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Marco Rubio Is Running for President, Too, You Guys

I kind of feel bad for Marco Rubio. Four years ago, he was definitely a thing. Nice guy, cute wife, lovely family, good backstory, conservative yet acceptably well-thought-out positions on key issues, and the kind of fighting spirit that made you think that he was uniquely qualified to lead the next generation of Republicans in Congress. 

And then Ted Cruz got elected.

I’m not saying that one is particularly better than the other, but Marco Rubio has been overshadowed as of late by sparklier stars. Where he was once a hot commodity, he’snow been relegated to that speaking slot at CPAC that happens before everyone’s morning coffee, and while reporters in the audience are still trying to piece together the night before. He’s a good guy, and he’d be a great candidate for President – if we could turn back the clock and let him “do over” the last few years. 

Regardless of time traveling ability, however, he’s thrown his hat into the ring.

Sen. Marco Rubio is telling his top donors that he is running for president because he feels “uniquely qualified” to pitch his Republican Party as one that will defend the American Dream.

The first-term Republican from Florida told his biggest backers on a conference call on Monday that he sees the coming presidential campaign as a choice between the past and the future. In a swipe at Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rubio said the former first lady “is a leader from yesterday.”

I don’t mean to sound so fatalistic. I like Marco Rubio, for all the same reasons I liked him in 2010. And while other candidates in the race might be all sizzle and no sausage, Rubio was elected at a slightly harder time to be a real conservative, which shows that his ideas can be appealing on a more universal level. He’s well spoken, he confident, and he can speak with authority to demographics that the Republicans need. He may be controversial for hismore compassionate stance on immigration, but he’s far from being labeled a moderate like his fellow Floridian, Jeb Bush.

My advice to Marco would be this: stay in the race for as long as possible. You’re certainly not going to make waves at the beginning, but if you can court a strong foundation of big money donors who understand that you’re staying the course for the full primary campaign and are willing to make the kind of investment necessary to stay in the game through, at least, Super Tuesday, knowing that you might not win in Iowa (Paul has that locked up) or New Hampshire, the early front-runners will fizzle and you can have your time in the sun. Convince the Catholics, maybe, that they don’t have to settle for Santorum. Court some Southerners who are conflicted about whether Mike Huckabee is even a real person. Ask Ben Carson to endorse you when his campaign finally implodes. Do it all quietly and see what happens. Slow and steady wins the race. And if there’s anything Marco Rubio is, it’s slow and steady. 

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