Marco Rubio’s political future

When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” – John 11:43-44

Maybe that is a bit dramatic, but after getting crushed in Florida by Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican primary, Rubio’s political future looked to be flatlined. He decided not to run for reelection only to reconsider. He then was involved in what was thought to be a dogfight against Rep. Patrick Murphy. But Little Marco turned it around.

In fact, he did much better than Trump did in Florida on Election night. Per Politico

 

In terms of his 714,000, 7.7 percentage-point margin in the general election, Rubio won more than 6 times that of Trump in Florida. The billionaire businessman beat the former secretary of state by about 114,000 votes, or 1.2 percentage points. Rubio garnered almost 52 percent of the vote in the U.S. Senate race, while Trump earned a little more than 49 percent in the presidential race. In all, Rubio received almost 218,000 more votes than Trump

A closer look at the numbers showed why many thought Rubio had a real chance in the General Election. He won 48% of Hispanic and 17% of African-American voters based on exit polls.

“Marco Rubio is back,” Krishnaiyer said. “And he’s a threat again.” Krishnaiyer is a liberal blogger and former spokesman for the luncatic former Rep. Allen Grayson. (Side note, during my Democrat days I lived in Florida and could never vote for Grayson. What a jerk!)
He seems to be highly thought of by colleagues. Republican Senator from Tennessee Bob Corker said that Marco is “a very valuable member of the Senate and “he demonstrates a deep understanding of foreign policy.” Rubio serves on the Foreign Relations Committee.

His conservative credentials are certainly there. From the National Review:

This is a man who has a lifetime ACU rating of 98 out of 100. A man who has a perfect rating from the NRA in the U.S. Senate. A man who earned scores of 100 in 2014, 100 in 2013, 71 in 2012, and 100 in 2011 from the Family Research Council. A “Taxpayer Super Hero” with a lifetime rating of 95 from Citizens Against Government Waste. A man Club for Growth president David McIntosh called “a complete pro-growth, free-market, limited-government conservative.

During the Primary, he had high favorable ratings. But he could never really get higher than 20% of the overall vote winning only Minnesota and Puerto Rico. His stance on immigration, and his work with the “Gang of Eight”, probably cost him any real traction or backing.

So where does that leave Rubio? I doubt he’ll challenge a sitting President in 2020. You would have to think he will try his luck in 2024, when he’s 53 years old. But who knows how sullied the Republican brand would be after a potential eight years of Trump.

Eight years is a lifetime in Politics..

 

The Federalist Papers: No 2

A portion of the second essay from the Federalist Papers by John Jay.

With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people–a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.

Trump news

President-elect Donald Trump was in the news the last few days. Here are a few stories.

Trump announces two appointments

First, he selected RNC chairman Reince Priebus to be his White House chief of staff. Priebus is considered to be a Washington insider which has annoyed some the likes of Michael Savage. While Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol thought it was a good pick which would bridge, “the Trump world and [House Speaker] Paul Ryan world and other parts of the Republican Party

Trump also announced Steven Bannon, formerly the executive of Breitbart News, will be his chief strategist and senior counselor. This selection has been highly criticized by the Left, and some on the Right. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Jeff Merkley who both called him a white nationalist. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called Bannon a great strategist. 

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham is being considered for Press Secretary.

Churchill bust back in oval office?

That depends on who you believe. THE story goes that President Obama moved it out of oval office and to the second floor. Replacing it with a bust of MLK. Nigel Farage, of Brexit fame, said he discussed this issue with President-elect Trump on Saturday. He said Trump was very positive to the idea.

Not so fast says Mikey Smith of the Mirror. In this lengthy article he says that the bust was never a fixture in the Oval Office, which has been in the White House since 1960. Saying it wasny directly replaced by the MLK bust.

The mystery continues…

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BFFs Trump and Putin talk on the phone.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called to congratulate Donald Trump on his “winning a historic election.” The beasties also discussed ISIS, Economics issues, Usa/Russia relationships and the world’s hottest politician Russian Alina Kabaeva..

I’m joking about the last part, but considering the two, it might be true…

The Electoral College

What is it? No, it’s not the latest school in the BCS college football playoff picture. Good guess though. The Electoral College is the latest nontroversy from the Left.
Almost immediately after Trump’s stunning Presidential upset in last Tuesday’s election, the Left started complaining about it. It intensified when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, which is at +650,000 and growing. Former Democratic Presidential nominee Michael Dukakis said Democrats need to make getting rid of the Electoral College as a top priority. Bernie Sanders said we need to rethink it.

So what is the Electoral College, how did it come about and why do we still use it? The United States use an indirect election process in which voters elect a body, “electors”, who then pledge to vote for the candidate who wins their state. Since 1880 all states, except Maine and Nebraska, choose electors on a winners take all basis. (Click here to see how Maine and Nebraska select theirs).

During the Constitutional convention, the founders debated numerous ideas on how to elect a President. They rejected having Congress decide because it may lead to bargaining and corruption. They rejected State legislatures from deciding thinking that it would erode Federalism by beholding the President to the States. They also rejected a direct election by popular vote because they feared the large states would dominate the smaller and states would vote for “local sons”, failing to get a majority from one candidate. The founders decided on what we have now: an indirect election through a body of electors.

In Federalist #68, Alexander Hamilton defended the Electoral College by saying..

“THE mode of appointment of the Chief Magistrate of the United States is almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, which has escaped without severe censure, or which has received the slightest mark of approbation from its opponents. The most plausible of these, who has appeared in print, has even deigned to admit that the election of the President is pretty well guarded.1 I venture somewhat further, and hesitate not to affirm, that if the manner of it be not perfect, it is at least excellent. It unites in an eminent degree all the advantages, the union of which was to be wished for.”

Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Constitution states:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.”

The Constitution was amended in 1803 when the 12th Amendment was passed to address an issue with the Electoral College process. Prior, the electors would cast votes for two candidates. The one with the most was President, the one with the second most was Vice President. This caused an issue in 1800 when Jefferson and Burr tied. It was eventually settled in the House of Representatives after 36 votes. Now, the elector cast one vote for President and one vote for Vice President.

That is how each number of electoral votes for each state is determined. Because of the number of House members, this number is not static. Florida had 14 electoral votes in 1964 but 29 in 2016.

The Electors will meet in their states and vote on December 19th. There is a petition started, by Hillary supporters, asking the Electors to vote for Hillary instead. It has over a million signatures.

Technically, this may be possible. 29 of the 50 states have laws that “bind” their electors to the state’s election results. In those states, going against the results can result in a fine, and maybe stiffer penalties, while 20 states have no such laws.

In reality, Hillary supporters should just face the fact that Trump is the next President. Or crawl into a safe space for the next four years…

Confessions of a Never Trumper

Yes. I am a Never Trumper. I’ve been a Republican since 2009 after voting for Obama. I supported Marco Rubio during the primaries in 2016. When he dropped out, I supported Ted Cruz. At no time did I support Donald Trump. I did not vote for him in the General nor did I vote for Hillary. I voted for..

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The reasons why I didn’t vote for Trump are many. First, he is clearly not a conservative, despite the various position changes, such as his views on abortion. Second, he has low character. I won’t go into the numerous things he has said and done in the past. They have been well documented. And lastly, I didn’t think he gave the GOP the best chance to beat Hillary Clinton. He proved me, and most of America, wrong on that one on Tuesday. What a surprise!

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Now with President-elect Trump, I’m not sure where that leaves me. Am I still in the NeverTrump crowd? Well I’m certainly not like Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post who wrote an article in July titled, “How Hillary Clinton can win over Never Trump Republicans?” . In no way did I EVER consider voting for Hillary Clinton. She was a non-starter. Her views on abortion are reprehensible, such as wanting to change religious beliefs on abortion, supporting federal funding of Planned Parenthood who’s CEO, Cecile Richards, said, “We need to challenge or repeal every single restriction that’s out there.” She proposed a ton of new spending, such as expanding ObamaCare, expansions or investments in numerous programs like: family leave, climate and infrastructure. So no, she’s no choice for a conservative. But I don’t want to be like Jennifer Rubin who’s hatred for Donald Trump blinds her. 

For me, Never Trump was more about him not being conservative and tainting the brand of Conservatism. Everything else was important but secondary. I’m sure like most “movements”, Never Trump is not monolithic.

Donald Trump is no longer running for President. He will be the President. Liberal critics keep saying that people shouldn’t normalize Trump. Well, he’s the 45th President of the United States. His winning normalized him, for better or worse. I’ll give the man a fair shake and my views or opinions on him, or anything, are always subject to change if the data changes. If he governs like a conservative and acts like a civilized human being, I can be swayed.

But I’m not holding my breath..