Florida Senator Marco Rubio has entered the 2016 race for the White House, which means that there are officially no reasons for Republicans to care about anything Jeb Bush has to say. Only people who are fascinated by political dynasties and those who are obsessed with the past will be left in Mr. Bush’s corner, no matter how much of Karl Rove’s money he brings to the table.
The Associated Press reported Monday, April 13:
MIAMI (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday took on Hillary Rodham Clinton in his first words as a presidential candidate, telling top donors he is running for the Republican nomination because the 2016 race for the White House should be about the future, not the past.
The first-term Republican from Florida, 43, also told his most generous backers that he feels “uniquely qualified” to pitch his Republican Party as one that will defend the American Dream.
Nothing could send a worse message about the state of American culture than if the 2016 American election was between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. If the Republican Party wants to get trounced (again) this next presidential election, then it will nominate a crusty old white man with the last name “Bush.”
If the Republican Party wants to have any chance at winning, then it will nominate an intelligent, charismatic, conservative man who really is the American Dream personified — who also happens to be good looking. Mr. Rubio also gets bonus points for having tried to work with Senate Democrats on immigration, even though they stabbed him in the back.
If conservatives refuse to cut the guy with Cuban immigrant parents some slack for being the lone adult in the room on immigration reform, then they deserve to lose.