Krugman says Rubio is not a moderate
[O]ne of the two men who may still have a good chance of becoming the Republican nominee is a scary character. His notions on foreign policy seem to boil down to the belief that America can bully everyone into doing its bidding, and that engaging in diplomacy is a sign of weakness. His ideas on domestic policy are deeply ignorant and irresponsible, and would be disastrous if put into effect.
The other man, of course, has very peculiar hair.
And Krugman doesn’t even mention the part about Rubio being against abortion even in cases of rape and incest!
Krugman also points out what most Republicans are too stupid to understand:
Donald Trump’s rise has confirmed something polling data already suggested, namely, that most Republican voters don’t actually subscribe to much of the party’s official orthodoxy. Mr. Trump has said the unsayable on multiple issues, from declaring that we were deceived into war to calling for higher taxes on the wealthy (although his own plan does no such thing). Each time, party insiders have waited to see his campaign collapse as a result, and each time he has ended up paying no political price.
So when Mr. Rubio genuflects at the altars of supply-side economics and hard money, he isn’t telling ordinary Republicans what they want to hear — by and large the party’s base couldn’t care less. He is, instead, pandering to the party’s elite, consisting mainly of big donors and the network of apparatchiks at think tanks, media organizations, and so on.
In the G.O.P., crank doctrines in economics and elsewhere aren’t bubbling up from below, they’re being imposed from the top down.
I bet some readers will be outraged by Krugman calling GOP tax policies “crank doctrines.” But actually they are, especially considering our massive budget deficit. When Republicans controlled both the presidency and Congress when GWB was president, they did absolutely nothing about cutting spending. Reagan talked about cutting the budget, but you don’t hear any of the Republican candidates today talking about budget cuts (other than killing Obamacare), just about their massive tax cuts mostly aimed at the wealthiest (like lowering taxes on capital gains and lowering the estate tax).
Anyway, besides Rubio’s support for amnesty (which is what elite big-money donors wanted), Rubio is hardcore TrueCon, he’s just not as outspoken and nasty about it as Cruz, or as smart as him.