As you know from reading this blog, I’m a HUGE fan of Florida senatorial candidate Marco Rubio. Everything cats say the Republican Party needs, this guy checks off all the boxes.
You also know how absurd I thought it was when the National Republican Senatorial Committee decided to pass over him to endorse Gov. Charlie Crist – a guy who openly admits to hearting Obama and his stimulus, and who said he’d be just like Arlen Specter who we finally got rid off – just for the sake of “saving” the seat…even though Crist would probably be a more reliable vote for the D’s than actual D’s like Evan Bayh and Ben Nelson.
Sayeth the National Review…
That would spoil the well-laid plans of many in the GOP establishment. They want the Senate race in Florida to be over before it starts. In May, when Crist declared that he would forgo a second term as governor and aim for the seat of retiring senator Mel Martinez, the National Republican Senatorial Committee waited all of 14 minutes to endorse him. “I never thought I’d see the day when a conservative was the insurgent in a Republican primary,” says Rubio. Yet this is precisely what he has become: a heavy underdog who must learn to wage the political version of asymmetric warfare. A recent Mason–Dixon poll gave Crist a big lead over his rival, 51 percent to 23 percent.
The election remains a year away. For a primary, it’s late on the calendar: Aug. 24, 2010. That gives Rubio plenty of time to catch up. The details of the Mason–Dixon poll suggest that he’ll have a fighting chance. Among Republicans who are familiar with both candidates, Crist’s lead slips to statistical insignificance. It’s basically a dead heat. “I’m not a kamikaze,” says Rubio. “At this time next year, you’re going to be analyzing a very different race.” For that prediction to come true, conservatives in Florida and around the country will have to turn Rubio’s candidacy into a cause.
There’s something else that has been annoying me aboot this recently and it can be summed up in two words: Sonia Sotomayor.
The Republicans finally grow a set and decided to treat a Democrat nominee to the bench the same way the Dems treat our candidates and applied the Senator Obama standard that if you disagree with the nominee’s ideology, you can vote against them. She still got the nomination, but with only nine Republican votes. That’s where the hand-ringing started that it was a slap in the face to Hispanics voters and further set back our outreach.
Apparently, the way to appeal to random-American groups is through shameless pandering, and while treating hyphenated American’s like they’re all single issue voters who share the same collective brain works for the Democrats, not so much for us. Here’s my question though: where was all this hand-ringing over the REPUBLICAN Marco Rubio?
Rubio is just as Hispanic as Justice Sotomayor is; the only difference is he’s a Republican and a conservative. Politically, he’s one of us. He’s a guy who can go into the Hispanic community and advocate for Republican policy and conservative principles, and do so with more clarity and authority because he’s from the community…and is under forty years old at that. Marco Rubio is a candidate that can LEAD our Hispanic outreach, which I think most of us are in agreement we desperately need.
Yet some of the same Republican’s wringing their hands because we voted against a liberal judge to a lifetime appointment are the one’s who decided that Rubio could never win, and instead endorsed the Anglo Charlie Crist – a guy who more than being “moderate” or “liberal” has shown to be a political whore that will go any way the wind blows.
So I guess my question is: is trying to force Marco Rubio out of a primary A FULL FUCKING YEAR before people vote a slap in the face to Hispanics as well?