Via the Corner, here’s what it means to be an establishment/tea party “hybrid” candidate for 2016. After spending three weeks quietly backing Cruz’s “defund” strategy in order to try to rebuild cred with conservatives, Rubio now has to turn around and endorse the one guy in Congress more than any other whom conservatives see as having sold out the defunders. Makes me wonder if that’s a net gain or a net loss for him with the target audience. Does it matter more to righties that he supported Cruz this month or that he’s supporting McConnell next year? Right now, probably the latter. Two years from now, the former.
My guess is that Rubio will take much more of a beating on the right for his endorsement of McConnell than Rand Paul will take for his, even though Paul’s support is more important to McConnell’s chances of winning
Allahpundit natters on about the relative political fallout on several issues vis Rand Paul and Marco Rubio in regards to the 2016 election, utterly ignoring the fact that the elephant in that primary room, Ted Cruz, is going to stomp both like rats right out of the opening gate in Iowa.