I’ve always like Marco Rubio. He’s smart, he’s energetic, he’s young, and he’s Hispanic. He carries himself well, and he’s likeable. In a matchup with either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, he’d mop the floor with his opponent. Yes, he had a little snafu with finances while Speaker of the House in Florida. Are you going to compare that to Hillary’s scandals?
But Marco may have just shot himself in the groin. He has been going back and forth with Ted Cruz, who’s beating him in all of the meaningful polls, on immigration. Cruz has tried to stick it to Rubio that he had backed the “Gang of Eight” proposal that would eventually allow illegal aliens in this country to stay, and eventually gain citizenship. Now, Rubio doesn’t say that, but he’s taken a very different track than his Senate counterpart.
Rubio said on Sunday during Meet The Press, that if you were an illegal alien, and you’ve been in the country for a while, and haven’t had any run ins with the law (at least felonies), you could in fact, stay. It’s not the same thing he’s said before. He’s really gone back and forth on this issue, and I understand why. Hispanic voters want to be able to live in this country as “legal”. Not necessarily citizens, though that would be the ultimate goal for a lot of them, but at least stay without the fear of being deported. Rubio said Sunday that he couldn’t see rounding up 12 million illegals and deporting them. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on the other hand, agree that the illegals have to leave and then come back legally, if they don’t have a criminal past. They could then apply for citizenship when the time arrives.
I have a feeling Marco may have just squashed his own campaign with that stand on immigration. Let’s face it; it’s one of the biggest gaps between Republicans and Democrats. Dems see the illegals as 12 million additional votes if they are allowed to stay and become citizens. That hasn’t always worked out for them. It didn’t work out long-term for them when Ronald Reagan allowed amnesty to three million illegals. Democrats are so sure they are going to bury the Republicans on this one issue that they are salivating over it. And it’s just dead-wrong. Most of the illegals are actually conservative in nature, and while they’ll be friendly to the Dems for a while, over the long haul, they’ll return to their roots. Unfortunately for Rubio, I don’t think he’ll be around when that happens.
So, put the date of January 17, 2016 down on your calendars. That’s the day Marco Rubio took himself out of the running for president when he said that non-criminal illegals can stay in this country. Now, he didn’t say that they’d ever become citizens…but the impetus is already there. And another one will soon leave the race because of a stupid stance.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!