Marco Rubio is Tiptoeing Through the Tulips of 2016

This is not a post about what I think should happen. This is a post about what I think will happen. And what I think will happen is that Marco Rubio is going to emerge from this sad, depressing election cycle the least permanently scarred of any of the people who were actually involved in it.

As I sit to write these words, Rubio is racking up an impressive primary win over his well-funded opponent Carlos Beruff, who attempted to oust Rubio on the same basic basis that Paul Nehlen attempted to use against Paul Ryan. If the polls are to be believed, Rubio is headed towards a solid 6-7% general election win even as Trump looks likely to lose the state.

Rubio’s every action since deciding to stick in the race through the March 15th primaries has been endlessly scrutinized and many of those decisions have drawn their fair share of sniping, from his late decision to re-enter the primary, to his tepid and openly backhanded endorsement of Trump, to his back-and-forth about whether he would speak at the convention and if so, whether he would speak on behalf of Trump, Rubio has elicited mutters while navigating his political path.

But “mutters” is probably better than the rest of the 2016 Presidential field will likely muster. Other than Ted Cruz, none of the other contenders did anything other than get blown off the stage by Trump, and the Republican electorate will not want to entertain serious consideration of them again. Sorry, moneyed fans of Jeb Bush and John Kasich, this means they are toast, too. Other than Rubio and Cruz, there is no candidate in the field whose performance in this debacle actual engenders a positive response in virtually anyone anymore.

I think you can make the case (and I do) that Cruz’s decision to not endorse Trump at the convention was without question the more honorable path to take, but I sadly believe that it will end up hurting Cruz long-term – and given the number of enemies Cruz already had in the party, this additional blow to his standing might have been fatal to any realistic Presidential aspirations. Even if history totally vindicates Cruz’s point – as I think it will – the optics of having done it at the convention will leave a bad taste in some people’s mouth. Is that stupid? Of course, especially considering that people are essentially saying that Cruz wasn’t sufficiently polite to a man who called his wife ugly and blamed his dad for assassinating JFK. But a great many voters are stupid and there’s no point pretending that isn’t true anymore.

Rubio, meanwhile, irritated people a little when he endorsed Trump and other people a little when he basically said “he’s still a con man, though,” but avoided gaining the eternal enmity of either faction which means he might well escape the wreckage of this disaster more politically intact than anyone. Either way, anyone who took a strong stance on either side of the fence will be eternally distrusted and despised by a huge number of national voters.

In the final analysis, I think it’s pretty likely that whoever wins in 2020 will have to be someone who was completely disconnected from this whole Trump mess. Someone who wasn’t even in a position of enough prominence that no one even asked them publicly if they supported Trump or not. Someone who’s name hasn’t been associated with Trump either way for months and months. Someone who represents some hope of being able to heal what this ugly year has wrought, and that will likely need to be a brand new face. I expect Rubio himself knows this as well and that his Presidential aspirations are either done or to be reconsidered in maybe 2024, when he will still be relatively young. But in the meantime he might be escaping the blast radius with the least damage possible.

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Surprise: Donald Trump Flying to Mexico to Meet with President TODAY. What Could Go Wrong?

Guess who’s coming to dinner? (Well … lunch, anyway.) Donald Trump. He’s headed to Mexico today, which he has relentlessly derided throughout his campaign, for a meeting. Lest you think this is some sort of wall fundraising trip, you should know he was invited on Friday, along with Hillary Clinton, by Mexican President Peña Nieto.

It was reported over the weekend that Trump was considering the invitation, but he only confirmed the trip late last night. On Twitter, of course.

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The meeting was also confirmed by President Nieto, who tweeted “I invited candidates for President of the United States to Mexico to discuss the bilateral relationship.” He followed that up in a separate tweet, saying “I believe in dialogue to promote the interests of Mexico in the world and mainly to protect Mexicans wherever they are.”

The meeting will take place ahead of his big, damage-control immigration speech tomorrow where he’s expected to try to keep his flock happy after his recent flip-flop to amnesty. Considering that that flip was precipitated by a meeting with Latino groups, you have to wonder if and how he’ll modify his big speech after meeting with Nieto.

What does Trump hope to get out of the meeting? Last year, Trump said Mexico is “laughing at us, at our stupidity,” and “they are not our friend, believe me.” He trashed former Mexican President Vincente Fox from the primary debate stage. He even smack-talks the country, saying “the wall just got ten feet higher” when they displease him or say they won’t pay for it. You know, like how an adult tells a kid their grounding just got extended by a week. So he’s probably not expecting to be awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle.

Probably he just wants a PR win and attention for his speech. If he can contain himself (an iffy proposition) and wait to express his view on how the meeting went until he is delivering his speech tomorrow afternoon, all the bigger the press circus. And he will no doubt say something like “if I’m such a racist, if Mexico hates me so much, why did their President meet with me?” Not to mention the outside hope it helps him with Latino voters.

One can only assume that PR is all that Nieto will get out of the meeting as well. He has a dialog with a contender for the White House, and he can claim that Trump had to come to him because Mexico is important to our interests. You know, a press release win. At best.

At worst … well Trump’s worst is impossible to predict, isn’t it? It’s always so much worse than you think it will be. Maybe he ruins U.S.-Mexico relations for a generation. Maybe he builds a wall really super fast while everyone is distracted and then steals the money from Nieto’s wallet. Maybe he catches a few Pokemon. Maybe nothing. Who knows?

Whatever the case, we won’t have to wait long. The exact details of the meeting aren’t out yet, but it will be in Mexico during the day and he’s supposed to be back in time for his speech tonight. So in a few hours we’ll know what his worst or best is.

Despite himself, this day could be a turning point in the 2016 race.

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John McCain Beats Challenger Kelli Ward to Win Arizona Primary

Incumbent Senator John McCain turned 80 on Monday, and handily won his primary challenge on Tuesday of this week, beating challenger Kelli Ward for the GOP nomination for his senate seat, CNN projects.

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This was a contentious and bizarre primary. Donald Trump changed his mind about McCain being a military loser when he endorsed his reelection earlier this month, saying “I hold in the highest esteem Sen. John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and in public office.” McCain is without question a member in top standing of “the establishment” and is basically exactly the kind of senator Trump voters despised right before Trump endorsed him.

And who can forget the crazy ads that ran in this race, which Leon covered last week.

This will be McCain’s sixth term as a senator. The Washington Post reports he still won’t commit to this being his last.

Marco Rubio won his primary challenge on Tuesday as well, after initially announcing he would not be seeking reelection.

In worse news, Debbie Wasserman Schultz won her reelection bid. Sorry Bernie fans.

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IT’S RUBIO: Marco Rubio Wins GOP Senate Nomination in Florida Primary

Senator Marco Rubio has won the GOP nomination and will be running for his second term as a Senator from Florida.

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Rubio first decided he would not be running for reelection, but later changed course and put his name in the running. Wealthy businessman Carlos Beruff, his opponent, spent several million dollars of his own money in his attempt to unseat Rubio but ultimately couldn’t break the Senator’s popularity.

Also in Florida, Bernie Sanders saboteur and Clinton lackey Debbie Wasserman Schultz won her bid for reelection.

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Is Governor Rick Perry Preparing to Make a Run at Ted Cruz’s Senate Seat?

So let’s settle some rumors.

Rumor #1 is about Governor Rick Perry’s appearance on ABC’s dance-themed reality show, Dancing With The Stars.

For starters, and by now, everyone knows it’s true.

The former Texas governor will be competing against celebrities like Vanilla Ice, and Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte.

How does he think he will do?

“I’m probably the least-experienced dancer that’s going to be on this program,” he told The Texas Tribune of his selection as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”

“My bet is, if you ranked them from top to bottom, I’d be at the bottom, both in experience and in training or anything else,” Perry said Tuesday.

“There were a lot of people that were surprised, including my wife,” Perry said.

“We got contacted about six weeks ago and asked if I would be interested,” he said of how the casting came to pass. “My first response was not really, this was way outside of my silo of my interests, knowledge, experience.”

So why risk the embarrassment?

“I really gave it some thought about what do I want to do? Why would I be interested in doing this? It’s a lot of work. It’s a real commitment.”

He said he decided to do the show because it would put him — and his interest in veterans — in front of “an audience that I probably would never be able to get in front of.”

Perry, an Air Force veteran, said he would talk on the show “about the reason we get to do all the fun and cool things we do in America is because somebody is sacrificing along the way — men and women in the uniform.”

This is also a really cool way to get in some dance lessons before his daughter, Sydney’s Fall wedding.

So what about rumor #2?

Apparently, there are people who believe Perry is preparing to challenge Senator Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in 2018.

That particular rumor started when Trump began his campaign to destroy Cruz for what he saw as a slight at the GOP convention in July.

Trump did what Trump does… he sought to cause turmoil and to divide the Republican party by suggesting a week ago that Perry could run against Cruz and win his Senate seat.

Breitbart picked up the rumor and ran with it, ever anxious to do the bidding of their comb-over potentate. No truth required.

The next thing you know, everybody is talking about it and you can’t convince anybody that it’s just a rumor.

Governor Perry endorsed Cruz in the primaries after his own bid failed.

When presented with the rumor, Perry answers:

“In the political world, my experience has been almost exclusively as an executive,” Perry said. “Agriculture commissioner … lieutenant governor … which you have your foot in both the executive branch and the legislative branch. And then governor for 14 years.”

“That’s my strength, that is what I enjoy doing, that is not the talents required for the United States Senate,” he said. “My preference of what’s next for Rick Perry is not to be in the United States Senate.”

So it would seem rumor #2 is false.

Lesson to be learned here?

Perry is having fun. Let him. If it brings attention to veterans’ issues, as he hopes, then it will all be worth it.

Also, if it comes out of that gaping maw of Trump’s and is later parroted by Breitbart, it is very likely a load of bull.

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Michele Bachmann: Donald Trump Is God’s Choice In 2016 (VIDEO)

Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann was on David Brody’s Brody Files show on CBN today and the subject of Donald Trump came up. Naturally. Look, I’ve always liked Michele Bachmann but it seems like that whenever she is given the opportunity to say something outlandish she simply can’t resist. To quote the legendary Ron White: “I had the right to remain silent, I just did not have the ability.” Who can forget her Tardasil episode in the 2011 debate. Now she’s, in my view, done it again.

This starts out harmlessly enough. She sings Trump’s praises as someone who listens to people and selects the best ideas before proceeding to do whatever the hell he wants. And she compares and contrasts that style with the autocratic style of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. This might be true. I’ve seen no evidence of it during this campaign season. Look at the clowns that make up his inner circle. Even so, let’s concede he’s better at decisionmaking than Clinton and Obama… combined even… that is still damning by faint praise.

Then Bachmann takes a side trip into Bizarro World:

“This is one thing I know from the Book of Daniel: the bottom line of the Book of Daniel is this: it teaches us that the most high God lifts up who He will and takes down who he will. And I look at this primary race that the republicans had, seventeen great candidates. I actually supported Ted Cruz. I thought he was fabulous but I also see that at the end of the day God raised up, I believe Donald Trump who was going to be the nominee in this election. I don’t think God sits things out. He’s a sovereign God. Donald Trump became our nominee. I think it’s very likely that in the day that we live in, that Donald Trump is the only individual who could win in a General Election of the seventeen who ran. Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know but I do know that the Bible is true and that Daniel teaches the most high God which is one of God’s names is the one who lifts up who he will and takes down who He will and so that’s why my prayers and my actions and my work on a daily basis is to make sure that Donald Trump becomes, “President Trump” the first Tuesday of November this 2016.”

It is this kind of presumed Vulcan Mind Meld with the Almighty that creeps me out. Even if I assumed God had a particular favorite in the 2016 race, and I don’t, given the behavior of this nation I’d also be open to the point of view that we are being given two evil people from which we are to choose a president and that person’s role will be one of chastisement rather than inspiration. This is not unknown. Biblical Israel (including Judah) was plagued with bad kings who were all assumed, at the beginning of their reign, to have been “raised up.” For instance Jeroboam, Omri, Ahab, Rehoboam, etc. I’d also at least spending a moment considering the odds of God selecting a liar, a cheat, a slanderer, and an adulterer as his CHOSEN. Even David, at his low point, was still admirable in a lot of ways. Finally, I’m not totally convinced that God is a straight-ticket Republican.

I’m not opposed to the idea of God’s engagement in secular affairs, rather to the contrary. But I don’t believe God puts out yard signs either.

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The Top 5 Climate Change Myths Debunked

If there’s one point of contention between the left and the right, it’s on the subject of climate change. The environmentalists on the left have been screaming from the not-so-much melting polar ice caps that the ice caps are melting for eons.

In fact, the hysterical adherence to the climate change message has helped develop and unofficial pagan religion around the issue. It has all the necessary feathers, webbed feet, bills, and quacks to be able to accurately call it that kind of duck. Replete with priests like Bill Nye that believe heretics should be thrown in jail for disagreeing about climate, and bills that would allow deniers of the faith to be imprisoned. It’s a religion with high holy days, such as Earth day, where pagans celebrate together in cities where they pray to cities that they trash during the festivities.  It even encourages, and even forgives extremism if it furthers the faith.

Of course, standing opposite of this environmental religion is the conservative conservationism that casts a skeptic eye on a lot of the propagandism touted by the left. Instead of jailing dissenters, we encourage debate and scientific research that furthers our understanding of Earth and her climate.

That’s too far for environmentalists who must be believed wholesale, however. Instead they push points that you cannot argue with, or else…they hope.

Steven Crowder recently released a video that tackles the top 5 myths pushed by environmentalists, including the myth about the Earth getting hotter, polar bears dying off, and how climate change is a consensus between scientists. It’s both educational, and as always, entertaining.

Watch and learn, and next time you’re confronted with some of these points, you’ll know not to buy the hysterics.

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FBI to Release Report on Hillary’s Emails as Early as Tomorrow

Somewhere in a basement, the strategists for the Donald Trump campaign are already fiercely plotting for how they are going to steal this negative news cycle away from Hillary Clinton. And that might be a challenge, because this is going to be a big one:

(CNN)The FBI expects to publicly release as soon as Wednesday the report the bureau sent to the Justice Department in July recommending no charges in the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, according to multiple law enforcement officials.

The release is in response to numerous FOIA requests including from CNN.

Also to be released is Hillary Clinton’s 302, the FBI agent notes from Clinton’s voluntary interview at FBI headquarters. The report is about 30 pages, and the 302 is about a dozen pages according to the officials.

It’s difficult to predict exactly what will be in the report, but given the public blistering Hillary received from FBI director Comey on two separate occasions, it’s safe to say it won’t be good for Team Hillary.

It will be interesting to see if Trump does the smart thing and lets the media chew on this for longer than about thirty minutes before he goes on television and beheads a live puppy or something just to get the cameras turned back in his direction again. If I were a betting man, I wouldn’t put money on it.

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Maine Governor And Donald Trump Surrogate Paul LePage Hints He Will Resign

Last week we reported about the travails of Maine Governor and Donald Trump Surrogate Paul LePage.

Last Thursday, he left an unhinged rant on the voicemail of a state legislator whom LePage thought had called him racist. It is difficult to know how anyone could arrive at that conclusion:

Then on Friday, he tried to repair the damage he’d done and wound up saying that he considered blacks and Hispanics as “the enemy.”

Now it seems that LePage has belatedly recognized the error of doubling down on stupidity.

Gov. Paul LePage raised the possibility Tuesday that he may not finish his second term, amid mounting pressure from Democrats and members of his own party to amend for his recent actions.

“I’m looking at all options,” the Republican governor said while appearing on WVOM, a Bangor talk radio station. “I think some things I’ve been asked to do are beyond my ability. I’m not going to say that I’m not going to finish it. I’m not saying that I am going to finish it.”

There is every appearance that his own party is more than ready to toss him overboard to keep him from taking them down with him.

LePage said he met with Republican House and Senate leaders Monday night at the Blaine House but said he plans to talk with his staff before deciding his next move.

He said his impression from Monday’s meeting was that House Republicans want to “salvage what we can and move forward.” Senate Republicans, he said, are “making demands.”

LePage seemed to at least acknowledge that his ability to lead Maine may be in question now.

“It’s not about me. It’s about making sure that we can move the state forward,” he said. “It’s one thing to have one party behind (you), it’s another thing to not have any party behind you.”

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Venezuelan Women Sterilizing Themselves Due to Horrible Socialist Economy

Venezuela is socialist paradise, which means it’s only a like of fire short of being Hell. Businesses have all but abandoned the country due to shortages of pretty much everything, from toilet paper to medical supplies. Securing food could cost somewhere around a month’s pay, if you’re able to find it at all. It’s even gotten to the point where it’s President, Maduro, has ordered that citizens work the fields to try to combat the food shortage.

But the nightmare continues, and it’s gotten bad enough that women have begun to take measures to make sure they don’t bring a child into that world. Problem is – as I mentioned  – Venezuela has pretty much run out of everything, and this includes birth control and prophylactics. So the only option some women have left is to sterilize themselves.

According to Fox News Latino, some clinics in Venezuela are having “sterilization days,” where women can come in and have the procedure done.

The clinic offers 40 slots during its so-called “sterilization day” offered regularly at a number of clinics in wealthier sections of the city, but as recently as last year, it did not come close to filling them. Now, however, all the slots are filled, and there is a waiting list of around 500 women hoping to get the procedure.

“Who wants to be pregnant right now in Venezuela?” Sonia Schott, the former Washington, D.C., correspondent for Venezuelan news network Globovisión, told Fox News Latino. “How can you be sure your child will have everything it needs? How do you know when you go to the hospital they’ll even have the proper medicine or equipment?”

Currently, securing diapers, formula, and other necessities for raising a child is nigh impossible. Feeding yourself is a highly difficult task as is. This makes raising a child in Venezuela nearly impossible.

So now we can add sterilization to the list of things Maduro’s quest for “social justice” and “equality” – but really his own self-interest – have led to.

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