Marco Rubio's exit from the political stage last night put another empty suit back on the rack. Will it be worn again? Maybe. His entire career has been carefully tailored. Breitbart News reported that campaign donors paid $340,000 to Frank Luntz to focus group Rubio's book and book tour in 2006.
The money paid Luntz long ago transformed Rubio into the robo-candidate Republicans liked but did not want.
Evidently focus groups liked hearing that Rubio's father was a bartender, because that is what Rubio said over and over again. He set himself up as the Republican Obama, but with a twist. Instead of being black, he was Hispanic. It was like "I Dream Of Jeannie," which was just like "Bewitched," with a twist. Instead of being a witch, she was a genie.
Rubio's departure included this: “While it is not God's plan that I be president in 2016, or maybe ever, and while today my campaign is suspended, the fact that I've even come this far is evidence of how special America truly is, and all the reason more why we must do all we can to ensure that this nation remains a special place."
While God shed his grace on thee, America, thine elections are on thee, not He. I do understand the sentiment. I merely believe in freewill. And Rubio chose unwisely.
The Associated Press noted: "In recent weeks, the attacks deviated from policy to personal. At one point, Rubio equated Trump’s small hands with his manhood. But the strategy backfired with voters and donors and Rubio later said he regretted the attacks."
Byron York of the Washington Examiner gave the reasons voters did not like him: Gang of Eight, denying Gang of Eight, working with Chuck Shumer on Gang of Eight, saying rivals were as bad as Gang of Eight, and supporting more immigration.
Rubio could have survived Gang of Eight if he had other accomplishments to fall back on. He did not. He was an up-and-coming legislator running for president. You can fool Democrats with that noise (Kennedy and Obama) but not Republicans.
But the real problem with Rubio is he is processed American cheese. Trump is Limburger cheese. Stinks to high heaven, but by golly it is real.
Elections are -- when done right -- the ultimate in free market decision making. Trump took risks, Rubio did not. Americans do not want an overly cautious president.