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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Tillerson as Rubio Caves

Rubio made a big stink but ended up falling into line anyway. Tillerson will next be approved on the floor, no problem.

From the Washington Examiner:

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday in a party-line vote.

“It’s a little bit of a departure in the vote count than things have been in the past on nominations like this, but I certainly respect everyone’s ability to cast votes in the manner in which they wish,” committee chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said after the vote.

Tillerson carried the day on the strength of 11 Republican votes, while all 10 Democrats opposed the nomination. That result came about as one GOP senator who had seemed inclined to vote against him — Marco Rubio of Florida — and one Democrat who hinted at supporting him reverted to party lines.

Trump Won’t Rule Out Taking Rubio as Vice President

Despite two weeks of vicious invective between the two, Republican front-runner Donald Trump Wednesday refused to rule out taking Sen. Marco Rubio as his running mate.

Trump, who appeared today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, indicated Rubio could have a chance at the second spot if he drops out of the race before the Florida primary next Tuesday.

“Sure, sure and he’s got a lot of talent. I just don’t want to say that yet,” Trump said when pressed by host Joe Scarborough if he would consider Rubio if he suspend his campaign before Florida. “I have a lot of respect for him, he’s got great talent, I just don’t want to say that yet,” Trump said.

What was left unclear was whether Trump, the famous dealmaker, is seriously considering Rubio or dangling the VP opportunity as an incentive for Rubio to get out of the race. Trump very much needs to triumph in winner-take-all Florida and grab its 99 delegate to stay on a path to winning the nomination outright before the convention.

Trump claimed that if Rubio loses his home state of Florida, he would be such damaged goods that nobody would want him as vice president.

“If he runs and loses, and I don’t think he’d win right now, but if he runs and loses, he will never be able to do anything very big politically in Florida. I certainly don’t think he would be considered by anybody as a vice president,” Trump said. “He’s got a very big decision to make.”

Rubio is trailing in Florida polls, is performing poorly all over the country, and may be on track to be upended in the Sunshine state.

Trump’s outreach to Rubio may be part of an evolving strategy to portray himself as a unifier, a theme he struck during a press conference Tuesday evening after winning the Mississippi and Michigan primaries.

A version of the piece also appears on LifeZette.

Bush, Rubio Declare War on ISIS

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday the United States should declare war on ISIS and Sen. Marco Rubio said the U.S. should activate NATO, suggesting the two chief GOP Establishment candidates for president would massively increase American commitments in Iraq and Syria.

Their comments follow the terror attacks in Paris on Friday night that killed more than 130 people and wounded hundreds more. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the violence.

“We should declare war and harness all of the power that the United States can bring to bear both diplomatic and military, of course, to be able to take out ISIS,” Bush said on “Meet the Press.” “We have the capabilities of doing this, we just haven’t shown the will.”

Rubio, in a separate appearance on the same program, said NATO should invoke Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, the provision that declares that an attack on one member is an attack on all.

“I would ask our allies to invoke Article 5,” Rubio said. “This is clearly an act of war, an attack on one of our NATO allies, and we should invoke Article 5 of the NATO agreement and bring everyone together to put together a coalition to confront this challenge.”

Rubio also said the fight against ISIS was “a clash of civilizations.” But he appeared to contradict his tough talk by suggesting the U.S. should limit its commitment on the ground.

“Key to the success of this is we’re going to have to conduct an increased number of special operations attacks, targeting ISIS leadership,” he said. “Long-term, however, in the big picture, the only way to defeat ISIS militarily is for Sunnis themselves to be the bulkhead of the fight. But it will require us to do more in the short stage.”

Bush’s plan for engagement sounded more robust.

“[President Obama should] declare a no-fly zone over Syria. Directly arm the Peshmerga forces in Iraq. Re-engage with the Sunni tribal leaders. Embed with the Iraqi military. Be able to create safe zones in Syria. Garner the support of our European allies and the tradition Arab states. Lead. That’s what I want him to do. I want him to lead. He has the capability of doing this. We have the resources to do this.”

Bush accused Obama of pussyfooting around while the survival of Western civilization was at stake.

“The policy of containment isn’t going to work,” he said. “And it’s a policy of incremental, just kind of running out the clock so the next president has to deal with this. Should I be the president of the United States, I promise you that I will.”

Bush sought to draw a contrast with Hillary Clinton who said Saturday the battle against ISIS “cannot be an American fight.”

“It is our fight,” Bush said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This is a war and we should act accordingly.”

Significantly, he also said the United States should still take Syrian refugees, but that Christians should be the priority.

“The great majority of refugees need to be safely kept in Syria, which means the safe zones need to be serious,” he said. “I do think we have a responsibility to help with refugees after proper screening. And I think our focus out to be on the Christians who have no place in Syria anymore. They’re being beheaded, they’re being executed by both sides.”

The White House suggested President Obama is not backing off his plans to admit tens of thousands of additional Syrian refugees over the next two years.

“We’re still planning on taking in Syrian refugees,” White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We had very robust vetting procedures for those refugees.”

This article also appears on PoliZette.

Jeb May be Finished

Jeb Bush failed to distinguish himself yet again in the third Republican presidential debate, missing a crucial opportunity to energize his campaign at the very moment when Establishment donors are making final decisions about where to put their money. Making matters doubly worse for the once-inevitable GOP nominee, Sen. Marco Rubio offered himself up as… Continue Reading

Video Outtakes || Trump at the Value Voters Summit

Here’s a few moments from Donald Trump’s appearance at the Value Voters Summit Friday in Washington, a gathering that includes many members of the religious right. I don’t know, I’m not sold on the Bible waving moment. And he gets in a little trouble here picking on nice-guy Marco Rubio, drawing some boos for calling… Continue Reading

Marco in the Middle

Well, Sen. Marco Rubio today submitted himself to Fox News Channel’s Monkey in the Middle segment – officially called “Outnumbered” – where a dude is dropped in a sea of estrogen and tries to keep his thoughts straight while questioned by smart, attractive distaff Fox News anchors. The show is supposed to feature clever and insightful takes… Continue Reading

Marco Rubio’s Sugar Daddy

The New York Times this weekend did a piece on Sen. Marco Rubio’s father-son, benefactor-beneciary relationship with a billionaire auto dealer named Norman Braman. I thought you might want to have a look. From the piece: As Mr. Rubio has ascended in the ranks of Republican politics, Mr. Braman has emerged as a remarkable and… Continue Reading