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Somebody we know said last weekend that Bernie Sanders would never become the nominee for the Democrats this presidential election season. Not going to happen. Don't worry about it. If something was to happen to Hillary Clinton, legally, and she decided she had more important things to worry about than the presidency, then the Democratic leadership would go to a brokered convention. Joe Biden and John Kerry would then decide which place to take on The Ticket, and the party would go on from there.

Because Democrats like to win.

They know that an avowed socialist is going to have a rough time in a general election. And Democrats like to win. They'd go to the old standards before the Vermont senator. Because Democrats like to win. The super-delegates and all the other delegates that Hillary Clinton has already lined up would run back to the establishment rather than feel the Bern. Because Democrats like to win.

Republicans, on the other hand, like to send messages. And the message so far this election season has been "You're not the boss of me."

How else explain how a vulgar, insulting, casino-owning friend of the Clintons has won several states in the Republican primary? And with help from evangelicals. The lion's share of Republicans tell pollsters they'll never vote for the man, but in a five-candidate race, 30 percent is good enough for a win state-to-state.

But 30 percent of one party has never, ever been enough to win the presidency. Nominating the vulgarian in the race just because he promises to build a wall on the border and get Mexico to pay for it (that'd be a neat trick) is the most sure track to Hillary Clinton's inauguration address.

Now that the GOP field is getting smaller every week, here's hoping that the party wakes up and rallies behind somebody who can win the general election. And who scares the Democrats more than anybody?

Marco Rubio.

Marco Rubio visited Arkansas earlier this week. We hope he enjoyed the weather. Sure, he's a senator from Florida, but he's spent all that time in Iowa and New Hampshire lately. He must've missed the sun.

During his speech at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Senator Rubio didn't mention his competitors. Good for him. His competitors spend too much of their time cutting each other down as it is. But Senator Rubio did say this, and our friend mentioned above would agree:

"I'm as conservative as anyone in this race. But I'm the conservative who can win. And we have to win. This cannot be the election about making a point. This has to be an election about making a difference. Because the stakes are too high."

For proof, see the Supreme Court of the United States and the recent passing of Antonin Scalia. If the Republican Party nominates The Donald, it's a sure bet that Hillary Clinton or another Democrat would replace Justice Scalia on the court. (And any other justice who might retire between now and 2020.) Think of what's at stake there. The nation's highest court has split 5-4 many times over the last decade. Some debates that many of us thought were over--think the Second Amendment and gun rights--might become debates again if liberals take six or more seats on the court. Is that worth sending a message?

That's probably why so many lawmakers and other elected officials in Arkansas have endorsed Marco Rubio. Word came down Monday afternoon that the governor of Arkansas, you know him as Asa, did the same.

It's not just his story that makes Marco Rubio such an attractive candidate--although the story is something. (He's the son of Cuban immigrants who worked hard to give their kids the American Dream.) But his bearing, knowledge of foreign policy, reasoning, and thoughtful manner recommend him. Call it a presidential comportment.

Think about some of the things he said just in Little Rock the other day, and compare it to the other leading campaigns:

Free enterprise "is the only economic system in the world where you can make poor people richer and you don't have to make rich people poorer."

Democrats' "answer to everything is a tax. . . . But big government doesn't work and in fact big government hurts those who are trying to make it."

Not once did he call anybody a loser. Or have to apologize for a dirty campaign trick.

John Kasich has always been a favorite among thinking Republicans--even going back to the 1980s when he was in the Congress and worked with a president named Reagan. And later worked with a president named Clinton to achieve a budget surplus. We remember Congressman Kasich from the Sunday morning talk shows that he regularly appeared on. The man has always been personable and thoughtful from a distance, and familiar with the latest policy details. But the current governor of Ohio doesn't seem to be getting much traction in this send-a-message year among Republicans. That's too bad.

If John Kasich doesn't get a few wins under his belt this coming Super Tuesday, we'd like to see him as the vice presidential nominee. He'd bring some needed experience to the Rubio ticket. (That is, if Kasich doesn't somehow end up surprising everybody. Which would mean an even more formidable Kasich-Rubio ticket come November.)

But it looks as though the best chance to give the Republicans any kind of chance in November comes in the person of Marco Rubio, senator from Florida and shining light. If his party is interested in winning that election, and overturning so many executive orders from the Obama administration, and appointing conservative justices, and generally putting the country on a different track, Senator Rubio is the clear choice, and our choice, for the Republican presidential nomination.

Editorial on 02/26/2016

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  • Nodmcm
    February 26, 2016 at 6:58 a.m.

    Note that Republicans ultimately put aside ideology and settle on the candidate they believe is most likely to win a general election. Remember John McCain and Mitt Romney? Jeb Bush was supposed to be the one, but that last name of his just turned people off. Wonder if it had anything to do with the last president named Bush. Anyway, now we know who the two candidates will be, Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton. What is most amazing to me is that in this election, the Republicans will be running the non-white, child-of-immigrants in Rubio (both Cuban parents were not citizens when he was born in America), and the Democrats will be running a white candidate with a long lineage of American forbears. What a change from the last election.

  • mrcharles
    February 26, 2016 at 9:45 a.m.

    Notice the phrase "Thinking Republicans"! It is like my grandson asking me --- are there unicorns? [ you ever see one?]
    Notice John Kasich & his position in the primary race! Notice John Kasich & his position in polling with the repugnant party!

    If a equals b , and b equals c, then a equals C.

    Enough said.

    PS- Surely the ADG is not asking we descend into failed ideas again like when the paper supported the enormous disaster of supporting the great and powerful "W" . We know he tried to destroy civilization here in USA and came close , but he did about as much damage to USA domestically and otherwise as you could imagine in 8 years.

    PS2: what about that position of the repugnant party on children born on USA soil with that dang constitution requirement on citizenship? Oh, I remember they are not just repugnant but hypocrites!

  • mrcharles
    February 26, 2016 at 11:48 a.m.


    Thanks to Nod ,Jake, 23, Boltar, Armnar, whodo, dont, pop,WGT, carpenter, timber, & many others, etc. SALUTE! Truth, ,Justice, facts other than Fox nusse and the American way has driven out those lesser imps who took up oxygen here

    they may not want to hear this, but slak and po had a base of integrity and reason unlike the other unbelievers in the American dream , pretty much disagree with them most of the time but still can have respect , & et tu Ray!. Jamison on the rocks to all.


    Think I will have a meal tonight at Cashe , maybe some sea bass, [though I heard it is extinct] and fava beans, with a nice Chianti .

    And on this sunny day, Will utube Ray Charles singing America.

  • Morebeer
    February 26, 2016 at 12:25 p.m.

    It's sort of discordant, though, to hear to such old ideas come out of the young pipsqueak's mouth.

  • outinthesticks
    February 26, 2016 at 2:56 p.m.

    So, Charles, you and your comrades MO is to silence anyone who disagrees with you? Typical compassionate liberal.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    February 26, 2016 at 3:48 p.m.

    So the ADG has decided the election. Why vote?

  • Slak
    February 26, 2016 at 3:57 p.m.

    OITS, we are not silenced.
    Rubio, Cruz and Trump walk into a bar.
    Bartender looks at them and says, "Is this some kind of joke?"
    Bernie Sanders walks into a bar with a pork pie on his head. The barman asks, "Why are you wearing a pork pie on your head?"
    Bernie replies, "It's a family tradition. We always wear pork pies on our heads on Tuesday."
    The barman remarks, "But it's Wednesday."
    Sheepishly, Bernie says, "Man, I must look like a real fool."
    Bill Clinton walks into a bar and asks for a beer. He chugs it, looks into his pocket and asks for another beer. He chugs that beer, looks into his pocket and asks for another.
    Bill does this a few more times until the bartender asks, "How come you ask for a beer, chug it, then look in your pocket?"
    Clinton says, "Because there is a picture of my wife in my pocket and I'm gonna keep drinking till she looks good enough for me to go home."

  • Morebeer
    February 26, 2016 at 4:22 p.m.

    Now, Freud would interpret that joke as suggesting slak is hot for Hillary.
    Or he might say, sometimes a bad joke is just a bad joke.

  • FreeSpiritMan
    February 26, 2016 at 4:24 p.m.

    Are the Koch brothers getting ready to buy the ADG?

  • Packman
    February 26, 2016 at 4:40 p.m.

    Because the Democrat primary has been rigged from the beginning for Mrs. Clinton (Superdelegates, HELLO), it's a waste of breath to discuss Bernie Sanders in the general election. It's most logical to see how Marco Rubio handily defeats Mrs. Clinton as John Brummett most adequately explained the other day. It's just as logical to see how Donald Trump wins in November as well. Establishment politicians and their sycophants in the media (if the shoe fits, ADG, wear it) will bemoan a Trump candidacy because they are far removed from the Main Street America. Everyday conservatives would crawl over broken glass on their hands and knees to vote against Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is already pulling away precious black votes and only an idiot would believe Hillary will replicate the black turn out of BH Obama. Young people will welcome Trump's attacks on Wall Street and his nonstop mention of that distasteful affair with Hillary and Wall Street payola/speaking fees.
    The limousine Republicans can whine about Trump all they want - they and their scope of influence amount to about .0001% of the vote. Be it Trump or Rubio or Kasich or Cruz it matters not. Hillary Dianne Rodham Clinton is simply unelectable in the general election.