February 15, 2013

The recipe for bad presidents

Beth Reinhard, National Journal - No matter that he's only punched up the old script, swung back and forth on immigration policy, and never shepherded major legislation through Congress. What Rubio brings is the star power, adoring fan base, and command of the national media unmatched these days by anyone in Washington outside of the Oval Office. It's the same aggressive product placement that has made the 41-year-old a top-tier presidential contender just two years after his swearing-in. Rubio is the GOP's Barack Obama, minus the intellectual heft intimated by two Ivy League degrees and a law-school faculty post. A Generation X-er with a name that sounds like change. The author of an American Dream-laced memoir that, audiences are frequently reminded, helped pay off his student loans. A former state lawmaker and a Senate short-timer with a thin binder of achievements but perhaps blessed with the greatest rhetorical gifts in politics today.

Yes, she actually wrote that last sentence. - TPR

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Beth is writing her own ticket. Ultimately it comes down to crowd control, from LBJ's paranoia about a domestic Czech uprising in '68, to today's Obama attacks on OWS. In '68 it was not only LBJ who threw the election to Nixon but also McCarthy who failed to make a strong endorsement after HHH went antiwar. We'll see if Obama chooses Rubio as his successor. Not over Clinton or Biden but likely over Warren or Dean.