I know, I know, he’s everybody’s Latin Hero, but I’m not on the bandwagon of El Unico.
A clip from this week’s column:
I have been almost uniquely skeptical among my media friends about Marco Rubio — the junior senator from Florida who won a three-way contest in 2010 and knows his way around a party-issued Amex card — running for president in 2016.
Sure, the media loves him. He’s the Latin Ronald Reagan who will save an easily bored and distracted press corps from a future presidential race that seems destined to be dominated by yet another Clinton.
The GOP, for its part, has eagerly pushed Rubio out front, hoping the Os at the end of his first and last names will lure millions of mainly Mexican-American Hispanic voters to the Cuban-American side of the voting aisle, (though polls show the reverse trend may be taking hold.)
So why the skepticism?
Rubio has issues, two of which are named David Rivera, who lost his House seat but not his potential to embarrass his BFF in a presidential contest; and Jim Greer, the former state GOP chair who could loudly remind folks at his corruption trial next week that he was the guy paying Rubio’s party credit card bills when Marco was state House speaker.
But my main source of doubt has been the notion that Jeb Bush, Rubio’s political mentor, is very likely running for president himself.
The theory among pro-Jeb sources is that with the party’s Obama derangement fever finally breaking, Bush the Younger, also known as the son who should have been president, or who at least would have gotten Hurricane Katrina right, is in the best position to take advantage. House Republicans’ ratings are in the basement. Fox News’ slip is showing after blowing the election. And factions of the tea party are actually considering changing their name.
The Republican party is “rebranding!” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor even did his best Obama imitation at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, calling on Republicans to seek a “fair shot” for all, as the “health, happiness and prosperity” party. Cantor was flanked by every flavor of the American pie: a black dad who just wants his son to go to charter school, a woman who just wants her medical devices?.?.?.?and did I mention Ronald Reagan’s dad was a shoe salesman?
Who better to lead this “new” GOP than a scion of the old one. …
Read more at the Miami Herald.