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Ever since Florida Senator Marco Rubio spearheaded the Senate’s immigration reform bill, he’s been on thin ice with many conservatives who view his support as a sellout to Democratic demands in the form of amnesty. Looking ahead to 2016, it seems at least in the short term, these feelings are pretty hard against the junior Senator.

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Report from National Review on the state of Rubio’s prospects in Iowa:

A growing number of tea-party activists are irate about his efforts on immigration reform. Instead of being cheered at rubber-chicken dinners, he’s being slammed — and some Republicans say a run for the caucuses would be doomed.

“He has been seriously hobbled — we’re talking about long-term damage,” says Chuck Laudner, a veteran Iowa Republican who helped Rick Santorum win the 2012 caucuses. “Most conservatives feel burned, and he doesn’t have a lot of allies in the state defending him.”

Iowa’s talk-radio hosts have been particularly brutal. Steve Deace, an influential Christian conservative, has warned Rubio not to even show up, and has often taunted him during broadcasts. “Zip, zilch, nada — he’s got no support, he would be dead on arrival,” Deace tells me. “He may end up running for president, but he can’t win here.”

When I mention that Rubio could mount a comeback by pushing conservative initiatives on other issues, such as abortion, Deace is dismissive. “I don’t care how pro-life Rubio is,” Deace says. “If he’s pro-life, that’s great, but what he has done on immigration is unacceptable.”

2016 is a long way off and I’m sure Rubio is betting that feelings will soften overtime as he spends the next couple years pandering as far to the right as he can to win back support.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Well, put, Nate. “The Rube” is all about pandering. He thought that if he put his Cuban face on immigration reform that Hhispanics would fall in line behind him,and GOP centrists would see him as the savior of the party.

    But after the brief self-loathing after the election, the party is back in WonderBread mentality. It will be interesting to see how many issues he’s willing to flip-flop on. Marco is a rube.

  2. Watch the usurper of our White House lie through his teeth!

    Time to Impeach !!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSXlKdWF5HE

    Attn: NSA ( Nazi Spy Agency) — The Criminals directing PRISM,
    and the anti-Americans working for them, that have no shame
    spying on all American Citizens and spitting on the US Constitution — save my posts, go ahead you despicable freedom hating scum! I’m getting old, and want to die free, so have no care if your gun-totting thugs come and kill me in the dark of the night! Go ahead punks — make my day!

  3. Impeach! Time to go to jail BO!

    More proof of spying on ALL Americans!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiLxP3lxgy8

    Attn: NSA ( Nazi Spy Agency) — The Criminals under Barack Hussein Obama directing PRISM, and the anti-Americans working for them, that have no shame
    spying on all American Citizens and spitting on the US Constitution — save my posts, go ahead you despicable freedom hating scum! I’m getting old, and want to die free, so have no care if your gun-totting thugs come and kill me in the dark of the night! Go ahead punks — make my day!

  4. Snowden is an American hero exposing the US Government acting as Nazis spying on all of US — the REAL TRAITORS are Hussein Obama and his anti-constitutional thugs in tow!

    Time to impeach and throw them all in jail.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_lW6aMJ3Ys

    Attn: NSA ( Nazi Spy Agency) — The Criminals under Hussein Obama directing PRISM, and the anti-Americans working for them, that have no shame spying on all American Citizens and spitting on the US Constitution — save my posts, go ahead you despicable freedom hating scum! I’m getting old, and want to die free, so have no care if your gun-totting thugs come and kill me in the dark of the night! Go ahead punks — make my day!

  5. Snowden is an American hero exposing the US Government acting as Nazis spying on all of US — the REAL TRAITORS are Hussein Obama and his anti-constitutional thugs in tow!

    Time to impeach and throw them all in jail.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqcSun-Bbq4

    Attn: NSA ( Nazi Spy Agency) — The Criminals under Hussein Obama directing PRISM, and the anti-Americans working for them, that have no shame spying on all American Citizens and spitting on the US Constitution — save my posts, go ahead you despicable freedom hating scum! I’m getting old, and want to die free, so have no care if your gun-totting thugs come and kill me in the dark of the night! Go ahead punks — make my day!

  6. Snowden is an American hero exposing the US Government acting as Nazis spying on all of US — the REAL TRAITORS are Hussein Obama and his anti-constitutional thugs in tow!

    Attorney General Holder — an American Traitor!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZXb7QfgD2s

    Time to impeach and throw them all in jail.

    Attn: NSA ( Nazi Spy Agency) — The Criminals under Hussein Obama directing PRISM, and the anti-Americans working for them, that have no shame spying on all American Citizens and spitting on the US Constitution — save my posts, go ahead you despicable freedom hating scum! I’m getting old, and want to die free, so have no care if your gun-totting thugs come and kill me in the dark of the night! Go ahead punks — make my day!

  7. Snowden is an American hero exposing the US Government acting as Nazis spying on all of US — the REAL TRAITORS are Hussein Obama and his anti-constitutional thugs in tow!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZQlK8Jg3xo

    Time to impeach and throw them all in jail.

    Attn: NSA ( Nazi Spy Agency) — The Criminals under Hussein Obama directing PRISM, and the anti-Americans working for them, that have no shame spying on all American Citizens and spitting on the US Constitution — save my posts, go ahead you despicable freedom hating scum! I’m getting old, and want to die free, so have no care if your gun-totting thugs come and kill me in the dark of the night! Go ahead punks — make my day!

  8. Snowden is an American hero exposing the US Government acting as Nazis spying on all of US — the REAL TRAITORS are Hussein Obama and his anti-constitutional thugs in tow!

    Further proof Eric Holder is an Obamination Owned Scumbag:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu-nI6KWAAQ

    Time to impeach and throw them all in jail.

    Attn: NSA ( Nazi Spy Agency) — The Criminals under Hussein Obama directing PRISM, and the anti-Americans working for them, that have no shame spying on all American Citizens and spitting on the US Constitution — save my posts, go ahead you despicable freedom hating scum! I’m getting old, and want to die free, so have no care if your gun-totting thugs come and kill me in the dark of the night! Go ahead punks — make my day!

  9. Is Hussein Obama a Real American — absolutely NO WAY!

    So why is he still in the White House, destroying our Nation?!?!

    Because our Owned Media will NEVER allow the truth to come forth!

    Here is proof of Little Hussein’s takeover of our government ILLEGALLY, but sanctioned by all the corrupt Courts we thought were fair! LOL on US!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsFJtQEC7mw

    Attn: NSA ( Nazi Spy Agency) — The Criminals under Hussein Obama directing PRISM, and the anti-Americans working for them, that have no shame spying on all American Citizens and spitting on the US Constitution — save my posts, go ahead you despicable freedom hating scum! I’m getting old, and want to die free, so have no care if your gun-totting thugs come and kill me in the dark of the night! Go ahead punks — make my day!

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