Marco Rubio: Winner

Marco Rubio showed real grace and kindness in the face of a very hostile crowd.

I cannot tip my hat enough for Marco Rubio. The CNN townhall on guns was going to be a nightmare for any conservative. The reality is that the kids and parents who do not favor gun control are not going to be there by and large. Nobody wants to be the skunk in the living room and it was clear going into this that being opposed to a gun grab would not get you praised.

Rubio went anyway. He showed he was willing to compromise. While I disagree on raising the age for long barrel guns to 21 and restricting magazine size, he was for it and showed himself willing to compromise. But he also showed himself unwilling to be bullied by a mob of varying hostility. He was gracious and kind throughout, even when it wasn't reciprocated.

This is how Americans used to expect all their political leaders to behave. It is how our political leaders should behave.

Marco Rubio should be commended. He won the night with a graceful performance in a setting most of his Republican colleagues would avoid like the plague.

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Bear8
Bear8

I don't believe the ordinary citizen should be able to buy any weapon that is not authorized and made available for our military and police personnel to use.

NeilMcKenna
NeilMcKenna

But can we trust every teacher? I had one once in high school who some kids made fun of behind his back and on at least one occasion that I recall, to his face. Not all kids participated, but everyone laughed with those who did. Now consider this scenario: His wife leaves him or he suffers some other life altering setback, and he decides he doesn't want to live anymore. Then he remembers all the disrespect he suffered at the hands of those (we) kids. So one morning, along with the gun that he is completely authorized to carry on campus, he brings a silencer, takes a position between his students and the door and tries to send each and every one of them to that big classroom in the sky . . . .

Jack_Krevin
Jack_Krevin

I also think you are seriously under estimating Bernie Sanders who seemed to generate an almost Obama like following with Millennials. In contrast Joe Biden would just be "generic democrat" vs Hillary's First Woman presidency which coupled with her snapping up all the superdelegates which would likely cause his campaign to sputter out.

Jack_Krevin
Jack_Krevin

As for the 2016 election, I find your appraisal to be long on wishful thinking just like last time with little supporting evidence to back up your supposition. Needlessly to say I am far from convinced "almost any" Republican could beat her and I have high doubts Cruz would be the man who could. Due to, among other things, his rather limited appeal of deeply conservative/Evangelical, his weakness in general elections as opposed to lower turn-out Caucuses, as well Hillary having a complicit media every bit if not more so than Trump enjoyed.

Jack_Krevin
Jack_Krevin

Then you should be happy to live with the consequences of that action. But you can't betray your side, revel in your supposed moral superiority then act all heartbroken when you get called out on it. Nevertrumpers made their choice and as far as I am concerned they can wear that around their necks till doomsday.