Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Marco Rubio”

The “Establishment” Candidates and Rubio’s Trust Deficit

His rivals see him as untrustworthy, and so they are understandably unwilling to entrust the fortunes of the party to him.

Posted February 8th, 2016

Rubio’s Bad Debate

The conceit that Rubio is the best candidate for the general election looks a lot less credible than it did before the debate.

Posted February 8th, 2016

The Awful State of Republican Foreign Policy Debate

The candidates seemed to be unanimously in favor of every bad idea mentioned.

Posted February 8th, 2016

Gerson’s Revisionism on the Gang of Eight Bill

Rubio rejected the thing that supposedly makes him broadly appealing, and abandoned the effort as soon as it became politically dangerous for him.

Posted February 5th, 2016

The Continuing Woes of the “Establishment”

We shouldn’t discount the effect of personal animus and bitterness when thinking about what these candidates may do.

Posted February 4th, 2016

Rubio’s Accomplishments in the Senate

Santorum couldn’t come up with anything because there aren’t any accomplishments to be named.

Posted February 4th, 2016

Santorum Endorses Rubio

Santorum is confident that Rubio is just as ideological and dangerous on foreign policy as he is.

Posted February 4th, 2016

Paul Drops Out

It matters more now for the causes Paul cares about that he be re-elected to the Senate.

Posted February 3rd, 2016

How Cruz Won

Cruz did very well in a caucus state that was very well-suited to a candidate with his background and profile.

Posted February 2nd, 2016

The Woes of the GOP “Establishment”

The time for consolidating the “establishment” vote was weeks or months ago, not weeks or months from now.

Posted February 2nd, 2016

The Limits of Rubiomania

The more that party leaders try to foist Rubio on a party that is sick of their leadership, the more he will be rejected.

Posted February 2nd, 2016

Iowa Results

Cruz’s victory sets up the Trump-Cruz race that Republican elites don’t want.

Posted February 2nd, 2016

The RNC Shoots Itself in the Foot (Again)

The rules for awarding delegates are rigged to favor Trump and Cruz.

Posted February 1st, 2016

Spinning Failure in Iowa

We know that Rubio has a ready supply of boosters eager to turn a mediocre showing into proof that his “moment” has finally arrived.

Posted February 1st, 2016

Trump Leads in Iowa

Trump probably has enough of an edge to hold off Cruz.

Posted February 1st, 2016

Rubio’s Bad “Gamble”

Like a mediocre team on the cusp of getting into a wild card game, the Rubio campaign is not in control of its own destiny.

Posted February 1st, 2016

The Seventh Republican Debate

Rubio had his worst debate last night when he could least afford it.

Posted January 29th, 2016