The Corner

Speaking of Backing Cruz

Where the hell is Marco Rubio? The last we heard from him, Donald Trump was a threat to the soul of conservatism and he was going to fight Trump unrelentingly, but now Rubio has gone dark and won’t back the one candidate standing between the GOP and Trump?

The New York Times had this the other day about Cruz not getting a flood of endorsements:

Mr. Rubio, who praised Mr. Cruz as “the only conservative left in the race” after his exit, has been perhaps the most conspicuous holdout. He is one of the few Republican senators who gets along well with Mr. Cruz, and the two have been in touch since Mr. Rubio withdrew from the race.

But Mr. Rubio is likely to run again for president in 2020 should Republicans lose the White House this year, and, in making scores of thank-you calls to donors in recent days, he has been discouraged by some party financiers from supporting Mr. Cruz, according to a Republican strategist briefed on the calls.

Without Mr. Rubio’s imprimatur, many of his backers seem disinclined to back Mr. Cruz.

If this is really what’s going on–Rubio presumably avoiding an endorsement lest it make it awkward if he runs against Cruz again in 2020–it is selfish and petty and should be remembered. 

 

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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