ESTABLISHMENT FAVORITE REFUSES TO APPEAR AT CONSERVATIVE GATHERING
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio – still basking in the warm embrace of the Republican establishment – turned his back on conservative voters gathered in the Upstate region of South Carolina this week.
Forty-five minutes after he was supposed to take the stage at the inaugural Conservative Review Convention in Greenville, S.C. this week, organizers at the event received a call from a Rubio staffer saying the candidate would not be attending due to a “scheduling conflict.”
Why did he bail?
According to reporter McKay Coppins of Buzzfeed, the audience at this gathering was dominated by supporters of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
“The contingent of Rubio fans in attendance was virtually invisible,” Coppins reported.
Cruz’s campaign pounced on Rubio’s decision.
“This is a final admission that Marco Rubio isn’t even going to try to compete for the votes of conservatives in South Carolina or anywhere else,” a Cruz spokesman told Buzzfeed. “And who can blame him? Rubio isn’t a conservative.”
That’s true …
As our guest columnist Michael McDaniel noted this week, Rubio’s candidacy is the latest page out of the “GOP Blue Book” – an effort to reorient the “Republican” party as an entity more ideologically aligned with the Democratic party (which itself is veering wildly to the left).
Usually that effort involves at least paying lip service to the conservative wing of the party, but apparently Rubio doesn’t have time to even pretend anymore …