Via BuzzFeed, between this and Saturday’s viral video, it’s now crystal clear that this guy is going #NeverTrump. Not today, but soon. I wouldn’t even rule out him doing it tomorrow night in his concession speech. I mentioned this in the Florida post but it’s worth repeating: Rubio’s likely to have a major dilemma on his hands a few months from now. His campaign will end this week; even if he signs on with Cruz, it may be too late to stop Trump. If Trump is the nominee, he’ll have to decide whether to speak out this summer and fall against supporting Trump or to get out of the way and quietly watch as the party goes in whatever direction it’s headed. Clearly he wants to speak out as a matter of conscience. But if he does, he’s putting his political career at risk.
If Trump wins, Rubio will be on the outs as a traitor to the new GOP; if Trump loses, Rubio will be blamed for having helped cost the GOP the presidency. Either outcome makes it much harder for him to run for governor in two years, and that was already looking to be a heavy lift given tomorrow night’s likely outcome. If Rubio’s going to be an active #NeverTrumper — and no one in America has been more eloquent for that cause over the past 72 hours than he has — he may have to do it at the price of ever again holding elected office. Is he willing to pay that price? Trumpers may face a reckoning eventually. Rubio will face one more suddenly.
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