CR: A little while back, I argued that Marco Rubio's tactics in attacking Ted Cruz's Senate record on immigration and national defense, among other things, was Alinskyite. They were and still are simply and demonstrably dishonest. Yet he persists, knowing full well that by the time the truth catches up with him, if ever, the damage will have been done. More recently, Rubio and his campaign team have intensified and broadened their Alinskyite tactics, now focusing on the ultimate personal smear -- that Ted Cruz is a serial liar. Even in this, Rubio is not original. Of course, Donald Trump has been calling his opponents liars as an almost tourette's like response against anyone who reminds him of his past but recent support for leftists and leftist causes, some of whom and which he still embraces.Why do you support Trump? He's not a conservative; that's a fact. Why support Cruz? Well, he's awkward-looking, so the naysayers come up with. But why support Rubio? What can you point to in the area of accomplishments? There are none from Rubio, yet he's the first one to jump in front of the cameras on primary nights, steering the narrative towards the Republican establishment while simultaneously shouting 'Reagan' in one instance, 'Liar' in the other, and the equally establishment media eat it up, whether he's second, third or beyond. It looks like they've got their new Bush boy. (H/t: Levin)
But Rubio's smears are part of a more deliberative and unrelenting propaganda campaign. They are now at the core of his campaign effort to dislodge Cruz and clear the field against Trump.
Saul Alinksy explained it this way: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Rubio fancies himself the next Ronald Reagan. But such self-aggrandizement is unmerited. He's more Alinsky. Indeed, it was Reagan who, in his 1966 race for Governor of California, declared: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican." I doubt Reagan would approve of Rubio's campaign of character assassination against Cruz. In all the years I campaigned for Reagan and worked for his administration, I cannot recall Reagan ever talking about another Republican this way. Certainly not as a relentless propaganda campaign.
Rubio, like Trump, has difficulty explaining his past positions. For Trump, it doesn't seem to matter. Moreover, Trump's resort to personal attacks can be followed up with evidence of his business accomplishments. But Rubio has no significant accomplishments other than his election to various public offices. He has few if any accomplishments outside of politics and virtually no accomplishments in public office as a U.S. senator. In fact, Rubio's most notorious public act was as a senator, i.e., his leading role in crafting one of the most disastrous immigration bills in modern times, in knowing violation of his pledge to the voters of Florida in his last election. Not only has Rubio's immigration record gone from anti-amnesty to pro-amnesty to utter incoherence, but the issue of his own integrity is at stake. Thus, he employs Alinsky's rule and accuses Cruz of what he has actually become. He now focuses the media on his own accusations rather than his own thin record.
Campaigns are usually tough. No question about that. As I write this, Cruz just dropped his communication's director for re-tweeting a false tweet. Perhaps there's more to it. Trump fired some of his staff early on. Carson did the same more recently. But when the candidate himself (Rubio) is the source of the Alinskyite tactics, not a staffer acting on his own, that's an entirely different matter. I had high hopes for Rubio when I was among his earliest supporters against Charlie Crist in Florida. But I'm deeply disappointed in him, as are many who voted for him. The growing endorsements for Rubio's presidential candidacy from establishment Republicans, most of whom cannot better articulate his accomplishments than he can, emphasize the point.
It is not too late for Rubio to reverse course. But I doubt he will. Polling in South Carolina shows that he (along with Trump) was successful with this tactic.
Related links: Reports of Marco Rubio camp calling voters, telling them Jeb suspended race BEFORE SC vote – CBSN
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ADDENDUM: via Levin...
On Monday’s Mark Levin show, No matter what place Sen. Marco Rubio comes in, he is the winner. So far Rubio has come in 3rd, 5th and 2nd by a hair in South Carolina, yet the media and Establishment are anointing him as the candidate to beat Donald Trump. Rubio has virtually no accomplishments and his most notorious act was as a Senator where he betrayed his constituents by throwing in with Chuck Schumer and the gang of 8 to advance a pro-amnesty agenda. Also, Ronald Reagan would not have approved of Rubio’s character assassination of Ted Cruz. Both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have accomplishments to lean on but Marco has virtually nothing. Instead of being honest like Jeb Bush, Rubio resorts to Alinskyite tactics to attack Ted Cruz. He accuses Cruz of what he himself has done. In addition, Cruz the man who went to the US Senate time and time again to fight Mitch McConnell and the Establishment is called a liar while Marco Rubio is seen as the victor. The American people need to stay focused on the facts and not let themselves be played by Rubio and his surrogates in the media. Later, billionaires like Larry Ellison are pouring money into Sen. Rubio’s PAC to attack Ted Cruz because Rubio is promising them amnesty. His PAC is essentially bought and paid for by Silicon Valley.Related links: Who is lying now Marco
Mark Levin on The Five: “The hate for Ted Cruz, the love for Marco Rubio is UNMISTAKABLE”
Friday’s Mark Levin Show 2/19/16
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