Did Rubio’s immigration flip-flop rehabilitate his image among Republicans?

posted at 2:01 pm on August 3, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Once a strong 2016 contender, Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) stock among conservatives dropped significantly after he helped to craft the Senate’s immigration reform bill.

Preliminary 2016 polling, which had shown Rubio at the top of the prospective GOP pack in late 2012 and early 2013, revealed his standing among conservatives had collapsed by the beginning of this year. Some analysts indicated that Rubio would ultimately recover from his immigration reform-induced collapse in the polls – his likely 2016 GOP opponents are not well positioned to attack the Florida senator from the right on immigration issues – but it would be months before Rubio would have the chance to rehabilitate his image with conservatives.

But the crisis on the southern border has provided Rubio with an opportunity to create some distance from his own immigration reform bill and to adopt a more hawkish stance on border security. Rubio has made the most of that opportunity, and it seems to be bearing fruit.

A recent Quinnipiac survey of the 2016 landscape in Florida found Rubio rebounding significantly among conservative voters in that critical Super Tuesday state. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who had been consistently trouncing his potential GOP opponents in his home state, has slid significantly among Republican primary voters. An April Quinnipiac poll found Rubio trailing both Bush and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). By July, however, Rubio had regained standing among Florida Republicans and is now statistically tied with Bush, at 18 and 21 percent support respectively, in the race for the GOP nomination in Florida.

Rubio’s penance on immigration reform is, however, coming at a price. While Rubio’s stock among conservatives is on the rise, standing in the media is falling proportionally.

In an appearance on Fox News Sunday this week, Rubio was forced to contend to explain why his overtly political flip-flop on immigration reform was not in any way political.

Wallace opened his interview with Rubio by noting how his standing among conservatives collapsed over the course of 2013, mostly due to his embrace of a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants as part of a comprehensive reform package.

“When I got involved in the issue, I knew how difficult it was politically,” Rubio conceded. He added that his original push for reform was based on his own belief that his was the right solution to a pressing problem.

“I don’t know what it means politically for me or anybody else, but that’s not my job,” Rubio added. “I didn’t get elected to maintain good poll numbers nationally.”

“If it’s not political, why have you flipped?” Wallace pressed.

“That’s not accurate, Chris,” Rubio replied. “We’re not debating what to do, we’re debating how to do it.”

Without noting what killed it, Rubio conceded that his original proposal for reforming the immigration system is dead. “So our choices are, we can either continue to beat out head against the wall and try a process for which we’ll never have support, or we can try another way we can make progress on,” he added.

Who knows how much of his lost standing among conservatives Rubio will be able to recover, but his rehabilitation has certainly begun earlier than most analysts predicted it would. Some Republicans will be turned off by the Florida senator’s flip on immigration, while others will never be able to trust his instincts on the issue of reform. But the longer Rubio’s position on the issue of reform mirrors that of his potential primary opponents, it’s likely that the prospective 2016 candidate will continue to recover in the polls.

This post has been updated since its original publication.


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At least Rubio had the sense to admit his amnesty bill was a big mistake in light of the fact that Obama wouldn’t enforce any of the supposed security provisions in favor of just implementing the amnesty.

On the other hand:

The climate change pushing Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is doubling down on his vote for Rubio’s amnesty bill: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/23/Sen-Lamar-Alexander-Digs-In-On-Immigration-Reform

Plus, here’s a solid 30 second TV ad from Carr, though he probably could use more $ (so donate if possible) to run it more often: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88ZVFp7CsRI

Vote Carr, not Lamar!

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 6:06 PM

California has now become a solidly Democrat state. It’s a mess. Thank Reagan’s misguided illegal alien amnesty for that.

Is this what we want to see happen in other states like Texas? Pass another amnesty and it won’t be too long before TX goes blue.

Any Republican candidate who supports any form of special legalization for illegal aliens should be removed from consideration.

bluegill on August 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

California has now become a solidly Democrat state. It’s a mess. Thank Reagan’s misguided illegal alien amnesty for that.

Is this what we want to see happen in other states like Texas? Pass another amnesty and it won’t be too long before TX goes blue.

bluegill on August 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

LA County is solidly democrat … not the rest of the state. That’s why they want to split the state up. There is virtually no representation for everyone else.

Give the southern half to Mexico for all I care just fence it off.

darwin on August 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

LA County is solidly democrat … not the rest of the state. That’s why they want to split the state up. There is virtually no representation for everyone else.
Give the southern half to Mexico for all I care just fence it off.
darwin on August 3, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Sorry, I am very familiar with Calif. A Republican, let alone conservative, has almost no chance of winning statewide now.

You can thank decades of the unchecked illegal alien invasion and Reagan’s amnesty for that.

Yes, pockets like south Orange County and parts of SD County and elsewhere are still right-leaning, but those votes are swamped by the greater numbers of Dem voters in other places. The state is lost.

bluegill on August 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Sorry, I am very familiar with Calif. A Republican, let alone conservative, has almost no chance of winning statewide now.

You can thank decades of the unchecked illegal alien invasion and Reagan’s amnesty for that.

Yes, pockets like south Orange County and parts of SD County and elsewhere are still right-leaning, but those votes are swamped by the greater numbers of Dem voters in other places. The state is lost.

bluegill on August 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

OK, give the whole thing away then. Dismantle all infrastructure first and give it back as it was found.

Quadruple fencing is a must.

darwin on August 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Trust restored? Not as long as he tap dances. Like he did with Wallace.

bluesdoc70 on August 3, 2014 at 6:19 PM

This is who Marco Rubio joined forces with in his push for illegal alien amnesty:

“You old white people. It is your duty to die.”
PRO-AMNESTY LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS SPEAK OUT!
Augustin Cebada, Brown Berets; “Go back to Boston! Go back to Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You are old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you. Leave like beaten rats. You old white people. It is your duty to die … Through love of having children, we are going to take over. ”
Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles City Council. “They’re afraid we’re going to take over the governmental institutions and other institutions. They’re right. We will take them over … We are here to stay.”
Excelsior, the national newspaper of Mexico, “The American southwest seems to be slowly returning to the jurisdiction of Mexico without firing a single shot.”
Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas and La Raza founder; “We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They are dying. The explosion is in our population … I love it. They are shitting in their pants with fear. I love it.”
Art Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party, “Remember 187 — proposition to deny taxpayer funds for services to non-citizens — was the last gasp of white America in California.”
Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor, “We are politicizing every single one of these new citizens that are becoming citizens of this country … I gotta tell you that a lot of people are saying, “I’m going to go out there and vote because I want to pay them back.”
Mario Obledo, California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations and California State Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under Governor Jerry Brown, also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, “California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn’t like it should leave.”
Jose Pescador Osuna, Mexican Consul General , “We are practicing ‘La Reconquista’ in California.”
Professor Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University; “We need to avoid a white backlash by using codes understood by Latinos …”
THE U.S. VS MEXICO:
On February 15, 1998, the U.S. and Mexican soccer teams met at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The crowd was overwhelmingly pro-Mexican even though most lived in this country. They booed during the National Anthem and U.S. flags were held upside down. As the match progressed, supporters of the U.S. team were insulted, pelted with projectiles, punched and spat upon. Beer and trash were thrown at the U.S. players before and after the match. The coach of the US soccer team said, “this is the most painful experience I have had in this profession.”

bluegill on August 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS: right, & when they move from blue states to red states, they bring their politics with them.
I can tell you 1st hand, SC’s in trouble.
GrahmAmnesty won his primary by a landslide.
& I’ve talked with some business owners who moved here from N.Y. Yep, they’re still true blue democrats.

Belle on August 3, 2014 at 6:27 PM

OK, give the whole thing away then. Dismantle all infrastructure first and give it back as it was found.
Quadruple fencing is a must.
darwin on August 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

It breaks my heart to see what has become of California, once the envy of the country (beautiful beaches, good jobs, booming economy, etc). Now many areas of the state resemble second-world dumps with lousy public schools, high crime and overcrowding.

bluegill on August 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Sorry, I am very familiar with Calif. A Republican, let alone conservative, has almost no chance of winning statewide now.

You can thank decades of the unchecked illegal alien invasion and Reagan’s amnesty for that.

Yes, pockets like south Orange County and parts of SD County and elsewhere are still right-leaning, but those votes are swamped by the greater numbers of Dem voters in other places. The state is lost.

bluegill on August 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Here is the real reason why California is completely lost to GOP and the same thing is going to happen nationally and GOP will be locked out of the White House.

The Prop 187 Effect: How the California GOP lost their way and implications for 2014 and beyond

According to polling data from the California Field Poll, after winning the presidential election in 1980, former California Governor Ronald Reagan raised his share of the Latino vote from 35% to 45% in 1984 while carrying 59% of the entire state. Republicans went on to win the Golden state again in 1988. Since that election, three significant changes have reshaped California politics in a manner that has made the Republican Party nearly irrelevant:

1. The Latino share of the total California electorate has dramatically increased.

2. California Republicans embarked on an anti-immigrant agenda that alienated Latino voters and drove them into the open arms of the Democratic Party.

3. Republicans are unable to compete for California’s 55 Electoral College votes, which amounts to 20% of the total 270 necessary to win a presidential election.

As the Latino voter population grows across other states, and a rigorous debate unfolds about immigration reform, we take this opportunity to revisit lessons learned from California. How did California go from a Republican stronghold to a Democratic lock? The answer is clear – anti-immigrant policy and a frustrated and mobilized Latino vote. In a comprehensive review of academic research published in political science journals and public opinion polling and surveys from 1994 to 2013, Latino Decisions senior analysts Dr. David Damore and Dr. Adrian Pantoja, detail what they call “The Prop 187 Effect.” [Full report | PPT slide deck]

It is now well established in both the political science research community and real world campaign politics that the mid-1990s Pete Wilson era of California Republicanism was a historic turning point in the state’s politics. Prop. 187, the infamous anti-immigrant ballot measure, which was championed by then Governor Pete Wilson in his re-election bid, resulted in significant backlash and political mobilization among California Latino voters. Following Prop. 187 were additional anti-immigrant measures such as Prop. 209 and Prop. 227 that proposed to outlaw affirmative action and bilingual education. Since 1996 when Latinos first comprised more than 10% of the state electorate, Latino partisanship has grown to over 70% Democratic. In light of these dynamics, it is little wonder that California has become an easy win for the Democrats?

Take for example a comparison of California then and now. In 1994 the GOP held 26 of 52 (50%) U.S. House seats in the California delegation. Today they hold just 15 of 53 (28%). From 1948 until 1992 Republicans won California in 9 of 10 presidential elections. From 1992 to 2012 Democrats have swept 6 of 6 presidential elections. Below, we make the case that this was primarily due to the Latino vote.

http://www.latinodecisions.com/blog/2013/10/17/prop187effect/

Prop 187 and the Pete Wilson years had two effects that shifted the state dramatically to the Democrats. First, the number of Latino voters grew quickly in response to perceived attacks on the Latino community. In comparison to other states that did not experience the same anti-immigrant environment such as Texas or New York, the research clearly demonstrates that Latino voter registration in California increased must faster than anticipated by population growth alone. Second, during the mid-1990s extensive research documents a increase in Latino votes for the Democratic party in California that was sustained throughout the 2000s. Not only did more Latinos start voting, they started voting heavily against the Republican Party.

Friday’s hate-filled vote in US house of representatives will have the same effect on latino voters in 2016 and beyond.

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

It breaks my heart to see what has become of California, once the envy of the country (beautiful beaches, good jobs, booming economy, etc). Now many areas of the state resemble second-world dumps with lousy public schools, high crime and overcrowding.

bluegill on August 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I agree with you … but that is the model for the rest of the country.

When you import people who aren’t taught the value of liberty, or what America is and why it became as prosperous as it did, you end up with replicas of whatever country they came from … and they didn’t leave because it was a paradise.

All they learn here is that democrats give out free stuff and money and Republicans want to stop that. They have no idea in the long run things will eventually get worse than where they came from.

That’s why I say give it to Mexico. Once you do that the free stuff stops and it’ll turn into a sh!thole.

darwin on August 3, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Please stop. You’re too stupid to understand any issue … much less this one. And stop using “anti-immigrant”.

They aren’t immigrants …

darwin on August 3, 2014 at 6:44 PM

@bluegill

Thank you for your tireless energy in proclaiming at Hot Air the message that immigration is the most important issue for our country!

Thresher on August 3, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Citing a professor from Washington State as an expert on California politics will only make us laugh at you even harder.

So, who do you have winning the Grey Cup this year?

Del Dolemonte on August 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Friday’s hate-filled vote in US house of representatives will have the same effect on latino voters in 2016 and beyond.

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

The open borders advocacy article you copied and pasted, which laughably refers to prop. 187 as “anti-immigrant,” has no credibility. Prop 187 aimed to prohibit illegal aliens from receiving social services.

Latinos had been leaning Democrat before Prop 187′s passage by voters in California.

Pro-amnesty activists, who care nothing about enforcing immigration standards, know they have to import millions more poor illegal aliens/future Democrats to overwhelm voters who have the nation’s best interests in mind.

bluegill on August 3, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Thresher on August 3, 2014 at 6:48 PM

It really is. It would eventually “fundamentally transform” and degrade the electorate, affecting every other issue.

And it pisses me off to see these worthless articles from people like Rothman, who seem more concerned about whether Rubio can successfully lie to voters and change his image in time for the next election.

Rothman has never once written on here about the harm caused to Americans by the illegal alien invasion, but he has gone out of his way in other articles to try to brand immigration law enforcement advocates as “lacking compassion.” Where is his compassion for Americans who have lost jobs or are having difficulty finding jobs in part due to the ongoing illegal alien invasion?

bluegill on August 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

When you are a True Conservative your principals principles are embedded in your core beliefs. You don’t make that mistake.

Nat George on August 3, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Don’t wake the stupid principals up. Nediot is more than plenty to throw around.

And this

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

And it pisses me off to see these worthless articles from people like Rothman…

bluegill on August 3, 2014 at 7:04 PM

The only word for Rothman, and people like him, is traitor to the citizens of this country.

Thresher on August 3, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Is Noah rothman on Rubio’s payroll, or what? This post is absolute horse-sh!t. Wipe your chin, Noah. Sheesh.

Rubio is a treasonous little worm and he, and every lowlife retard who shills for him, can go straight to friggin hell where they belong.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 3, 2014 at 7:56 PM

It is understandable, diving from a front runner to a mud groveling bottom dweller, why Rubio would flip flop on Amnesty. The most perplexing thing, however, is why any conservative would believe him.

You know the adage: “Fool me once, shame on you.”
Fool me twice “Shame on me.”

I do believe in redemption but Rubio has shown, at least to me, that he is a poll-driven hustler trying to ingratiate himself with those he betrayed in order to climb out of the ditch that he dug for himself.

MaiDee on August 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Rehabilitated? Not really.

Another Drew on August 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Like Marlon Brando said in “On the Waterfront”, “I could have been somebody. Instead of a bum.” We make choices in our lives. These choices reveal our character. The evidence of Rubio’s choice concerning this issue was best illustrated by that widely circulated photograph of him with, McCain, Graham, Schumer and Durbin (I think). In that picture they were all smiling, some laughing, confident that they would be able to foist “comprehensive immigration reform” on the American people. I can’t forget that picture. I won’t forget that picture. You could have been somebody, Marco and you choose poorly.

ncjetsfan on August 3, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I’ve noticed that Rubio has been more hawkish on immigration lately. As far as I’m concerned, this has helped his image. I’m glad he got the message from the base and is doing something about it. This is gratifying because it means the base is still important somewhat in terms of influencing the behavior of politicians. Rubio has undeniable skills in articulating and explaining policy, and I’d rather he were with us (that is, the base) on this recent border issue than against us.

For a while I loathed Rubio. Now I just dislike him and distrust him. I will never again trust him, and I definitely do not want him to win the GOP presidential nomination. However, of the two, Jeb and Rubio, I probably at this point loathe Jeb more.

Burke on August 3, 2014 at 8:43 PM

“Did Rubio’s immigration flip-flop rehabilitate his image among Republicans?”

No.

tenore on August 3, 2014 at 8:43 PM

So much promise. Oh well. If he can get rolled by the dems this badly, then that doesn’t say much to his wits. The only saving grace would be if he learned from it and realizes that the dems are not and never will be his friend.

Then after showing he learned this lesson and is willing to play accordingly, then maybe he should get a second look.

Until then, he can keep working at penance.

kim roy on August 3, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Both parties want cheap immigrant labor. The Democratic Party wants a huge influx of new voters for them. The Republican Party wants to court these same voters and maybe get them to vote for them instead.

The Federal government’s facilitation of massive, unchecked immigration is a foregone conclusion. And it matters little which knucklehead you vote in for whatever office.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2014 at 2:33 PM

The ones who would actually do what needs to be done will never get elected by this superficial, idiotic, narcissistic population.

All that we are debating is the speed at which we get to the cliff and then go over.

kim roy on August 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Just like Luiz Guttierez, we will only know Rubio’s true opinions if the interview is in Spanish.

He has amply demonstrated where his loyalties are. I am waiting for Cruz’s mask to slip.

CelebrateHomogeneity on August 3, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 3:37 PM
You get a C- for figuring out your mistake so quickly. F- for your stupid explanation of the bill. As Schad says “go back into obama’s azz” where you belong.
VegasRick on August 3, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Hey, I own the Hot Gas grading franchise. You owe me royalties.
Del Dolemonte on August 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

In that case you get a B- for formatting your post. ;)

Nutstuyu on August 3, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Rubio Bubio.

Who(m)ever the RNC nominates, we had better get out there and vote.

And that means those conservative boobs who did not get out the vote for Romney.

Spread the word to these folks, get your butt out to vote or else!

Thing is, we HA people vote and probably the people we know as well.

Sherman1864 on August 3, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Were you on Charlie Brown at one time? Cuz all I hear is wwaa wwaa wwaa wwaa.

Nutstuyu on August 3, 2014 at 9:42 PM

He has amply demonstrated where his loyalties are. I am waiting for Cruz’s mask to slip.
CelebrateHomogeneity on August 3, 2014 at 9:37 PM

You’ll know when his next interview is done in Canadian.

Nutstuyu on August 3, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Who(m)ever the RNC nominates, we had better get out there and vote.

Sherman1864 on August 3, 2014 at 9:42 PM

I’m not voting for anyone who is giving the country away via uncontrolled immigration. That is the issue upon which every other issue depends.

Thresher on August 3, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Among republicans?
They want amnesty. Better to serve as important minions in Democrat Hades than rule in TEA Party /Conservative Heaven. The elites are not fooled by his supposed flip flop. They know he is just pretending to get through the next election.

And conservatives know it is a facade too, and know it will be back to Amnesty Marco in mid-November.

The only ones who don’t know it are the Rank and File GOP peasants.

LegendHasIt on August 3, 2014 at 9:53 PM

At least he recognized that Americans won’t accept any form of compromise until proof that the borders are actually secured is established. His idea about selecting immigrants on the basis of merit -rather than our current basis by family-was interesting as well.

Ragnell on August 3, 2014 at 9:59 PM

I’m hoping the good voters will Cantorize him when he is up for reelection…

He will win re-election handily unless his opponent has a Spanish surname. His constituency will vote surname like blacks vote skin tone.

CelebrateHomogeneity on August 3, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Way late to the comments today .
Marco , I will never cast a vote for you
again . Go get a job with Cantor .

Lucano on August 3, 2014 at 10:00 PM


Repeal the 19th amendment and you will go along way in solving many of our domestic ills.One can dream.

celtic warrior on August 3, 2014 at 3:32 PM

You said it.

CelebrateHomogeneity on August 3, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Did Rubio’s immigration flip-flop rehabilitate his image among Republicans?

I’m to the point of believing that those who are not politicians but yet call themselves “Republicans” are in need of -at the very least- a rather sharp upstroke slap to the back of the head.

The implication being … their opinion of Rubio won’t ever persuade me -again- to hop on the bandwagon to Loserville.

M240H on August 3, 2014 at 11:19 PM

I’m to the point of believing that those who are not politicians but yet call themselves “Republicans” are in need of -at the very least- a rather sharp upstroke slap to the back of the head.

The implication being … their opinion of Rubio won’t ever persuade me -again- to hop on the bandwagon to Loserville.

M240H on August 3, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Sure, that’s why you advocate for voting for democrats… because you are on a different bandwagon.

V7_Sport on August 3, 2014 at 11:24 PM

I don’t trust him.

Ukiah on August 3, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Flip-floppers are to be the least trusted of all politicians.
Principle and character is both their enemy and their cloak.

Don L on August 4, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Did Rubio’s immigration flip-flop rehabilitate his image among Republicans?

No. Next question.

Physics Geek on August 4, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Did Rubio’s immigration flip-flop rehabilitate his image among Republicans?

No. He’s just another flip-flop waiting to happen.

lynncgb on August 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

No, it’s actually quite disturbing. Rubio talked tough on immigration during his election, then once elected he fought and lied for people like Schumer, then after that backfired and he was forced to see where the political winds blew he’s suddenly back to being tough on immigration? Does anyone else feel that he has no values, no principles?

Trust and executive experience are going to be a major qualities in the next Presidential election, we got a hard look on what happens when someone with neither is put into office. Do we want a candidate with no executive experience like Rubio, someone who changes their views on a major issue at least three times in less than two years? My guess is no.

Ukiah on August 4, 2014 at 8:51 AM

He hasn’t “flip-flopped” on anything. He’s still the CoC golden boy.

Securing the border and then granting amnesty (as opposed to just granting amnesty) is totally unacceptable to any American patriot, period.

Ted the Average on August 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Marco is a lawyer first. Don’t trust him.

Kissmygrits on August 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Hell, he has flipped again in this last go around back to amnesty.

brainpimp on August 4, 2014 at 9:53 AM

No. Not one bit.

KMC1 on August 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

I like Rubio … as a Senator representing Florida.

Carnac on August 4, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Short answer:
.
No.
.
(but it does mean I’d be willing to see how he does as GOV-FL)
.
Mew

acat on August 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM

#DumpMarco

#DumpNoah

MisterElephant on August 4, 2014 at 10:44 AM

a. No. Rubio can never rehabilitate himself among conservative.

b. Dems want to break up California so they can have 10 senators and 5 governors and a gaggle more reps, instead of 2 senators and 1 governor and how ever many reps they have now and when that happens, there will never be another Republican, not even another RINO in the White House and we will be doomed.

erp on August 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM

No, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as a possibility for vice president – sort of in the Reagan/GHW Bush party-unifying, circle-the-wagons mold.

Knott Buyinit on August 4, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I still don’t trust him.

RebeccaH on August 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM

As one who supported Marco Rubio not only with my vote, but financially as well, his stance on immigration has shown me that he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. How does play out come the next time he is running for office? I am sitting on a 10% chance I will vote for him again, at this time. His mea culpa or I should say, a lack of one has revealed in my eyes that he is no better than the rest of the herd.

Fireplug52 on August 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

look, cut him some slack. if obama can evolve….at least he’s come back from the dark side.

warmairfan on August 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I had some doubts about Marco after his immigration plan but I have been listening and watching him and I still have good feelings about him. Smart, wonderful speaker, young but not without good experience.I would place Ben Carson at the top but Marco in the running for 2016.

mrcasella on August 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Rubio has been evolving on his support for comprehensive immigration reform for quite some time however his belief in open borders, amnesty and lax enforcement has not changed.

Wigglesworth on August 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I still have very strong negative feeling about Marco Rubio because his amnesty push last year. However, I might consider to vote for him if he is proven to be loyal to the GOP.

sohumm on August 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Isn’t he that guy who drives the ice cream truck in my neighborhood?

Galtian on August 4, 2014 at 4:14 PM

As far as this conservative is concerned, Rubio’s stock is still lower than whale do do. He’s a lying RINO POS.

they lie on August 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Noah Rothman favorited a tweet calling HotAir readers/commenters here “butthurt purists”:
https://twitter.com/conservativela/status/495997127592390657

bluegill on August 6, 2014 at 3:35 AM

Rubio is a dead man walking to everyone but the corrupt establishment or those willing to vote for the corrupt.

This Floridian is ready to vote for Debbie Wasserman Dipshitz just to get rid of the corrupt narcissist.

It is very difficult to believe that someone as STUPID as Pelosi can get this far. Rubio is the definition of dumb as a box of rocks.

Jayrae on August 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

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