The pack of GOP candidates running for the nomination now includes Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Rubio is seen, for some reason, like a serious presidential candidate. That’s apparently because he won what was really a pretty easy Senate race in 2010. Rubio ran a very anti-Obama campaign, and that was the sort of thing that worked for the GOP in 2010. So the fact that he won that race said more about the mood of the Republican party that particular year than it does about Rubio as a politician.
From my perspective, Rubio is a back-bencher at best. He’s flubbed every major speech he has ever delivered. Remember the water bottle schtick he did during his state of the union rebuttal? I’ve never seen him look like anything other than the dufus that he is.
But to the modern GOP, Rubio, like Rand Paul and Chris Christie, is considered a rising star. Twenty years ago, guys like Rubio would be sitting in the back of the room taking notes and hoping that in 10 or 12 years they might get a shot at some leadership responsibilities. Not now, the GOP’s bench is so thin these guys are prime-time politicians.
My theory is that Rubio knows that his chances of winning reelection to his Senate seat are some where around 50 percent. So why not take a shot at the White House. Maybe he’s gets a vice presidential nod like Sarah Palin and can milk that out for millions of dollars in book deals and speaking engagements.
Running for office as a GOP candidate is a big business and these guys know it. I doubt Rubio really thinks he could become the president, it’s ridiculous. Yet the media treats his announcement as if it matters that he’s running.