To be serious about fixing their party, Republicans need to clear out their present leadership in the House and Senate.
The Washington Post makes an observation and raises a good question. Marco Rubio is looking good, but is he the answer for Republicans?
Here is the short answer: no, he isn’t the answer, and yes he could be good for Republicans. He isn’t the answer because Republicans are suffering from deeply seated ideological conflict and are stuck on a capitalist model for which time has past. Fighting to keep with things that are not sustainable is a losing proposition.
Marco Rubio, as I have written before while analyzing his qualifications, has chosen to be a career politician too early in his career. I know that Obama did it, but Rubio is trying with much less stellar academic credentials. To his credit, Rubio is in the position to help resolve immigration reform. He is in position to help break the loggerhead that jams bipartisanship. If he accomplishes both, then he has earned his credentials as a leader. Anything less than that, he is in the category of an excellent representative.
He lacks success in the private sector. He has no military experience. He entered politics prematurely.
The big thing about Marco is that he gives hope to Latinos, but only if they see the same opportunity that Rubio has realized.
If I were Republicans, I would be filling the binder full of qualified women from the ranks for the Fortune 500. I would find a truly exceptional CEO, not someone who just passed through and screwed things up. There are plenty of those.
The GOP needs intellectual power to reinvent America’s economic paradigm. From that you will find the answers. By the way, that will not come from political science and economics BS from Miami University, Ohio.
“Marco Rubio emerges as GOP’s star. But is he the answer for Republicans?
By Karen Tumulty and Manuel Roig-Franzia,
Lately, it seems just about everyone is fascinated by the junior senator from Florida.
Time’s current cover proclaims Marco Rubio “The Republican Savior.” The Web site BuzzFeed last week solicited his views on immigration, climate change, gay rights — and the relative artistic merits of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. That test of his hip-hop fluency came after Rubio released a Spotify playlist of 16 songs he is listening to, generating a flood of instant analysis in the blogosphere.
Next up: On Tuesday night, Rubio will give the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address — in English and Spanish.
“He carries our party’s banner of freedom, opportunity and prosperity in a way few others can,” House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said in announcing Rubio’s selection to deliver the rebuttal. Republican uber-strategist Karl Rove has called Rubio “the best communicator since Ronald Reagan.”