Even for high achievers (especially for high achievers?) ego can be a career-limiting liability.
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Standing in a poorly lit room on Tuesday night, a chastened Marco Rubio declared that it's "not God’s plan that [Rubio] be president in 2016---or maybe ever.”
If Donald Trump runs the table tonight, you're going to be hearing more talk about the possibility of mainstream conservatives and establishment Republicans wanting to bolt the GOP---maybe even as soon as this year.
First they came for the RINOs.
It's looking increasingly like Marco Rubio is in real danger of an embarrassing primary loss in his home state of Florida on Tuesday. The press seems to have decided he's finished. That's the narrative, and narratives are hard to overcome.
MIAMI -- Call me crazy, but I still think Marco Rubio can win Florida. I'm not predicting he will win, but I certainly think he can win---no matter what the polls say today.
Ted Cruz recently portrayed a contested convention as a way the Republican establishment "can snatch this nomination from the people."
Sooner or later, it was going to come down to dick size. Donald Trump isn’t so much inventing something new, as he is exposing a “preference cascade” for the vulgar. The culture changed a long time ago, Trump isn’t causing that—he’s merely creating a permission structure for us to quit pretending otherwise.
Maybe it's because I grew up in a time when popular culture celebrated the rebel, but I find the Kool-Aid drinkers---no matter which side they're on---to be the worst.
While we await the Super Tuesday results, it's time to discuss the way Trump speaks. Just as people wanting to appear highbrow use language as a signaling device, Donald Trump's simple manner of speaking seems to endear him to the masses.
On Tuesday, I will be confronted with a deadline. The question is simple: For whom shall I vote?
HOUSTON -- He floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee. During Thursday night's debate in Houston, Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio unleashed a flurry of punches and counterpunches on Donald Trump. In the past, Republicans would drop memorized zingers. But when Trump would channel his quick wit with a sharp retort, they were left stunned and out of ammunition.
HOUSTON -- This morning on CNN, I suggested that Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz would continue to cannibalize each other during tonight's debate, and not go after Donald Trump. (In the wake of the Chris Christie takedown, Rubio doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who loves direct confrontation, and Trump is the last guy you'd probably want to pick a fight with.)
As we contemplate a future where the Republican Party could come unraveled and possibly go the way of the Whigs, could a strategy employed in the first Whig presidential campaign provide some insight into how to stop Donald Trump?
Over at the Washington Post, Greg Sargent has a piece up, titled: "The GOP that Marco Rubio hopes to lead may not exist."
For a long time now, I've been talking about 21st century conservatism---about why we should modernize, but not moderate---and about how conservatism is the best philosophy for anyone who wants to achieve the American Dream. I even wrote a book about it.
In the wake of Justice Scalia's death, and the ensuing turmoil over replacing him, I posited a compromise that has been dubbed "The West Wing theory": President Obama persuades Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to resign. He then replaces Scalia with an old conservative---and RBG with a young liberal.
After Justice Scalia passed away on Saturday, a few observers were surprised to hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately and preemptively declare that any Obama nominees would be DOA.
In case you missed it, there was a mini-scandal this week when some old documents resurfaced on Gawker that seemed to show journalist Marc Ambinder (then at the The Atlantic) making unseemly concessions in order to obtain an early copy of a foreign policy speech to be delivered by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Despite predicting that Ohio Governor John Kasich would come in second in New Hampshire, I've been pretty skeptical of his chances to parlay that into much else. For one thing, New Hampshire (where contrarian politicians are often rewarded by independents who can vote in primaries) is almost uniquely suited to a man like Kasich.