As Tea Party members, Conservatives, and members of his own party have begun pushing back at him from all directions, Marco Rubio's little experiment at furthering his own political ambitions with immigration seems on the verge of implosion.
And he thought all it would take to "reach out" to Latinos and Hispanics was having the last name "Rubio."
As his little rescue boat appears on the verge of sinking, he's penned a little gem of appeal to his base, FOX News, and something tells me his arguments are only going to create another hole in it, or perhaps damage the rudder for good.
Here's the part where he explains why he's jumped into the immigration issue in the first place:
I thought long and hard before taking on this issue. I understand how divisive it can be. I’ve seen how the left has used it to accuse opponents of their version of reform of being bigots and racists.
Oh my, someone, quick, get a faint Sen. Rubio a fan and a bottle of water! That someone might see a party who has members that recommend controlling immigration by using gunmen to shoot illegal immigrants like feral pigs from helicopters, or forcing them to self-deport, for God's sake, as racist or bigots has caused him a case of the vapors! But please, do go on:
And I would much rather be having a debate on the more fundamental ways we can grow our economy and get our debt and spending under control. But with or without us, the president and the Democrats who control the Senate were going to bring this issue up.
Sure. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free....because we're going to be forced to deal with you anyway" is really the Republican outreach re-branding that will appeal to Latinos, Hispanics and other minorities. That should bring new minority voters in droves! Marco Rubio. What a charmer.
It's almost as if Rubio doesn't think that anyone who will be impacted by his proposed immigration policies will read columns designed only for FOX News viewers and readers, or they're too stupid to actually understand what he's proposing. Because this is what he's proposing:
And that is why I support a process to identify and register those who are here illegally. They will have to submit biometric data in order to pass multiple national security and criminal background checks, pay $2,000 in fines, pay taxes, and learn English and American civics. They won’t be able to get any federal benefits like welfare or ObamaCare.
Before they can even apply to become permanent residents, they will have to wait at least ten years. They will have to get in line behind those who are trying to come the right way.
They will have to wait until we have a system in place to prevent illegal immigrants from being hired.
They will have to wait until we have a system in place to track people who overstay their visas.
And they will have to wait until we implement plans to spend at least $5.5 billion dollars to secure the border through more border patrol officers, more technology and more fencing.
Sure. And if you don't mind spending most of your natural life jumping through all those hoops, and prefer pipe dreams to an actual DREAM Act, Marco Rubio is your man! What's not to love?
And if that's not enough, here's a bit of immigration trivia for you: Who didn't have to get in line and wait like the rest, as Rubio will demand of those in the future? Why, that would be the Rubio family. As we've heard, they were also big fans of Medicare and Social Security, but I guess those details got overlooked in this little Rubio FOX essay.
There's also one other thing to point out. While Rubio will demand that anyone coming into this country will have to submit to multiple national security and criminal background checks, there's another background check he missed.
A background check to obtain a gun.
If he's prepared to ignore one for getting a gun, we can hardly take his other proposals very serious. If you can get a gun that easy, what better way to get whatever else you want while you're at it regardless of what politicians like Rubio propose?
With that little bit of hypocrisy, Rubio's shot a few more holes in his little Republican rescue dinghy. Add that to the others, and as we've seen in the last few days, it doesn't look like conservatives, or anyone from the Tea Party or the Republican Party are going to throw him a life preserver.
It sure looks like the U.S.S. Rubio may be going down.