Marco Rubio was the original anointed one coming into the election. His name was floated in 2012 when he was barely a Senator as the better VP choice for Mitt Romney. He was given the big stage despite his youth for the infamous water-sip in the GOP’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union. Going into this year, he was the great uniter of all Republicans who could bridge the gap between the far-right wanting change and the Republican Establishment wanting the status quo.
This was his election to lose and he lost it. In his home state of Florida where the people know him best, he’s polling 3rd behind Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Those who voted for him to represent him in the Senate have called for him to step down because he isn’t helping his constituents. More importantly, he quickly abandoned his own campaign promises and the promises he made to the Tea Party that supported him by pushing for his failed Gang of Eight amnesty legislation.
In editorial, South Florida Sun-Sentinel calls on Marco Rubio to step down from Senate because of no-shows: https://t.co/wg7ZzyRzUT
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) October 28, 2015
One might be able to dismiss this if they were to believe what he says about hating the Senate and wanting to make a real change as the President. It makes sense; his failures in the Senate have caused frustration so he feels he needs to step up his campaign to make a real impact on the nation. The narrative works. Unfortunately, his campaigning hasn’t matched. He makes fewer appearances and talks to fewer people than just about any other GOP candidate. He hasn’t been bypassing Senate votes to get the word out to the people. Most of his votes were missed for fundraisers because he hasn’t been able to generate the type of campaign dollars that Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, or even novice Ben Carson have done.
It’s not for a lack of trying. The money simply isn’t coming in at an acceptable pace and he’s burning through it.
Marco Rubio will be ill-prepared to mount a substantial campaign against the Democrats. His rhetoric is strong but his actual campaigning is almost as weak as his fundraising.
It’s not a matter of skill. He’s a great politician. Rubio lacks stamina. He lacks drive. He says the right things but he doesn’t take the right actions. He isn’t trying hard enough to get the nomination which is why he gets bumps after debates, then fades.
If someone is this lazy when it comes to campaigning or being a Senator, can we really expect them to be more energized and effective as President?
Update: For those who haven’t seen the water bottle video, here it is: