Rubio in South Carolina: “We’re all in this together”

posted at 11:21 am on February 16, 2016 by Allahpundit

Fair amount of buzz for this clip among Rubio fans on social media last night and this morning, thanks to a boost from Erick Erickson. Erickson offers it as proof that no “robot” could connect with an audience at length this way, which is fair enough. But Ross Douthat is right too: What you’re hearing here is someone who’s spent no small part of his life around people who aren’t conservative and who has them in mind in his message. If Rubio really does enjoy an electability advantage, that’s partly where it comes from.

Trey Gowdy, who’s on Team Rubio, said yesterday that even a strong third-place finish in South Carolina would be acceptable after people were writing him off after New Hampshire. That seems increasingly likely, especially if Politico’s account of the mood among his crowds there is accurate:

After a few listless days on the trail in New Hampshire after the debate, Rubio has regained his energy, confidence — and sense of humor. In describing his student loans, only paid off since he wrote his book, Rubio on Sunday delivered his standard laugh line that the autobiography is “now available in paperback.” Then, as he rarely did before, he broke the fourth wall and told the audience a secret about the performance mechanics of his routine.

“The press people have heard that joke — it works, it always works, that’s why I keep saying it!” he quipped, smiling wide as if to alert the crowd that the punch line was imminent. “If something is true and it works, you should keep saying it over and over again, right?”

The spontaneous mix of laughter and thunderous cheers that erupted wasn’t that of an audience politely humoring a candidate — it was the sound of a connection being sealed…

Beyond the unpredictability of the news cycle, the dynamic within the GOP nomination battle is also setting up well for Rubio here. Christie — Rubio’s team admits he “got in Marco’s head” — is now out of the race. Jeb Bush, who kept himself alive by finishing just ahead of Rubio in New Hampshire, is stuck in single digits in public and private polls of South Carolina GOP primary voters; and his decision to enlist his brother, former President George W. Bush, to campaign on his behalf in Charleston on Monday evening only further crystallizes the choice for establishment Republicans as a generational one — exactly as Rubio himself frames it.

We have yet to see a post-debate poll of SC this week from a top-tier pollster, but take a peek at the numbers we do have right now. Rubio and Cruz tied at 18. Rubio and Cruz tied at 14. Rubio leads Cruz 14/12 (and, er, both trail Kasich). In several other polls he’s only four or five points behind. My guess about South Carolina after Rubio’s New Hampshire disaster was that Trump and Cruz would finish with 10 points of distance between them and the rest of the pack, but that seems unlikely now for Cruz. Which, arguably, is good news for Trump: The better Rubio does this week, the more the conservative vote will be evenly split between Rubio and Cruz. What’s less good for him is that Rubio stands a small chance of finishing second here, which would set him up for Nevada, where he’s strong, and would damage Cruz, whose stronghold is supposed to be southern evangelical states like SC. If Trump’s destined for a one-on-one race with someone, I think he’d much prefer it to be with Cruz, who’s less acceptable to center-righties and moderates, than with Rubio. In fact, I wonder if maybe that awareness is helping Rubio this week among undecideds, that the hour’s getting late to stop Trump and that if Rubio flames out in SC he’s likely done. Jeb fans and Kasich fans are suckers to stick with those two, who have no chance of winning, instead of hedging their bets against Trump by backing Rubio this week. We’ll see.


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Are you pregnant or do you just have a mouse in your pocket?

platypus on February 16, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Fcuk off Rubio…

OmahaConservative on February 16, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Really a wonderful speech that can resonate with many in the poorest communities.

Well done.

Abby Adams on February 16, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Fox parrots know that GWB won’t resuscitate Jeb! They know that Rubio won’t go anywhere either.

The Punk was in the middle of Gowdy and Tim Scott yesterday in a Q & A in SC and all 3 looked and appeared really lost and dumb.

That black congresswoman form UT was on Faux today, pumping Rubio “we need someone to be positive about Making America Great Again, not negative”.

I went “what?” They steal Trump’s saying and consider that he is negative about the future, when he’s the only one who tells them the bloody truth about why we are where we are?

Go after the Punk for constantly using Trump’s logo. He has done it for months now, but always criticizing Trump for “being negative on America’s prospects.”

One can NOT fix a problem before acknowledging what it is and what caused it.

ALL in DC, Rubio and Cruz too, are part of the abyss we find ourselves in, and they are both owned by the billio- and millionaire crony capitalists who finance them.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Rubio’s religious switches…he might be Mormon again, for Nevada, are another telling sign of what a traitorous punk he is, to all he ever met.

Fox are in total meltdown and mourning.

Prediction: Fox and Salem hurt the coalescing effort of the establishment and will continue to do so.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2016 at 11:36 AM

He’s a fraud. “NewAmerican century”….Does that remind anybody of ” bridge to the 21st-century”?

Smooth talking fake. He also sounded good in his 2010 campaign when he said he was against amnesty.

The_Conservative on February 16, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Damn, Schad was so freaked out by that speech he actually explained himself. You almost got hint of the real person behind the troll mask.

libfreeordie on February 16, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Especially, the Spanish ones.

Oil Can on February 16, 2016 at 11:39 AM

For all the reasons to wonder whether he is ready to be president, he has one thing going for him the others don’t…he gets it. He understands what it means to be an American.

Tater Salad on February 16, 2016 at 11:40 AM

That’s it. I’m voting for Bruce Campbell this fall.

You should too.

WIN WITH THE CHIN IN 2016!

When the Zombie apocalypse comes, who ELSE would you want in charge?

Agent Cooper on February 16, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Trump is owned by one mega pathological crony capitalist ….himself…..and he a libtard to his very core.

David in ATL on February 16, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Rubio would be a transformational president in the best possible sense.

Priscilla on February 16, 2016 at 11:42 AM

YAWN.

Rix on February 16, 2016 at 11:43 AM

He understands what it means to be an American.

Tater Salad on February 16, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Does he? I’ve always gotten the impression that Rubio holds a higher opinion of immigrants, legal or otherwise, than he does of Americans.

lineholder on February 16, 2016 at 11:44 AM

Rubio is who the moderate and as soon as Jeb leaves the establishment R’s are coalescing behind. Kasich is the sleeper.

The GOP and establishment R’s are happy to push and hint at Trump to destroy Cruz. Cruz is who they all fear the most.

Trump? He has let his mask slip. He is D in R clothing who is astute enough to see that immigration is a big enough platform do give him a solid base. But how will he grow his base? Disgruntled Democrats? The few left in the party that are not overt leftist?

Neitherleftorright on February 16, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Imagine Trump trying to give that speech extemporaneously? He wouldn’t be able to complete a sentence and he would interrupt himself several times with a discussion of his poll numbers.

Tater Salad on February 16, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Where can I sign in on Facebook?
/

MistyLane on February 16, 2016 at 11:46 AM

What you’re hearing here is someone who’s spent no small part of his life around people who aren’t conservative and who has them in mind in his message.

You know, I’m closest to Ted Cruz, politically. I’ve always been a fan. I’ll vote for him happily. But this is a problem for him. It’s a big reason why he struggles to expand his appeal to people outside his evangelical base.

The_Jacobite on February 16, 2016 at 11:46 AM

libfreeordie on February 16, 2016 at 11:38 AM

You’ll always be an idiotic leech, in the sunshine.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2016 at 11:48 AM

You’re on your own PocoRobo.

VorDaj on February 16, 2016 at 11:48 AM

I wish I were more creative. Then I could imagine how nice it would be if Rubio weren’t a weaselly lying deceiver. That would be lovely.

cynccook on February 16, 2016 at 11:49 AM

Does he? I’ve always gotten the impression that Rubio holds a higher opinion of immigrants, legal or otherwise, than he does of Americans.

lineholder on February 16, 2016 at 11:44 AM

Unless you’re of American Indian descent, you are likely an immigrant.

PS. Trump’s mother was an immigrant and so were two of his wives. Does that make he or them less “American”?

Tater Salad on February 16, 2016 at 11:50 AM

rubio (now all in lower case) is as dead to me as HotAir®. P.S. Thanks for showing up on thread Allah. All these years and you couldn’t drop in for even a moment to say bye? Pitiful, just pitiful bro.

Bmore on February 16, 2016 at 11:50 AM

when a lackey for the elitists sticks his foot in his mouth and goes stepford wife…..the phalanx of the elite protect him..

Palin made one gaffe and they crucified her to this day.

off the white hispanic

renalin on February 16, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Lineholder:

Legal immigrants are Americans and usually appreciate this country more than the native born. Illegal immigrants want to be Americans but have to follow the laws to immigrate here legally.

Proud Kaffir on February 16, 2016 at 11:52 AM

He understands what it means to be an American.

Tater Salad on February 16, 2016 at 11:40 AM

You’re as stupid as the slave of HA, you because you fancy this punk to be more American than anyone, and the slave for not getting that most of the problems are caused by his masters.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Really a wonderful speech that can resonate with many in the poorest communities.

Well done.

Abby Adams on February 16, 2016 at 11:27 AM

+1

Excellent, extemporaneous speech. I hope it goes viral.

Spannerhead on February 16, 2016 at 11:56 AM

He should have barked like a dog. I hear that’s popular these days.

Seriously, the contrast between Rubio and Hillary/Bernie is stark, as it is between any of the remaining candidates and Hillary/Bernie.

Nethicus on February 16, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Fox parrots know that GWB won’t resuscitate Jeb! They know that Rubio won’t go anywhere either.

The Punk was in the middle of Gowdy and Tim Scott yesterday in a Q & A in SC and all 3 looked and appeared really lost and dumb.

That black congresswoman form UT was on Faux today, pumping Rubio “we need someone to be positive about Making America Great Again, not negative”.

I went “what?” They steal Trump’s saying and consider that he is negative about the future, when he’s the only one who tells them the bloody truth about why we are where we are?

Go after the Punk for constantly using Trump’s logo. He has done it for months now, but always criticizing Trump for “being negative on America’s prospects.”

One can NOT fix a problem before acknowledging what it is and what caused it.

ALL in DC, Rubio and Cruz too, are part of the abyss we find ourselves in, and they are both owned by the billio- and millionaire crony capitalists who finance them.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Are you a member of Code Pink?

AmerigoChattin on February 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM

Tater Salad on February 16, 2016 at 11:50 AM

My grandfather was Cherokee, out of Western NC.

So what if Trump wives were immigrants?

If someone wants to come here, legally, in accordance with and showing respect towards our legal system, and they make a commitment to contribute to our society in a positive way….I have no problem with that at all.

If they come here illegally, they should be held accountable under the law.

Our legal system is the cornerstone of our form of government.

You don’t “get” being an American until you decide that supporting our form of government is a top priority.

lineholder on February 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM

Are you a member of Code Pink?

AmerigoChattin on February 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM

Isn’t everyone now?

Bmore on February 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Sanders?

Priscilla on February 16, 2016 at 12:02 PM

That’s it. I’m voting for Bruce Campbell this fall.

You should too.

WIN WITH THE CHIN IN 2016!

When the Zombie apocalypse comes, who ELSE would you want in charge?

Agent Cooper on February 16, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Ash: Thank you for shopping at Ass Woopings Are Us.

Ash: When you’ve just emptied two barrels of a shotgun into the head of your favorite bartender it’s a pretty good bet that happy hour’s over.

Ash: Groovy!

Ash: There I was. Face-to-face with the mother of all ugly. So I say “Come get some”, and BLAM, no more Mr. Nasty Face.

Everlasting_Knowitall on February 16, 2016 at 12:03 PM

You don’t “get” being an American until you decide that supporting our form of government is a top priority.

lineholder on February 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM

I agree completely; Rubio was saying the same thing. My comments on Trump’s family is only to point out that at some level we are all immigrants and that the Constitution (rule of law), and the hope for freedom it brings, is what makes us Americans.

Tater Salad on February 16, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Are you a member of Code Pink?

AmerigoChattin on February 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM

So Schad is a woman wearing pink T-shirts and gets thrown out of Dick Cheney speeches? Who woulda thought?

Tater Salad on February 16, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Tater Salad on February 16, 2016 at 12:05 PM

It may be what Rubio says now, but it isn’t what he was saying when he was in the FL House Legislature when he was pushing amnesty.

And it isn’t what he was saying when he was working on Gang of 8.

If people question Rubio’s credibility on this, there’s valid reason for them to do so.

lineholder on February 16, 2016 at 12:07 PM

owned by the billio- and millionaire crony capitalists who finance them.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Um… Schad? Trump is a billionaire crony capitalist too. Simply because he trumpets himself exclusively doesn’t mean he isn’t in their game, he has to be it is part of the game.

Neitherleftorright on February 16, 2016 at 12:08 PM

That’s it. I’m voting for Bruce Campbell this fall.

You should too.

WIN WITH THE CHIN IN 2016!

When the Zombie apocalypse comes, who ELSE would you want in charge?

Agent Cooper on February 16, 2016 at 11:41 AM

Ash: Thank you for shopping at Ass Woopings Are Us.

Ash: When you’ve just emptied two barrels of a shotgun into the head of your favorite bartender it’s a pretty good bet that happy hour’s over.

Ash: Groovy!

Ash: There I was. Face-to-face with the mother of all ugly. So I say “Come get some”, and BLAM, no more Mr. Nasty Face.

Everlasting_Knowitall on February 16, 2016 at 12:03 PM

Finally, somebody else on this board who really understands what this election is all about!

CAMPBELL 2016
“GIMME SOME SUGAR, BABY!”

Agent Cooper on February 16, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Isn’t everyone now?

Bmore on February 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

Left a comment for you on the Harry Reid thread in the headlines.

Neitherleftorright on February 16, 2016 at 12:16 PM

enough with the GOPe, RNC, Chamber,d audience, Gutter-ez bs. if you want to live in south America, then move there,ffs.

Senator Philip Bluster on February 16, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Dr. Ben Carson had a staffer die to get him those votes, and Ted Cruz stole them.
This is something ACORN would do.
petunia on February 5, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2016 at 4:44 PM

Jason58 on February 16, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Since its proven that Rubio was for amnesty before he was against it, before he was for it, before he was against it again, the odds are, he’ll grant amnesty if elected.

My question to conservatives is this:

How is conservatism advanced by giving the democrats millions of new voters and most likely a permanent national majority?

All the eloquent speeches on limited govt, free markets etc etc will mean beans if conservatives are permanently boxed out of national elections.

Bush, Rubio, Kasich will almost certainly do this.
Trump or Cruz, maybe-maybe not.

Everlasting_Knowitall on February 16, 2016 at 12:34 PM

The Facebook diversity training yesterday has opened eyes. It’ s a huge electability advantage that Marco Rubio is passionate and convincing while repeating #blacklivesmatter identity politics but trips over his words while memorizing conservative talking points.

I’m so excited about the new Facebook audience that will increase the diversity of opinion here. Rubio will be a big hit with New & Improved Diverse Hot Air. In fact Rubio’s opinion are so diverse that he’s had the full range of them on immigration, from border hawk to full amnesty. He’s so electable!

sauldalinsky on February 16, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Everlasting_Knowitall on February 16, 2016 at 12:34 PM

they have no answer for that question. they would rather just close their eyes and know that importing millions of new demoncrap voters, and importing many new welfare cases like Schumer and Obama want is “good for their big biz buddies”, so they don’t give a rip about the American people.

Senator Philip Bluster on February 16, 2016 at 12:48 PM

That was a good answer. Marco can capitalize on his experience as an underprivileged minority and immigrant in a way that resonates with those voter groups. If he explains how he will help change their circumstance, he can get their support.

Philly on February 16, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Listen to this

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Neitherleftorright on February 16, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Duh

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2016 at 12:59 PM

So what if Trump wives were immigrants?

If someone wants to come here, legally, in accordance with and showing respect towards our legal system, and they make a commitment to contribute to our society in a positive way….I have no problem with that at all.

lineholder on February 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM

You wrote that you think that Rubio has a higher opinion of immigrants – “legal or otherwise” – than of Americans. You may not have a problem with them, but you obviously think that they are not Americans.

Gelsomina on February 16, 2016 at 1:38 PM

This is essentially an Obama ’08 speech.

libfreeordie on February 16, 2016 at 1:54 PM

If people question Rubio’s credibility on this, there’s valid reason for them to do so.

lineholder on February 16, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Here’s what you and all the Trumpsters are missing:

Railing against movements of people has never, ever worked in the history of humanity. You might as well inveigh against the tide.

What Rubio gets and communicates that so many who want to dig a moat and live behind it don’t is that people are going to come here whether you like it or not.

But they need to come here because of what America is, and want to be Americans; to want to be included in what makes America great and unique, as opposed to being divided into hyphenated-American interest groups dependent on government handouts and constantly pitted against one another.

It’s a powerful message, and one that this country needs desperately after 8 years of the bitter divisiveness of Obama.

Typhoon on February 16, 2016 at 2:04 PM

This is essentially an Obama ’08 speech.

libfreeordie on February 16, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Minus the parts about school choice, inner city programs not initiated by the gov’t, etc etc.

Spannerhead on February 16, 2016 at 2:13 PM

Here’s what you and all the Trumpsters are missing:

Railing against movements of people has never, ever worked in the history of humanity. You might as well inveigh against the tide.

What Rubio gets and communicates that so many who want to dig a moat and live behind it don’t is that people are going to come here whether you like it or not.

But they need to come here because of what America is, and want to be Americans; to want to be included in what makes America great and unique, as opposed to being divided into hyphenated-American interest groups dependent on government handouts and constantly pitted against one another.

It’s a powerful message, and one that this country needs desperately after 8 years of the bitter divisiveness of Obama.

Typhoon on February 16, 2016 at 2:04 PM

You might as well be talking to a brick wall.

Have you ever seen a Trumpette make a good faith argument?

AmerigoChattin on February 16, 2016 at 3:02 PM

I heard Kasich left for Michigan, giving up on South Carolina? Any word on that, and how it might help/hurt Rubio?

Because this election is only about Rubio. He is the only silver lining in this terrible Primary.

petunia on February 16, 2016 at 3:40 PM

Are you a member of Code Pink?

AmerigoChattin on February 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM
So Schad is a woman wearing pink T-shirts and gets thrown out of Dick Cheney speeches? Who woulda thought?

Tater Salad on February 16, 2016 at 12:06 PM

I, for one, am not surprised.

petunia on February 16, 2016 at 3:43 PM

This is essentially an Obama ’08 speech.

libfreeordie on February 16, 2016 at 1:54 PM

Mark that as one more Rubio voter! I knew we could win you over!

petunia on February 16, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Dr. Ben Carson had a staffer die to get him those votes, and Ted Cruz stole them.
This is something ACORN would do.
petunia on February 5, 2016 at 3:53 PM

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2016 at 4:44 PM

Jason58 on February 16, 2016 at 12:25 PM

What is the point of quoting me? Agreement, disagreement, random envy of my skill with analysis? :)

petunia on February 16, 2016 at 3:46 PM

What is the point of quoting me? Agreement, disagreement, random envy of my skill with analysis? :)

petunia on February 16, 2016 at 3:46 PM

You’re a tinfoil wearing nutcase Kiddo.

Jason58 on February 16, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Check this out, the Rubio jerks are now pushing a Cruz/Rubio run.

Cruz is the anti-Punk, or so all the Cruzers told us.

This season is way better than Christmas.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2016 at 5:09 PM

petunia on February 16, 2016 at 3:46 PM

They quoted your idiocy about “Dr. Carson causing…”.

You need to check yourself in.

Schadenfreude on February 16, 2016 at 5:32 PM

well, i watched the whole video and i wasn’t impressed. what is everyone seeing that i’m not?

he would have done himself a favor if he admitted that we need to take care of americans first and that the poor (especially blacks) are the ones most hurt by illegal immigration. illegals aren’t flocking to upperclass neighborhoods, they’re moving into black communities, bringing crime and violence and changing the culture of the neighborhood.

because they can’t speak english, they lower the ability of schools to teach all students. they take up valuable resources like hospital emergency rooms, police cells and health and welfare benefits.

it’s not about being anti-immigrant, it’s about be pro-american, and helping the poor and middleclass americans *before* people that are here illegally.

jetch on February 16, 2016 at 6:11 PM

Good barking. Shes good at two things. Mendacity and barking.

DocNathan on February 16, 2016 at 6:13 PM

wrong thread -oops.

DocNathan on February 16, 2016 at 6:13 PM