Trey Gowdy’s conservative credentials are pretty impressive. Still, some activists are quick to criticize him just like they’re quick to question Marco Rubio’s conservative credentials. Tuesday morning, Trey Gowdy endorsed Sen. Rubio while they campaigned in Iowa.
Gowdy told the audience in Clinton, Iowa that “I’m going to vote for Marco Rubio. National security and public safety are the most important issues to me. And there is nobody better on those two issues than Marco Rubio.” It’s indisputable that Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have led most polls in Iowa. It’s looking like Sen. Cruz will win the Iowa Caucuses. While Trump’s numbers in Iowa polls are high, locals aren’t convinced he’ll finish that well because Mr. Trump’s ground game is virtually nonexistent.
The last cult of personality candidate to win in Iowa was then-Candidate Obama. Obama had a major ground operation in Iowa. Trump’s ground troops are virtually nonexistent:
Mr. Trump’s Iowa director predicted that he would recruit a leader for each of the state’s 1,681 Republican precincts by Thanksgiving. Instead, the first major training session for precinct leaders, heavily promoted in emails and conference calls, drew only about 80 people to West Des Moines last weekend, with about 50 participating online.
Trump’s main criticism of Sen. Rubio is that Sen. Rubio isn’t conservative. That’s odd criticism coming from a man who contributed to both of Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaigns, the Clinton Foundation and to the Democrats’ takeover of the House and Senate in 2006.
Unlike Mr. Trump’s dishonest diatribes, Jim Geraghty’s NRO article contains verifiable facts:
It is now axiomatic that Marco Rubio is the “establishment” favorite in the 2016 Republican primaries, due for a collision with a conservative alternative such as Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or Ben Carson.
But if Rubio really represents the new GOP “establishment,” then the fight is over and the conservatives won. Despite infuriating many grassroots conservatives by pushing the failed Gang of Eight immigration-reform bill and advocating a path to legalization, Rubio has an indisputably conservative record as a senator.
This is a man who has a lifetime ACU rating of 98 out of 100. A man who has a perfect rating from the NRA in the U.S. Senate. A man who earned scores of 100 in 2014, 100 in 2013, 71 in 2012, and 100 in 2011 from the Family Research Council. A “Taxpayer Super Hero” with a lifetime rating of 95 from Citizens Against Government Waste.
It’s time to stop listening to cheap politicians whose first desire is to hear their own voice. It’s time to start listening to people who take national security seriously. This summer, Trump said that he’d pick Trey Gowdy to be the Attorney General in a Trump administration. That changed when Rep. Gowdy decided he was endorsing Sen. Rubio. Suddenly, the Trump campaign started criticizing Gowdy.
There’s a question GOP voters should ask themselves. Do they want to vote for a politician who praises principled conservatives like Trey Gowdy, then criticizes Rep. Gowdy when the politician doesn’t get his way?