As Ace noted earlier:
Ben Shapiro notes something, maybe unintentionally, that I've noted -- pushing Rubio will get you Trump.
Cruz is a non-lunatic candidate who is even more fluent with the issues -- and more conservative on them as well -- than Rubio.
And he's acceptable to people who are against Rubio. Rubio, obviously, is not. He remains firmly committed to amnesty, despite what his online salesmen claim.
Rubio's own words -- which they're not fond of quoting -- establish him as firmly, resolutely pro-amnesty and pro-pathway-to-citizenship... as soon as there's a "plan" for border security in place and as soon as the country has a president the people trust on amnesty.
Presumably Rubio thinks he's the latter, and the "plan" for border security can be done in one day, so yes, Rubio not only intends to bring back the Gang of Eight, but intends to do so on an expedited schedule.
...Instead of conceding [that Cruz and Rubio are neck-and-neck in a hypothetical matchup against Hillary], the Establishment and Establishment-friendly of the party are going to try to win on every single point, thereby telling the majority of the party -- which is against amnesty -- to go eat a dick.
This will not result in people coalescing around Rubio; if you knock out the only other anti-amnesty candidate, it will result in people coalescing around Trump, much to their own chagrin and with great reluctance.
But coalesce they will.
But do go on, Smart Set. Go on, being all smart enough to spite half the party over an issue they consider a priority.
Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News