Listen, it sounds simple, but not everyone can do this. In the span of about 30 seconds, Rubio started off an answer by letting the audience know that he agreed with their premise – that everyone should learn English – but then told a story that connected with people in a gut level way about encouraging them to not be so hard on people who spoke Spanish on occasion – and finished with a subtle outreach even to the Trump voters, who have been rightly angry about the Donald’s recent problems with Univision front man and amnesty activist Jorge Ramos. And he did it with an easy delivery that was at once polished and did not sound rehearsed.
People and pundits will talk about the differences between the various campaign organizations, and fundraising prowess, and cash on hand, and campaign strategy. That is all fine and well and good – we are in the business of commenting upon and observing all those things here at RedState.
But at the end of the day, there is absolutely no substitute for a good and talented candidate – and there is no way for even the best of campaigns to overcome a bad one. And for whatever missteps or organizational shortcomings (or lack of funds) the Rubio campaign presently has, the simple fact is that he probably belongs in the discussion with Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton as to who is the most naturally gifted politician of the last 50 years. Which is why, regardless of what the polls say now, if I were a betting man, I would wager heavily on Marco Rubio walking away from this thing as the eventual nominee – especially now that Trump has essentially cleared the field of his main competition in Florida.