The Junior Senator from Florida has had a rough year.
Marco Rubio has been in a battle with Conservative Opinion Leaders and members of his own base over the “Gang of 8″ Sweeping Immigration Reform Bill. Rubio, who was once considered a front runner for the 2016 GOP nomination has taken a back seat to Senators Ted Cruz from Texas, and Rand Paul from Kentucky because that immigration reform didn’t deport 11 million undocumented immigrants back to there home countries before starting the process for citizenship.
Right now that Conversation has been on the back burner with other issues like a possible military strike on Syria, and the upcoming debates on the debt ceiling. Who knows when the immigration debate will come back? And who knows if when the talks continue if it will include the Senate Bill or a piece meal offer which has been hinted at.
Rubio needs to start rebuilding his Conservative cred and that starts with this upcoming fiscal debate. No funding of the government without defunding ACA aka “Obamacare. When the rest of the party eventually folds to avoid a shutdown, Rubio needs to be the needs to take a page from his more popular colleagues book and push back at any compromise, even if he knows in the back of his mind (like we all do) that a deal gets done.
Rubio’s allies on that “Gang of 8″ team, Senators such as John McCain and Lindsay Graham might be on opposite sides. For Rubio that’s good. Those two hung him out to dry after that legislation was done. They sent him out to face the Limbaughs, and Hannitys of the media and he paid the price because of it.
Most recently he was outshined on his home turf by Ted Cruz at a Conservative Conference right here in Orlando last month (HERE).
No more Mr. Nice Guy for now.
He’s already off to a strong start. He sent this out in a statement today.
“The American people have made clear they want Washington to keep the government open but also need protection from ObamaCare’s harmful effects. Today’s announcement would accomplish what the American people have been asking of Congress.
“A solution is within sight in order to avert another crisis of Washington’s creation. President Obama and his allies in Congress should abandon their threats of shutting down the government and instead work with Republicans to pass this proposal that would keep government open while preventing taxpayer dollars from being used to inflict ObamaCare’s damage on people’s jobs, incomes, current health plans and doctor relationships.”
Let’s face it. A deal is going to get done eventually and the President’s Health Care Act is still going to be left standing.
But Republican Leadership should pick someone else to take the loss on this. Rubio’s taken enough punishment this year already.