Marco Rubio has a lot of work to do if he intends to repeat last night’s spectacular performance in Iowa. He’s running behind in New Hampshire, where voters are split between the “Don’t Tread on Me” stylings of Trump and Cruz, and the “compassionate conservatism” of Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, who see New Hampshire as a “must win” if they intend to say in the game (both got miserable 1% ratings last night with Bush earning a single delegate for his trouble and Christie coming in just below Mike Huckabee, who performed so badly he dropped out).
Part of that work will obtaining solid endorsements, and this morning, Rubio secured a major one in South Carolina, picking up the good word of Senator Tim Scott.
Sen. Marco Rubio scored a key endorsement on Tuesday as South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott gave the Republican presidential hopeful his backing.
In a video posted to Rubio’s Youtube page, Scott said the Republican party has “one shot” to beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 and “that shot is Marco Rubio.”
“I’m putting my confidence and trust in Marco Rubio because I believe he takes us to that better future,” Scott said. “Marco Rubio understands that, here in America, it’s not about where you start, but where you’re going.
This is, of course, not unexpected. Tim Scott has worked closely with Rubio and would be a natural ally. But I like this endorsement less for it’s impact on the election cycle and more for what it represents about the modern GOP.
Senator Tim Scott is the <s>first black Senator</s> (I stand corrected, Tim Scott is the first in modern times, but not the first. Hiram Revels and Blanche Bruce were both elected shortly after the Civil War, both from Mississippi, both Republicans) elected from the “deep south.” He was appointed, initially, by a female governor, herself a woman of color, a child of immigrants and a Methodist. He is throwing his support behind the Hispanic son of immigrants who escaped Communist Cuba, the night after more than 60% of Republican Iowa caucus-goers voted for a minority – Hispanic, black, or female – to win the Presidential nomination. Even if you’re not a fan of Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina, you have to appreciate what that means for the “party of old white people.” Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both lily-white septugenarians – literally old white people – are arguing over .4% of a vote that drew only half as many caucus-goers as in 2008, flipping coins for delegates and lobbing accusations of voter fraud.
The media certainly won’t talk about it, but the diversity among Republicans is a very big deal.