Winston Churchill said: “The price of greatness is responsibility.” If one wants to excel, and be recognized in any field, one must reach for the heights of greatness to even get a shot. We live in a world where the bar has been set so high in many respects that achieving greatness requires extraordinary gifts. For example, the race for President begins earlier every cycle; those vying for the nomination are scrutinized more critically; and the bar for candidacy is set higher. Throughout the Republican nomination process, I moved from one candidate to another in an instant, because I would discover something that I perceived to be a fatal flaw. I understand now that as human beings, politicians will never be flawless; but sometimes, it seems like Conservatives willfully terminate their candidacy. Example: Marco Rubio.
Marco Rubio raced to the front of the pack in many minds for the 2016 Republican nomination following his star turns at the convention, and throughout the 2012 Presidential campaign. For all intents and purposes, he was the candidate I was looking forward to supporting in 2016. He had all the prerequisites: he is pro-life (my biggest concern), fiscally sound, a defender of the second amendment, and he possesses numerous other qualities that are attractive to a staunch Conservative, like myself.
Then came the Gang of Eight immigration deal; and thus began the fall of Marco Rubio. Within the short span of a few months, my enthusiasm for Rubio has plummeted, due entirely to his foolishness in regard to the new immigration bill. In his misguided efforts to compromise, he has helped craft a worthless bill, that doesn’t even appeal to Democrats! How he managed that, I am still not sure. Marco Rubio fell into the trap of naïveté.
Rubio wants to be seen as someone willing to “reach across the aisle,” which, according to the Leftist media, is a great thing. But what he failed to understand is that reaching across the aisle never works. “Reaching across the aisle” is a misnomer, in that the other side will never reach back. This effort only ever proves to make Conservative politicians look naive, and foolish.
As a result of his desire to be seen as a great compromiser, Marco Rubio fell flat on his face. The bill is a disaster, to be sure; but above everything else, this bill has lost Rubio the confidence of his base. The base that saw him as a rising star; a Conservative force to be reckoned with, now has grave doubts about his ability to discern. This early on in the race, with immigration being such a hot-button topic, Rubio has shot himself in the foot. He will not be our nominee.
“Compromise” never works for two reasons: Democrats never reciprocate, and it weakens your convictions. We hold positions for a reason. We believe in ideas because we think they are right. Why is it so difficult to find a Republican politician who understands that? Oh, wait, there’s Ted Cruz.
A new star has risen in Senator Cruz. His scalpel tongue and brilliant ability to tear apart his opponents, coupled with his Conservative views, makes him the perfect candidate for 2016. So long, Marco. You had greatness in the palm of your hand, and you fell flat on your face.