Rubio: You bet I’ll be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill banning abortion after 20 weeks

posted at 11:21 am on July 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

Time to seek absolution from the base for the recent immigration-related “unpleasantness.” All is forgiven? Some is forgiven?

A tiny little bit is forgiven, maybe?

“If someone else would like to do it instead of me, I’m more than happy to consider it. But I’d like to be the lead sponsor,” the Florida Republican said. “I feel very strongly about this issue. And I’d like to be the lead sponsor on it if we can find language that we can unify people behind.”…

Rubio said “certainly” the Constitution would allow a federal law banning abortions after 20-weeks — it’s just a question of which portion of the document. Rubio is also a co-sponsor of a bill from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia, an issue he said that is more easily constitutionally settled given the District’s federal status.

“What we have among pro-life supporters in the Senate is a difference of opinion about: Which constitutionally enumerated power is this flowing under?” Rubio said. “We just have not yet been able to come to a consensus on that.”…

“We have a vast majority of support among most Americans, irrespective of how people may feel about the issue of abortion,” Rubio said. “We’re talking about five months into a pregnancy. People certainly believe there should be significant restrictions on that.”

Three weeks ago, the Weekly Standard reported that he was preparing to take the lead on a 20-week ban. A few days later, Politico claimed that he and his staff weren’t as committed to it as the Standard thought, which makes sense given how fraught with political danger a big abortion initiative is. What changed between then and now to have Rubio asking for lead-sponsor status? Polls, I assume. His numbers are still healthy among Republicans but he’s slipped a bit and he can’t afford to slip more with a Ted Cruz bid in 2016 looking increasingly likely. Meanwhile, polls on late-term abortion (the latest of which appeared just this morning) consistently show robust support for restrictions. He and the GOP are on safe-ish ground here provided that no one Akinizes the party’s messaging. Rubio’s given strong speeches on abortion in the past; taking the lead on this will give him a spotlight to show off some of that rhetoric, which will not only wipe away some of the lingering hard feelings over amnesty but ideally impress righties who are desperate for a candidate who can argue their positions eloquently. When was the last time the GOP had a nominee who was a forceful, articulate spokesman for conservatism? Not since Reagan, right?

The big landmine here for a guy who’s angling to run on electability in three years is getting trapped in a debate about banning abortion before 20 weeks. Democrats will try hard to make that the focus, knowing that the same polls that show support for banning it in the third trimester also show support for keeping it legal in the first. I’m curious to see how Rubio handles that. He can’t say that Republicans have no interest in banning it in the first 12 weeks; imagine the reaction from social conservatives. He could argue that, precisely because there’s so much public opposition, there’s little chance of Congress banning abortion in the first trimester, i.e. that the point is moot due to infeasibility. But social cons won’t like that either: Does that mean if they go out and vote to hand the Senate back to Republicans, the GOP won’t even try for a total abortion ban? No easy answers here. He’ll just have to retrain the argument on the third trimester whenever Dems try to move it elsewhere, emphasizing that public opposition to a first-trimester ban is no reason to thwart a publicly-supported ban for the third. He has a good line for that already, per Politico: “[Europe] is largely viewed as a bastion of social liberalism. But even on that issue they’re more restrictive than the majority leader and his party are.” That’s true. Good enough for France, good enough for the Democratic Party, no?

Exit question: Er, what about the constitutional point he raised, though? Back in the tea-party heyday of 2010, Republican candidates swore that every new bill would include a provision specifying which clause of the Constitution empowered Congress to act on that matter. No more “it’s constitutional because we say so” arguments a la ObamaCare. Point to a clause if you want to pass something. What’s the clause in this case? Presumably it’s section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which gives Congress authority to enforce the Due Process Clause by passing federal legislation. The argument would be that a fetus — at least after the 20th week of gestation — is a person and therefore can’t be deprived of life without due process. Rubio says, though, that members of the caucus disagree on which constitutional provision empowers Congress in this case. Which other clauses could possibly be in play? They’re not going to make … a Commerce Clause argument, are they? After the sturm and drang of the ObamaCare mandate debate? C’mon.


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Go to Hell anyway, you traitor of the land and of the TEA party, which brung you, and whom you snookered, royally. Burn, slowly.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Rubio is LYING about his pro-life position. Count on it.

Pork-Chop on July 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Credibility shot.

Quick, run to something they’ll like! Hold on for dear life!

portlandon on July 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Too late, Marco.

Ward Cleaver on July 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Two words: Benedict Arnold.

Valkyriepundit on July 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Forget it.

Blake on July 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

You bet I’ll sponsor a bill that doesn’t stand a
snowball’s chance in Hell of even being brought to
the floor of the Senate…

..the longer this guy is in the Senate, the more
Worthless he appears….

Open Memo to Senator Rubio:

We have an AVALANCHE of scandals surrounding this
President. Senator, do you think you could possibly
LOOK INTO THESE??

or are these “Phony scandals”?

ToddPA on July 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

And then we’ll all forgive and forget the way you teamed up with Chuckie Schumer to give U.S. citizenship to every foreign criminal on the planet?

Dream on, Rubio.

AZCoyote on July 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Hey Marco you’re done. There’s a radio station for you to listen to now JKMA JUST KISS * *

stormridercx4 on July 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Rubio is so brave. He wants to give illegal aliens the right to chose….to stay here with Amnesty.

portlandon on July 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Lets see the “gang” get back together for this you damn phony!

Alinsky on July 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Rubio’s given strong speeches on abortion in the past; taking the lead on this will give him a spotlight to show off some of that rhetoric, which will not only wipe away some of the lingering hard feelings over amnesty but ideally impress righties who are desperate for a candidate who can argue their positions eloquently. When was the last time the GOP had a nominee who was a forceful, articulate spokesman for conservatism? Not since Reagan, right?

One not-so-small problem there, AP. Ted Cruz is every bit as articulate as Rubio(and I’d argue moreso). Rand Paul on many issues is good at arguing his case(remember the lengthy filibuster?). Rick Perry when he isn’t stumbling all over himself can even do a credible job arguing conservatism.

Rubio’s dilemma is that he doesn’t have market cornered on public speaking skills. And unlike him, the others I listed don’t have an albatross around their necks like amnesty. He can pander all he wants, but unless he can find a way to undo the damage that bill did with the base, he’s toast in 2016.

Doughboy on July 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Too late, amigo!

crash72 on July 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

So, Marco…a baby at 19 weeks is fair game for the butcher? 19 and a half weeks? 18? What is so magical about 20?

Hate to cite the Bible, being a Catholic and all…but, Marco, there is a life lesson to be learned even in the non-religious field of politics…Revelation 3:16.

“So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.”

coldwarrior on July 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Time to seek absolution from the base for the recent immigration-related “unpleasantness.” All is forgiven? Some is forgiven? A tiny little bit is forgiven, maybe?

No, no, and no. You really don’t understand conservatives if you think we single-task and have the attention span of a beagle. Your efforts and lies about immigration reform are not forgotten nor are they forgiven.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I won’t support Rubio for the nomination, and I wouldn’t vote for him in the general election if he became nominee, either.

He lied about his position on a huge issue to get elected to the Senate, so I now have zero faith in anything he says.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

DRayRaven on July 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

We can within a reasonable doubt assume that Rubio was planning his immigration deception from day one. Look at his Chief of Staff Cesar Conda, an immigration lawyer who has been a consistent pusher of amnesty. Check out the google on Conda: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22cesar+conda%22&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

I’d say Rubio is the equivalent of a Trojan Horse, and he shouldn’t of course be our nominee where he could do much more serious damage if he ever became president.

anotherJoe on July 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

A tiny little bit is forgiven, maybe?

Nope.

This is just craven pandering.

Bye, Marco.

Bitter Clinger on July 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Rubio: I got McCain’s permission to You bet I’ll be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill banning abortion after 20 weeks

Akzed on July 25, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Too late to suck up now, Marco.

kingsjester on July 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

No forgiveness to elRookio™! Primary him!!! Send him packing!!!

Bmore on July 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Gee Mark that’s nice….

you empowered SCoaMF and La Raza to have Schumer write a bill…

hey Mark the Rube you passed legislation giving illegals a pass on three felonies…

add in 11 to 44 million illegals being Jedi Hand Waved Citizenship and my vote doesn’t matter.

While it still does I aim to use it to destroy every Amnesty sell out I can.

harlekwin15 on July 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Too late. He belongs to Schumer,….”our Republicans”. You can’t erase that, Marco.

a capella on July 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

A tiny little bit is forgiven, maybe?

Nope, either openly and honestly advocate for expanded immigration or shut up, Rubio. Don’t co-operate with the left-collectivist Dems to form a slave-labor class of marginalized & exploited lumpen-proletariat.

ebrown2 on July 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

This really isn’t any different or more genuine than his phony campaigning.

earlgrey133 on July 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Sure Marco, be just like the sneaky teen that gets caught screwing up badly so he spends the next day seeking visible choirs to do for his parents, hoping they’ll think they made the big mistake.

Sorry Marco, we’ll mow our own danged lawns without you!

Don L on July 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

The pandering is strong with this one….

libfreeordie on July 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

See, he’s not so bad…///

d1carter on July 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM

He’s a 2016 dreamer.

Flange on July 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Sure Marco, be just like the sneaky teen that gets caught screwing up badly so he spends the next day seeking visible choirs to do for his parents, hoping they’ll think they made the big mistake.

Sorry Marco, we’ll mow our own danged lawns without you!

Don L on July 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Right. Sniveling little lying brown-noser.

rrpjr on July 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

If Obama signs the bill… all is forgiven.

faraway on July 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Oh. Okay. I totally forgive you then for lying through your teeth to me, doing a 180 degree turn on a core conservative issue, and in the process handing a huge victory to the Democrats when scandals should have them on the ropes.

Chris of Rights on July 25, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Chris of Rights on July 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Desperation thy name is Rubio.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Marco knows this bill is doomed to failure in the Senate. But, he is doing everything possible to win back the conservative base after totally screwing it.

Schumer and McCain really played Rubio for a fool. If he cannot outsmart them, how could he, as President, outsmart someone like Putin?

bw222 on July 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Politicians exist in their bubble world too long and don’t understand that it’s a total package, not a cafeteria plan. Backing pro-life legislation doesn’t cancel out selling out on illegal immigration. Rubio will never get my support.

windbag on July 25, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Hey, little man — how come you’re not out there defending your brilliant amnesty plan you believed so much in? What happened? I was really hoping you’d bring your dazzling wunderkind charisma to bear on those House Republicans, cause you know they’re just waiting for your bold leadership.

rrpjr on July 25, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Old lady, raped and beaten by illegal, dies.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Transparent attempt to suck up to everyone he f#cked over. There is absolutely nothing this man can ever do to win back my support! I hope he gets primaried and defeated in 2016!

MPan on July 25, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Now to see if Rush falls for this. If he calls him personally, I’ll bet the gushing will be endless…
Rush, a brilliant man, is such a soft touch for celebrity attention.

Don L on July 25, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Oh for pity’s sake. The hold up is that they can’t figure out what enumerated power is involved? The first time in history anyone in Congress has ever so much as MENTIONED enumerated powers and it’s when discussing how to prevent the slaughter of the unborn?

How about the Fifth Amendment and its prohibition against depriving life, liberty, or property? How about the Fourteenth Amendment and its guarantee of equal protection to all under the law? How about simply declaring that, for purposes of federal law, an unborn baby is to be considered a human life and, thus, force the courts to apply that standard?

There are so many ways to Constitutionally justify this. Of all the things to spend time parsing the Constitutionality of…

Shump on July 25, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Fake bills from Fake Republicans

faraway on July 25, 2013 at 11:58 AM

He’ll be the nominee. Much better than romney.

Flapjackmaka on July 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Oh noes! It’s that one guy who had a position we didn’t like on The One Topic That Matters More Than Anything Else Ever of the week! KILLKILLKILL!

And we conservatives wonder why we can’t win elections.

Red Cloud on July 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Teaching abstinence is unconstitutional: http://tinyurl.com/lnnpflg

We need more babies to abort.

davidk on July 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Right. Sniveling little lying brown-noser.

rrpjr on July 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Senator Eddie Haskell.

rotorjoe on July 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

No se puede servir a dos señores, Marco.

steebo77 on July 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Sorry, but the only conservative legislation would be a federal law declaring abortion to be a states-only subject.

PersonFromPorlock on July 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Does that mean if they go out and vote to hand the Senate back to Republicans, the GOP won’t even try for a total abortion ban?

You mean like they tried the first 6 years of Bush’s term, when he had he House AND Senate? Of course they won’t. They like to use it as a campaign and fund raising issue, but other than that, they have no intention of stopping it. They could have banned it COMPLETELY if that is what they wanted to do. They didn’t even bring it up.

cptacek on July 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Oh noes! It’s that one guy who had a position we didn’t like on The One Topic That Matters More Than Anything Else Ever of the week! KILLKILLKILL!

And we conservatives wonder why we can’t win elections.

Red Cloud on July 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM

For me it was the two different versions of “the truth” depending on whether he was speaking on English or Spanish language television.

English- Long path to citizenship

Spanish- Citizenship fast tracked once we pass the law.

That is a lack of integrity which is important to some us. Apparently not you.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Shut up, jackwagon.

Darksean on July 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Rubio=Schumer mini-me
Rubio=Stupak mini-me

Take your pick. I’ll take both and stick a fork in him.

AH_C on July 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Guess whose @ss this isn’t gonna save?

WordsMatter on July 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM

He’ll be the nominee. Much better than romney.

Flapjackmaka on July 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Well, he rolled you, didn’t he?

Bitter Clinger on July 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

So, Marco…a baby at 19 weeks is fair game for the butcher? 19 and a half weeks? 18? What is so magical about 20?

Hate to cite the Bible, being a Catholic and all…but, Marco, there is a life lesson to be learned even in the non-religious field of politics…Revelation 3:16.

“So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.”

coldwarrior on July 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Screw all or nothing. If Rubio or anyone else can get abortions after 20 weeks banned I’m all for it and I will support him – or a 100% Conservative, or a pro-life Democrat! It’ll save the lives of those babies and while EVERY baby’s life is precious incremental progress and saving those lives is far better than no progress and the continued slaughter of fully viable children inside the womb.

MikeknaJ on July 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

He only opposes abortion so he has more people to give amnesty to.

ButterflyDragon on July 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I’d like to see Rubio’s Gang Of 8 on this bill.

Dongemaharu on July 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

He could be the lead in an 8 person clown parade and I would not vote for him!

UncleZeb on July 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Will this new law be for illegal immagrants or will Rubio be passing laws for US citizens now?

xdwall on July 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Sorry, but the only conservative legislation would be a federal law declaring abortion to be a states-only subject.

PersonFromPorlock on July 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

First, if it’s a states-only subject, there shouldn’t need to be a federal law declaring it so. Anything not delegated to the federal government automatically is a states-only issue. To pass laws declaring things to be for the states to decide sets the precedent that the federal government makes that determination. Bad precedent to set.

Second, the Constitution guarantees that no one shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law, guarantees everyone equal protection under the law, and gives Congress the power to enforce those provisions through appropriate legislation. Therefore, it is totally conservative and Constitutional for the federal government to legislate regarding abortion.

Third, like it or not, the Supreme Court has spoken on abortion. Yes, they pulled the decision out of their rears and “invented” rights that don’t exist. But, at the moment, every court recognizes Roe v. Wade as the law of the land. No state would be permitted to legislate contrary to that. Thus, it can’t simply be left to the states until Congress at least takes action to negate Roe v. Wade.

Shump on July 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

No forgiveness for Rubio.

Rubio LIED & LIED & LIED while selling immigration reform. He and his staff are still lying about immigration reform.

I now consider every word from Rubio to be a LIE.

pilsener on July 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Go Rubio! He is showing is a good leader.

terryannonline on July 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Go Rubio! He is showing is a good leader.

terryannonline on July 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Rubio: 1

Anti-Rubio: 173

portlandon on July 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Go Rubio! He is showing is a good leader.

terryannonline on July 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Senator Rubio, with all due respect sir, quit trolling us on the interwebs and get in the Senate building and do your job.

ButterflyDragon on July 25, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Go Rubio! He is showing is a good leader.

terryannonline on July 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

English, MFer. Do you speak it?

cptacek on July 25, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Done, Marco. Done.

stenwin77 on July 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

For me it was the two different versions of “the truth” depending on whether he was speaking on English or Spanish language television.

English- Long path to citizenship

Spanish- Citizenship fast tracked once we pass the law.

That is a lack of integrity which is important to some us. Apparently not you.

Happy Nomad on July 25, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Heh. Yeah, this is what most people are talking about when they say they don’t like Rubio. This.

You can come down off your high horse whenever you like.

Red Cloud on July 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

By this, Rubio makes matters even worse, not better.

kunegetikos on July 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Go Rubio! He is showing is a good leader.

terryannonline on July 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I think I understand now why Rubio left the Tea Party wing of the conservative party and jumped into the SoCon one instead. Tea Party members aren’t that easy to fool. If you lie repeatedly, they’ll angrily confront you with the facts. Going over to the SoCons where Huckabee and BO reign will be an easier sell for him. They’re soft and squishy and take to the honeyed snake oil Rubio’s hawking now.

Burke on July 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Rubio falls to 6th place in natl polling, behind Cruz:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2013/07/paul-cruz-rising-for-2016.html

Jon0815 on July 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

How can a dead person take the lead on anything?

Are we all Huma’s now? Politicians can treat us like doormats and all is well, go to hell! And take Tokyo Rove with you.

T.O.A.S.T. Pure Bush mafia burnt toast.

Jayrae on July 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Go Rubio! He is showing is a good leader.

terryannonline on July 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Huma thanks you!

Jayrae on July 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I know it was you Marco! You broke my heart! You broke my heart!

Tacitus on July 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

LOL…look a shiny object to distract you..hahahahaha. OMG, you people have some short memories. He knows this has no chance of passing so he is gonna throw you some red meat and watch you forget his disastrous Amnesty scheme.

MoreLiberty on July 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

One step on the long road to redemption. And it doesn’t matter unless it gets passed.
What would really rehabilitate Marco is if he condemns his Senate bill. Find something outrageous in it, its not hard, and start slamming it as Obamacare for the borders. Claim his was bamboozled, was trying to make a good faith deal, and was stabbed in the back by Schumer & co. Come out in support of the House’s piecemeal approach and its win-win. Barring that, he’s gonna have to make Ted Cruz look like a squish on everything else just to get us to notice him.

Iblis on July 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

The feds and the states have all kinds of laws against murder and manslaughter. Maybe MR should have those laws applied to abortions, especially the born alive humans who get left in linen closets to die. We don’t need any more laws just enforce the ones we have Marco, like the current immigration laws.

Kissmygrits on July 25, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Tacitus on July 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

And originally said in Cuba…nicely ironic.

coldwarrior on July 25, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I think I understand now why Rubio left the Tea Party wing of the conservative party and jumped into the SoCon one instead…They’re soft and squishy and take to the honeyed snake oil Rubio’s hawking now.
Burke on July 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Not THIS SoCon.

Cleombrotus on July 25, 2013 at 2:12 PM

He went to the SoCOns because SoCons beleive in forgiveness and second chances, but he’s forgetting the penance/amends part.

Iblis on July 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Sure. Pander to your base while the knife is still EMBEDDED.

Screw you, Marco.

Sponge on July 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

You bet I’ll push a Conservative policy that can’t be signed into law as well as liberal policies that can be signed into law.

What’s the net effect? Liberal laws get passed? Awesome.

Why would anyone dislike him now? We’d pushing Conservative laws that can’;t get passed. Isn’t a nothingburger good enough for you Conservatives?

It’s like you’re upset that only liberal laws have a chance of actually becoming law through Rubio’s actions.

You have to compromise. We pass liberal laws,and give lip support but no action to Conservative ideals… what more do you want?

Or does someone somewhere think this has a snowball’s chance on Hades of becoming law? The Senate will push this? Obama won’t veto it? Really?

Pull the other one, it has bells on it.

gekkobear on July 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

The ridiculous pandering is only making matters worse.
Just stop the incessant babbling you worthless, backstabbing, lying weasel.

lynncgb on July 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Sponsoring a bill that doesn’t have a chance of passing is a no lose situation that requires little or no bravery. After all, who’ll get mad at a guy for essentially doing nothing? And he doesn’t even have to lie to anyone about what he’s doing. So why not?

Fred 2 on July 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM

A tiny little bit is forgiven, maybe?

No, he cannot be trusted.

ouldbollix on July 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I find this a particularly calculated move on Rubio’s part. He understands he’s damaged his political career with his about face on AMNESTY and willing participation and defense of that egregious Gang of Eight bill, so he affixes his name to a bill that will be very popular with conservatives in hopes of removing the taint of betraying the TEA party that got him elected.

Shameless conniving, manipulation, and chiseling.

Reprehensible Rubio.

thatsafactjack on July 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Go Rubio! He is showing is a good leader.

terryannonline on July 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I don’t think he’s Satan incarnate the way some apparently do, but I don’t think he’s shown much leadership either. What is transparently clear is that he’s most likely the GOPe’s choice, and he’s not going to be that much more viable than Romney was. When you have so many in the base thinking considering him a Quisling, he’s done for as far as a national election is concerned. Wouldn’t shock me in the least though to see him win the nomination.

ddrintn on July 25, 2013 at 3:35 PM

* thinking considering

ddrintn on July 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Hey Marco, political chastity can be regained by changing your sins and doing penance, but you never will get your political virginity back.

Reputations ruined on serious betrayal are near impossible to retrieve, unless you’re in the other party…then reputations matter not at all–just the ability to deceive…which you apparently have been gifted with an excess.

Don L on July 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

He’ll probably be primaried by Allen West. Imaging the sound bites West will have to work with? The Democrats will attempt to get him to switch party…count on it. He belongs in the left wing now anyway.

cajunpatriot on July 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Meh.

I am soooo tired of this clown.

Labamigo on July 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

When was the last time the GOP had a nominee who was a forceful, articulate spokesman for conservatism? Not since Reagan, right?

The whole betrayal thing does away with much of that.

Benedict Arnold was a war time hero before his betrayal yet Benedict Arnold is know as a traitor not a hero.

RJL on July 25, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Rubio: You bet I’ll be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill banning abortion after 20 weeks

The ACORN wing of the Republican Party working on abortion? Can’t wait to see what comes out of that.

RJL on July 25, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Better late than never, but this is also a clear attempt to win back the base. If Rubio wanted to be impressive though, he would have cut his teeth on something like this, rather than make a name for himself by selling out conservatives and then coming back to a core concern only after he got in trouble.

Stoic Patriot on July 25, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Rubio going down like a two-dollar…

Panther on July 26, 2013 at 1:45 AM