Senator Marco Rubio is an interesting character in the United States Senate. While he’s not known for his word, he’s known for how he uses his word. Despite having an abysmal attendance record and poor stances on liberty, Republicans love the fact that he can make a whole lot of nothing sound like something. His oratorical skills have kept him in the light for a lot longer than he should have.
When he launched his bid for the presidency, he revealed that he would not seek re-election in the United States Senate. Even after failing as a presidential candidate, he stood by his pledge that he would not run for re-election in the U.S. Senate, reaffirming his anticipation to become successful in the private sector.
Senator Rubio just barely made the filing deadline and has reversed course because of the direction of the country. In an online statement, he specifically stated “No matter who wins the White House, we need a strong group of principled, persuasive leaders in Congress who will not only advance limited government, free enterprise and a strong national defense, but also explain to Americans how it makes life better for them and their families. I ultimately changed my mind about this race because on that front, and in that fight, I believe I have something to offer.”
The talk of advancing limited government and a strong national defense is just an empty promise. As a Senator, Rubio has always been a strong supporter of big government and undeclared conflicts. Under the Constitution, the power to declare war lies with Congress, something that hasn’t been done officially since World War 2. He has stood firm on the need to maintain the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance state operation, many of which is unconstitutional and hardly considered limited government. Through his hawkish desires abroad and Orweillian dreams domestically, he has supported massive military spending and opposed a more responsible approach to the defense budget.
These are all bad policies, but nobody can expect Senator Rubio to be aware, given the amount of times he misses Senate action.
Like fellow hawks in the Senate Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, Senator Rubio made a habit of not showing up to work. From June 24, 2015 to to June 22, 2016, only Senators Cruz and Bernie Sanders have missed more than him. In that time, Senator Rubio missed 46% of votes.
And now, in case you were curious as to what kind of Senator Rubio intends to be as he pushes forward to re-election, he has given his answer: the same as before.
Wednesday morning there was a closed Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on security for sales of military equipment to other nations, which he skipped to focus on his re-election announcement.
This is interesting, given Senator Rubio’s own claim that he believes he has something to offer to the fight for a strong national defense in the United States Senate. How is that even possible if he misses almost half of all the votes in the chamber and then skips foreign policy hearings involving military sales to other countries?
Senator Rubio is running for re-election, breaking a pledge he repeatedly made, and will be doing the same old thing. He will be collecting a government paycheck, getting the perks and benefits, using the title as a platform for his hawkish statism, and not showing up for work in the United States Senate. Nothing’s changed, except that now he’s a liar who can’t get his own word.