Daily Clips: February 2nd, 2016

Oh look, a David Brooks article anointing Marco Rubio…just as I suspected: After the caucuses last night, you could see a media narrative being written in real time. CNN and Fox were lathering praise upon Marco Rubio’s third place finish and you could nearly hear “moderate” Republicans typing with glee about the resurgence of Magic Marco. To which I tweeted…

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And sure enough, they didn’t let me down. This was Brooks’ “take” on the night:

The amazing surge for Marco Rubio shows that the Republican electorate has not gone collectively insane. At the last moment, and in a state that is not naturally friendly to him, a lot of Republicans showed up to support a conservative who could conceivably get elected and govern.

Marco Rubio now has his moment. He is the only candidate who can plausibly unify the party. Desperate Cruz-hating Republicans will turn their faces to him.

Now look at Jennifer Rubin’s fawning article:

And the “real winner,” as the MSM likes to say, is Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), who took in about 23 percent, far outpacing his polling and virtually tying Trump. He withstood an avalanche of negative ads, most particularly from Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise Super PAC. Mike Huckabee has announced he is  getting out of the race, the beginning — Rubio hopes — of a stampede of dropouts that will leave him as the standard bearer of the mainstream Republican majority.

Michael Gerson was unfortunately “off” today, so we’ll have to wait and see how he reacts to the caucuses. But like these other two “moderates,” I’m presuming he also will find that the third place finisher was the real “winner.”

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.