This Republican presidential primary has turned out to be rather depressing. Starting the season off, we had the youngest, most diverse, most talented set of candidates ever going up against a weak, homogenous Democratic field of old, white northeastern liberals. The contrast was going to be tremendous. Yesterday versus Tomorrow, New versus Old. This was going to be our year.
Along came Donald Trump.
Where things stand now, the frontrunners for both the Democratic and Republican parties are old, rich white liberals from New York. Not a lot of variety.
I’ve posted quite a bit about why Donald Trump is a terrible choice. He would be a disaster as the Republican nominee, and I cannot in good conscience vote for him to be our next President. Trump must be stopped, and the best way to do that is to defeat him in the primary. Only one candidate left can do that — Ted Cruz.
Marco Rubio is a talented young conservative, who had a bright future and huge potential. He would have made a great president, far more conservative than anyone since Ronald Reagan, and perhaps even more so than Ronaldus Magnus himself.
However, Rubio’s chance has come — and gone. His campaign is practically finished. He has no path to victory. There is only one thing he can do now to stop Donald Trump.
It’s time for a Cuban Compact.
In the 24 primaries or caucuses thus far, Marco Rubio has finished ahead of Donald Trump 2 times. Ted Cruz has beaten Trump 8 times. Rubio has finished second to Trump in 2 states, and Cruz has finished second to Trump in 8 states.
Rubio’s polling has plummeted in recent days. In most Florida polls, he’s barely ahead of Cruz (just outside of the margin of error). In Ohio, he’s in fourth, in single digits. In other states, the best he can get is a [distant] tie for second place.
The election results are proving Ted Cruz’s case for him — he’s the only one who is giving Trump a run for the money. Rubio’s 3-2-1 strategy “wait for Florida” strategy (also called the 3-4-2-2-3-3-3-2-3-3-1-3-3-3-3-2-4-3-3-3-1-3-3-4-4-1 strategy) has failed, much like Rudy Giuiliani’s Florida strategy of 2008. The only thing Rubio accomplishes by staying in the race is guaranteeing a Donald Trump nomination.
Erick Erickson and others have been calling for Rubio to drop out and join Ted Cruz for a unity ticket. This does several things: saves face for Rubio by avoiding an embarrassing loss in Florida, unifies the party, gives a tremendous contrast to Hillary Clinton, and saves Rubio’s future political ambitions (let’s face it — a loss in Florida would be damaging to any future run for Rubio). I agree with them.
A Cruz/Rubio presidential ticket would be the best thing conservatives have ever had on the national level. It’s time for the two Cubans to get together and make it happen while there’s still time.