Neocon pundit Bill Kristol had some pretty interesting commentary in his appearance on ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos. The two men were discussing the stunning collapse of the once ascendant Senator, [score]Marco Rubio[/score], (R-FL) when Stephanopoulos wondered if the GOP were to blame for the rise of Donald Trump. Kristol laid much of the blame for the insurgent Trump campaign at the feet of the GOP leaders, but in particular he pointed to the candidates from the Sunshine State, Rubio and Jeb Bush.
George Stephanopoulos: Bill Kristol, how much has he been enabled by the Repbublican Party? Marco Rubio said the media has some responsibility. How much has he been enabled by the Republicans themselves? Who refused to take him on earlier?
Bill Kristol: He’s been considerably enabled. They were busy with the Bush SuperPAC, $120 million. How much of that was spent against Donald Trump? I think $5 million. $25 million against Rubio. If Rubio is going to lose on Tuesday, which he may, he may rally, part of it is because the Bush campaign dropped $20 million of negative ads on him in Florida. Cruz and Rubio spent more time fighting each other than Trump. The failure to denounce Trump.
I think Rubio missed a huge chance at the end of the debate ten days ago, he was asked, could you still support Trump? He could have said, look, when I took the pledge in August, I thought I could support the nominee. Now I’m not sure. I think if he had crossed the bridge, it would have been a dramatic moment. He might have alienated a few people who think we need to support the nominee whoever it is, but I think a lot of the non-Trump voters who are 65% of the Republicans who have voted so far, would have rallied to Rubio.
If Bill Kristol is even partly correct in his analysis, the GOP will be kicking itself for years to come.
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