Reprinted from Smirking Chimp
The big boys are confident that Sen. Marco Rubio has locked up the Republican nomination.
But who's locked up Rubio?
I called my bookie in London. The betting professionals were not surprised at Marco Rubio's big Iowa showing. The smart money has been on Rubio since October 31 -- despite the fact that Rubio was polling at just 9%.
Paul Krishnamurty, politics odds analyst at Betfair.com, told me that, among professional betters, over just two days, Rubio soared from zero to odds-on favorite to win the GOP nomination.
Why would the guys who bet the rent money place it all on Rubio -- and what suddenly changed on October 31?
Because, despite the fact that 9 of 10 Republicans rejected him, on Halloween, Rubio won the only vote that counts: The Vulture's.
It was page one news in the New York Times: "Paul Singer, Influential Billionaire, Throws Support to Marco Rubio for President."
I've been hunting Singer, AKA The Vulture, for nine years across four continents. And now the carrion-chewing billionaire has decided who will be your next President.
The Vulture, not the Kochs, has become the Number One funder of the Republican Party. The Vulture's blessing signals to the other billionaires where to place their bets.
Singer doesn't "donate" to candidates. He invests in them. And he expects a big, dripping return on his money.
But why Rubio? Because Singer's little hatchling is doing The Vulture's bidding already. Singer has launched a murderous financial "vulture" attack on Argentina. Singer is shaking down the gaucho nation for $3 billion.
Here's the story. Decades ago, Argentina's military dictatorship issued bonds that sucked the nation dry. When democracy returned, 97% of the banks that had funded the dictatorship agreed to take a low payment for these bonds.
Then down swooped The Vulture. Singer and his partners bought up the "hold-out" 3% for $50 million -- and now Singer demands that Argentina pay him $3 billion, a 6,000% return on his "investment" -- or he'll bring Argentina to its knees.
That's why he's called The Vulture -- because Singer has used this same junk-bond ransom trick to swipe aid funds meant for cholera clinics in the Congo. (When I uncovered that scheme for BBC Television, Britain's Parliament banned Singer's vulture fund from British courts. His operations are outlawed throughout most of the civilized world.)
But The Vulture has a problem: Hillary Clinton. As Secretary of State, Clinton went to court on Argentina's side and body-blocked every ugly attempt by The Vulture to savage Argentina.