By Tom Quiner
My caucus was packed.
Hundreds of Republicans packed into what used to be the old cafeteria of my junior high school.
Nearly a half a century ago, I lunched with my chums in this room sweating over an upcoming test or talking about the pretty girls sitting across the room.
Tonight, the stakes were higher. Members of my community were going to weigh in on who they thought should be the next president of the United States. I was pleasantly surprised to see neighbors present who had voted Democrat for as long as I’ve known them. This year, their high school aged daughter made the trip to the March for Life in Washington D.C.
Suddenly, they were caucusing for Republicans.
Another friend was there. He had voted Democrat his entire life until a decade ago. He reached a point where he couldn’t bring himself to support a party that so whole-heartedly embraced human abortion.
One-by-one, people stood up to pour their heart out in support of their candidate.
When it came to the last candidate, Marco Rubio, I stepped to the podium to make a few remarks.
The audience erupted when I said the following:
“I don’t think America can afford four more years of American decline at the hands of run-amuck liberalism. A Hillary Clinton presidency is a guarantee of moral rot, fiscal decline, and national insecurity that could actually leave us longing for the days of Bill Clinton.
God help me for saying that.”
There is a lot of anger in this country over a haughty, bullying federal government that steps on the little guy rather than watch out for him. Disgust for Washington was on open display.
Regarding Rubio, I hammered home his conservative credentials. I made it clear that Mr. Rubio is not the namby-pamby lap-dog Establishment candidate portrayed by the Rush and Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham crowd, conservative pundits who, in fact, have emerged as the true Establishment in the Republican Party.
Marco Rubio is a rock-solid conservative. My caucus listened and agreed, providing him with an overwhelming victory over Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in precinct fifteen.
How a Laura Ingraham could carry on such a love-affair with a guy like Trump with his wishy-washy pro life record is beyond me.
Think about it: if Marco Rubio was the milquetoast Republican portrayed by the Establishment Punditry class, the last thing he would do is give up his Senate seat. He’d want to hold onto it as an insurance policy to keep him safe and secure inside the Establishment beltway if his presidential campaign sputtered.
But he didn’t. He is not running for Senate. He is all-in in his run for the White House. Interestingly, he is THE single candidate feared the most by the old-guard Establishment and the new-guard Establishment. Collectively, they are pouring millions of dollars into advertising to defeat this true, principled conservative.
Senator Rubio overachieved in the Iowa caucuses, that’s for sure. He finished some 8 points higher than the last poll predicted he would do.
But can he overcome tens of millions of dollars of nasty negative ads directed against him in New Hampshire and beyond?
Let’s hope so, because he is the Republican’s best hope to regain the White House.
After the caucus, Karen and headed down to the Rubio headquarters at the Marriott to meet up with my son and three year old grandson. If you watch the video clip above, you’ll see the back of my grandson’s head sitting on my son’s shoulders as Rubio speaks.
What a grand evening. Thank God for our Republic.
May Senator Rubio have continued success.