Marco Rubio doesn’t stand a chance at becoming the next Senator of Florida, or at least that is the opinion of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) who endorsed Rubio’s primary opponent FL Gov. Charlie Crist the day he announced he was going to run. Rubio has so little a chance, the NRSC felt it necessary to interject themselves a full year and a half before Florida votes.
You see, Rubio only has grassroots supports. He is only popular with “movement conservatives,” bloggers, and cats like Rush Limbaugh. Conservative opinion matters when it comes from Washington D.C. and folks who write for the “New York Times” and the “Washington Post.” They’re the serious Republicans whose opinion we need to take more seriously.
So when George Will (yes, that George Will) writes a Sunday column in support of Charlie Crist Marco Rubio, I suppose we should take that serious, right? After a few paragraphs of Crist bashing, he had this to say aboot Marco…
Rubio, who is 38 and in a decade might look that old, says that Crist will not be there. Crist, says Rubio, “never thought he’d have to run in a Republican primary again.” Probably only about 20 percent of Florida’s 4 million registered Republicans will vote in the closed primary in late August in a nonpresidential year. So, about 450,000 votes might win it. That many can come from Republicans who are attentive to politics even in late summer because they are ideologically driven.
As is Rubio, which is why National Review, the bimonthly encyclical of the church of conservatism, had him on a recent cover and why the Club for Growth, a group that contributes to Republicans friendly to free markets, should support him. Crist has a large lead in name recognition, and hence in polls. But where Rubio and he are both known, they are neck and neck.
A Catholic and father of four, Rubio, whose parents fled Cuba in 1959, says, “It is hard to be apolitical when you are raised by exiles.” He worries that his children’s generation “will be the first to inherit a diminished country.” His preventive medicine includes limited government, tax reform, spending restraint and removal of all impediments to the entrepreneurship that makes America a place “where poor people can put billionaires out of business.”
If you agree with a mad serious conservative like George Will, donate to the Marco Rubio campaign today.