I’ve mentioned two weeks ago my dismay aboot that National Republican Senate Committee deciding to endorse Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio well over A YEAR before the Florida Republican primary. This may surprise you, but I’m far from the only eCon who is upset by this…with cats like Eric Erickson and Robert Stacy McCain leading the charge. Apparently people disagree with the NRSC actively working against the type of candidate everyone agrees the GOP needs. Go figure.
The sad thing is the more you read aboot Marco Rubio the more you realize what a great candidate he would be and the stronger the desire is to kick NRSC Chair John Cornyn square in the nuts. Case in point: 100 Ideas. When Rubio was the Florida Speaker of the House, he travelled across the state holding what he called “Idea-raisers,” town hall meetings where the people of Florida got to express what their concerns were and what they wanted out of their government. He collected the top 100 into a book called “100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future.”
Have you heard the media claim the GOP is bereft of ideas? Do you sometimes feel yourself agreeing with them, especially when the NRSC endorses a candidate who says he’ll be “just like Arlen Specter?” Marco Rubio, with the help of the people of Florida, has at least 100 of them, as was highlighted recently on Slate.com…
One-third of the suggestions deal with education, pushing policies that reward good teachers, punish bad ones, and incentivize academic success (Nos. 1-33). Rubio also offers up the standard free-market fare: expand access to private health care (Nos. 86-89), require a supermajority vote to raise taxes (No. 94), and make it harder to file tort claims (No. 92). Then there are the expected law-and-order provisions, like limiting the time convicted felons have to appeal their sentences (No. 46) and keeping sex offenders locked up for life (No. 39).
Some ideas do stand out as novel. Rubio proposes free parking or reduced tolls for hybrid cars (No. 76). He wants the state government to have a highly fuel-efficient fleet of cars (No. 77). He proposes cutting tuition for students who pursue careers that are experiencing shortages, like math, science, nursing, engineering, and teaching (No. 26). (Jeb Bush tossed out this idea at the first meeting of Cantor’s National Council for a New America in Arlington, Va., earlier this month. Bush also blurbed Rubio’s book.)
Rubio shares many goals of many liberals and moderates—better schools, safer streets, healthier children—but insists on market-based incentives to get there. Some of his proposals could even be part of an Obama platform, until you see the “how.”
Articles like this are a prime example why Marco Rubio is exactly when the Republican Party needs right now. Charlie Crist…anytime any of his supporters wants to tell me why he’s what the Republican Party needs right now, I’m willing to listen.