Having been pushed out of his role at HHS, Price is free to give speeches and give us his honest opinion on matters. Rubio, who is still in office, is the more interesting example.

The szenator recently hired Michael Needham of Heritage Action to be his chief of staff, a populist conservative whose greatest accomplishment prior to joining Rubio seems to have been pushing Republicans to shut down the government in 2013 (oh yeah, and attacking Rubio’s efforts to reform immigration).

Is it a coincidence that Rubio hired a grassroots conservative populist to head his office? Perhaps. Or perhaps, in a Trump-dominated conservative era, he recognizes that the formula for success is to admit that nuance exists in both policy and politics and to take advantage of the vulnerabilities that could soon emerge for the president on the populist left.