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Here's Why Rick Santorum Endorsed Marco Rubio

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So after 7 long months of trolling the Iowa and National electorate, Rick Santorum has decided to end his fantasy about becoming President of the United States. Santorum’s idea of a successful presidential campaign apparently included yelling at a Fox News debate moderator because of his own poor poll numbers. It also included attending a campaign event hosted by his opponent in the closing days of the Iowa campaign. That just screams success.

Alas, bygones be bygones, right? No. Before ending his campaign (if you want to call it such) Santorum took the opportunity to burn every single bit of good will he fostered with conservatives during the 2012 elections. He made several pointed efforts to trash Ted Cruz because Cruz had the audacity to court (and win) the same Iowa Evangelical voters that Santorum was after.  Ted Cruz’s sin was to stand on principle during his career in the Senate and refuse to play the game of the Washington Cartel. Thus, he was able to present his record truthfully to the Iowa electorate as a consistent and conservative one. See, Santorum couldn’t do that. He himself famously admitted that in Washington, “politics is a team sport.”  Except, as Cruz points out all the time, the teams aren’t Republicans against Democrats. It’s D.C. against the American public. So, obviously when given the choice between the two men, voters chose Cruz.

Santorum has made a habit of constantly trolling Ted Cruz over his supposed weak and inconsistent positions on immigration. On many occasions he would use his media appearances to push the false narrative that Cruz secretly supported mass amnesty during the 2013 Gang of Eight fiasco:

 

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The truly maddening thing about this is that now Santorum has decided to immediately endorsed Marco freaking Rubio! The one guy in the presidential race who actually does support amnesty! 

This begs the question: Did Rick Santorum ever care about stopping amnesty and limiting legal immigration? If so, why choose Rubio?

This is what I think. Santorum’s political career is obviously over. He is clearly angry and bitter that his presidential campaign never took off and places the blame not on himself, but squarely on Ted Cruz. He sees Cruz’s success across the conservative spectrum as an achievement he could never have, and thus seeks to paint Cruz as a fraud who will say anything to anyone in order to win votes. The man is clearly interested in himself more than advancing conservative principles.

Endorsing Rubio may have betrayed Santorum’s deeply held beliefs on immigration, but at least it was a good last middle-finger to Cruz, who stole the Iowa voters he so righteously deserved.