Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Rubio Collapse

In the wake of the 2012 election, in which President Obama snared 71% of the Hispanic vote (to Mitt Romney's 27%), it became a necessity for Republicans to seriously rethink their Latino outreach. In the days and weeks post-election, when asked what was next for the GOP, I said that obviously they'd swallow hard and make immigration reform happen, and I said it was also a virtual lock that freshly-elected senator Marco Rubio, handsome, Hispanic, would be at the top or near the top of the party's presidential ticket come 2016.

Welp, what a difference a year-and-a-half can make. First off, John Boehner has made clear that we shouldn't expect any movement on immigration reform anytime soon for fear of alienating Tea Party crazies. And as for Rubio, the man who'd been tasked with selling Republicans on reform? Well, let's just say no one's mentioning him as a 2016 anything (and that was even before the famous glug-glug incident last year). So how did this happen? How did the GOP toss aside one of its own potential leading lights? Jonathan Chait lays out the political kneecapping of Marco Rubio in sordid, cringe-inducing detail.

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