Chris Christie Gone in Florida. Rubio Rising.

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Big news today is that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fulfilled everyone's political expectations and killed his own candidacy for the Republican nomination for presidency in 2016.

A top aide, it seems, pushed for "traffic problems" in the city of Fort Lee as retribution against a mayor who wouldn't back the governor's candidacy. That led to 4.5 hour traffic jams on the George Washington Bridge. It's unclear exactly what Christie knew, but the unfolding scandal plays right into the hands of stereotypes of Christie as a petty big city, East Coast party boss.

Back in November, Quinnipac did a poll that showed Christie trailing Hillary Clinton 45% to 41%. The New Jersey governor was third in a hypothetical Republican primary, eight points behind former Governor Jeb Bush and four points behind Cuban American US Senator Marco Rubio.

So Christie is unlikely to get the nod in the primary and he loses to Hillary in the general election in the swing state that has been the most critical in presidential elections. So long, you stomach surgery refugee.

Rubio, meanwhile, raised his star some yesterday by calling Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty lost and proposing a kind of block grant system that would allow states to deal with their own poverty problems. It was a radically new approach that received some praise on boths ideas of the aisle,

"Five decades and trillions of dollars after President Johnson waged his War on Poverty, the results of this big-government approach are in," he said. "We have four million Americans who have been out of work for six months or more."

A new agency would be created, but most power over programs like food stamps would be moved to states.

Of course, Rubio has lately had his share of problems -- having supported an immigration plan that died and changed his position on the nomination of an openly gay federal judge who would have been a ground breaker

And if Jeb Bush decides to run, that would also likely kill any hope that Rubio might have of a successful run for the White House. The youngest Bush, now a granddad, has been ambivalent about the idea.

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Roger Brummitt
Roger Brummitt

Isn't the election nearly 3 years from now? Seems a little premature to make predictions.

Dean Stelmach
Dean Stelmach

Rubio is a creature created by the GOP to punish Charlie Crist.

Hernan Valverde
Hernan Valverde

This will be gone in 3 weeks and nobody will remember

frankd4 topcommenter

........................................i don't think the fall of CHRISTie does anything for oH MARco because the KEN DOLL has a good chance of self-destructing all by himself once exposed to the n a t i o n a l stage (as we ALL saw with watergate II) as many of these one-trick ponies prance through their paces we will see all manner of deficiencies and defects come to light

meanwhile Billary in 2016 is continuing the quest like a steamroller building a strong national coalition of support that will ride in like a tsunami when the time comes

frankd4 topcommenter

....................well oH MARco ! can say what he wants about CHRISTie because traffic on 95 could never get more screwed-up than it is now so oH MARco ! doesn't fear any "retribution" from CHRISTie

George Hoover
George Hoover

Rubio ain't gonna win shit again - he & Scott are our BIGGEST mistakes! FLA is waking up from their Tea Party slumber. Thank GOD!!!

DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

Spend thousands with GOP credit card

"Marco Rubio Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"

as House speaker when he spent nearly $400,000 on office renovations.

Rubio's 2010 senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal Elections Committee for receiving "prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09."

Records show Rubio sent payments to American Express totaling $13,900 for his personal expenses during his tenure as House speaker. But those payments were not made monthly. He made no contributions to the bill during a six-month stretch in 2007, records show.

One committee paid relatives nearly $14,000 for what was incorrectly described to the IRS as "courier fees" and listed a nonexistent address for one of them. Another committee paid $5,700 to his wife, who was listed as the treasurer, much of it for "gas and meals."

Rubio's spending continued in 2005 when the Republican Party of Florida handed him a credit card to use at his own discretion. While serving as House speaker in 2007 and 2008, he charged thousands of dollars in restaurant tabs to the state party at the same time taxpayers were subsidizing his meals in Tallahassee.

Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee Helping Rubio cruise to a surprise win was a political consulting firm owned by Viviana Bovo, the wife of county Commissioner Esteban Bovo. She was paid $19,637 for "political strategy" and "consulting" by Rubio's campaign.

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Rubio is a hypocrite he want his family to have health insurance but not the taxes payer. who pay his salary and health insurance the laugh is on the people who voted for him who might need and will benefit from the ACA.Poor Marco Rubio. He's only signing up for Obamacare and pocketing those ten grand because he's FORCED to, lol. What a terrible fate! Obamacare is worse than slavery, LOL

This is proof that the makers and the so called takers are the same people. These guys that claim that they are the makers are makers because they are taking from us takers so to speak. The Waltons make their money from the least of us or the so called takers. The Rubio's of the world take advantage of things that help his family rest like the rest of us. There is no difference other than the difference in how you present yourself publicly. If you as an American don't think that Congress is not full of takers and don't like their perks why in the hell when they are talking about shrinking government it never includes their pay and benefits. Their are only two reason three reasons to want to be in Washington, 1. Money 2. Power 3. Perks/Benefits the latter two are the very same things they accuse average everyday Americans of coveting and why we didn't elect a rich man (Romney) nationally like we elected (Scott) in Florida. Why would any working American vote for one of these rich people knowing they are not going to govern in the best interest of the working class is beyond me. If they think that because they made money in life they will help them make money that is ludicrous because most of them was born in money so their plight don't apply to most of us.

SethPlatt topcommenter


Please provide the names of those on the left who think Marco Rubio's War on the Poor is a good idea so I may lambast them publicly.

His speech was callous, ludicrous, and showed how out of touch the Republican Party is with average Americans, oh and what an pompous jerk Rubio is. Guess that is part of the GOP Rebrand.

Johnson's War on Poverty DID work, until Republicans began to dismantle it.  

Whats next for Rubio/Republicans? A War on the Middle Class? A war on education? A war on the environment?  A war on  Women's Rights? A War on Voting Rights? A War on Immigrants? A War on Retirement Security? A War on Healthcare?

Oh Yeah, they are already fighting on all of those fronts.

frankd4 topcommenter

....................oH MARco ! is a buffoon from a state that is the nation's laughinstock (we WOULD still be counting the VOTES from the last preisdential election - FLA was the ONLY state NOT to report (and ultimately mittens simply conceeded anyway))

and talking about JOHNSON in a negative light may lose him TEXAS as well

frankd4 topcommenter

......................the problem oH MARco ! has is the basis of his block grant approach IS PART OF what came out of the johnson war (just like oBaMaCARE is romneyCARE - the architect of BOTH is jonathan gruber who crafted it for then GOV ROMNEY who executed commonwealthCARE in massachussetts)

the KEN DOLL will only last until the next shinny object races across the national GOP radar screen like another FAILIN PALIN did

DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter


House Republicans passed a nutrition bill that eliminates $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously known as food stamps. Nearly 47 million Americans currently rely on SNAP -- roughly 15 percent of the population -- and 17.6 million U.S. households are considered food insecure, which means they aren't sure where their next meal will come from. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture , nearly 17 million of these people are children, 5 million are seniors and 300,000 are elderly veterans.

And despite prevailing racial stereotypes, which first became mainstream during President Ronald Reagan's tenure and his propagation of the myth of a "welfare queen" from the South Side of Chicago, the overwhelming majority of food stamp recipients are white. And curiously, many of them are Republicans. USDA data show that in 2011, 37 percent of food stamp user were from white, non-Hispanic households.

What is most curious is that this isn't surprising. The poorest states in the union tend to be the most reliably red

frankd4 topcommenter

...................and the overwhelming majority of those becoming RICH from food stamps ARE indeed white - farmers - who ultimately get paid the CASH to grow food

the poor simply get a voucher to get government cheeze which the government PAYS the wisconsin dairy farmer to produce

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