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Huffington Post: What Was Left Of The Moderate Republican Party Just Died In South Carolina
With Jeb Bush leaving the race, Marco Rubio is being cast as the remaining hope of "moderate Republicans". John Kasich is considered too far left and is near the bottom in polling.
But what is a moderate in the Republican Party anymore? As per the HP link above, Marco Rubio, in a reversal of previous statements, now says he "would rescind President Barack Obama’s executive action protecting so-called Dreamers from deportation -- and that he would do so on his first day in office." That doesn't sound moderate. It sounds more like TrumpSpeak.
"Whatever Rubio’s reversal says about his consistency, or lack thereof, it speaks volumes about the ideological direction of the Republican Party now that South Carolina has apparently winnowed the presidential field. Cruz, Rubio, Trump -- all three want insanely large tax cuts for the rich, all three want to take health insurance away from millions, all three oppose same-sex marriage and now all three have taken up extremely conservative positions on immigration."
Marco Rubio is one of "them". Once Kasich exits the race, the Republicans will have no moderates in the race. They are all mimicking Trump. But to be fair to the candidates, are not they also just responding to what their constituents want? When Donald Trump gets roars of approval from audiences when he wants to ban Muslims from entering the USA, building a wall across the Mexican border, tearing up the Iran nuclear agreement, or championing the Second Amendment, the other candidates take notice.
Donald Trump is the voice of the new Republican Party, a party void of critical thinking or empathy. The best Marco Rubio might hope for is the Vice Presidency slot. And to get that he needs to change his tune to sound more like Trump.