This is a followup on a previous post, The Race For 2016 Endorsements. In the previous post only Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio were mentioned, and this one also mentions Dr. Ben Carson, and John Kasich.

Since the number of candidates has dwindled to five there is a rush to consolidate forces and add endorsements from people whose candidate has dropped out. Donald Trump is not playing this game. He has stated that our politicians are stupid, and that’s not a term of endearment. His army is entirely akin to the everyday people in the movie Gangs of New York, 1 senator and 4 congressmen.

gangs of NY

Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.) B 80%
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) B 83%
Rep. Duncan Hunter (Calif.) D 67%
Rep. Tom Marino (Pa.) F 49%
Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.) F 30%

Marco Rubio is working this game harder than any of the other candidates. He is getting those who had supported Jeb Bush to support him. A lot of these are like the politicians Trump refers to as stupid, and their approval ratings are dismal. There are 4 of his 57 who have a grade B from Conservative Review’s Liberty Scorecard. Those 4 are akin to the Boogie Woogie Bugle boy of Company B. The 38 who have a grade of F are akin to the TV series F Troop.

F Troop

Marco Rubio’s F Troop Army
Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) F 21%
Sen. Cory Gardner (Colo.) F 33%
Sen. Thom Tillis (N.C.) F 33%
Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) F 41%
Sen. Dan Coats (Ind.) F 44%
Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) F 45%
Sen. Pat Roberts (Kan.) F 55%
Sen. Deb Fischer (Neb.) F 56%
Sen. Dean Heller (Nev.) F 56%
Rep. Mimi Walters (Calif.) F 25%
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) F 25%
Rep. Barbara Comstock (Va.) F 25%
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) F 28%
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.) F 30%
Rep. Rodney Davis (Ill.) F 31%
Rep. Peter King (N.Y.) F 33%
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) F 36%
Rep. Steve Womack (Ark.) F 36%
Rep. Glenn Thompson (Pa.) F 39%
Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (Wash.) F 40%
Rep. John Moolenaar (Mich.) F 42%
Rep. Kristi Noem (S.D.) F 42%
Rep. Mark Amodei (Nev.) F 42%
Rep. Cresent Hardy (Nev.) F 42%
Rep. Robert Pittenger (N.C.) F 44%
Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.) F 44%
Rep. Dan Benishek (Mich.) F 44%
Rep. John Kline (Minn.) F 46%
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (Fla.) F 46%
Rep. Darin LaHood (Ill.) F 50%
Rep. Erik Paulsen (Minn.) F 50%
Rep. Larry Bucshon (Ind.) F 51%
Rep. Rick Crawford (Ark.) F 52%
Rep. Sean Duffy (Wis.) F 52%
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (Fla.) F 52%
Rep. Mia Love (Utah) F 58%
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Okla.) F 59%
Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif) F 59%

company B

Marco Rubio’s Company B Army
Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) B 88%
Rep. Matt Salmon (Ariz.) B 89%
Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C.) B 86%
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) B 82%

John Kasich has a smaller army of 7 entirely made up of F Troop. Five are from Ohio, one is from Mississippi, and one is from Pennsylvania.

F Troop

John Kasich’s F Troop Army
Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) F 50%
Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.) F 30%
Rep. Steve Stivers (Ohio) F 34%
Rep. Pat Tiberi (Ohio) F 44%
Rep. Michael Turner (Ohio) F 46%
Rep. Gregg Harper (Miss.) F 48%
Rep. Bill Johnson (Ohio) F 51%

Dr. Ben Carson has one Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B
company B

Dr. Ben Carson’s Company B soldier
Rep. Andy Harris (Md.) B 80%

Ted Cruz has an army of 25. He has not promised anyone a thing, but kindred spirits have enlisted in his army. He has three divisions, 9 in the A Team, 8 in Company B, and 1 soldier from F Troop.


Ted Cruz’s A Team Army
Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) A 100%
Rep. Jeff Duncan (S.C.) A 96%
Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas) A 96%
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.) A 96%
Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) A 95%
Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) A 95%
Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) A 93%
Rep. Ken Buck (Colo.) A 92%
Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) A 91%
Rep. Tom McClintock (Calif.) A 90%

company B

Ted Cruz’s Company B
Rep. Mark Sanford (S.C.) B 88%
Rep. John Ratcliffe (Texas) B 83%
Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.) B 82%
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.) B 82%
Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) B 82%
Rep. Randy Weber (Texas) B 81%
Rep. Sam Johnson (Texas) B 80%
Rwp, Roger Williams (Texas) B 80%

F Troop

Ted Cruz’s F Troop soldier
Rep. Sam Graves (Mo.) F 54%

We are going to find out over the next few weeks which army will prevail. Some think that Rubio is smart to consolidate, and others think he is clueless not to see what happened to Jeb. There are also some who think Ted Cruz should have worked harder at making friends in the senate. We disagree, and a quote by Margaret Thatcher and Ted Cruz explains why we disagree.



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