FOX News chairman Roger Ailes has withdrawn his support for U.S. senator Marco Rubio, dealing a fresh blow to a campaign some saw as questionable all along. It is the best indicator yet that the ships have sailed from Rubio’s harbor, and that the GOP establishment no longer believe in his chances to win the nomination. “We’re finished with Rubio,” Ailes told one FOX host. “We can’t do the Rubio thing anymore.”
Rubio went from conservative champion to total loser, all in the span of about four days.
Both talking heads and conservatives alike applauded Rubio’s effort for last week’s debate performance at which point he finally “took the gloves off” and “coming out swinging” versus a seemingly unstoppable force busting through the immovable object of the GOP, one Donald J. Trump.
But the end result? A whole lot of third place finishes on Super Tuesday.
“The pundits say we’re underdogs,” Rubio said in a rousing speech Tuesday night. “I’ll accept that. We’ve all been underdogs. But we will win.” And yet, new concerns are being raised about the viability of Rubio’s candidacy, and some already see the writing on the wall — the man waged a $4.5 million anti-Trump advertising campaign in the run-up to Tuesday’s election on the
Hannity panel all-out blasting Rubio, Geraldo Rivera calls him a “snot nose” for campaign rhetoric targeting Trump.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) March 3, 2016
Why would the great people of Florida vote for a guy who, as a Senator, never even shows up to vote – worst record. Marco Rubio is a joke!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2016
— Adam Smith (@adamsmithtimes) March 3, 2016
In all likelihood, however, Rubio is in the race until the convention. Even with some of his most deep-pocketed supporters losing all and hope and faith, some pols are bringing in a fresh new wave of endorsements, like New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.
Some say he’s even cut a deal with party bosses, agreeing to stay in the race even though he’s certain not to win anymore.
But this is all speculation. What we know for sure is that leading in to fresh elections on Saturday, the best chance for GOP elites to block the nomination of Trump will be to rack up as many votes in the “everyone else” column as possible, blitz the media with Mitt Romney, and send up some prayers that the thick-skinned billionaire doesn’t win the majority of delegates heading into the convention in Cleveland later this summer.
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