Time will tell if Marco Rubio survives the 2016 Republican version of demolition derby. What's clear is that despite his cherubic, youthful demeanor, Rubio is a hard-core conservative, every bit as dangerous as his idol, George W. Bush.
It's early in the campaign cycle, but it's never too early to speculate on who will win in 2016. Though most of my friends are "Ready for Hillary," I am confident that Marco Rubio will be the next president of the United States.
Do those who are debating in Paris about the length of Sarah's skirt realize the kind of message they are sending to the Muslim community? Do they realize that forcing people to choose between two sets of values could lead to pushing them away from the national community?
Playing defense, particularly in a crowded field, is slow death in electoral politics. The craftiest candidates flip infamy to fame, sometimes on instinct.
It's not just Gail Collins of the New York Times who's noticed that Jeb Bush is making a mess on the campaign trail or whatever trail he's on. That's despite the fact he's always been considered competent (compared to his brother, of course).
The Republican candidates' unwillingness to repudiate those promoting conspiracy theories about martial law and Jade Helm 15 makes clear that the extremist wing of their party is far, far more powerful than the nonexistent Sister Souljah wing of the Democratic Party ever was. Even the more serious candidates like Rubio, Walker, and Bush were afraid to denounce them.
During a focus group led by GOP pollster Frank Luntz at the South Carolina Freedom Summit, the mother-in-law of Citizens United president David Bossie compared immigrants to rats and roaches, to the delight of the audience. Bossie is the organizer of the summit, one in a series of cattle calls for GOP presidential hopefuls.
Even if predatory for-profit college companies can hang on for a period, restoring revenues while retaining their abusive practices, the era where they blatantly and arrogantly rip off and students and taxpayers, while Washington politicians and lobbyists do their bidding without apparent shame, is likely near its end.
When it comes to the 2016 field of Republican presidential candidates, the rule of thumb this time around is obviously going to be "the more, the merrier!" The number of officially-announced Republican candidates actually doubled this week.
It would be a huge mistake for Democrats to dismiss the newfound economic populism of Republican presidential candidates as obviously laughable given Republicans' deep alliance with corporate America. Republicans are aiming to pull off a populist jiu-jitsu, using anger at corporate influence over government to justify even more dismantling of government. It could work.
There will be real discussion about real issues, because Sanders will, as he always has, yell and prod and poke until he gets an answer. Maybe through those very discussions we'll see some of the best solutions to our biggest issues appear.
Republicans are out of sync with a majority of Americans on issues like income inequality, how to increase employment, immigration, marriage equality and national security. Attacking Clinton's trustworthiness is their default position. The more each of these flawed Republican candidates goes after Hillary Clinton on the issue of trust, the more their hypocrisy will be exposed.
Rubio has been successful at selling his story. The same isn't true when it comes to advocating for those who want to follow his path. Since he ran for the U.S. Senate, Rubio has sought to portray himself as somehow both a Republican committed to real reform on immigration, and a darling of Tea Party extremists.
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This week, the Republican presidential field is going to double, from three candidates to six. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio have all previously officially announced their candidacies, and this week they will be joined by Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee.
"I think all of these candidates are a great thing for the country," says Arnold La Tulliard of Flemingsburg, Kentucky, whose campaign slogan is "I'll handle ISIS like I handle my snakes."