February 10, 2016

DOWN TO TRUMP OR JEB:

Rubio Just Collapsed (Jim Newell, 2/10/16, Slate)

Only a few days ago Rubio appeared poised to run away with the second leg of his "3-2-1" strategy, or perhaps even make a run for a wounded Donald Trump and begin with a "3-1" start. Either a first- or a significant second-place finish would have cleared the "establishment lane" of competitors such as Gov. Chris Christie; Gov. John Kasich; and, after another state or two of aimless money-burning, Jeb Bush. Natural nominating forces would have pushed Rubio--with the most room to grow and the most support within the party--to the top in the long term.

And then, during Saturday night's debate, he was discovered to have been a replicant all along. He "melted," as Christie put it. As of late Tuesday night, Rubio was in a three-way battle for third place with Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz--and technically sitting in fifth place as of this writing.

Coming out of NH we know that Cruz is not an alternative to Trump, because Trump is just more Cruz than Cruz.  We also know that an appetite remains for the moderate alternative, but that's not going to be the imploding Rubio or the one-state candidate, Kasich.  The party can rally around Jeb starting in SC or we get the Donald.



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