When Senator Marco Rubio stated he would not seek re-election in the United States Senate, he was going all-in with the presidential election. In theory, it wasn’t a bad idea. Traditionally, Republicans nominate moderate candidates who learn slightly to the right while bending left whenever the wind blows. What makes Senator Rubio special is his ability to speak. He melts the hearts of moderate Republicans with his ability to speak in beautiful soundbites.
Senator Rubio also favors the continued expansion of the surveillance state, supports endless war, and is in lockstep with the failed legacies of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain.
Emphasis on the failed parts, because the former couldn’t even beat a political rookie in the United States Senate and the latter couldn’t beat the one-term rookie who was a wrecking ball to the American legacy.
But general elections victories are less important than having a controllable safe candidate. When former Florida Governor Jeb Bush failed a primary long described as his coronation, the moment was set for Senator Rubio. Bush was a wooden speaker and a flat personality. He never once seemed inspired and appeared more entitled by name. Senator Rubio could at least make up for his shortcomings in the principles department with oratorical prowess.
It’s for this reason, Senator Rubio was going to reverse course if he fell apart. And he did.
For months, the Republican Party has panicked about the seat. Beyond this, the Party is panicking about their numbers in Congress altogether, because of the ascendancy of Donald Trump and what that means when approaching the general public in November.
The problem with the entire scenario is Senator Rubio played a role in the rise of Trump. The best thing he could ever come up with was to criticize Trump for the size of his hands, implying that his genitalia was small because of his small hands.
This is presidential?
But this is the legacy of Senator Marco Rubio. He and other candidates who ran for the Republican nomination aided in the rise of Trump. Instead of attacking the questionable policy positions of Donald Trump, they discussed sizes of private parts and talked about how Trump was saying mean things that hurt people’s feelings.
Instead, they attacked Trump for not having a teleprompter or speechwriter, tweeting too quickly, and saying some mean things. For conservatives, this validates the accusation that even Republicans are giving into the culture of political correctness. It validated the candidacy of Trump and helped aid his rise.
But realistically, how could Senator Rubio dare attack Trump for being an authoritarian when he himself loves government big? How could Senator Rubio portray Trump as a fraudulent conservative when he himself does not understand what it means to support freedom?
Now Florida Republicans are in a panic because of the state of limbo Senator Rubio’s seat has been in throughout the primary, enabling Democrats to seize a chaotic moment. Republicans are worried about their numbers because of the rise of Donald Trump. But the Republican Party as a whole, Senator Rubio included, is to blame.
But let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing, he knows exactly what he’s doing.