Skip to comments.Marco Rubio stumbles
Posted on 07/17/2013 7:05:41 PM PDT by Hojczyk
Todd Harris, the usually gregarious consultant to Sen. Marco Rubio, uncharacteristically resisted eight days of calls and emails seeking his thoughts for this column. When he finally did reply, the answer was: to be honest, another story about Marco and immigration is not high on Christmas list!!
No wonder. The very issue Rubio (and Harris) thought would be a game-changing, legacy-builder looks like a big liability for the Florida senator, at least right now. In the process, the self-confident presidential hopeful suddenly looks wobbly, even a little weak, as he searches for whats next.
Rubio spent six months working over Senate Republicans only to get stiffed by 70 percent of them. He has gone underground on the issue ever since, ducking reporters on Capitol Hill.
Some top conservatives are questioning Rubios judgment on immigration, arguing that he was played by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats in the Senates Gang of Eight immigration working group.
Rubio refused to be interviewed for this column. But POLITICOs Senate specialist, Manu Raju, cornered him in the Capitol on Wednesday to get his take.
In background conversations, Rubio allies spin elaborate theories about how he might be threading the perfect political needle, getting credit for winning Senate passage without owning the responsibility for the complexities of implementation and certain rage from some parts of the right if it actually became law.
The adviser added that while the Senate bill wasnt what we would have produced if wed written our own bill, it is a lot better than it would have been without Sen. Rubios involvement. Democrats made big concessions.
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Bye Bye Marco...
The elites like Rubio are so insulated they think that they know what is best for the peasants and the peasants will quiver with joy at anything they do.
Hopefully he fell in quicksand.
rubio refused to understand that dems are NOT our friends. They do not care about the US. They only care about power and their next election. Rubio thought he could make the dems compromise with him....He found out just how treacherous they are and could not find the nerve to shout from the roof tops and pull the plug on his ‘immigration’ bill.
That’s what you get for believing the bs
He’s dead to me!
Before this disaster, I said this was a big moment that would either make or break Rubio’s career. If he found a way to find an acceptable middle ground on the issue and champion it through with a good amount of base support, he would have proved his skill as a legislator and political strategist.
If he signed on to the left-wing vision, he’d be all but finished. Personally, I would be ok with some sort of immigration bill to get illegals to a working status. That’s more moderate than some here, but it makes sense to me to deal with a real problem. Combine that with border security and employer enforcement, and I would have been fine.
This bill was a turd sandwich, and Rubio chose to sign on and ruin his reputation with the very people that got him there. He is done, in my eyes. I likely won’t waste another vote on him in the future because he lied to me repeatedly.
He has gone underground on the issue ever since, ducking reporters on Capitol Hill.What? No more two-faced spanish radio interviews?
Of course he was played, He thought the Rats would deal openly with him on immigration when the whole time they were working to get him to agree with them while planning of amnesty with no enforcement. All he had to do was to look at how eager the Rats were to get it passed to know he was a sucker.
All the conservative advocacy and success in the world cannot compensate for Amnesty .With amnesty all else is for nought. Amnesty gives us the permanent totalitarian one party state without even having to corner the touch screen voting machines. With Amnesty the Democrats can have undoctored elections.
Weak toast, but still toast.
Just received my first(for this year) ‘please send me money’ from Rubio today......couldn’t get it into the garbage fast enough.
Hey Marco-are you going to now proclaim yourself Independant now, later or go immediately go full bore Democrat?
One and done, Rubio. Count on it.
A$$hole. Useless self-serving RINO trashy liar voting against the people who electected him, he can now XXX XXXX and XXX.
born May 28, 1971 in Miami, FL (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)
Mario Rubio born in Cuba, naturalized Nov. 5, 1975.
Oria Garcia born in Cuba, naturalized Nov. 5, 1975.
Parents were NOT US Citizens at the time of his birth (Does NOT meet the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)
Marco Rubio is NOT a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN.
Marco's status is the same as that of Barry Soetoro, aka Barack Hussein Obama, who is NOT a Natural Born Citizen.
Getting snookered by Chuck Schumer and teaming up with John McCain is no way to show Americans that you are smart enough to be President, let alone be a President who can turn this country around and save it. I stuck up for Rubio when he was ridiculed for the water drinking incident, but now I see him as someone who can’t take a drink of water without making an ass of himself. He needs to forget running for President.
Whoa, I hope Sara is a good girl the vast majority of the time.....
Marco castro stalin Rubio, is toast.
Immigration was a game changer for rubio. Now it’s game over.
Democrats made big concessions? NAME ONE!
Credibility? Marco, you’ve punked yourself, really. Got a little too big for your britches. I really think that you hoped to take over Harry Reid’s place in the Senate after the 2014 election. NO WAY! We’d like a true conservative, thank you very much! I know that is asking a lot, but you can look at Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions, to name a few. These men are true conservatives. I think you’ve just been trying it on for a while, test the waters, then make a decision. Let me tell you this: We don’t want any more John McCains or Lindsay Grahams! Got that? You could find yourself out on your ears in 2016 if you don’t watch your step. You have some pledges you’ve fallen on, and you are still a little green around the ears.
If the House passes any type of immigration reform that ends up setting the stage for Rubio’s bill to get passed and signed in to law I will leave the republican party, never give them another dime, and never vote for another republocrat.
He can now join the "one hit wonders" club.
Rubio was not played, if he was he is an idiot and doesn’t deserve my vote, but he isn’t, he is a socialist just like Reid.
Now he is pushing abortion reform hoping we forget what he just did.
Yet another phoney, lying RINO that played the Fla Tea Party and conservatives.
Wake up conservatives and Tea Party folks...vet these people more seriously.
Looks like Paul Ryan is the next to go.
Just saw on Drudge the Headline: Dems Pin Hopes on Ryan. The kiss of death.
If they don’t get the millions of additional Dem voters that they are hoping for, at least they will have hamstrung their most charismatic potential opponents in the process.
They set deliberate traps for those that they can identify years out. Sudden risers (like Sarah Palin popping onto the ticket) have to be met with crude bashing, but likely candidates are targeted with sophisticated intelligence operations.
The Rats are in a win-win situation concerning Rubio. If they get immigration they bury the GOP forever & ruin Rubio. If they don’t get immigration they still get to ruin Rubio’s career. The fact that Rubio & ALL his people could NOT see this tells you what an idiot Rubio is & how worthless his team is. Total bush-league players who got rolled by Chuck & the gang of 8.
It's totally fair, the guy made his own bed by lying time after time, defending the most indefensible nonsense. He could have stopped at any time, instead he chose to lie about the bill, promoting a Reid/Schumer monster while they laughed at him behind his back. He finally woke up, looked in the mirror, and realized what he's become......
I hope Rubio had a really good romp in the hay. Because Amnesty is his mistress, and she is talking big time.
Given who he chose to jump into bed with, he needs to be checked for AIDS
Rubio's ducking the American people too, who are red hot with anger over his betrayal.
He may as well lie low for the balance of his one and only term in the Senate. We will never forget what he's done.
You give Rubio far too much credit for being hoodwinked or fooled by the Democrats. No such thing happened. He was all in for amnesty from the very beginning. No one twisted his arm to do this.
The only people who were fooled, were those conservatives who trusted him, or who gave him their money and votes.
Rubio was supposed to be the 'right-wing' front man for the treasonous Gang of 8. They (and he) were surprised as hell when the base reacted to his all-too-obvious treason against our mutually held convictions. In my mind, they were all so disconnected from reality, that they really believed we could be led by the nose by this charlatan.
Rubio knew full well that this was a blatant push for amnesty, and he danced like a two bit carney hustler to sell that back-stabbing plan to conservatives on talk radio for months.
Even after it became clear as day that this bill had NO real enforcement provisions in it, he still allowed his name to be used by 'American Progress' or whatever the hell that outfit was called, who ran those disgusting ads on radio.
I'm sorry, but I don't give Rubio ANY benefit of doubt here. He knew all along what was in this crap sandwich, and tried to get us to eat it anyway. The man is a 'rat in Republican clothing.
For what Rubio's done, there should be NO forgiveness. He wasn't 'fooled' by the Democrats and the RINOs. He gladly joined them in their heinous little treason.
The man needs to be fired in the next election, never to return to politics.
It’s really to bad we can’t tar and feather the traitor .
I really hope West runs against him next time .
There is no way in hell I would ever vote for him again . If I have to I will vote democrat for the first time in my life to help make sure he never serves another term again .
He wasn't played he was bought .
It's pretty typical for the county in Florida where he comes from
You get nothing done in that county without having to pay a bribe to one jerk after another .
Filthy, lying horse manure.
“Stumbles”? Good grief, the guy’s career went up like the Hindenburg. Oh, the humanity.
The worst part of the whole charade was the constant lying about border security. "We grant amnesty FIRST, and then there are these triggers, see... If Homeland Security doesn't come up with a PLAN for border security in 5 years, why, then - - oh yes, THEN - - there will be a COMMISSION appointed, yessirree, Bob! We are not fooling around!"
I couldn't tell if the guy was freaking joking or he actually thought people would buy that crap.
Those advisors deserve a raise - - they were dead right.
Marco Rubio will never rebound politically from being led and taken in by the Democrat low life in the Senate unless he comes froward and clearly states that no illegal immigrant will ever have a path to USA citizenship and voting rights, period. That is “His” stumbling block. Now.....Illegals can become permanent residents, with legal work permits, but never citizens. Their children, if born here are already citizens....and children that were brought here by their parents or relatives should be given a path to citizenship, after they reach the age of twenty-one. The senate passed bill is literally a joke, with all its pork and no real security teeth. Rubio can regain his setback, if he actively works with the Republican congress to come up with a workable, fair immigration bill that never rewards criminal illlegal immigrants, period!!! He needs to come forth immediately, and clearly state his vote in favor of the Senate immigration bill was a big mistake, and...he withdraws his support from that legislation.
Rubio got hooked in by the Democrats WAAAAAAYYY TOOOOO EASILY!!!
Send it back with a NOTE on it telling him WHY he’s not getting a penny.
Amen....Paul Ryan is falling into the DEMOCRAT TRAP also!!
Primary rubio’s sorry ass.
I have called his office to let them know the depth of betrayal he has caused to his constituents here in Florida and will not be forgotten.
I have also called his office.