During his Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Senator Marco Rubio became thirsty but had placed his water bottle too low and too far away, and had to awkwardly reach for it to get a drink from it. The media ignored the content of his speech because they were obsessing over the optics; I actually felt a little bad for Marco but hey, I think it’s funny, too.
Who is Marco Rubio though? Mr. Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants; he used to tell people that his parents escaped the tyranny of Castro until it was revealed that his parents left Cuba in 1956, three years before Castro! D’oh! From 2000 to 2008, Marco served in the State House of Representatives in Florida, a state known to be politically hilarious. In 2000 Floridians screwed up filling out ballots, so much to everyone’s embarrassment, they had to recount the votes. The whole affair ended up in the Supreme Court, where the election was decided in the favor of George W. Bush. Some people scream about corruption to this day because George’s brother Jeb was Governor at that time. In another more recent screw up, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott paid more money to drug test welfare recipients than he saved in not paying welfare to those that failed the drug test! How idiotic.
Marco Rubio is a rising star in the Republican Party because he is well liked by the Tea Parties, despite no apparent ties to any Tea Party, and he’s young and Latino, two demographics the GOP is loosing with. He’ll be speaking at the 2013 CPAC, which will be held about a mile from me, across the Potomac at National Harbor. This is first in a series of 2013 CPAC speakers at The Strangest Adventures. He’s against raising taxes or cutting defense spending-yawn. He’s against Obamacare which he has vowed to defund, and contraception. What’s he’s for is a bit more interesting though.
In January 2013, Rubio proposed a providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. His proposal includes back taxes, background checks, fines, and a probationary period. This is possibly his defining moment in the eyes of the American people. His point of view is diametrically opposed to the Republican Party’s traditional view that offering citizenship to undocumented immigrants is the same as amnesty.
While many of his views are too conservative for many, certainly, voters are known to like politicians that buck the orthodoxy. Most people feel that Marco Rubio will run for President in 2016; he was constantly mentioned as a potential Vice President in 2012. I feel certain that he’s a better choice than most of the Republicans in the 2012 primaries. With no apparent heir to the White House, 2016 could get very interesting.
Buena suerte Marco Rubio!