Skip to comments.In Four Years, We'll Be Inaugurating President Marco Rubio
Posted on 01/27/2013 2:10:47 PM PST by drewh
know it's premature. But as I watched President Barack Obama take the oath of office for a second term on Monday, I couldn't help thinking that four years from now, it'll probably be President-elect Marco Rubio's turn.
Why do I think Rubio is likely to be our next president? Because the Florida senator has the vision, charisma, brains, and communications skills to fix the problems that will no doubt linger long after Obama has returned to Chicago.
Of course, this is not an entirely original observation. Four years out, Rubio is already at the top of what many consider to be a strong 2016 Republican bench. His background and biography (he's the son of Cuban immigrants) don't hurt. But Rubio is also a natural communicator. He could be something special. He could be a pivotal leader, someone who redefines the GOP for the 21st century.
"Senator Rubio is striving to develop language to update the American story, to become a messenger from the future," author James Strock tells me. This is high praise coming from the author of such books as Reagan on Leadership and Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership.
Here's my theory: Being elected president in the modern era requires you to be a sort of rock star. A lot of conservatives don't like this they don't like the "cult of personality." But it's just a fact of life.
The trend probably started with John F. Kennedy. And though it has certainly skipped a few modern presidents, if you look at Reagan, Clinton, and Obama, it's clear the messenger was special. These weren't merely traditional pols who simply climbed the greasy pole of politics by dispensing patronage jobs.
This is not to give the impression that leadership is superficial. Winston Churchill was an inspiring and charismatic prime minister and he didn't exactly have Hollywood looks. Leadership is about vision and character. It's also about persuasion and communication. The best leaders challenge us to do big things.
Our society is facing a leadership crisis. If America now demands charismatic presidents, the public is also yearning for someone who can inspire and persuade. Everywhere we turn, we see a failure of leadership and character. There is no escape. Lance Armstrong admits to doping. Manti Te'o is duped by the bogus tale of a fake girlfriend. Even our sports are tainted.
James MacGregor Burns introduced the concept of transformational leadership in his 1978 book Leadership. While transactional leadership focuses on quid pro quo, transformational leadership focuses on summoning us to our better angels.
When politicians promise things to special interests or divide the electorate into coalitions they can do favors for they are employing transactional leadership. When congressmen are cajoled or bribed via earmarks or committee assignments, they are doing the same. But when leaders summon us to discover our most noble calling to sacrifice for something greater than our own personal interest they are transformational leaders.
While too many liberals pander to voters and too many conservatives believe stirring rhetoric is beneath them (preferring instead to get mired in the wonky weeds or to spout tired talking points) Rubio's rhetoric is decidedly Reaganesque. "He is one of the best orators in the GOP," says Reagan biographer Craig Shirley. "It is too early to say if he will ever rival Reagan, but he has as good a chance as anyone."
Consider this excerpt from Rubio's speech at the Republican National Convention this summer:
That journey that journey, from behind that bar [his father was a bartender] to behind this podium, goes to the essence of the American miracle. That we're exceptional, not because we have more rich people here. We are special because dreams that are impossible anywhere else, they come true here. ...
The story of our time will be written by Americans who haven't yet even been born. Let us make sure they write that we did our part. That, in the early years of this new century, we lived in an uncertain time, but we did not allow fear to make us abandon what made us special.
Chris Christie can bully and berate, but can he make the hair on the back of your neck stand up? Paul Ryan knows budgets inside and out, but can he inspire? Bobby Jindal has the best résumé around, but can he make you want to run through a wall for him?
The verdict is still out on that. Maybe one of them, or somebody else, will rise to the occasion.
But words do matter. In this regard, President Obama was correct when, during the 2008 primaries, he said borrowing from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick "Don't tell me words don't matter I have a dream' just words. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal' just words. 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself' just words."
It's undeniable that words are important. Words can summon men to do great things or even inspire a nation.
Don't tell me words don't matter. Marco Rubio has the words. He has the charisma. He has the policy chops. And he has the personal story.
Watch out, Hillary. Come January 2017, America won't be inaugurating its first female president. We'll be inaugurating our first Latino commander-in-chief.
Amnesty would make it impossible to elect another Republican in our lifetimes if ever. Since Rubio favors amnesty, I can safely say that I will not vote for him.
Sorry, but Marco Rubio does not impress me. Sadly Mitch McConnell and other Establishment GOP Senators got to him.
I will never vote for Marco “Amnesty” Rubio.
I’ll pass on Rubio too.
I’m with you on that, but if the rats get their way amnesty will be a moot issue by 2016.
He can be supportive of everything I stand for and he will not get my vote. He is not eligible, and he knows it.
I will not vote for this RINO.
Looks like the GOP-E has made their selection, and will now proceed to steamroll any opposition and use its paid mouthpieces to trumpet this guy’s virtues...
I’m betting we have ourselves a Rubio-Reid “bipartisan” amnesty bill of 2013 within months. Boehner will overwhelm any opposition from his own party by collaborating with the Dems. And Rubio will give a press conference in Iowa the next day trumpeting this marvelous “achievement”...
PASS. If/When the Republicans CAVE and Amnesty goes through Millions of voters will be added to the rolls who will vote Democrat for life! I don’t see how a Republican will be elected in 2016 Nationally or even in some statewide races should this happen. I can only hope for gridlock for the next 2 years and a huge Republican win in 2014(Fantasy I know!).
It will never be moot.
I am always amazed how many Republicans and even conservatives will bow down when the liberals declare something a “settled issue”
Not natural born. Next.
Rubio? Uh, no.
I noticed this article absolutely avoids mentioning any issues at all. Was it written for liberals?
“Don’t tell me words don’t matter. Marco Rubio has the words. He has the charisma. He has the policy chops. And he has the personal story.”
He doesn’t have the right “charisma” to win.....and I personnally don’t consider being the son of a bartender to be laudible.
Although I’m not a big fan of hers, I think Palin would be a better choice. But whomever we chose, they must be ready to vigously undo all the damage incurred by 8 years of Mr. Obama. IF they cannot do that, they are a waste of time.
I noticed this article absolutely avoids mentioning any issues at all. Was it written for liberals?
Illegal alien-enabler Marco Rubio?
Unfortunately he’s among those who were most quickly co-opted into the club.
What a delusional piece. Rubio isn’t eligible for a variety of reasons, including that he is not a Conservative.
Not likely if the GOP can’t get a ground game going, use twitter and social media better, have better organization to counteract the Government Propaganda Networks, and come up with some counterpunches for the inevitable charges of racist, gender-phobic, hater ad infinitum.
Add to this the extraordinary distractions and rope-a-dope tactics of the left, and there are some formidable mountains to overcome.
And that doesn’t even start addressing FRAUD in the elections and there was a lot.
Seems to be the press annointing yet another unelectable Republican Presidential candidate.
I think you are correct The once great US of A is in a heap of BRD
I don’t expect to ever see another Republican president.
They re-annointed Rince Preibus as GOPe chairman after they lose the last election. They are HAPPY to lose.
They don’t even need amnesty because a lot of those illegals vote already in many states. The demographic trend is strongly in favor of Democrats I believe.
Black/hispanic/asians vote 70%+ Democrat and they are taking the place of dying white Republicans.
The new GOPe is not interested in winning. That is how they reappoint Preibus and wanted Romney.
MR is not a NBC!
I wont but “they” will.
Is Rubio the one who isn’t a “natural born citizen,” or am I thinking of Jindal or someone else?
It will be a near miracle if we elect a Republican president, given the inner city votes that make CA, NY, MI, PA, IL, automatic D wins along with the North Eastern BLUE states.
“... the press annointing yet another unelectable Republican Presidential candidate.”
You got THAT right!
if they get legal status they wll be entitled to bring other relatives to this country too.
It certainly is!!
We have Chef BRD in the White Hut!!
It doesn’t matter at this point, we’ve crossed the maker vs taker rubicon. This country will not elect another Republican president in my lifetime. The Dems have demographics on their side. The immigrants coming into this country lately don’t know or care about why the country was created or the history behind it. All they care about is getting their free shit, and they are voting for the people who are going to give it to them.
I sincerely hope not. Rubio has jumped the shark and is now supporting RINO positions.
We can do better . . . . . . . . much, much, MUCH better!!!
save for future watch list of those pushing another illegal prez.
If the GOP holds on to the House next year AND gains the majority of the Senate then we can just run out the clock on Obama. If we lose both Houses the only hope is 2016. If Christie is our candidate we’ve lost already and the same is true if it’s Rubio. If that happens the GOP is finished and so is America. It’ll come down to two choices:Live in dis-armed servitude or use the Second Amendment for what it is really there for. And then God help us all....
Neither Rubio nor Jindahl are eligible to be President.
My tagline explains it.
That's what I was thinking. It seems as though the GOP is planning to throw another election.
Reading this article I see nothing about real issues, I see an author trying to convince himself. This article is full of justifications and generalized reasoning, without any detail to support the assertions.
It’s written as if the audience are a bunch of stupid liberals.
Nope, we will be inaugurating Gary Johnson.
This is a serious truth. Ignore it at your peril.
Well, Rubio'd be better than Hillary. Someone has to break the evolving leftwing iron triangle of corporate money, media collusion, and electoral depravity.
We have apparently all decided that the words “natural born” are meaningless word candy that adorns the constitution as part of an old quaint tradition of inserting flowery prose into our legal documents to make it pretty.
Everyone knows that Obama signed a secret executive order abrogating the flowery parts of the colorful word picture that is the constitution. It also eliminated the parts about the government making no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion and the part concerning the right to keep and bear arms that shall not be infringed.
I personally liked that word candy, and wondered if those words did not mean something...oh well, on to the next movie on TV...pass the popcorn, please.
“Unfortunately hes among those who were most quickly co-opted into the club.”
Next time you are "noticing" things, please "notice" that the last election had no mention of any issues either. Welcome to the 21st century, where elections for president are indistinguishable from elections for American Idol.
I know it sucks but--deal with it. Issues are for after you win.
I always expected a certain percentage to be co-opted.
Tea partiers can’t expect to rest on the outcome of one election nor should we rest at all.
Just because he is nice looking, speaks well and is brown are not good enough reasons for a Presidential nomination!!
Oh Lord I hope not!
Eight Deuce on the loose!
You are correct sir. We probably won't. I got flamed a bit, before the election, but I was one of the few on FR that said Obummer would win and win big. I had hoped I would be wrong, but I wasn't, unfortunately.
Madame blood clot has been lookin very extinguished lately. The low information voters or the no information voters are hoping she will choose Ben Gahzi as her running mate.