A Fight for the Establishment’s Soul

If Marco Rubio’s slow and steady campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination has been distinguished by just one trait, it is imperturbability. Rubio’s team was not vexed by his consistent polling in the single digits in the summer, they were unmoved by the ascension of Donald Trump, and they declined to go after Jeb Bush in the same way he attacked their candidate. January is the month that Rubio’s campaign had hoped to begin his rapid upward ascent in the polls, crowd out his moderate Republican competitors, and emerge the prohibitive frontrunner. But the Florida senator has encountered an obstacle along this path in the form of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is making a play for Granite State hearts. Only one can emerge from New Hampshire the best hope for the GOP’s moderate wing, and the stakes in the coming clash between these two candidates couldn’t be higher for the Republican Party “establishment.”

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A Fight for the Establishment’s Soul

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