I was hoping I wouldn’t have to write this.
As his challengers depart the race and the spotlight intensifies on the remaining competitors for the Republican nomination, Marco Rubio is bleeding support. He’s bleeding because of self-inflicted wounds. He can’t hide himself.
I was more than willing to dismiss the water drinking thing.
I’ve done a boatload of public speaking and I know what it is to get dry while you’re speaking. Critics might try speaking for entire day in Albuquerque. I chalked it up to inexperience.
Two debates ago, Chris Christie struck a severe blow to Rubio, calling Rubio out for a canned speech.
Soon after Rubio was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos and repeated himself three more times.
Rubio appeared to right himself soon after the debate but it didn’t last long. Allegations that he is an amnesty proponent have dogged Rubio for some time. Back in September Rubio’s campaign seemed to reinforce the idea:
As record numbers of Muslim migrants enter the United States, and as a surge of Central Americans swamps our southern border, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79%
is using his presidential campaign to promote citizenship for those who come here illegally and take American jobs, benefits and residency.
In a September 21 interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Rubio said that within 10 or 12 years — which would be after the U.S. foreign-born population has swelled above 51 million on current trends — “you could have a broader debate about how has this worked out and should we allow some of them [the illegal foreign-born] to apply for green cards and eventually citizenship.”
In a quote provided yesterday to New York Magazine, Rubio’s spokesman made clear that Rubio’s position on citizenship for illegals has not changed since he worked with President Obama and Senator Schumer on the “Gang of Eight Bill.”
Rubio’s spokesman declared: “Marco has repeatedly stated — and did so again last night — that he is open to green cards after 10 years.”
A review of past Rubio comments shows that he is still using the same talking points now as he did in during the 2013 “Gang of Eight” effort to push his citizenship program for illegal entrants into U.S. society.
Even so, I wanted to give Rubio the benefit of the doubt. But then, he ran into O’Reilly and things got all too obvious. Once again, Rubio went robotic and repetitive but that wasn’t the worst of it:
O’REILLY: And, we assume anyone who wins the Republican nomination will do that, if they become president. But, I’m interested in your vision, OK? Because your father came here from Cuba, and he came legally because Cubans had the political component going for them after Castro took over in 1959.
Now, your vision, not the American people’s vision, your vision. You’ve got 12 million people living here, Trump says he’s going to round them up, use federal authorities, and federal power to force them to go back home. Some people say that’s not realistic, some people say that won’t happen because courts would block it.
But, your vision is to deal with illegal aliens here who have broken our laws how? What will you try to sell the voters?
RUBIO: Yeah, and first, just to set the record straight, my parents came in 1956 before Castro. They came through the regular green card process. They applied and they entered the country the normal immigration way. They didn’t have any sort of special status.
And, then as far as the 12 million that are here? Look, I don’t believe the American people support some sort of militaristic round-up of individuals, and I don’t think you could carry it out. The sort of tactics it would required would offend the American people.
The good news is that we don’t have to do it that way. If you secure our border — if you secure our border, if you put in place mandatory e-verify, you put in place a mandatory entry exit tracking system, if we prove to the American people that illegal immigration is finally under control, I think the American people will respond in a very rational, reasonable and responsible way...
O’REILLY: … But, what is that? Wait…
RUBIO: … about what do you do with someone that first certain criteria?
O’REILLY: … In your mind…
RUBIO: … Again, I don’t — it depends on what the....
O’REILLY: … OK…
RUBIO: … It depends on what the American people are willing to…
O’REILLY: … Alright, but let me give you an example. Alright. So, Tommy O’Malley has overstayed his visa from Counting Cork in Ireland.
O’REILLY: Let’s take it out of the Mexican realm because there are a lot of non-Mexicans who are here illegally, alright? Let’s take that emotional component out of it.
So, Tommy O’Malley comes over, he overstays his visa. He’s got a job out on Long Island, he’s been here, he’s got two kids. Do you let him stay, do you give him American citizenship? What do you do with him?
RUBIO: Well, first of all, it depends on what the American people are willing to support because you’re not going to ram anything down their throat…
O’REILLY: … Alright, you’re not going to give me your vision…
RUBIO: … No, I’m going to give it to you. I’m going to give it to you, Bill.
O’REILLY: OK, go.
RUBIO: Let me finish my statement. It does depend on what the American people will support. Here’s what I’ve suggested in the past. If someone has been here for a defined period of time, they can pass a background check, if they’ve committed crimes they can’t stay. They have to pay a tax, they have to start paying taxes. They’re going to have to pay a substantial fine because they violated the law.
And, in exchange for all that, they can apply and receive a work permit, and that’s all they’re going to be allowed to have. A permit that allows them to work here and travel, and that’s it.
RUBIO: That’s all they’ll be allowed to have for a very significant period of time. I think that’s something the american people might be open to…
O’REILLY: … They might be…
RUBIO: … But, only after our borders are secure.
O’REILLY: … They might be, but it would have to be very well defined to them.
Rubio is about amnesty, but only after convincing Americans that the border is secure. At least, that’s the current version of his story. This is disappointing to me. Rubio was my last best hope. The GOP establishment will likely continue to line up behind Rubio as its best chance to topple Trump. I saw Rubio as the one person who could beat Hillary, but unfortunately he is no match for Trump. Rubio seems to lock onto a meme du jour and can’t get off the carousel. Trump will know the buttons to push that will overload Rubio’s circuits. Once Rubio goes into his next robot routine Trump will have his lunch. Marco, if only we hardly knew ye.
I am no Trump fan, but yesterday he gave me a reason to vote for him.
Trump: As president, I would prosecute Clinton