National Republicans are realistically going to do very little between now and November 2016. Instead, says the Guardian’s Jeb Lund, you have lots of would-be presidential clowns: there’s Chris Christie, a man whose main appeal is being a bully to public servants, Mike Huckabee, who’s hoping to capture the vast army of Beyoncé haters, Texas’s Ted Cruz – although he’s really from Canada – Rand Paul, who has faced multiple allegations of plagiarism and Jeb Bush, who is hoping Hillary Clinton runs so that he can escape his dynastic ties and Rick Perry, who last time round had an infamous “oops moment”. Watch his analysis below if only as a reminder of the intelligence of recent Texas governors.
Igor Volsky writing for Think Progress lays out a clear case for why Senator Rubio is not the Savior that the GOP is looking for. …dig beyond Rubio’s newfound embrace of immigration reform, and you’ll find that the GOP’s future appears stuck in the past, as the great hope of the party still espouses many of the extreme policies voters rejected in November Refused to raise the debt ceiling Co-sponsored and voted for a Balanced Budget Amendment Signed the Norquist pledge Backed Florida’s voter purge Doesn’t believe in climate change Opposed federal action to help prevent violence against women Believes employers should be able to deny birth control to their employees Recorded robo calls for anti-gay hate group Read the full article here. Related articles 8 Reasons Why Marco Rubio Is Not ‘The Republican Savior’ (thinkprogress.org) Rubio: ‘Only one savior’ (politico.com) Sen. Marco Rubio to Give Bilingual GOP Response to President’s State of the Union Address (hispanicbusiness.com) Rubio downplays Time cover: ‘There is only one savior’ (thehill.com)