Rubio reconnects with tea party activists
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Marco Rubio is renewing his outreach to tea party supporters and his advocacy for GOP causes as he struggles to repair his image as a conservative standard-bearer.
The shift comes after the potential 2016 presidential candidate pushed the Senate to approve an immigration overhaul bill that’s been panned by some on the right who could be crucial to his future.
Rubio joined about 50 conservative activists and other lawmakers Tuesday at a meeting of the Senate’s tea party caucus, putting him in a room with representatives of grassroots activists who helped fuel his unlikely Senate victory in 2010.
The Florida senator, considered a formidable presidential candidate in 2016 if he seeks the White House, spent months advocating for a comprehensive immigration reform proposal but has been largely absent from lobbying efforts since the process moved to the House. Instead, he has returned to conservative causes he has supported in the past, highlighting his opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law by pushing for an elimination of its funding, backing a measure to place more restrictions on U.S. funding of the United Nations and opposing the White House’s choice to lead the Labor Department. SOURCE
Marco Rubio may have a few good points in his favor, he did start off well, but Rubio didn’t take long to prove to REAL Conservatives that he is nothing less than a RINO, a Republican In Name Only, and if the TEA Party is so desperate that they would take this *John McCain wannabe* back under their wing, then the TEA Party has truly proven that it is as useless as I have long believed it to be.
It comes as some of his supporters cite frustration with his backing of the Senate immigration plan.
“His immigration bill is much more of a letdown than him taking a sip of water in the response to the State of the Union,” said Kellyanne Conway, a Republican pollster, referring to the senator’s reach for a water bottle during his February speech.
I didn’t have an issue with him taking a sip of water, if you’re thirsty, you’re thirsty, but a lot of people made a big nasty deal about that sip of water.
I was NOT one of them, I concentrate on issues that matter.
I have however blasted Rubio for his *sucking up* to Sen. Michael Bennet, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Robert Menendez, Sen. Dick Durbin and his fellow RINOs Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Jeff Flake, and the King of the RINOs, Sen. John McCain.
It appears to me that Rubio took to the RINO side of politics in a big hurry, so much so that many have already said he was a *dead issue* in future political endeavors.
Eighteen months before voters begin considering the Republican field, it remains difficult to predict whether Rubio’s stance on immigration could be a liability with voters. Two potential Senate rivals, Cruz and Rand Paul of Kentucky, voted against the immigration reform bill and have been critical of the measure as they begin appearing in early voting states like Iowa and South Carolina. In Iowa on Friday, Cruz said the Senate bill continued “the same mistakes of the past,” citing a 1986 reform law that is anathema to conservatives now.
If the TEA Party tries to pass Marco Rubio off as a Conservative, and the GOP, and the Conservatives in this nation fall for it, one of two things will happen;
1. Rubio may get elected POTUS and almost immediately will be found to be in *over his head* as he founders just as much as has Barack Hussein Obama. OR…
2. Rubio will be an abject failure at the polls and will hand the nation to the Democrats once again, thus effectively ending the United States of America as we have known it.
I am going to say this as bluntly as I can because I want people to wake up and understand the seriousness of this issue; I am here to express strong political opinions, I am NOT here to make friends by kissing the asses of the TEA Party or the GOP, so, here it is. A while back the GOP ran John McCain for POTUS.
Of course he lost.
Many of us were convinced that McCain was nothing more than a *waffling* RINO, and in this current term in the U.S. Senate McCain has proven those suspicions beyond a shadow of a doubt.
I am convinced that Marco Rubio has learned from the Master RINO, and learned well.
There’s no excuse for sending a potential McCain clone into the fray, the GOP can do a lot better than this. We have far too much to lose to take that chance.