Democrats Concerned About Hillary vs. Rubio?
“Marco Rubio scares me.”
According to a new report from Jeremy W. Peters of the New York Times, there’s one Republican candidate that Democrats fear in a 2016 match-up with Hillary Clinton:
A Hillary Clinton Match-Up With Marco Rubio Is a Scary Thought for Democrats
WASHINGTON — They use words like “historic” and “charismatic,” phrases like “great potential” and “million-dollar smile.” They notice audience members moved to tears by an American-dream-come-true success story. When they look at the cold, hard political math, they get uneasy.
An incipient sense of anxiety is tugging at some Democrats — a feeling tersely captured in four words from a blog post written recently by a seasoned party strategist in Florida: “Marco Rubio scares me.”
What is so unnerving to them at this early phase of the 2016 presidential campaign still seems, at worst, a distant danger: the prospect of a head-to-head general-election contest between Mr. Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The KOS kids don’t seem as concerned:
I think it has some merit. I personally am not “scared” of Hillary facing Rubio in the general, but I do think that he would far and away be the Republicans strongest candidate. That does not mean that I find him impressive in any way – I do not. But I do believe that he could put a dent in the Hispanic advantage that the Democratic part has, and I also think that he could win Florida.
Yes, I know, I know – his immigration stance will probably hurt him with both the Hispanic voting block and the RWNJ voting block – but I do believe that Democrats – and the Clinton campaign – should take Rubio very seriously.
Rubio represents the younger, new crop of Republicans who came up in the mid term elections of 2010 and 2014. Whether he represents a danger to Clinton in 2016 or not, he’s certainly a reminder of a big problem Democrats currently face.
Josh Kraushaar of National Journal:
Democrats’ Vanishing Future
One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama’s tenure in office. The party has become much more ideologically homogenous, losing most of its moderate wing as a result of the last two disastrous midterm elections. By one new catch-all measure, a party-strength index introduced by RealClearPolitics analysts Sean Trende and David Byler, Democrats are in their worst position since 1928. That dynamic has manifested itself in the Democratic presidential contest, where the bench is so barren that a flawed Hillary Clinton is barreling to an uncontested nomination.
But less attention has been paid to how the shrinking number of Democratic officeholders in the House and in statewide offices is affecting the party’s Senate races. It’s awfully unusual to see how dependent Democrats are in relying on former losing candidates as their standard-bearers in 2016.
Rubio may also explain the reason for the Hillary campaign’s newest hire.
Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign hires illegal immigrant ‘Dreamer’
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign has hired an illegal immigrant “Dreamer” to work on her 2016 bid, activists said Wednesday, in a move that sees the Democratic front-runner check off yet another wish list item for Hispanic voters.
Lorella Praeli is in the U.S. under President Obama’s 2012 deportation amnesty for Dreamers, or young adult illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. As part of that amnesty, she has tentative legal status and a work permit, so it is legal to hire her — but she is still not a lawful presence.
Immigrant rights advocates cheered the move as historic, though they warned Mrs. Clinton not to use the symbolic hire as a token gesture.
Maybe the press can ask her about that if she ever starts taking questions.
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” they warned Mrs. Clinton not to use the symbolic hire as a token gesture.”
Too late. A Token hire is a Token hire. Hope she’s at least paid as much as the male gofers. And she needs to save as much as she can. When Hil loses, her staffers will be fair game for the Dems.
Rubio is a smooth talker thus a good communicator.
Still, I think that an unleashed Scott Walker would give the hildabeast a good run for her money, (yes, I know that she has lots of it), and destroy her in any reasonably fair debate setting. Best of all, I agree with virtually every one of his views.
Plus, he’s walked the walk and done so under horrific odds coming out unscathed.. Not one other Republican can claim that in any sense of the word.
Jeb would be squashed by Hillary as would most of the others..
This is a joke, right?
I can almost guarantee (since nobody really does the future well), that Hillary wouldn’t win. And, Mitt Romney won’t be back! Forget McCain!
Obama will be a popular draw for the dems. Bill? Nah. Not so much. And, Hillary is a lame turkey. (Nobody even liked her when she was First Lady. Which is my Bill’s behaviors with Monica got a pass.)
Journalists can’t predict stuff, either. While the worst part of Hillary is that she knows where to go for the cash (from the saud’s, etc.) And, that leaves the coffers bone dry for everybody else.
Liberals are going to get stomped in 2016 regardless of the GOP nominee, in my view.
Democrats being stuck with candidate Hillary is Liberal icing on a Karma cake.
I’m figuring that around a third of the black voters who flooded the polls for His Infantile Majesty will sleep through any Hillary voting. (*And, hey, don’t forget us Evil Repubs doing massive “Voter Suppression”, ya know, by requiring Valid Current Photo ID.*)
That said: Can you imagine Billy the Rapist running loose in the White House halls again??!! PASS..!!
I’m not fond of that matchup myself.
I find Rubio”s immigration kabuki despicable, but no one in the field is any better.
I had the opportunity to spend about a half hour within ten feet of Rubio at a rally in Sarasota in ’10 and I must say he is a most impressive communicator, despite being unimposing physically, as he is quite short.
His youthful, smart, glib and non threatening persona would present an absolute contrast to HRC, who is just an utterly horrible old bag.
I think he’d stomp her.
Rubio is the democrat’s straw man. The conservative/Tea Party vote (note that it’s not the ‘base’ of the GOP anymore, but an independent voting bloc) will never forget that photo of Rubio being leered at by Schumer as Schumer led Rubio by the nose:
Cruz, Walker or Rand Paul will emerge as the GOP candidate. Hillary Clinton will shortly be humiliated and unceremoniously dumped once again by the democrats — and very shortly.
This, 100 times this.
I have a lot of suspicion about Rubio.
Democrats have a LOT more to be concerned about from Walker and Cruz.
I smell a big friggin rat.
Cruz or Walker at the top of the ticket, Rubio or Rand Paul in the VP slot. Any of those 4 combinations would be acceptable to me, as well as Cruz/Walker, Walker/Cruz.
The Democrats aren’t concerned about Rubio.
The Democrats are concerned about Hillary.
And, yeah, this is just a “briar patch” version of the 2008 election where the NYT strongly endorsed McCain in glowing terms in the primary, then plastered the front page with a fake sex scandal as soon as he’d clinched the nomination.
Rand Paul doesn’t belong anywhere on the ticket. Period. He’s Left of Obama on Foreign Policy and America’s Role on the planet. Now, toddle along, Kiddies, back to Shady Oaks Asylum. Comfy, cozy and the staff nearly always agrees with you.