04, 2016 at 1:22 am TheRightMan
I remember most those conservative luminaries meeting Obama and singing his praises. True guardians of conservative thought. If they’re conservative I want nothing to do with it.

LeeBelieu on February 4, 2016 at 1:24 AM

Hot Air has now thrown all pretense of OBJECTIVITY out the window this election cycle.

Some of us pointed to the negative stories and ridiculing images they posted and keep posting on Trump and Cruz. On the other hand, not even one negative story on Rubio.

The masks are indeed off and I thank Trump for exposing all the pretend conservatives that were GOPe shills all along.

TheRightMan on February 4, 2016 at 1:40 AM

It’s fine to argue that Rubio isn’t really more electable than Cruz

Anyone in this tread is more electable than Cruz.

Moesart on February 4, 2016 at 2:00 AM

Tom Cotton for Rubio? Say it ain’t so!

fitzsweetpea on February 4, 2016 at 2:14 AM

Actually, Cruz sent out official e-mails with his own campaign letterhead specifically telling caucus goers that they needed to vote for Cruz because Carson was out.

Paperclips on February 3, 2016 at 9:50 PM

Wow. That’s slimey.

SpongePuppy on February 3, 2016 at 10:13 PM

I believe the actual text of the email was this:

“Breaking News. The press is reporting that Dr. Ben Carson is taking time off from the campaign trail after Iowa and making a big announcement next week,” the email read. “Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz.”

So the email on letterhead said that Carson was taking time off after Iowa and would be making a big announcement, not that Carson was dropping out. Many interpreted this as a prelude to dropping out, and Carson had to send out a clarification later.

Where the report came from that Carson was dropping out was when Steve King retweeted a tweet from CNN’s Chris Moody. Moody’s tweet was, “Carson won’t go to NH/SC, but instead will head home to Florida for some R&R. He’ll be in DC Thursday for the National Prayer Breakfast.” Steve King seems to have interpreted this as Carson preparing to drop out, because he tweeted “Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope. https://twitter.com/moody/status/694320149432651776” The last was a link to the original tweet from Chris Moody.

But it seems the Rubio campaign also believed Carson was dropping out, according to Rush Limbaugh:

According to Limbaugh, however, there are reports that the Rubio campaign is just as much to blame for spreading these rumors, trying to convince Carson supporters vote for Rubio.

So why is the Cruz camp being attacked from all sides while Rubio is ignored?

Because “Cruz is the frontrunner!” Limbaugh says. “They don’t think they can go after him on issues.”

Cruz ended up offering an apology, not for the misinformation that Carson was not dropping out, since that was a mistake many others made, but for failing to send out Carson’s later clarification that he was NOT dropping out. Of course, the later clarification came after the caucuses had already started.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 4, 2016 at 2:47 AM

Meh

Endorsements don’t mean squat….

cmsinaz on February 4, 2016 at 4:39 AM

Trump won Iowa – according to Trump:

http://therightscoop.com/absurd-trump-is-actually-claiming-he-came-in-number-one-in-iowa/

Trump added, “actually, I came in probably first, if you think about it.”

Go on, think about it!

mudskipper on February 4, 2016 at 5:05 AM

What really matters is has that severely conservative Rush Limbaugh who has ALWAYS< ALWAYSsupported the GOPe candidate made it official that he is endorsing Rubio or is he going to continue to pretend that he is a conservative while making millions off of dumb asses who believe his crap doesn’t stink?

they lie on February 4, 2016 at 6:31 AM

Why might a Republican from a purple state, whose seat is up this year by the way, prefer Rubio to Cruz or Trump?”

Oh, I don’t know, Allah, maybe it has something to do with all that sweet McConnell cash Vichy Mitchy can toss around?

SDN on February 4, 2016 at 6:31 AM

Trump won Iowa – according to Trump:

Didn’t read his link you posted, but he did come in first. He beat the socks off of all of the other bought and paid for GOPe COC shills while funding his own campaign. What gets me is how the howler monkeys in America howl about how big money and special interests own politicians and we should get the big money and special interests out of politics. So, Trump takes the howler monkeys at their word, runs and funds his own campaign, and then loses to the big money owned politician Ted Cruz and all the GOPe then smells blood in the water or in the whatever and comes out in support of third place GOPe Rubio.

We already knew what a POS liar open borders war monger Rubio is, and yet the howler monkeys who are faux conservative voters are jumping on the band wagon. Trump was correct when he said it really was not worth him spending his own money. It appears that voters don’t care how bad or how corrupt or how much a candidate is owned by special interest as long as it’s their candidate. If it is not, then the other SOBs are just that…SOBs but not my candidate. So, that’s why we have corruption rampant in politics and that’s why politicians KNOW the voters are stupid. We get exactly what we deserve. We deserve Hillary or Bernie and that’s who I’m voting for if Trump is not the nominee. If he loses SC, I hope he runs as an independent on a third party ticket. Conservatives say they are tired of the GOPe, and want a third party. Trump is that third party. He just happens to be using the Pub. party as the vehicle, and the conservatives are too stupid to coalesce around him. The GOPe knows they can always split us up and they can rally around one of the GOPe candidates and win. We are too stupid to ever do anything about it.

Conservatism is dead, if it even ever existed. With all of the faux conservatives throughout the political class and among the voters, I doubt that conservatism has existed in the last 50 yrs. to any degree. It has been mostly BS talk and no real action. We certainly have accomplished nothing except flapping our gums.

they lie on February 4, 2016 at 6:51 AM

I expect to see more- especially with Trump losing support.

Trump is really showing his true colors and it’s turning off a lot of people who previously supported him. I have friends and family who were Trump maniacs a few weeks ago and now they are voting for either Cruz or Rubio. That includes people who caucused in Iowa.

The attacks on Cruz and the entire “birther” nonsense made Trump sound kooky. Then he tosses out some nonsense about Rubio. Before that he wiped the floor with Carson, implying he was unstable, etc. Sure, right- probably the most brilliant pediatric neurologist in the world. Mmm-hmm. Now he’s his new best friend- trying to blow up the entire “Cruz is a cheat” and he’s going to sue? Really?

We have arguably the best GOP field and the best shot a winning the presidency and this clown is turning it into a circus where he simply launches attacks on other candidates. Meanwhile, I know 6 years old who are more articulate and deeper on the issues.

The man’s proven himself to be a deceitful sideshow performer whose only contribution is trying to destroy the GOP field from within.

Marcus Traianus on February 4, 2016 at 7:38 AM

Momentum”

Such propaganda buzzwords. Bowel movements have momentum. Let’s not call planned GOPe donor strategy being played out, “momentum.”

This is no different than the Marxist left calling itself “progressives–forgetting that cancer also progresses, like a German blitzkrieg.

Don L on February 4, 2016 at 7:39 AM

We have arguably the best GOP field and the best shot a winning the presidency and this clown is turning it into a circus where he simply launches attacks on other candidates. Meanwhile, I know 6 years old who are more articulate and deeper on the issues.

The man’s proven himself to be a deceitful sideshow performer whose only contribution is trying to destroy the GOP field from within.

Marcus Traianus on February 4, 2016 at 7:38 AM

The GOP wants to be the party that legalizes illegals. That stages a never ending war in the Middle East and increases the cheap labor pool.

That’s the best GOP field?

Until Trump spoke out you can be damn sure that the conversation on illegals and Islam was going to be the same bullsh!t we’ve heard from the GOP for the last twenty years. Rhetoric and no action.

In 2018 and 2020 they’ll be saying the same thing if Rubio wins.

darwin on February 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Groups of people I despise, ranked:

1. Democrat Senators
2. Republican Senators

Noonan on February 4, 2016 at 8:51 AM

01-30-13

Toomey echoes Obama and Senate group on immigration

In the wake of two plans unveiled this week to reform the nation’s deficient immigration system, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has added his voice to the contingent of lawmakers who seem to favor the rough outlines put forth by President Barack Obama and an ad hoc Senate group.

Toomey said Wednesday he’s spoken about improving the immigration policy with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the bipartisan Senate group that kickstarted the discussion Monday.

Both the senate group and Obama propose a direct path to citizenship for the 11 million people already in the country illegally. The president also called for better enforcement of immigration laws, and reforming the existing legal immigration process.

pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/01/toomey_echoes_obama_and_senate.html

08-27-13

Pat Toomey Defends Gun Control Bill at Town Hall

breitbart.com/video/2013/08/27/pat-toomey-addresses-gun-control-bill-at-town-hall/

06-24-15

Toomey: Time to Give Gun Background Check Bill Another Shot
On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) floated the idea of reviving a measure that he and his colleague Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) raised in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that would have strengthened the provision requiring a background check when purchasing a gun.

breitbart.com/video/2015/06/24/toomey-time-to-give-gun-background-check-bill-another-shot/

entagor on February 4, 2016 at 8:51 AM

Newsflash: it doesn’t matter what candidates say. It matters what they do. When Carson stated that he was going home to Florida, he was clearly indicating his abdication from the race and his intention to drop out. He may not have wanted to send that signal, and he may regret having done it, but his political naivete doesn’t place a greater burden on Cruz or any other candidate. It would have been political malpractice not to use the CNN report to influence the results, as it would have been ridiculous for them to facilitate Carson’s “retraction” fiction.

Regardless, Trump and his supporters continue to focus on Cruz in error. They will have to labor mightily to screw up so badly as to give the Cruz campaign a leg to stand on in most of the subsequent primaries. I’m not putting it past them. I’ve never seen such a collection of fools and knaves as the lot who are running Trump’s campaign.

Meanwhile, Rubio is up 90% in the daily UMASS poll for NH in the last three days (from 8 to 15) and is now firmly in second place. I expect by the primary, Rubio will be polling at 25% and will outperform that, while Trump will underperform due to the weakness of his ground game and his voluntarily emptying magazine after magazine into his own foot.

A presidential campaign is no place for a guy who can’t take a hit. The Trump campaign needs to change his Twitter password and start controlling the message. As a non-Trump supporter, I can’t tell you how powerful his concession speech was, and how damaging his subsequent ranting about stolen elections was without shaking my head. The loser’s lament.

Immolate on February 4, 2016 at 9:11 AM

It is only in America that the political and media establishment can take an amnesty shill that nobody (the broad populace) wants and “spin” him to be the greatest discovery since sliced bread.

It is only in America that third can be proclaimed a winner, second a loser, and first a nonentity.

It is only in America that a small state caucus can be unimportant in a year that does not benefit an establishment candidate but becomes all-important in a year they want to take anti-establishment candidates down.

Don’t you love this country of ours where the establishment governs against the wishes of the people but still manages to dupe many to support their agenda.

I vote Trump 2016. Make America great again and kick the establishment to the curb.

TheRightMan on February 4, 2016 at 9:20 AM

Endorsements don’t mean squat….

cmsinaz on February 4, 2016 at 4:39 AM

Pfft. So says you. Trump wouldn’t have won Iowa without the Palin and Falwell endorsements. They’ll also be campaigning hard for him in NH.

Immolate on February 4, 2016 at 9:28 AM

The media, establishment are all for Rubio. And, our guys, Trump and Cruz, look like a couple of monkeys humping a football. As I’ve said, Trump and Cruz need to cool it and concentrate on Rubio before it’s too late.
HornetSting

I couldn’t agree more. They are clearing the establishment lane for rubio, assuming Cruz and Trump splitting the outsider vote. I hope T and C (and their respective supporters) can pry themselves off that football and make peace. For months I’ve been looking forward to a Trump/Cruz 12 year plan ticket.

It would suck if they give the media and Political class exactly what they want, rubio vs. cankles.

Steele on February 4, 2016 at 9:39 AM

I vote Trump 2016. Make America great again and kick the establishment to the curb.

TheRightMan on February 4, 2016 at 9:20 AM

Did you think that the establishment was going to shift support to Trump based on his awesomeness? Of course they’re going to back their anointed candidate, and if you think that Rubio’s support is only from GOP leadership and FOX News, then you’re willfully ignoring reality.

Expectations going into Iowa were that Trump would win strongly, that Cruz would come in second but fading, and that Rubio would remain slightly above the dreck on an upward trend. But instead, Cruz overperformed, Trump underperformed, and Rubio came out of nowhere to almost overtake Trump. Of course that’s news. It was unexpected and therefore newsworthy. If you wish to ignore trends and just look at bottom line results, then that’s on you, but if Rubio’s results in Iowa were inconsequential, then Trump’s results were just slightly less inconsequential.

Immolate on February 4, 2016 at 9:42 AM

Immolate, trump can gave them
Waste of time

cmsinaz on February 4, 2016 at 9:58 AM

I regret that I thought Santorum would be good in our new government. How wrong I was! He is supporting Rubio? Sad,but he has lost any interest I had in him and thought he was more intelligent. Rubio is all for amnesty, open borders and obviously spending and wasting more of our money. He is not a conservative because we know elected conservatives every time sell us down the river! Please consider America’s future and do NOT even think of voting for this man. Even latinos don’t want him!

Roselle on February 4, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Can’t
Trust
Rubio

And now…the new hotness “Is Marco the Republican Obama”?

Enough said.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on February 4, 2016 at 11:24 AM

Rubio is a skunk. His stench is so vile it could peel paint off the walls. I know something of skunks after having to “clean” several of my dogs who encountered skunks close up. The wafting essence you pick up in your car as you pass a dead skunk is completely diluted. The close up reek is 100 times more potent. Rubio stinks. I will never ever vote for another establishment endorsed candidate. If it means we have to live with the consequences of a Socialist president; so be it.

When we vote for the “lesser of two evils”, we are still voting for evil. The current Republican party (McConnell, Ryan…) is the absolute definition of “lesser of two evils”. I got tricked by them for the last time. They will never get my vote. I don’t care how many senators are trotted out giving endorsements.

kpguru on February 4, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Toomey, Scott, Santorum, Gardner, Salmon, etc — big deal.

Trump’s got Palin, Brown, Ventura, Hulk Hogan, Wayne Newton, Charlie Sheen, etc.

Dan333 on February 4, 2016 at 1:22 PM

BASED on information being reported by CNN

LilyBart on February 3, 2016 at 11:42 PM

“Breaking News. The press is reporting that Dr. Ben Carson is taking time off from the campaign trail after Iowa and making a big announcement next week,” the email read. “Please inform any Carson caucus goers of this news and urge them to caucus for Ted Cruz.

This was reported by CNN? I don’t think so…

dominigan on February 4, 2016 at 2:57 PM

No surprise that Rubio is backed by the Establishment. Toomey ran as a TEA party candidate, but turned on them after he was elected with his votes. This is now real politics, and Trump and Carson need to stop their whining or they will be out. Cruz knows the game and if he’s successful in this primary, he will be successful against the Democratic opponent in the general election.

lea on February 5, 2016 at 6:35 AM

A feeding frenzy for the GOP establishment. Stay in power no matter the cost. Follow the money/favors.

RdLake on February 5, 2016 at 4:31 PM

I wonder if all of these politicians endorsing Rubio are going to come crawling to Trump begging for a job after he wins.

Dollayo on February 5, 2016 at 11:50 PM