I suspect that Rubio bought into the idea that in order for Republicans to win elections, they had to court the Hispanic vote. Right after Romney lost - this was the battle cry from the GOPe. Did they really believe this or was it a ploy to satisfy their big donors and LaRaza? Let’s not forget this despicable group favors John McCain.
I believe that Rubio got hood winked by those who have been in the Senate much longer and are snakes in the grass - but for him to jump on board with Chuckie Schumer showed us that he isn’t ready for prime time.
Rubio seems like an intelligent guy - yet failed to do his homework on this issue. He failed to check the pulse of the American people, instead relying on those who didn’t have his best interests at heart. He possibly believed this was a winning issue for him for 2016. FAIL!!!
I don't think there are very many FReepers today that would dispute that thesis. His record on immigration is not much worse than Obama's. But I've always taken the view with George Bush that even though his head is empty his heart is white and as that applies to immigration I think he was prompted by the highest of motives. He abhors racism, he was raised in Texas by a Mexican nanny, his nephew is Mexican-American. In short I think George Bush really believed that by failing to vigorously enforce those laws he was doing the right thing for his country.
I cannot honestly say that Marco Rubio is not similarly and nobly motivated. He is after all a Cuban-American. But my objection goes to the idea of betrayal. We hire our representatives to be our paladins and we entrust them with pursuing our interests not to sell them out to the other side. Whether Rubio thought he was portraying himself as a statesman, whether he thought he was banking the Latino vote for 2016, or whether he simply thought he was doing the right thing, I cannot say but I can say that he betrayed the conservatives who sent him to Washington.
We have entered an age when the country is at stake and we conservatives can no longer tolerate betrayal. The Mitch McConnells and the John Boehners are the figureheads but they are replicated up and down the line in the Republican ranks. Rubio's betrayal was all the more painful because his fall from grace was so dramatic and so steep and the damage is so grave.
I still think this was a setup. Rubio was going to be a Tea Party favorite. Clean, hispanic, intelligent, he was everything the Tea Party wanted and everything the GOPe hated. The 2016 Presidential candidate that not even Hillary could beat.
Then the GOPe made him an offer he couldnt refuse. Come along with us and not only will you be the 2016 candidate, but be a visionary and bring home the Hispanic vote for the GOP. If you don’t, you are done.
In for a penny, in for a pound. Not only will he not attract the Hispanic vote, he will lose to a rat in the general and McLame and Grahmnesty will be nowhere to be found.
The establishment ruined Rubio for the Tea Party.
The issue is too important and too basic to who and what we are as a nation, for even a first term Senator to simply be hoodwinked into supporting the death of the republic.
No, I'm afraid that Rubio wholeheartedly agrees in principle with the left on illegal immigration and amnesty. He wasn't pushed - he jumped in with both feet.