It should. It really, really should.
Let me request something of all Cruzites and Rubi’s, okay? For one brief, shining, glorious moment, stop shooting the other guy. Take a step back, looking with me at our incredible opportunity.
I’ll deal with their perceived weaknesses in a moment, but first, let’s talk style. Let’s talk strategy. Let’s talk about two of the most brilliant young orator/debaters we’ll ever see.
For starters, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Constitutional human laser, Ted Cruz. Missing Ted’s skills, detractors compare Cruz to “unelectable” Tea Party candidates like Akin, Angle, Mourdoch, and O’Donnell. People, stop. Just stop. Ted could run rings around them before his first sip of coffee, and it’s not just because he’s a debate champion. Ted has focus. Ted has total command of rhetoric and strategy. While guys like Jindal, Ryan, and Carson are brilliant, Ted Cruz is a prosecuting juggernaut who doesn’t just rally the base—he says everything we wish we were smart enough to say.
Only one guy can hang with Ted Cruz, blending vision and intelligence with remarkable oratory skills. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Marco Rubio.
Skeptics equate Marco to failed Establishment candidates of national elections past. “Electability? That stupid idea gave us McCain, Dole, and Romney!” Again people, stop. Just stop. If you combined the vision, charisma, and debate skills of those men, you’d amass less than Rubio has in his pinky. This guy is smooth, fast, ultra-knowledgeable, funny, inspirational—everything the GOP hasn’t been. In terms of broadening the tent with dazzling rhetoric, he might be better than Reagan. I’m serious.
Last night showed us something we’ve never seen: MarcoTedCruzio. We saw the awesome power of these two combining forces, and…oh my! I mean, OH-FREAKING-MY! If GOP voters open their eyes, they’ll see what MarcoTedCruzio would do to anyone the Democrats put forward. We wouldn’t just win. We’d win big, carrying Senate and House seats in our wake. Rallying our base and drawing independents, these two would utterly change how people see the Republican Party.
“But they’re junior Senators! They haven’t accomplished anything! Everyone hates Ted! Marco’s a sell-out! We need a real outsider to shake up Washington!”
No we don’t. We need MarcoTedCruzio. Regardless of who’s in which spot, that’s the ticket, folks.
Addressing the faults assigned these two phenoms, I’d like to mention two critical words: “Veto Pen.” As a billionaire businessman, Donald Trump doesn’t have one of these hanging over him. Neither do governors like John Kasich. Neither do brilliant neurosurgeons. But if we consider these two words, we’ll understand why Cruz and Rubio aren’t just extraordinary talents, but can also make a perfect team.
In 2013, Rubio and Cruz both saw a train approaching—a train called “Obama’s Executive Amnesty”—and their differing responses to this thundering locomotive still define them today. Hoping to lessen the train’s impact, Marco tried cutting deals, and is now labeled, “sellout.” Hoping to stop the train, Ted tried brave stands, and is now labeled, “unworkable.” But what their critics forget is that, ultimately, neither of these guys’ strategies were the problem. The problem was the train.
Two strategies, one result: Failure. Such is the life of Senators opposing a dictator in the White House, but MarcoTedCruzio were neither unworkable nor sellouts. Their president simply had the power.
I can’t stress enough how stupid it sounds when businessmen and governors disparage MarcoTedCruzio for lacking accomplishments. If Donald Trump wants to make a business deal, he makes it. If John Kasich supports a Legislature’s proposal hitting his desk, he signs it. No veto pen hovers above, limiting their true goals to Gang of 8 disasters or hopeless speeches on the Senate floor. Like Ben Carson holding a scalpel, Trump and Kasich are the top dogs where they work.
It’s good to be king.
Would President Rubio, working as a Gang of One with a GOP Congress, advance the same immigration policies as he did with the Gang of 8? Preposterous. That’s like saying a quarterback will throw deep bombs when on the opponents’ 1-yard line because, you know, this quarterback just likes throwing deep. “Well, that’s what he did at his own 20-yard line! Once a bomb-thrower, always a bomb-thrower!” Likewise, if you think President Cruz would operate the same as he did when desperately battling against a corrupt emperor, then you are delusional. Ted can work with people. Obama can’t.
Believe it or not, I really like some things about Trump. His views on immigration, trade deals, and Muslim refugees, though sometimes exaggerated, send precisely the right message to the world: “No more robbing us blind. I negotiate for America, not you. Your America-mugging gravy train is over.”
My big reason for touting a Rubio-Cruz or Cruz-Rubio ticket isn’t borne of some animosity toward Donald Trump (though he’s far to my Left). It’s because of something Trump understands all too well: Opportunity. Folks, to use Trump’s own language, we have an “amazing, incredible, tremendous” opportunity in front of us. We really do.
For just one hour, turn off Fox News and Talk Radio. For just one hour, stop lashing out at the other guy, treating actions they’ve taken in completely different circumstances as the gospel truth of what they’ll do next. “Past performance is the best indicator of future results”—but only in like circumstances. If we’re on the Democrats’ 1-yard line, our quarterback is not going deep.
Sure, we can debate over who should be top dog—and it could go either way. Rubio has far higher marketability outside our base, and is more inspirational for more Americans. Seeking a landslide, Guy Benson just posted a fine article touting Rubio-Kasich, with Cruz immediately joining the Supreme Court for the next four decades. Hard to argue that. But Kasich would frighten grassroots activists (like me), leading to concerns of a White House too inclined toward deal-making. Cruz galvanizes a base that has been stung too many times by big words leading to traitorous results. So I still favor Rubio-Cruz or Cruz-Rubio, as it’s the best blend of rallying the base and drawing from outside.
Know this: Whether Cruz or Rubio is Number One, the other guy would have immense effect on policy decisions. Make either President, and his Vice President would be the most powerful VP in American history. So, if it’s possible for this rage-based GOP, please try--just try—to look at assembling the parts for greatest election impact. Win. Win big. Sweep away any hopes the Democrats have of success. Destroy them, plunder their villages, and burn their Marxist fields behind you. Then party all night, laughing until your throat is sore, waking up in places you don’t remember.
Cruzites, stop chanting “Gang of 8” whenever Rubio’s name comes up. It’s beneath you. You’re smarter than that, and President Rubio would align immigration policy about 99% with VP Cruz. And Rubi’s, quit thinking President Cruz would play the unworkable tyrant, shoving his beleaguered VP to the corner. Cruz would do the opposite, unleashing Rubio as his talented partner in restoring America.
After last night, one thing is crystal clear: Trump’s not a bad guy, but we can do much, much, much better. We don’t have to settle for an “outsider” because our junior Senators have short resumes. We can take that veto pen that was holding them back, and place it in their capable hands. We can unleash the wrecking ball that just hammered Trump, aiming it squarely at a terrified Hillary and her Socialist goons.
We can win. We can win big. With an embarrassment of riches at our disposal, we can choose not one but two of the finest advocates Conservatism has ever seen.
It’s time for MarcoTedCruzio.