Just in time for Super Tuesday a story has broken on Marco Rubio’s lobbying of conservative media on behalf of the Senate “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill. This is probably the last thing that the establishment and their fresh prince needed as a furious last ditch effort to stop hated outsider and Republican party front-runner Donald Trump from seizing control of the primaries and rolling to the nomination isunderway. Trump is being absolutely blasted by the entire media on Sunday morning television and being battered with scurrilous innuendo that he is a closet Nazi with ties to the Mafia. Now the other shoe has dropped on dashing young Marco’s heavy investment in the efforts to cram a free pass for millions of illegals down the throats of Americans.
The expose, published by the damned liberal New York Times in Sunday’s edition is entitled “Marco Rubio Pushed for Immigration Reform With Conservative Media” :
A few weeks after Senator Marco Rubio joined a bipartisan push for an immigration overhaul in 2013, he arrived alongside Senator Chuck Schumer at the executive dining room of News Corporation’s Manhattan headquarters for dinner.
Their mission was to persuade Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the media empire, and Roger Ailes, the chairman and chief executive of its Fox News division, to keep the network’s on-air personalities from savaging the legislation and give it a fighting chance at survival.
Mr. Murdoch, an advocate of immigration reform, and Mr. Ailes, his top lieutenant and the most powerful man in conservative television, agreed at the Jan. 17, 2013, meeting to give the senators some breathing room.
But the media executives, highly attuned to the intensifying anger in the Republican grass roots, warned that the senators also needed to make their case to Rush Limbaugh, the king of conservative talk radio, who held enormous sway with the party’s largely anti-immigrant base.
So the senators supporting the legislation turned to Mr. Rubio, the Florida Republican, to reach out to Mr. Limbaugh.
The dinner at News Corporation headquarters — which has not been previously reported — and the subsequent outreach to Mr. Limbaugh illustrate the degree to which Mr. Rubio served as the chief envoy to the conservative media for the group supporting the legislation. The bill would have provided a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants along with measures to secure the borders and ensure that foreigners left the United States upon the expiration of their visas.
It is a history that Mr. Rubio is not eager to highlight as he takes on Donald J. Trump, his rival for the Republican presidential nomination, who has made his vow to crack down on illegal immigration a centerpiece of his campaign.
The senators embarked on a tour of editorial boards and newsrooms, and Mr. Rubio was even featured as the “Republican savior” on the cover of Time magazine for his efforts to change immigration laws. He already was being mentioned as a 2016 presidential contender.
Now Mr. Trump has become the Republican leader in national polls by picking fights with Mr. Ailes and offending the Latino voters whom Mr. Rubio had hoped to bring into the Republican fold. And while Mr. Rubio ultimately abandoned the bipartisan legislation in the face of growing grass-roots backlash and the collapse of the conservative media truce, he, and to a certain degree Fox News, are still paying for that dinner.
The entire piece can be read here.
It’s the second day in a row that the NYT has delivered a blistering inside look at the GOP establishment that is waging war on Trump, on Saturday the paper reportedthat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – also an amnesty backer – was coordinating a Senate effort to stab Mr. Trump in the back if he does indeed win the nomination. The piece is a vindication of all of those who have long believed that Senator Rubio was a flip-flopping phony as well as an empty suit filled to the brim with establishment talking points and trotted out with a smiling young face to sell America down the river.