We are still waiting to see that second Donald Trump take the stage, but last night in his concession speech, we saw once again the Marco Rubio so many of us love:
America’s in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami and we should have seen this coming. . . this nation needs a vibrant and growing conservative movement and it needs a strong Republican Party to change the direction now of this country or many of the things that are going wrong in America will become permanent, and many of the things makes us a special country will be gone. America needs a vibrant conservative movement, but one that’s built on principles and on ideas, not on fear, not on anger, not on preying on people’s frustrations.
A conservative movement that believes in the principles of our Constitution, that protects our rights and limits the power of government. A conservative movement committed to the cause of free enterprise, the only economic model where everyone can climb without anyone falling. A conservative movement that believes in a strong national defense and a conservative movement that believes in the strong Judeo-Christian values that are the formation of our nation.
He tried to run a symbolic campaign of uplift in the middle of an electorate angry at spin and betrayal. He hurt himself by faltering under Chris Christie’s attacks and then finished his chances by succumbing to the temptation to dip into Donald Trump’s gutter.
But at 44 years of age, it is clear to me God is not done with this gifted man.
God bless Marco Rubio.
Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe.