Thursday, August 11, 2016

Little Marco's Donald Trump Problem

You can't feel sorry for him as he's truly a man without integrity in his entire career. It's been argued that Marco Rubio more than any one Republican represents the ideological illusions and confusions of today's Republican party.

If you want to know how Donald Trump happened, a good look at Little Marco is in order.

So Rubio now supports the guy who called him Little Marco and who Rubio claimed in the primary is unfit to have the nuclear codes. Similar to what John McCain has done.

It's fitting then that this is hurting Rubio's poll numbers-as it's hurting McCain in Arizona.

"Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy is catching up to Sen. Marco Rubio and is nearly tied with him in a new Quinnipiac University poll that suggests Donald Trump is a drag on the incumbent Republican."

"Rubio has a marginal 3-point lead over Murphy, 48 percent to 45 percent, in the latest poll of likely voters. However, last month’s Quinnipiac poll showed Rubio ahead by 13 points, 50 percent to 37 percent. Factoring in the new poll's 3-point error-margin, the Senate race is now "too close to call," Quinnipiac said in a news release."

"The cumulative 10-point shift in Murphy’s favor comes amid bad local press for the Democrat and relatively little paid media that would normally lead to such a change."

"Quinnipiac’s assistant polling director, Peter A. Brown, suggested Trump’s struggles are hurting Rubio in Florida — just as he appears to be damaging Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania. Toomey trails his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, in the portion of the poll surveying likely Pennsylvania voters."

“At this stage of the campaign, Republican U.S. Senate candidates may be running against their own presidential nominee, Donald Trump, as much as they are against their Democratic opponents,” Brown said in a statement accompanying the poll results."

“The incumbent U.S. senators seeking re-election are running better than Trump,” Brown said. “But if Trump continues to lag behind in the presidential race, that will make it more difficult for GOP candidates, logic holds, up and down the ballot.”

"Only one of the three Republican incumbent senators hasn’t seen his poll numbers drop in the month since Quinnipiac’s last swing-state poll: Ohio’s Rob Portman, who has been outspending his Democratic rival, Ted Strickland, on television. Quinnipiac surveys the three states together because every recent president has won two of the three."

"In Florida, Trump was leading Democrat Hillary Clinton, 41 percent to 36 percent in July, with Libertarian Gary Johnson receiving 7 percent support and Green Party candidate Jill Stein pulling 4 percent support. Now, Trump and Clinton are tied at 43 percent each in the survey of 1,056 likely voters."

"While Trump and Clinton remain unpopular in Florida, President Obama’s approval rating has soared."

"Quinnipiac’s polling technique suggests the electorate is trending more Democratic in Florida for now. In July, only 29 percent of respondents self-identified as Democrats while 31 percent said they were Republicans. In this survey of 1,056 voters, 35 percent identified themselves as Democrats and 31 percent as Republicans."

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Honestly, I don't see why Rubio deserves to go back to the Senate. Even here, he flipflopped after claiming he would not run again during the POTUS race.

He was bored of his Senate gig and is only going back there as a stepping stone for 20-20.

I haven't seen Murphy's campaign in action, but I'd love to be on his team.

1. Tie Little Marco to Trump.

2. Point out that this is just a stepping stone for 2020.

1 comment:

  1. The NR piece quotes Johnathan Chait, who almost nails it:

    I'd say that it was more about cultural animosity aimed directly at Obama and his black family in *THEIR* White House.