• Lat1

    Hey look everyone Rubio is “winning” again! Have you ever seen the media trying so pathetically hard to drive a narrative? This is worse than all the “Hillary is doomed” nonsense.

    • Keanu Reeves

      Really awful.

      Alright, let’s see if Marco Robot Rubio will actually be scrutinized?

    • TracyS711

      The media boosterism has undoubtedly helped him, but closing an almost 20 point gap by 10 points in a couple of days is actually a pretty big win.

    • ryp

      Except that Hillary isn’t doomed, whereas Rubio’s plan to become the only remotely palatable choice left for Republican voters who realize that Cruz and Trump would be disasters might still come to pass.

      • Lat1

        He’ll be defying history if he does it. No republican in the modern primary system (since 1972) has ever won the nomination without winning Iowa or NH. And, only one democrat has ever done it (Bill Clinton in 92). And, no candidate from either party has ever done it losing Iowa, NH, and SC.

        • ryp

          Six nomination races without an incumbent running is not a large enough sample to make that history all that imposing. Nearly every election seems to defy a never been done before meme.

        • KurtBusiek

          No woman has ever won the Democratic nomination for president.

          No Jewish candidate, either.

          History gets defied on a pretty regular basis.

  • wymurph

    Problem is, it appears to be working. A weak second in NH will cause media fawning to reach unbelievable levels. Kasich, Christie, and Bush, like in the old SNL skit, must be wondering, “how am I losing to this guy?!”

  • Wynstone

    Trump and Cruz will both be tearing into him like jackals.

    • NeedACleverName

      You’d think so, but Trump’s been oddly hands-off with Rubio to date.

      • Wynstone

        Trump responds to polls.

      • Hawkeye

        Trump sees Rubio as the answer to Cruz. He is more than willing to let them bloody each other.

    • DarthYoda

      A response to an Anderson Cooper question today suggests Trump does not intend to attack Rubio in NH. And Rubio has been wise not attacking Trump so far. In the debate Saturday, Rubio should not attack any rival except in response to an attack on him first. If Christie tries to bully him or Jeb! unleashes first, then I think the audience would not mind a solid counter-attack.

      • jgrillo

        you pretty much hit the nail on the head.

    • ArkonaRus

      Christie will be eating into him from limb to limb, too.

  • TracyS711

    Prediction: unless Rubio has a Rick Perry moment at the debate, he’ll win NH.

    • Gumby✓ᴶᵒʰⁿˢᵒⁿ

      Probably not win, but mid-20s is likely.

      • TracyS711

        The thing is, Trump’s only around 30 in a lot of these polls. If his support is overstated again or trends downward enough in the coming days, it won’t be as hard to catch up.

        • BarryR

          It already seems to be trending downward – under 30

          • eCareDiaryJohn

            Only in this poll. The others taken since Monday have Trump holding pretty steady at 31-34%. Will have to see if this is an outlier and a trend setter.

  • Gumby✓ᴶᵒʰⁿˢᵒⁿ

    Beware: 6.8% margin of error

  • elvis2086

    I’m sure the media is feeling elated because their pimping of Rubio seems to be paying off.

    • Delphine

      Well they’ve tried so hard to destroy Trump. Let them have this one little thing.

  • Hawkeye

    Looks to me like Cruz is fading. Soon he may be just as popular as JEB!

    • eCareDiaryJohn

      NH is not a good state for him. He will do much better in SC.

      • Hawkeye

        Perhaps, but a whole lot depends on what happens next. It is not a good sign for him, if Cruz finishes in New Hampshire closer to Bush than to Rubio.

        • eCareDiaryJohn

          He has tons of money to get him to the South where the Evangelics are important and love him.

          • jpic

            Right you are. He will sweep the South. I just hope the rest of the country doesn’t go along. Christianists everywhere have him as their man. He has no chance in NH.

  • FrogLeg

    It will be interesting how he handles the added heat in the debate. I’m guessing he’s going to fold like a cheap suit.

    • ArkonaRus

      Because he is a cheap suit.

  • Delphine

    Rubio moving up? Maestro, if you please: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvEzBDIlWYo

  • Cedric

    This is not what we want to see on our side. Rubio is their most electable candidate.

    • LDK1957

      That’s the conventional wisdom, but I wonder…. I think he might turn out to be a Republican Dukakis in the sense of being someone seen as electable because he does not come across as extreme, but who is ultimately not able to connect that well with voters.

      • Cedric

        I would love for Marco ride around in a tank while drinking some bottled water…and for it to be caught on camera. We need him to stumble. And that is just being honest. He is overrated but his potential for success against Hillary is fairly good.

        • jpic

          Find his women. That is all we need to do. They are out there, just expose them.

    • littlejohn

      Rubio has to get past Trump and Cruz first.

  • eCareDiaryJohn

    Am I the only one who sees comparisons with W and Rubio. A guy who puts a pleasant face on a hardcore conservative agenda. An empty suit who has little qualifications to be President but has some charisma and tries to ride it.

    • They’re pretty much identical. Only difference is Bush was from a wealthy family and Rubio is merely the puppet of wealthy families. That seems worse to me somehow.

    • granna129

      Yes, and that’s what concerns me the most about Rubio. I think he can be just as easily led as W. and if Republicans retain control of Congress, that would definitely spell some serious trouble for the country.

    • ArkonaRus

      Yes although i wouldnt really call what they have ‘charisma’. In the case of Bush it’d be ‘folksy’. I don’t even know how to describe Rubio, but ‘charisma’ definitely is not the word. When I think of someone charismatic I think of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

  • wymurph

    There is that pictures of him in that big chair.

  • bpai99

    Bush will need to spend more millions fast to tear the other non-Trump candidates down.

    • rssrai

      Does he have millions left??

  • wymurph

    Okay, my obsession with the New Hampshire primary is getting unhealthy–I clicked on the CNN survey. The results were for 209 respondents. I am no statistician, but is this responsible? Or did they just publish this as a stand alone poll because it showed such a “surge” from their poll immediately before Iowa that had a much larger sample size? All those people changing their minds are apparently either Christie or Paul supporters, because every other candidate still in the race held steady or ticked up according to CNN’s before and after polling.

  • abctefg

    What’s happening to Taliban Ted?