For those who were not reading in October when we shared: “Candidate Marco Rubio Gains an Additional Master“, you might want to refresh; because much of what was covered in that Halloween 2015 review is now coming to pass.
Vetting a candidate is a process of deep research into the history, activity, associations, affiliations and prior background of a political candidate. Marco Rubio is the least publicly vetted candidate in the race, and there’s a very good reason for that.
Whenever the media are not deep into a GOP candidate’s background, it’s generally because the information therein holds more value for their ideological use at a later date.
The days of reporters actually doing the legwork of research are in the rear view mirror. Modern political vetting is done by private entities, private investigative teams, generally outside the official campaign administration of opponents. That type of research is called opposition research, or “Oppo-research”.
Opposition research is then passed along to the lazy media through liaisons, sources, or random campaign operatives always giving the source campaign plausible deniability.
Every current indication is the Democrats WANT TO go up against Marco Rubio in the general election, just like they WANT TO go up against Jeb. The Democrats have a very weak frontrunner in Hillary Clinton. Clinton carries a mountain of baggage, and is a representative image of all that is corrupt, vile and wrong in Washington DC.
Hillary Clinton does not project a positive, optimistic or inspiring message in the base of the democrat party. If she is to win, she needs an edge. James Carville and the Clinton political machine would like nothing more than to have a Hillary -v- Marco Rubio contest.
That explanation is specifically why we are not seeing a full vetting of Marco Rubio in the media through the GOP primary. The Dem operatives, and the water-carrying ideologically aligned media, are intentionally holding back negative assertions about Rubio in the hope he can gain traction.
Democrats are nothing if not predictable in how they run their side of the campaigns as it relates to the opponent’s primary. The Dems always dump opposition research DURING PRIMARY races against the candidates they prefer not to face in the general. Conversely they stay silent against the candidates they are comfortable running against.
And, in a profoundly ironic twist of disconnected republican fate, the only hope of the GOPe Old Guard happens to coincide with the preferred choice of the Clintons, Marco Rubio.
Here’s an outlook for what appears to be assembling:
The GOPe are using the final debates to structurally support Rubio. We saw this in South Carolina where the entire construct of the professionally republican political class stacked the deck, and the event center, for pro-Rubio in North Charleston (Fox Business Debate).
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Rubio advocate, did what she was instructed to do – and tried to give Rubio the boost, at the debate and also in the GOP state of the union rebuttal speech. Fox News did the same, again using Megyn Kelly, another Rubio advocate, to give immediate airtime to Rubio’s message.
Again, as we outlined in October last year, this should not be a surprise to anyone. Rubio, a mid forty-year-old one-term senator, with no accumulated wealth, and a family with four kids, is running for office under very specific intents. A person does not do that without a golden parachute, a financial safety net, and colliery of promises.
The only hope the Old Guard have is to see Rubio finish ‘top three’ in Iowa, ‘top three’ in New Hampshire, and ‘top two’ in South Carolina; from there they will push HARD, very hard, into Nevada where Rubio holds roots.
The Super-PAC’s for the GOPe candidates will begin mass negative activity against the non-GOPe (mainly Trump) exiting Iowa throughout the remaining two critical months Feb/March.