Yesterday Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have allowed children of immigrants who aren't citizens to obtain a Florida driver's license. He did so in spite of the fact that only two Republicans opposed the bill as it passed in the Florida House. It passed 36-0 in the Senate. Of course he also said no to it because it was an Obama Administration policy. His action is sure to cause a backlash among Hispanics, but win him approval from the only groups that matter to him: The larger majority of the GOP extremists and big donors.
Recent conventional wisdom among the chattering class said that the Republican Party was attempting "outreach" to Hispanics and minorities, but the truth was they thought cosmetics and Marco Rubio would do the trick while the goal was to keep those groups who don't like their policies from voting.
Enter Rick Scott who has reelection ambitions and the power of the veto club.
Then we have the outreach golden boy Marco Rubio, who entered the immigration debate in an effort to appear as if the GOP really did care about the issue. He was supposed to be "on their side." Not many bought the act, but he kept trying to straddle the fence between the GOP establishment, and the Tea Party extremists crowd anyway, because his political ambitions for higher office drove him all along. Now it seems that his plan not only backfired on him, but forced him to embrace the losing side of the crazy side of the aisle. He's threatening to kill his own immigration bill if it doesn't meet his strict requirements, which was likely the plan all along. Immigration reform on Rubio's terms was lipstick on a pig, to borrow the phrase of another electoral Trojan Horse.
Both Scott and Rubio tried to "relate" to their own version of the everyman with a hard luck story wrapped in a flag. If you closed your eyes you could almost hear a patriotic soundtrack. Scott grew up a poor kid "in the projects." Rubio was the son of "exiles." He was "living the dream" that he wanted for everyone else! His narrative was sloppy though. He couldn't memorize the dates of his family's story, and the dream he benefited from was a far cry from what he proposed for the dreamers of today. His story was as disingenuous as Rick Scott's was laughable in that it resembled Steve Martin's "I was born a poor black child" just a little too closely.
What these two corporate politicians lack in acting skills they make up for in narcissism, and the combination can be lethal to even the smarmiest politician, a goal they've both achieved. Their own political ambitions trump everything else, and they don't care who they hurt or have to trample on to get to the top. Sure, that works some of the time, but when that's all you have, it's not sustainable, and it goes way beyond just immigration. In their world, anyone who isn't a corporate ideologue with deep pockets is a minority, and the GOP gated community tent is getting smaller every day.
These two are poster boys for their entire failing party, and why they're on the verge of extinction. The problem is we need to vote them out of office before they take the rest of the country with them.
They can only kill the dream if we let them.