At the stroke of midnight, a black limo pulls up to the hot spot surrounded by black Escalades. As the cars come to a stop, a slew of suit wearing, gun toting, toothpick chewing foot soldiers emerge. One opens the limo door as another boss steps out into the shadows and is ushered into a secret back door for the back room meeting between bosses.
It's Cruz. It's Rubio. Both have taken their swings at each other after enjoying a very cordial beginning. But competition had become desperate and the dirty work needed to be done. But as the billionaire executive in town begins to steamroll their operations, both men have but one choice to assure the "speakeasies" in town keep speaking. It's a back room deal in the making. It's friends, turned rivals, now turned partners . . .
Hopefully it is, because if anyone besides Donald Trump is to win the Republican nomination, one of either Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio needs to drop out of the race.
A candidate needs 1,237 delegates to win the 2016 Republican nomination at the RNC Convention. Right now Trump has 87 to Cruz and Rubio's 17. With Super Tuesday tomorrow and Trump leading in all but three states, (Cruz is leading the big prize state of Texas, Arkansas, and Alaska), his lead is going to increase. Because the GOP begins their nomination race with graduated primaries and caucuses, delegates get awarded for first, second, and third place considering they get a certain percentage of the votes. But after Super Tuesday, most every state becomes a "winner takes all" state. The bad news for GOP presidential candidates is that Trump leads in the early polls in most all of the remaining states. Minus a March Surprise tomorrow, Trump will be well on his way to wrapping up the nomination after Super Tuesday if things stay as they are.
Ted Cruz won the Iowa Caucus. How he did it may be another story, but nevertheless he won. No one has come close to beating Trump in any state since. It was a blowout in New Hampshire and likely will be in each of the northeastern states. It was a blowout in South Carolina which may prove to be a mortal wound to both Cruz and Rubio though their finishes won them some delegates. In Nevada, it wasn't close. Marco Rubio has yet to win a state. At some point, you have to quit celebrating second place.
I voted for Marco Rubio on Friday in early voting. His behavior since then almost makes me wish I would've waited until Super Tuesday to vote, because I'm not sure he'd still get my vote. It's not because I don't believe in his policies. I believe in his policies and stances. I really like him. But in what can only be called desperation, Marco Rubio has decided to wallow in the mud with Trump. His innuendos about Trump's small hands are repulsive. In a time of dirty politics, Rubio ran an above board campaign, and while he wasn't winning states, he could keep his head up about how he ran and behaved. Unfortunately, his 72 hour Trump barrage probably will not win a single state for him and will only make him look childish, immature, and desperate in the end. If his big gamble doesn't pay off, it's time for Rubio to sit down. As of now, he's not even winning his home state, and it's not even close. If you can't win your home state, that says a lot about your record. Rubio is going to learn that if you wrestle a pig in the mud, you end up looking like a pig in the mud. Rubio's campaign is rolling the dice thinking that if they sound more like Trump then they'll win some of those angry voters over. Let's give credit where credit is due. You can't "out-Trump" Trump. Ted Cruz seems to be figuring it out after the two early states. Attack the record. Stay above board. Let the bully be the bully. Keep your principles.
When the election cycles first started, I was all in for Ted Cruz. When he started his "Ducking Donald" campaigns and with his campaign's continued dirty politics mishaps, I gave Rubio a good look and liked what I saw. I've never disliked Ted Cruz, but I have wondered about his word. Of all the candidates left, his Christian beliefs are closest to mine however, and I'd have no problem voting for him. In fact, had I not already early voted, I'd have a real decision to make at this point between Cruz and Rubio.
But say what you will, Donald Trump has tapped into a angry electorate. It's an electorate that is sick and tired of Washington gridlock and greed. It's an electorate that's tired of seeing the America they grew up in taken from them piece by piece. It's an electorate that rightly believes Washington has failed them. The game of politics has overtaken the need of the people. We've all become the social experiments of liberal think-tanks with the US military being the largest tank of all. Religious liberties are disappearing faster than you can blink. Traditional, Judeo-Christian values are almost gone. Our justice system is corrupt. Our legal system is flawed. Our Constitution is ignored. Our economy is tanking. Our military is weakening. We're killing millions of babies every year. America is going off the rails and the American voter has a right to be angry. God knows I am.
Trump gets this and is playing to it perfectly. But Ted Cruz also stirs the angry American voter as well. The difference in the two in this sense? One is a Washington outsider. One is a Washington insider. Cruz would decry that moniker, but as an elected senator on Capitol Hill, the average American voter sees him as part of the problem of Washington for better or for worse. Of course, Trump is hardly the outsider after flirting with politics all of his life and greasing the hands of politicians on both sides of the aisle in the name of business deals. One thing is for sure though, the average American voter is angry and sick and tired of the same thing in Washington. People want change. They want it now, and they don't care who has to deliver it. They want it period. Trump's personality matches that, but Cruz's, in a less egocentric way, does as well.
So with Cruz having won the only other state primary/caucus thus far, and as the only other candidate to actually be leading in other states at this point, it's probably time for Marco Rubio to set ego aside and put the country first. I don't know what kind of deal needs to be reached, but one is needed. I can't possibly see a Cruz/Rubio ticket, and after Kasich's last debate performance where he marginalized traditional marriage and religious liberty, I pray he is not even an option. Whatever needs to be offered, needs to be offered though. If Cruz was to drop out of the race, it's likely that those supporting his anti-Washington message would slide over to Trump. If Rubio drops out, it's more likely that his supporters would go to Cruz if for nothing else, to stop Donald Trump.
It still could be too little, too late. But if the two candidates could unite and back one another, they're percentages together would beat Trump's in many states which would either lead to Cruz getting the nomination or to a brokered convention which is a certainty to not nominate Trump. If that happens and he bolts for a third party run, we'll have a repeat of the 1912 election, his motives will be shown, and the Democrats will win the 2016 election. At that point, all we could hope for would be a Michael Bloomberg run for president which would also split the Democrat vote. Then we'd have some fireworks. The addition of Bloomberg in the race would be an interesting dynamic, but is more than likely not happening.
So we'll see what happens on Super Tuesday. I'll be glued to the TV tomorrow night as the results come in. And if things go as they are expected to go, I'll be watching on Wednesday as well to see Marco Rubio do the right thing, the patriotic thing, and push his support behind Ted Cruz to win the nomination.