Just when his constituents and the rest of the country thought they'd finally rid themselves of Marco Rubio, he's back and potentially threatening to lose a second election in less than a year. (I'm guessing this would break some sort of record.)
After Rubio lost the presidential primary, we didn't see or hear from him much, but he popped up last week just in time to run away again because the media started asking him about his support of the man he claimed was unstable but Rubio thinks should be President, Donald Trump. Given the fact that said media seized on the idea that "LittleMarco" would now support giving an unfit, narcissistic bully who seeks revenge on anyone who challenges him the nuclear codes, Rubio declared the bubble surrounding him a "Trump-free zone" and fled the media.
Then the massacre in Orlando happened.
Never one to pass up scoring political points at the misfortune of others, Rubio was all over it. Add to that, the fact that the GOP was thrilled the attack could be tied to terrorism, which gave them another avenue to focus on while ignoring the means by which the attack was carried out: Guns.
After his presidential hopes were soundly rejected even by his own state, Rubio saw an opening.
This is what he first had to say in an interview with Hugh Hewitt just days after the Orlando mass murder:
HH: Does this horror change in any way your resolve not to seek reelection, Senator?
MR: You know, I haven’t even given it thought in that perspective other than to say that I’ve been deeply impacted by it, and I think when it visits your home state, and it impacts a community you know well, it really gives you pause to think a little bit about, you know, your service to your country and where you can be most useful to your country. We live in a very dramatic moment in our history. I think we’re at a tipping point here moving into the next election. Irrespective of who the next president is, I think we’re going to face some real foreign policy challenges, given some of the things both of the candidates have outlined. So you know, obviously I haven’t thought about it from a political perspective, but it most certainly has impacted my thinking in general about a lot of things.
HH: Now that I ask, will you at least consider it again?
MR: Well, obviously I have a couple of things in play. It’s not part of our plan as a family. And certainly wasn’t part of, I have a friend of mine who is running for the U.S. Senate. So I want to be fair, Hugh. I haven’t thought about it in that context. I really don’t want to link the two things right now, because I don’t want politics to intrude in all of this…
No, no! Rubio would never want politics to intrude in a terror attack, or a mass shooting, except that this is what he does every time there is such a thing, and this interview was no different. As long as Marco states he isn't politicizing something first, he clears a path to go right ahead and politicize the hell out of it anyway. The only difference here is he got the politicizing out of the way right off the bat, followed up with his usual disclaimer that he would never want to use politics to score political points.
But that was so five days ago.
Now that his "friends" running for his old seat are showing signs that they'd much rather Rubio lose the seat than them, it's sounding like he's just days away from jumping into the race.
But this time, neither the Orlando victims, nor any of his constituents, are even on his radar. According to those in the know, if Rubio gets back in the race, what everyone suspects is true. Rubio would be in it for Rubio, and no one else:
Ever restless, strategic and ambitious — and only 45 years old — Mr. Rubio has spent the past few weeks discussing with his friends and colleagues the difficulties he would face maintaining his political profile if he left the Senate. He would like to run for the presidency again, either in 2020 or 2024, and is concerned that his opportunities would be far more limited if he were no longer in office.
In other words, Rubio is looking to repeat what he started when he ran in 2010, run for the Senate as merely a political stepping stone to higher office, something he accused his opponent of in that very same race. When he won his seat, Rubio embarked on a perpetual Presidential trial run traveling the globe trying to shore up foreign policy cred, writing books and making speeches, all at the expense of his constituents who he largely ignored. He became known for his absenteeism long before he announced he was running for President, missing more votes than any of his colleagues. He even admitted he didn't care for the Senate, complaining that nothing could ever get done. Never mind that Senator MIA himself had a lot to do with that. The man who pretended he was qualified to be CIC didn't even have the presence of mind to think that one through.
Yet here he is again, after years of using taxpayer money to do absolutely nothing but pretend to run for President for nearly his entire term, getting ready to make the same mistakes all over again, while telling friends it's all about keeping the eye on the prize: Marco Rubio's political ambitions. It has nothing to do with the people he's supposed to serve in Florida. No sir. They aren't even a blip on his radar.
But you can bet if he gets back in the race, he'll try to use those constituents who died in Orlando as political footballs. Never mind that he's pro-guns everywhere, anti-gay, and is hardly a friend to Latinos.
Because Marco Rubio always finds a way to make things work for Marco Rubio.
Perhaps this time will be different. After all, he's only months out from being rejected, admits he hates his job, and after years of not doing it, Floridians are well aware of it.
If he's back in, let's hope Floridians reject him for the second time in a year, and perhaps for the last time.