MEMO: What To Watch For: South Carolina Debate Edition

MEMO 
TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Jessica Mackler, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE: What To Watch For: South Carolina Debate Edition
DATE: February 13, 2016

It’s hard to believe the last GOP presidential debate was just one week ago – with a complete meltdown on Team Marco Roboto and a big win from The Donald and a surprisingly strong third place from Ted Cruz considering he spent $500,000 in the state, the New Hampshire primary plunged the Republican Party into complete chaos.

After the GOP’s worst fears came true in New Hampshire, the race has started to look more and more like Donald Trump’s or Ted Cruz’s to lose. The GOP has officially become the Party of Trump, and tonight’s debate will only reinforce that.

Here are just a few things to look out for tonight as the Republican Party desperately tries to recover from the chaos that was New Hampshire:

Trump-ian Policy Talk

The entire Republican field has been adopting Trump’s hateful rhetoric and […]

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WATCH: GOP Establishment’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, VERY BAD NIGHT

Marco Rubio’s terrible showing in New Hampshire wasn’t just a defeat for artificial intelligence — it was a disaster for the GOP establishment. Up until Tuesday night, Marco Rubio was the establishment’s last bright, shining hope of knocking down outsiders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Without a clear establishment choice going into South Carolina, the GOP establishment and Reince Priebus are left reeling from a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad night in New Hampshire.

WATCH:

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Rubio Failing The Commander-in-Chief Test

As much as we don’t doubt that the 3-5-1 plan will be a smashing success, it’s important to remember what’s really at stake this election, and the Commander – in – Chief test that Marco Rubio is massively failing.  Don’t take it from us– Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins points out that Rubio hasn’t been up to the pressure all along:

Though generally seen as cool-headed and quick on his feet, Rubio is known to friends, allies, and advisers for a kind of incurable anxiousness — and an occasional propensity to panic in moments of crisis, both real and imagined.

For all Rubio’s efforts at image control, he sometimes allows involuntary glimpses at his inner anxieties. For example, Rubio’s 2012 memoir, American Son, is — when read a certain way — less an inspiring tale of his unlikely rise to power, and more a harrowing chronicle of self-doubt and misery in the political […]

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Senator Kelly Ayotte’s Non-Endorsement Endorsement Of Donald Trump

Senator Kelly Ayotte has refused to endorse a candidate in the contest for the Republican nomination — at least officially. But a month before last night’s primary, Ayotte all but gave her stamp of approval to Donald Trump in a radio interview with New Hampshire Today.

Here’s the transcript:

Jack Heath: Are you ruling out a Republican presidential endorsement? Or keeping an open mind?

Kelly Ayotte: I’m always keeping an open mind on something so important, Jack. But again, I think what really matters is who really is resonating with the people of New Hampshire and working hard at earning their vote and answering the tough questions. I think that will become clear on February 9th.

At the time of the interview, a CNN/WMUR poll had Trump winning in the state by 20 points — just like he did last night. While many pundits have said a Trump nomination would […]

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#Marcomentum Gives Way To Blown Expectations In NH

After a horrible debate and subsequent three days during which Marco Rubio revealed himself to be a robotic politician with nothing to offer but canned talking points, RubioBot spent the past twentyfour hours doing damage control. Working hard to lower expectations heading into tonight, Rubio floated worst-case scenarios, despite offering assurances that “We’re going to finish strong here.”

But that was all far too little, far too late.  Team Marco went public with its second-place Granite State aspirations last month, when it leaked its so-called “3-2-1 Plan.” Since then, Rubio’s campaign has continued to hype up New Hampshire #Marcomentum, even spinning his third-place loss in Iowa as a “win” that would propel him to a second-place “victory” tonight.

That kind of spin isn’t possible this time around. There’s no way to frame Rubio’s failure to meet even his own lowered expectations as a win. Here’s the truth: Rubio came up […]

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Trump Wins, But The GOP Loses

Donald Trump just proved he’s the real deal — and that’s bad news for the Republican establishment. The GOP’s big donors and establishment types have for months been in denial about the base’s very-real enthusiasm for Trump, insisting that he’d never be able to turn out his voters and pull of a win.

Tonight brings real votes, not just polling numbers, officially confirming that the GOP is the Party of Trump. Xenophobic, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies are what got Trump the win tonight — and they define what the Republican Party has now officially become.

Here’s what Trump’s win stands for — it’s a GOP commitment to:

Xenophobic fearmongering;

Hawkish and amateurish foreign policy;

Hardline opposition to a pathway to citizenship;

Tax plans that disproportionately boost the top 1%;

Climate change denial;

Anti-choice opposition to funding women’s health programs; and,

Refusals to give […]

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💰🎭For Mardi Gras, AB21 Presents the Krewe of Fat Cats🎭 💰

Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday“, is a time of excess, revelry, and celebration. These GOP Senators are backing special interests all year long, but today AB21 wanted to make sure they got the proper roll out on their Krewe of Fat Cats. The Senate GOP “throws” include votes to fill the pockets of Wall Street, chaos in financial markets, and knocking down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

While the middle-class suffers, expect a full on second line from these Senate GOPers as they celebrate with Wall Street campaign cash and the Koch brothers:  Kelly Ayotte, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, Joe Heck, Mark Kirk, Richard Burr, Roy Blunt, and John Boozman.

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte has received nearly $1 million from the securities and investment industry. Ayotte has also received more than $1 million in support from the Koch group Americans for Prosperity. In 2015, Ayotte voted against an amendment that would have helped protect consumers from […]

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