Marco’s working hard lately to rebrand himself as a leading populist voice of the post-Trump GOP. If you read this post, you know why.
I like Rubio the economic populist. Rubio the cultural populist is less appealing, partly because that act is a con. Marco is not and never has been a politician who traffics much in resentment, to his credit. If that’s going to be his new shtick as he tries to ingratiate himself to Trump’s base just in case you-know-who doesn’t run again in 2024, it’s going to be a douchey four years.
In fact, in a way, this tweet reminds me of that three-day period during the 2016 primary when he started making jokes on the campaign trail about Trump having a small dong. He quickly abandoned the idea because it just wasn’t true to who he is and everyone could see that. Same with this. And yeah, there’s a primary angle here too.