Monday, December 28, 2015

Explaining the 2016 GOP Dilemma in Two Paragraphs

Marco, you can want it, but you can't have it.

I like Paul Waldman's commentary, wherever it pops up. Today it's in the Washington Post, and he gets to the heart of the 2016 Republican dilemma:
Believe it or not, the Iowa caucuses are just over a month away. And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — establishment darling and the cognoscenti’s assumed front-runner — is heading to Iowa for a bus tour, bringing along a shiny new endorsement from Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, head of the special committee on Benghazi. Can you feel the excitement?
Probably not, which is why this is an excellent demonstration of Rubio’s problem, and the problem the GOP is facing as the actual voting approaches. While everyone waits for the voters to finally figure out that they ought to be supporting Rubio, the only candidate who at the moment looks like he might be able to defeat Donald Trump is Ted Cruz. From the perspective of the party’s fortunes in the general election, that would be sort of like being cured of your electoral syphilis by contracting gonorrhea.
Ouch, but yeah. Watch me not cry for him or Argentina.

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