Sen. Marco Rubio( R-Fla .), having fallen out of the presidential hasten after a campaign that could best be described as “existent, ” has begun the soul-searching chapter of his post-campaign life. He’s likewise ceased the soul-searching phase of his post-campaign life, having definitively related the real generator of all his questions: the media.
According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press — which reps one of the only specific areas of the country that there appears to evident a genuine feeling for Rubio — the Florida senator had a sort of after-action meeting with his “Minnesota supporters” where he clarified it was the political press that did him in.
“This election was entirely driven by information media coverage, in many ways, ” Rubio responded, in audio of the conference call obtained by the Pioneer Press. “When the media narrative runs negative on you, and all the word is bad, it kind of knocks us off.”
Oh man, yeah. When “were losing” that media narrative, dude, it can be destroy. Although this doesn’t alone explain how Trump frequently hit Rubio amid a “media narrative” that’s pretty much accurately painted the front-runner as a violence-stoking bigot.
Here’s the amusing situation: Last-place period I checked — which was Tuesday — the media was actually Marco Rubio’s most fulsome booster, treating multiple second-, third- and fifth-place finishes as presages of some certain future success. Again and again, when Rubio failed to win a primary race, the media would come up with some crazy rationale to consider him the “real winner” — a bent that was documented in full by The Huffington Post’s Nick Baumann, in a tongue-in-cheek upright titled “Marco Rubio Was The Real Winner Of The New Hampshire Primary.”
And when the Rubio campaign went out of its path to engineer a better narrative than research results deserved, the national media are normally oblige, climbing aboard Rubio’s crazy fantasy razz in much the same behavior you’d be included with your kid’s insistence that a cardboard container was really a season machine.
He said he “saw the bottom fall out of our support” after the March 1 polls, when Rubio acquired Minnesota but failed everywhere else.
“The media kind of just said,’ Marco Rubio had a dreadful darknes, and it looks like the strongest anti-Trump alternative is Ted Cruz, ‘” Rubio said.
Of course, there was a pretty good reason why the media “kind of just said” that Rubio had a “terrible night” on Super Tuesday: He literally had a horrible darknes on Super Tuesday. In fact, if the media simply kind of was said Rubio had a bad upshot that night, it was actually being quite nice to him.
There’s really no way to make a positive spin on what happened that night. Rubio misplaced nine countries outright, and many of those losses were especially bad ones in which he failed to clear some pretty low voter thresholds that would have allowed him to claim some delegates and prevent chunking along behind Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz( R-Texas ). Prior to Super Tuesday, the media had gone out of its mode to revolve amber out of Rubio’s decidedly straw-like counts, but at any particular part it exactly becomes impossible.
Of course, in some instances, it is difficult gleam a positive light on the Rubio campaign before the Super Tuesday primary. At the GOP debate before the crucial New Hampshire primary, Rubio blew a gasket onstage, reiterating a canned zinger( “Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing, he knows exactly what he’s doing”) over and over until it couldn’t not be noticed. It was surely difficult to ignore the way New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie filleted Rubio on live video for this tightened talking-point ostinato.
So, yes, the national media had a bit of a heyday with that, and it wouldn’t be crazy to suggest that it expenditure Rubio affectionately in the ensuing New Hampshire primary. But what could he have done about that, other than to have not plied the fodder in the first place? The heartbreaking truism is that Rubio did that to himself. Or, to put it in such a way that Rubio might understand: Rubio did that to himself, Rubio did that to himself, Rubio did that to himself, Rubio did that to himself.
Rubio is not the only GOP candidate who’s chose the media is working against their interests in the primary. On the March 6 edition of “Face the Nation, ” Cruz insinuated that the media was “sitting on bombshells” about Trump, and delaying the deployment of responded bombshells until they could only benefit the eventual Democratic nominee 😛 TAGEND
“I guess an awful mas of reporters — I can’t tell you how many media shops I discover, you know, have this great expose on Donald, on aspects of his business dealings or his past, but they said, ‘You just knowing that? We’re going to hold it to June or July, ‘” Cruz said on CB’Ss “Face The Nation” Sunday.
“We’re not going to run it now.”
This has become one of Cruz’s go-to stump communication positions, meaning that this is perhaps exactly a bit he does to keep his supporters passionate and engaged. The reality is that there are probably a lot of media outlets — including a ton of specific conservative media stores — that would be very grateful for Cruz to share what he knows of these bombshells.
Heck, it’s not even confined to republican shops. Gawker’s Sam Biddle reacted to Cruz’s contention thusly: “So, about a bombshell: Please email it to me. I’ll produced it today, Ted. That’s my promise to you, Ted Cruz: give me a bombshell( or even an age-old grenade, something, any kind of explosive invention, any ordnance will do, PLEASE man) and I will let loose ASAP.”
Indeed, there would actually likely be a robust rivalry for Trump bombshells, so I couldn’t tell you why Cruz is waiting.( DM me on Twitter with your Trump scoops, buddy !)
Nevertheless, Cruz obviously has a slam-dunk action to make against the media: It’s made a habit of minimise his electoral wins in favor of underlining Rubio’s. The only gap is that Cruz’s wins are really been, you are familiar, victories . Perhaps Cruz would have come to be widely known as the dynamic anti-Trump nominee if Rubio hadn’t gotten weeks and weeks of recognition for being that guy instead.
As for Rubio, the tale is that he might take a break from electoral politics, which symbolizes he’ll likely embark his ascent into the lucrative, latter-day career choices that await politicians when they decide to depart their elected place. Somewhere out there, there’s a corporate card or hall store or private equity concern that’s willing to generously remunerate Rubio for having a media chart and a raft of important political connections.
But a message to Rubio’s future patrons: He pierces the mitt that feeds.
Jason Linkins edits “Eat The Press” for The Huffington Post and co-hosts the HuffPost politics podcast “So, That Happened.” Subscribe here, and listen to the latest chapter below .