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Monday, October 28, 2013

Remember When Marco Rubio Was the Future of the Republican Party?

Posted by on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Yeah, not so much anymore.

As a coalition of Republican business executives, prominent conservatives and evangelical leaders kick off a new campaign urging the GOP to take-up immigration reform, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) — the most prominent Republican senator to support an overhaul of the immigration system — formally walked away from his own immigration bill. A spokesperson for the senator said on Saturday that Rubio opposes conferencing a piecemeal House-passed bill with the Senate’s proposal in order to produce a comprehensive measure that both chambers could support.

This is the kind of shit you never walk away from in politics. Rubio may have perfectly good reasons for abandoning a bill, but in debates and in political ads, he'll always be the guy who wrote a bill and then backed off on it. It's not the end of Rubio's career in the Senate, but it's certainly not the kind of behavior that people, especially Republicans, want to see in their presidents.


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Fnarf 1
Another potential future leader cut down by the crazies. Rubio actually had a thing going on there, a tenuous hold, perhaps, but he was trying. Now he's toast. In the modern Republican Party you can only win by losing spectacularly: Ted Cruz fucked up royally and destroyed everything, which makes him the hero and the front-runner in GOP Bizarroland.

Cruz-Bachmann '16!
Posted by Fnarf on October 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 2
Clinton/Warren versus Cruz-Bachmann, 2016.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on October 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM · Report this

I like it that the GOP is taking some firm stances on real things like ACA and immigration. I am against over-immigration myself, and I can make rational cases for that stance.

I would rather this as a path to getting rid of all the hot button issues, gay-bashing and racist diatribes of the past.

However I know that GOP reform doesn't allow Democrats to attack it as easily, so I can see why you guys are scraping the barrel for something to stick it with.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on October 28, 2013 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
As much as I disagree with him, at least McCain has guts. The Republicans are such bullying cowards these days.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 28, 2013 at 12:43 PM · Report this
@2 Clinton/Booker Warren may be too liberal for the executive branch. Great senator though.
Posted by Seattle14 on October 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM · Report this
What's happening to Rubio just goes to show that many of the people running the GOP today are such hard-core dead enders that they will literally have to die before the party can hope to reach out to hispanics.

They loved him when he was useful for "brown-washing" their photo-ops, but the second he stood up for a real plan for changing immigration, an issue critical to millions, they dropped him like a hot rock.
Posted by Westside forever on October 28, 2013 at 1:11 PM · Report this
@3: I've yet to see you make a rational case for anything.
Posted by captdrastic on October 28, 2013 at 1:28 PM · Report this
pfffter 8
@3 if you like something they're doing, then awesome -- proves that they're off the deep end
Posted by pfffter on October 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM · Report this
Knat 9
Dubya and his crew proved to be utterly incompetent in every way, and yet he won reelection (with some voting irregularities, naturally). All that matters to the GOP voter base is branding. Not necessarily the way your candidate is presented, but often how the *other* candidate is presented.
Posted by Knat on October 29, 2013 at 2:20 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 10
I remember when all the pundits and screaming heads and political writer wannabe's though he was the future of the party. Don't remember that Rubio announced he was running for the nomination though
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on October 29, 2013 at 3:32 AM · Report this
Did Rubio ever actually have a chance of being the President in 2016 (or beyond)? I doubt it. It's always felt like hype. There's no way he'd beat Hilary Clinton.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on October 29, 2013 at 7:16 AM · Report this

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