Marco Rubio is not a conservative

Rubio Chickens Out

Patrick Howley, Breitbart

Sen. Marco Rubio canceled his scheduled appearance at the Conservative Review Conference in South Carolina five minutes before he was slated to go on stage. "Marco Rubio will you raise your hand?” conference moderator Mark Levin said on stage at the conference after it became apparent that Rubio was not going to appear on stage. “Where is he?"

Bruised Marco Rubio Gets Nasty And Personal

Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times

Senator Marco Rubio, opening a more aggressive phase of his campaign as he tries to reinvigorate his bid for the Republican nomination, suggested Thursday that Donald J. Trump may be too crude to be president and that Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, may be too inexperienced.

Rubio’s Bad Foreign Policy Judgment

Daniel Larison, The American Conservative

Rubio wants to use his supposed foreign policy experience to give him a boost against his rivals, but it’s quite misleading. More so than any Republican candidate still in the race, Rubio was on board with Obama’s foolish military intervention in Libya, which helped to destabilize Libya and its neighbors for the last five years. That not only calls his judgment into question, but it would make him uniquely ill-suited to face Clinton in the general election. 

Marco Rubio: The Republican John Edwards

Daniel Larison, The American Conservative

The argument for Rubio has long been that mainly by virtue of being young, Cuban-American, and the son of immigrants that he would be able to win over voters that traditionally don’t support the GOP. Both the Edwards and Rubio arguments are exceedingly superficial, and so are the candidates that make them.

Rubio's poor New Hampshire finish blunts his momentum

Alex Leary, The Tampa Bay Times

Tuesday was a momentum killer for Marco Rubio, who finished fifth behind Jeb Bush and others. Rubio will move on to South Carolina but no longer has a claim as the establishment candidate to beat. Bush has a strong footing in South Carolina and he and his team are suddenly energized, eager to dispatch Rubio for good.

Rubio's Revealing Loop

Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post

It's time for establishment Republicans to face the truth about Marco Rubio: Once you get past the facade, there appears to be no there there. The void behind his prettified rhetoric was stunningly revealed in Saturday night's debate. Rubio sounded like a malfunctioning cyborg as he kept repeating one of his prepared lines.

Rubio repeats two nearly identical phrases — again

Hanna Trudo, Politico

Whoops, he did it again. Speaking at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire on Monday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio repeated two nearly identical phrases about family values and raising kids in modern times.

Rubio's Gaffe Knocked Establishment Off Its Preferred Track

Sean Trende, Real Clear Politics

In the aftermath of the Iowa caucuses, the Republican primary looked like it was going to unfold the way many analysts have been suggesting for months that it would: Trump fades down the stretch, Marco Rubio finishes a solid second in New Hampshire, consolidates establishment support, and puts the race away in late March or early April. In one brief exchange, Saturday night’s debate called this scenario into question. 

GOP debate: Rubio chokes

Shane Goldmacher, Politico

Marco Rubio knew exactly what he was doing on Saturday night. The problem was he flubbed it. The Florida senator went into Saturday night’s GOP debate with momentum. He ended it as a viral glitch sensation.

Pop Goes the Marco Bubble

Scott McConnell, The American Conservative

It wasn’t simply that Marco Rubio's answers during the debate were bad. It is that they were bad in a way that emphasizes Rubio’s organic weaknesses, that he lacks the credentials or leadership gravitas and experience that people associate with the presidency. 

Insiders: Marco Rubio crashed and burned

Steven Shepard, Politico

POLITICO political expert panel members panned the Florida senator's canned debate responses. 'Cringeworthy,' said one New Hampshire Republican.

Robotic Rubio Reamed In New Hampshire Debate

When Marco Rubio was really being challenged for the first time  — by New Jersey Governor Christie, a world-class bully, no less — he wilted. He was like an artificially intelligent robot confronted with a logical question his programming couldn’t handle.

Trump Edges Cruz As New Hampshire Test Approaches

Going into the ABC Saturday night "dinner date debate" the FedUp PAC poll showed Donald Trump leading with 49%, while Senator Ted Cruz had 37% backing.  Marco Rubio, who seems to be emerging as the choice of the GOP establishment, had only 14% and is counting on a strong debate performance to boost the flagging hopes of the GOP establishment.

Rubio the Remainderman

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Marco is the fallback position of a reeling establishment that is appalled by Trump, loathes Cruz, and believes Rubio—charismatic, young, personable—can beat Hillary Clinton. But there is a problem here for the establishment; Rubio is not a barn burner; he is a malleable man of maneuver.

Cruz's Path to Nomination as Plausible as Anyone Else

Ross Douthat, The New York Times

If Cruz’s weaknesses were good reasons to give him low odds when this whole process started, they aren’t good reasons anymore. In a field that’s fluid and shrinking, he may not be the absolute favorite, but his path to the nomination is as plausible as anybody else’s at this point. And, Cruz has the money, the organization, and a network of elite support that can carry him through a long campaign.

Marco Rubio is running scared

Dana Milbank, The Washington Post

Rubio gives the same speech everywhere. The most tightly managed candidate in the race, he shuns risk and appears to live in mortal terror of mentioning Donald Trump, the man who dominates the race. Rubio’s determination not to be taken off of this bland message, or to engage Trump, may give the impression that he is above the fray. But it also makes him look weak and callow.

DC Insiders Move To Shore Up Rubio

Daniel Strauss, Politico

Rubio's rapidly increasing list of establishment congressional backers has now vaulted him ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the so-called "endorsement primary."

Marco Rubio is the establishment GOP's new kid in town

John Kass, The Chicago Tribune

Rubio, the senator from Florida, came in a victorious third in the Iowa Republican caucuses, or at least that's how the establishment GOP and their handmaidens in establishment media will spin it. He's now the heir to the Bush family establishment legacy whether the Bushes like it or not.

Why Trump Lost Iowa

John McCormack, The Weekly Standard

What most analysts and pollsters got wrong is that they believed a big turnout would mean an electorate with a smaller percentage of evangelical Christians. In fact, according to one entrance poll, evangelicals made up 64 percent of the 2016 electorate. And that pretty much explains Cruz's victory. He won 34 percent of evangelicals, while Trump won 22 percent and Rubio won 21 percent. Among the 36 percent of caucusgoers who aren't evangelicals, Trump took 29 percent, Rubio took 26 percent, and Cruz took 18 percent.

Cruz Cruises to Victory

Rebecca Berg and Carl M. Cannon, Real Clear Politics

Cruz and his team envisioned a national campaign from the start, but it necessarily depended on a strong showing in Iowa. His success here hinged on bringing together factions of the conservative wing that have fractured in recent presidential elections. “If conservatives unite,” Cruz liked to say, “we win.”