In what almost reads like an obituary for Sen. Marco Rubio, a columnist for the conservative Bulwark speculated that the Florida Republican’s once-promising political future seems at an end after years of “flip-flopping’ on key issues exposing him as a callow opportunist seeking to remain “relevant.”
According to the Bulwark’s Shay Katiri, Rubio — once considered a rising star in the Republican Party — has instead crashed and burned in spectacular fashion.
“Marco Rubio is our great republic’s most overrated senator—which is really saying something, since pretty much everyone in America, left, right, and center, thinks he’s a joke,” Katiroi wrote at the start.
Stating Rubio was “supposed to be the future of the Republican Party—the principled yet pragmatic, charismatic conservative who appealed to all factions,” the columnist said the Republican up-and-comer instead proved to be “as Jeb Bush’s inner circle warned everybody who would listen—an opportunist and a charlatan.”
Katiri writes that Rubio’s career since joining the Senate has been to throw any principles to the side and take the path of least resistance, equating him with a quote attributed to the 19th-century French socialist Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin that states: “There go the people; I must follow them, for I am their leader.”
“After Mitt Romney’s loss in the 2012 presidential election, there was immediate speculation that Rubio would be a prime contender for the Republican nomination in 2016. He was young, good-looking, Hispanic, and able to articulate conservative arguments in an intelligent, passionate, winsome way,” the columnist wrote, before detailing the Florida senator’s history of chasing after policies that, in some cases, conflicted with his own stated beliefs.
“Rubio’s world changed after 2016. He became a senator with no further political prospects. There are no presidential elections happening anytime soon that he could run for. The base is completely Trumpified,” he wrote. “He remains unforgiven for his attacks on Trump, despite apologizing for them, and is resented by the Never Trumpers for becoming Trumpy. Being characteristically a squish, he can be neither a fierce Trump critic like Justin Amash nor a full-on Trump cheerleader like Lindsey Graham. Rubio follows the base, so of course he opposed calling witnesses for the Trump impeachment trial, but no amount of groveling and ingratiating ever seems to bring him closer to Trump’s orbit—at least not yet.”
Summing up Rubio’s career as it stands today, Katiri wrote:” Rubio was a failed candidate. He was also once a rising star. It is sad to see how he has proven to be petty, regretful, a dud of a legislator, and a flip-flopper. Lindsey Graham put it best, describing Rubio in 2016: ‘I’m not saying that he would change his positions, but he would change his positions.'”
“Rubio’s instincts for politics are like Napoleon’s instincts at war: He is an operational genius, but he has no long-term strategic foresight. He opts for what is convenient at this very moment, even if it might hurt him in the future. He will take any side of the issue that polls 51 percent with the base,” he continued before concluding, “This isn’t leadership. But it does keep a political career ticking along, devoid of achievement, to gripe another day.”
You can read the whole devastating profile here.
Bernie Sanders made it respectable to talk about progressive ideas
I’m sorry you will not be president, but I understand and appreciate your decision to end your quest at this point.
Four years ago, in the 2016 Democratic primaries, you made it respectable to talk about Medicare for All, free public higher education, and raising taxes on the wealthy. You alerted America to the vast and growing gap in income, wealth, and political power, and its dangers for our economy and democracy.
This time, you’ve not only made it respectable to talk about these and other issues, such as a Green New Deal, but you’ve persuaded a majority of Americans that these problems must be addressed. You’ve given voice to the poor, working class, the undocumented, Native American – all those who have been bullied and abandoned.
WATCH LIVE: Bernie Sanders to suspend his 2020 presidential campaign
Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to announce that he is suspending his 2020 presidential campaign, according to a statement released Tuesday morning.
Sanders will address his supporters via video stream, which is scheduled to air at 11:45am ET. Watch it live:
Conservative Supreme Court justices’ tortured reasoning in the disastrous Wisconsin case is a thin excuse for their true purpose
In the disastrous ruling handed down Monday night from the conservative justices, the Supreme Court said its move to sharply limit voting access for Tuesday’s Wisconsin election was based on the details of a “narrow, technical question.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. The unsigned opinion contained such a thinly reasoned and transparently frivolous defense of the court’s decision that there’s little doubt that the outcome, not the legal arguments, was all that mattered.