If Marco Rubio strikes you as weak, that’s because he really is. Politics and policy aside, he’s never struck me as tough enough to be prez. There’s something soft and doughy, cry-baby and scaredy-cat, about him. You could see it in his eyes when he lunged for that water bottle during his response to the SOTU. Hell, you can see it in his eyes any time he’s interviewed, even when it’s fawning Sean Hannity, for God’s sake. We’re talking ciervo-in-the-headlights, people.
Anyway, today Rubio admitted to conservative radio talker Mike Gallagher that the immigration bill Rubio and his fellow Gang of Eight members have drafted doesn’t have a prayer in the House. Way to get GOP votes in the Senate, Marco, by declaring your bill DOA in the other chamber.
The thing is, if the bill passes the Senate, it could well pass the House with mostly Dem votes if Boehner doesn’t invoke the “Hastert Rule”* and brings it to the floor.
I think Rubio is realizing that the “path to citizenship” and the path to the GOP nomination don’t converge, and he’s trying to avoid that Gang of Eight stench by destroying their work.
* Only bills supported by a majority of the majority party get a vote.