Rubio’s 2016 strategy: Become everyone’s second choice

posted at 9:01 pm on May 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

That headline sounds like a joke but I think this is smart strategic thinking. Given the cards he has to play, this is how he should play them.

The former Florida House speaker, just four months into his fourth year in Congress, has avoided travel to the early primary states. He isn’t busy jockeying for position. Rather, he has quietly focused on building a political organization that would serve as the basis for a presidential campaign, burnishing his policy and legislative resume, and honing the Image of the sort of consensus Republican who historically has captured the GOP nomination.

Rubio’s approach to 2016 has been crafted with one goal: To become the first choice of “many” GOP primary voters and the second choice of “even more.” His advisers envision assembling a solid base of support that prefers Rubio above all others, while attracting the admiration, or at least imprimatur of acceptability, of an even larger group that would gravitate to him if their first choice falls short…

[Rubio's steering] Committee members have committed only to raising money for Rubio’s 2016 Senate re-election and Reclaim America, his political action committee. But in interviews with a half dozen members, they said a Rubio presidential bid is appealing because he is a mainstream Republican capable of uniting the party and winning the general election. Rubio might be called a Tea Partier because of his staunchly conservative record and because he won his Senate seat by challenging a sitting Republican governor, but they contend the label is a misnomer.

I’ve always thought Rubio’s support of immigration reform last year was part of a calculated gamble to position himself for a presidential run. (Which is not to suggest that he didn’t support the bill on the merits. I’m sure he did, contrary to pretty much everything he said about immigration as a candidate in 2010.) He knew that if he spent six years in the Senate as a pure red-meat Ted-Cruz-style tea partier, the GOP establishment would have written him off as a conservative ideologue who could never be trusted with the party’s nomination. That’s a bad place to be for an aspiring pol given the establishment’s track record in presidential primaries. So he took a chance. He decided to try to impress the donor class by quarterbacking the Senate’s big amnesty push, specifically by selling the bill to the reluctant right. If he had pulled it off and gotten tea partiers onboard, he’d be the prohibitive favorite for the nomination, the guy who worked political magic in converting right-wingers to the cause of amnesty. He rolled the dice on that and lost — but only with righties, not with the establishment. They were grateful for the effort, of course, and now had reason to see Rubio as something more than just a Cruz-type dogmatist. (See the quote in the excerpt above about his own steering committee rejecting the “tea party” label.) Meanwhile, it wasn’t an outlandishly crazy bet for Rubio to think he could have brought conservatives onboard. The guy got elected to the U.S. Senate in a major state before he turned 40; his retail skills are formidable, to put it mildly. If anyone could have sold the bill to amnesty skeptics, especially while the media was trumpeting the GOP’s washout with Latino voters in the 2012 election, it’s him.

Didn’t work, though, so now he’s in a strange position electorally. He’s liked by the establishment, although not quite as much as Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, and disliked by the base — although not quite as much as Jeb Bush and Chris Christie. He’s not going to beat Jeb or Christie straight up in a battle for the establishment and he’s not going to beat Ted Cruz or Rand Paul straight up in a battle for the right. (Actually, he might have a shot against Paul depending upon how big of an issue Paul’s foreign policy views become on the right.) So he’s maneuvering himself as a compromise candidate: If Bush or Christie beats Cruz and Paul early, the Cruz/Paul fans *might* flock to Rubio as a guy whom, while not ideal, can at least stop the greater RINO. If the opposite happens, with Cruz or Paul squelching Bush and Christie early, the establishment might swing around to Rubio as a guy whom, while not their first choice, can at least potentially stop the tea-party monster. In other words, Rubio understands his niche in the race — he’s no longer anyone’s frontrunner but he can still be a highly effective “anyone but X” choice to whichever faction is eager to stop Candidate X in the primaries. The trick for him is figuring out how to maintain that niche if/when Scott Walker jumps into the race. Walker is the ultimate 2016 wild card because he’s playing on the same middle ground as Rubio but without a major liability like Rubio has. If you’re not comfortable with either the hardcore RINOs or the hardcore conservatives, a description that fits oodles of “somewhat conservative” casual Republican voters, it’s the guy with executive experience who vanquished the unions, not Rubio, who’s your guy, no?

One thing to watch out for, though. If Jeb doesn’t run, Rubio may transform himself into a full-bore establishment candidate, calculating that he can defeat a weakened Christie head to head for the donor class’s support. You’ll know if he starts talking up immigration reform again that that’s the way he’s going. Exit question: Pretend that Rubio had never supported the Gang of Eight bill and was still a conservative in good standing with the base. Where would he rank now compared to Paul and Cruz in the battle for the tea-party vote in 2016?


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Fcuk the GOPe…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Not the 2. . . 3. . . or 4. Refer to “dead list”

De Oppresso Liber on May 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Rubio’s 2016 Strategy should be this simple: Run for reelection. Then after that become Florida’s next governor, and then run for POTUS. He’s young enough, he can wait.

BigGator5 on May 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

I don’t believe 2016 is Rubio’s year…

Newtie and the Beauty on May 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

I’ve always thought Rubio’s support of immigration reform last year was part of a calculated gamble to position himself for a presidential run.

If that idiocy is true, AP, then it — properly — disqualifies him for the office …

ShainS on May 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

So lot of them are still throwing in with the RINO establishment because they think being like the Dems will get them elected. Bad move.

crankyoldlady on May 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

LOL. Not a chance. Rubio is currently sucking mud at the bottom of the establishment swamp – he will never be anyone’s second choice. What a loser.

Pork-Chop on May 1, 2014 at 9:09 PM

If that idiocy error in judgment is true, AP, then it — properly — disqualifies him for the office …

ShainS on May 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Fixed it for clarification …

ShainS on May 1, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Pretend that Rubio had never supported the Gang of Eight bill and was still a conservative in good standing with the base

We’re fed up with the fiction, fairy tales, and lies. I want someone who has put on their big girl panties or big boy boxers on, and eats at the table with the grownups.

31giddyup on May 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

31giddyup on May 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

The queen of metaphors.

crankyoldlady on May 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Its the economy stupid. That should be the focus of any GOP candidate. Illegal immigration, Obamacare, the Keystone Pipeline and domestic oil, etc. all tie into the economy.

Rubio undermines the economic issue by supporting “comprehensive immigration reform.” This is what causes the Republican base, particularly the blue collars, to sit home during elections as evinced by Romney and McCain.

Scottie on May 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Probably his best shot.

Bmore on May 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Rubio’s 2016 Strategy should be this simple: Run for reelection. Then after that become Florida’s next governor, and then run for POTUS. He’s young enough, he can wait.

BigGator5 on May 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

But he’ll be bald by then — can’t afford to lose the ladies! ;-)

cam2 on May 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM

The boat is sinking and you want to bring on twenty million uneducated rats on board. Go sell it elsewhere.
Allah already made me cry with that pup rescue video and I have to deal with this jackass now? No.

TinFin on May 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Rubio as any choice is no choice at all. Rubio lied outright about not voting for amnesty… and then helped draft the Gang of Eight Bill. No amnesty peddlers. No amnesty. No Rubio.

thatsafactjack on May 1, 2014 at 9:18 PM

cam2 on May 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Didn’t stop Rick Scott from becoming Governor… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on May 1, 2014 at 9:19 PM

…he can keep dreaming!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I’m so over Marco. I really don’t feel like turning the US into a 2nd world country Northern Mexico. And he’s of Cuban descent for heaven’s sake! It’s not like Mexicans like Cubans (or Puerto Ricans for that matter). Not sure where the “hispanic” solidarity is coming from.

SupplyGuy on May 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Marco, you are a dead man walking.

Signed,
The State of Florida

Jayrae on May 1, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Pretzel strategy never doesn’t work .

Lucano on May 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I could understand him wanting to bring in Cubans. But why Mexicans?

crankyoldlady on May 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Rubio has outed himself as a liar. Nothing he says can be believed anymore.

VorDaj on May 1, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Santorum says “hey guys, why not me?”

El_Terrible on May 1, 2014 at 9:23 PM

As a Rubio I was worried about this strategy. But now that Allah has explained I like it :-)

YAY!!!!

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Pretzel strategy never doesn’t work .

Lucano on May 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Heh. Was that intentional pretzel grammar?

ShainS on May 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

If Florida doesn’t make him one term, it speaks volumes as to the uselessness of said state.

uatu1878 on May 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

As a Rubio I was worried about this strategy. But now that Allah has explained I like it :-)

YAY!!!!

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

You misspelled Rube …

[I kid, I kid ...]

ShainS on May 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Pretend that Rubio had never supported the Gang of Eight bill and was still a conservative in good standing with the base. Where would he rank now compared to Paul and Cruz in the battle for the tea-party vote in 2016?

Would be #1 for me. The whole thing made me sour on the GOP though.

El_Terrible on May 1, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Pretend that Rubio had never supported the Gang of Eight bill

He didn’t just support it, he was the chief face man and spokes liar for amnesty/rewards for tens of millions of third world invaders. He makes Chamberlain look like Churchill. Nothing but a lying little piss ant.

VorDaj on May 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

and honing the Image of the sort of consensus Republican

Yeah, awesome.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Pretend that Rubio had never supported the Gang of Eight bill and was still a conservative in good standing with the base

He still voted to confirm Hanoi John as Secretary of State.

He still has NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE. He’s Obama 2.0

He still is a RINO. He talks like Reagan and votes like Bush.

He still is not a conservative but a member of the corrupt bastids club.

He still is “Bought and Paid For” courtesy of Bab’s rolodex.

2016 is all about, “It’s the corruption, stupid!

Rubio is the posterboy of corruption.

Jayrae on May 1, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Go yuk it up with Chuck Schumer, pant stain.

Ted the Average on May 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

USIP ’16!

FloatingRock on May 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

He’s trying to be all things to all people and that never works. All you do is making nobody happy. They never seem to learn that simple fact.

crankyoldlady on May 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

If Jeb doesn’t run, Rubio may transform himself into a full-bore establishment candidate,

Too late. After he sat on John McCain’s knee, little Marco went full bore.

TinFin on May 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Very well thought out blog post Allah..Excellent work!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

…he can keep dreaming!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Excellent. :) Well said. k

thatsafactjack on May 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

All you do is making nobody happy. They never seem to learn that simple fact.

crankyoldlady on May 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Have you ever read the comments at Hot Air? Do you think anyone can please the True Conservatives?

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

My heart is just in it for JEB 2016-20XX once we repeal the 22nd!

Murphy9 on May 1, 2014 at 9:36 PM

All you do is making nobody happy. They never seem to learn that simple fact.

crankyoldlady on May 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Have you ever read the comments at Hot Air? Do you think anyone can please the True Conservatives?

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Joana?

TinFin on May 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

The guy got elected to the U.S. Senate in a major state before he turned 40; his retail skills are formidable, to put it mildly.

He only won because Orange Boy split the Dem vote. It’s why he would almost definitely lose in 2016, especially with Hildabeast at the top of the ticket.

Ted the Average on May 1, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Pretend that Rubio had never supported the Gang of Eight bill and was still a conservative in good standing with the base. Where would he rank now compared to Paul and Cruz in the battle for the tea-party vote in 2016?

…he was wearing knee pads next to that prick Chuck Schumer!…how the he11 do I “pretend”?

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Have you ever read the comments at Hot Air? Do you think anyone can please the True Conservatives?

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

I’m a libertarian-conservative. What would please me is someone who values principles over pragmatism — even if I don’t always agree with those principles.

Right now, the only national R’s whom I judge to value principles over pragmatism are Palin and Cruz. The fact that is hard to do, and that so few are able to do it, tells me that it’s right …

ShainS on May 1, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Walker.

cdog0613 on May 1, 2014 at 9:43 PM

GOPe’s latest chant:

“Who do we want?” “Progressives!”

“When do we want them?” “Now!”

predator on May 1, 2014 at 9:44 PM

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

You are a Rubio? Nice to know Marco has lost bastard siblings like Obozo.

promachus on May 1, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Given the cards he has to play, this is how he should play them.

How about we finally just deal him out? Same with Bush. Why destroy moral with any kind of potential for mush to be nominated? Rubio is now against the amnesty bill he passed against the will of us all, against the warnings of us all. Why? Because he has no principles, instead he now wants to do what is popular or trying to grasp on what he flushed away in his own free will, but anyone with a brain can see how much of a turncoat he is, can be and will be, and how much of a disaster Bush will be. Maybe Bush should have Rubio as his running mate to put the nail in the GOP coffin after amnesty is passed by the House Republicans when the primaries are over?

Think Romney had it bad getting less votes than McCain? You haven’t seen anything yet! Keep pushing these losers in 2014 and 2016, keep pushing amnesty, keep following along with the Democrats CR’s & budgets… enjoy not taking the senate back, possibly losing the larger edge in the house and of course having many less votes in 2016 than even Romney had in 2012.

CommieJuice on May 1, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Pretend that Rubio had never supported the Gang of Eight bill and was still a conservative in good standing with the base

As long as were pretending lets imagine Obama was never elected President.

RickB on May 1, 2014 at 9:46 PM

You side wuth schumer on ANYTHING, and I’m done with you. It makes you either stupid or complicit. We can’t afford either.

wolly4321 on May 1, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Rubio’s 2016 strategy: Become everyone’s second choice

Not even on my list after he got with dual versions of “immigration reform.” At this point with Rubio, it isn’t about amnesty, it’s about integrity. Rubio failed.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Go away Rubio.

We’re not interested.

AZCoyote on May 1, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Exit question: Pretend that Rubio had never supported the Gang of Eight bill

Pretend George Bush didn’t say “Read my lips, no new taxes” then raise taxes.

Pretend Mitt Romney didnt have Romneycare, and some other issues.

Pretend Johny “amnesty” mccain didn’t…..well that’s too long of a list.

We will not continue voting for somebody we have to “pretend” anything about. Doing that for far too long is why the party and the politicians(like Rubio) lie to us then spit on us whenever the lobbyist tell them to, and the sheeple will still vote for them because karl rove and other idiots tell us we have to, and people do it. They tell us we have to do as we are told by the politicians. It must stop, politicians must learn they are there to serve us or lose.

No More

No Amnesty

No votes or support for any pro amnesty anti American Citizen candidates.

Garyinaz66 on May 1, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Have you ever read the comments at Hot Air? Do you think anyone can please the True Conservatives?

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

What I want is a guy who gets elected by touting himself as a strong conservative, then later he decides that amnesty is an ok thing, and after getting his sack handed to him by the base he declares “Just kidding, I never meant any of that.”

A dream candidate.

For lefties.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Rubio has no moral compass. He has no morals, values, or ethics.

He cares about nothing but Marco freakin’ Rubio.

He was never TEA. He was always establishment.

He capitalized on Floridians outrage that Orange Charlie embraced Obama.

He is corrupt.

That is what is wrong with DC.

He is a dead man walking.

Jayrae on May 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

..and the horse he rode in on..

celt on May 1, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Have you ever read the comments at Hot Air? Do you think anyone can please the True Conservatives?

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Mike Pence.

BigGator5 on May 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Mike Pence.

BigGator5 on May 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Let’s see .. Rubio, um, Rubio. Rubio.

Nope. No where on my list.

davidk on May 1, 2014 at 10:09 PM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 10:09 PM

He’s not my choice but at least he’s not corrupt.

How can you vote for corruption?

Jayrae on May 1, 2014 at 10:13 PM

How can you vote for corruption?

Jayrae on May 1, 2014 at 10:13 PM

He’s corrupt because he doesn’t support your view on immigration?

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM

But he’ll be bald by then — can’t afford to lose the ladies! ;-)

cam2 on May 1, 2014 at 9:17 PM

And so will I!

leftnomore on May 1, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Mike Pence.

BigGator5 on May 1, 2014 at 10:01 PM

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

terryannoncrack on May 1, 2014 at 10:09 PM

CRACK… makes you sleepy?

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 10:20 PM

…CRACK… makes you sleepy?

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 10:20 PM

No but your tired and played out jokes got me yawning.

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

He’s corrupt because he doesn’t support your view on immigration?

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM

He’s corrupt because he doesn’t support his own original view on immigration — i.e., he is not princpled …

ShainS on May 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Rubio’s 2016 strategy: Become everyone’s second choice

The wussie strategy?

workingclass artist on May 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM

He’s corrupt because he doesn’t support your view on immigration?

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM

No, he’s corrupt because he is “Bought and Paid For.”

He is not his own man. He is supported by Bab’s rolodex.

He does what the Bush Mafia tells him to do.

Rubio has done nothing for us here in Florida. Since he won he has been raising money. He’s Obama 2.0

Also, how can you vote for someone with NO EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE?

Governors are executives. Legislators make rotten executives.

If you like him so much try to get him to move to your state.

He has to run for POTUS. He has no other option. He will not win re-election in Florida for his senate seat. There is still a rage here against him and it’s not going away.

Jayrae on May 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

He’s corrupt because he doesn’t support his own original view on immigration illegal alien invasion/amnesty — i.e., he is not princpled …

ShainS on May 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

FIFM.

Geez … I’ve been reading HA propaganda for too long …

ShainS on May 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Reclaim America

Who’s he talking about? Mexico?

Wigglesworth on May 1, 2014 at 10:29 PM

He decided to try to impress the donor class by quarterbacking the Senate’s big amnesty push, specifically by selling the bill to the reluctant right.

Well, maybe there’s enough of them to vote for him. One thing’s for damned sure… he’ll never get a vote from me.

Murf76 on May 1, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Heck if we want to talk Senators, why not Mike Lee? He’s not the firebrand that Cruz is, but the establishment GOP hates his guts. And he’s quietly putting together some positive stuff, too. Building a philosophical argument for conservatism. Not libertarianism (I.E. slit your throat because you are high on drugs).

The big “Tea party” senators were Cruz, Lee, Rubio, and Paul. Of those 4, Rubio is a traitor, Paul is a nutcase but not as bad as his dad, and Cruz and Lee are still strong. Cruz gets the pub, but Lee’s no slouch either. If we are going with another Senator, why not Lee?

Governor wise, we have Pence, Walker, Jindal, and maybe Perry. Anyone else? Oh, Christie and Jeb. Yeah, a non starter on those two. Jindal I think isn’t ready. Perry, maybe. Walker has a conservative victory no one else can point to. And who knows about Pence?

Vanceone on May 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Hey, Johnny Shit-fer-Brains McLame got the nomination while angling to be everyone’s fourth choice, so …

Jaibones on May 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

No but your tired and played out jokes got me yawning.

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

…you’re the tired joke…keep sleeping!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

If Rubio hadn’t done amnesty, he would be #1 on the right above Cruz or Paul.

I’m looking for Rubio or Martinez as VP.

dforston on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

He’s corrupt because he doesn’t support your view on immigration?

terryannonline on May 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM

terry, I have an intellectual challenge for you, if you’re up to it. First, try to understand the immigration/border security position Rubio ran on against Greasy Crist in the primary.

Now, what was Rubio’s position on the same issue within a year of getting elected? Do you detect any inconsistency between these two positions?

Jaibones on May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

He rolled the dice on that and lost — but only with righties, not with the establishment. They were grateful for the effort, of course, and now had reason to see Rubio as something more than just a Cruz-type dogmatist.

I know a lot of us like to say that the GOP Establishment has no problem with losing in order to shut out the righties, but are we sure that losing his first big Presidential-positioning strategic play didn’t also mark him down as a loser with the Establishment? That they’re still cool with nominating one if Jeb and Chris fall through?

Ulp. Probably just answered by own question…

de rigueur on May 1, 2014 at 11:07 PM

He cannot be trusted!No Republican candidate who has ever supported liberal positions on deal breaker issues will ever get my vote.I played their game with McCain and with Romney.I will not play again.I am tired of the duplicity,the compromise of principles,the ineptness,the failure to articulate conservative policy,the foolish pandering, and the condescending attacks on conservatives.The GOP can go to hell.At this point,what difference does it make?America is going to hell in a hand basket either way.Just a little bit slower with the GOP.If an articulate real conservative like Ted Cruz is not the nominee,I’m joining the millions of white voters who defeated Romney in ’08 by staying home.We cannot defeat the socialist progressives with the GOP standing in the way!

redware on May 1, 2014 at 11:37 PM

The middle of the roaders (between establishment and tea party).
Jindal
Walker
Huckabee
Rubio

ritewhit on May 1, 2014 at 11:47 PM

This is an easy one.

On immigration reform Rubio lied to friends, to supporters, and to the media. The fact that he was willing to lie so thoroughly in support of a bill that was written in Schumer’s office disqualifies him as a Republican nominee for me.

I won’t vote for Bush. I won’t vote for Rubio. I’m one Republican voter, but I don’t think I’m alone. It is entirely possible for the national Republican party to self-destruct in 2016.

NOTE to Allahpundit: SCREW 2016!!! If whoever wants to be the 2016 nominee does not spend the rest of 2014 working incredibly hard to get Republicans elected in 2014, they are not worthy of anyone’s support in 2016.

pilsener on May 2, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Marco Stoogio . No thank you. He’s a phony.

Unaffiliated4P on May 2, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Rubio was NEVER a Tea Party guy, he was Speaker of the Florida House, which is about as “establishment” as you can get. Tea Party supporters flocked to him after the NRSC foolishly endorsed Crist before the primary, it was reaction against Crist and the “Establishment” rather than “for” Rubio, who was more conservative but never “anti-establishment” until out of state money started rolling in.

It’s true he can’t run against Bush, he needs the Sun Belt donors who are traditionally loyal to the Bush family. But that is hardly his biggest problem.

It wasn’t just Tea Party conservatives who were mad about the Gang of Eight nonsense, most of the rank and file oppose amnesty. It only has support among “establishment” officials who have been convinced by the business sector that it will help the GOP with Latino voters, not the base.

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But talk of Rubio is frankly the sort of romantic silliness one expects more of Democrats, who are always looking for another JFK (who was an attractive candidate but a lousy President) rather than Republicans, who usually look for meaningful experience. Yet names like Rubio, Paul, and Cruz, young lads with short resumes and nothing that strikes one as extraordinary in them, keep being bandied about.

Just consider our list of available Governors/former Governors who have proven track records of success.

Jeb Bush
Mitch Daniels
Nikki Haley
Bobby Jindal
John Kasich
Susan Martinez
Mike Pence
Rick Perry
Mitt Romney
Scott Walker

And that’s just the start. Granted, names like Barbour, Snyder, and Scott may not be as attractive on the stump, but they do have more substantive backgrounds than the fresh-faced freshmen in the Senate.

Adjoran on May 2, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Just consider our list of available Governors/former Governors who have proven track records of success.
Jeb Bush
Mitch Daniels
Nikki Haley
Bobby Jindal
John Kasich
Susan Martinez
Mike Pence
Rick Perry
Mitt Romney
Scott Walker
And that’s just the start. Granted, names like Barbour, Snyder, and Scott may not be as attractive on the stump, but they do have more substantive backgrounds than the fresh-faced freshmen in the Senate.
Adjoran on May 2, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Wasn’t Woodrow Wilson a Governor?

Brock Robamney on May 2, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Well once you add Senators and Representatives to the list he can’t even break into my top 5 list of people I might be interested in… and for those ‘feeling the waters’ Rubio doesn’t even get to a second choice status, either.

It will take a lot of people not running to move him up into a top 5 position, and the campaign season for President is still TWO YEARS AWAY.

Now if Rubio wants to cut his ties to the pro-Amnesty wing of the ruling Elite and start treading on toes by starting to propose wholesale elimination of government agencies… then he might start to get my attention. But so far he doesn’t seem to be the sort of man who is willing to say ‘to hell with you, it is time for your precious toys of tyranny to go away’ to his fellow Senators and make a case for much, much smaller government as a whole concept.

He still has time to do that… but that just isn’t in his character from what I’ve seen.

ajacksonian on May 2, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Rubio has star power. I can’t think of another potential GOP who has charisma and star power. A white man will not win in 2016.

Obama changed politics forever. The candidate can be dumber than bag of rocks but he has charisma and generates passion…they win.

The name ‘Marco Rubio’ generates passion among the demographics that we need if the GOP ever wins another presidential election.

Voters are shallow and stupid. Obama elected twice should tell the readers here at HA …they are clueless.

Redford on May 2, 2014 at 8:44 AM

I’ve noticed there are a lot more potential GOP nominees I would vote against rather than for.

Yeah, unless we get one of those “dogmatists,” I’ll vote third party.

My clothes pin broke (and my middle-class income is dropping in real dollars), so I no longer have anything to hold my nose if I were to vote for another establishment RINO nominee.

DRayRaven on May 2, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Obama elected twice should tell the readers here at HA …they are clueless.

Redford on May 2, 2014 at 8:44 AM

You are clueless. You want corruption? Knock yourself out!

Yes, Rubio is dumber than a box of rocks. Yes, he did ignite the passion to throw him out of office.

You also do not live in Florida and are clueless to the rage that is here for Rubio.

He was warned during the election not to screw us like Charlie Crist did. He screwed us anyway. It was his intention. And we aim to extract our pound of flesh.

He will not even win his own state. Pat yourself on the back for your cluelessness while you watch Screwbio being “Goldwatered.”

So, corruption on the right is okay with you. We should just check our conscience at the door, RIGHT!!!!!

Tokyo Rove is that you.

Jayrae on May 2, 2014 at 9:07 AM

What I want is a guy who gets elected by touting himself as a strong conservative, then later he decides that amnesty is an ok thing, and after getting his sack handed to him by the base he declares “Just kidding, I never meant any of that.”

A dream candidate.

For lefties.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Exactly.

hollygolightly on May 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Marco Rubio’s buddy, liberal NY Democrat Chuck Schumer, was ever so helpful to Marco during his first national push for legislation (amnesty) when he needed help. I think it only fair to repay Schumer’s kindness by voting for Schumer instead of Marco Rubio to even the score so to speak.

RJL on May 2, 2014 at 5:15 PM