I’m not the only one who’s been wondering just what the polls would like like right now if Rubio were the nominee.  I think he’s probably be ahead– not by a lot, but ahead.  Interesting post from Chait today, looking forward to 2020 and Rubio’s possible run:

The official reason [for national Democratic money pulling out of the Florida Senate race] for the choice is that Florida is an expensive state for advertisements, and Missouri and North Carolina offer pickup opportunities for much less investment. But this misses an important additional reason Florida matters: Rubio is the best hope for the future of the Republican Party’s donor class. Rubio is almost surely going to run for president in 2020, and he gives his party the cheapest possible concessions to the center — an appeal to moderates with affective moderation and well-honed performative qualities, rather than concessions on policy…[emphasis mine]

Yes, Rubio was steamrolled in the primaries. But not every candidate who loses is a bad politician. If Rubio holds his Senate seat by a few points or less, and then wins his party’s nomination in four years, Democrats will be kicking themselves they didn’t pull out every stop to end his political career, in the short term, when they had the chance.

There’s plenty of debate about just how good a politician Rubio is, but for my money, he’s a pretty good one.  I was quite impressed by the headline that Rubio says politicians should not using any information from the Wikileaks dumps:

Sen. Marco Rubio tells ABC News that Republicans are making a mistake by jumping on allegedly hacked emails released by WikiLeaks to criticize Hillary Clinton. In fact, he says he won’t talk about the hacked emails at all.

“As our intelligence agencies have said, these leaks are an effort by a foreign government to interfere with our electoral process, and I will not indulge it,” Rubio tells ABC News. “Further, I want to warn my fellow Republicans who may want to capitalize politically on these leaks: Today it is the Democrats. Tomorrow it could be us.”

Yeah, Marco!  How about that, winning over a liberal like me.  He’s good (and, right, of course, in this case).  But then I kept reading and we get the Obama-want-to-ruin-America-Rubio:

“WikiLeaks has provided things that are unbelievable,” he said at a rally in Colorado on Tuesday, accusing the media of ignoring the leaks. “The media, you have to remember, is an extension of the Hillary Clinton campaign. It’s an extension. And without that, she would be nowhere.”

Ugh.  Classic Rubio, nice, moderate appeal, but then dig deeper, and he’s pure right-wing talking points.  That’s why he scares me and I think Chait is right.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

2 Responses to Rubio

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    This election process has helped mature Marco Rubio. He could be a dangerous (effective) opponent in the future. That depends on how he handles comprehensive immigration reform in a Clinton administration.
    And on the success or lack thereof of the new Trump TV network.

  2. rgbact says:

    Thought he absolutely crushed the Dem in the debate last week.We’ll see. As long as Ted Cruz runs and splits the conservative note again while trashing Rubio….i’m not too optimistic for 2020 though. Not sure why he was in Colorado.

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