Mistermix is fundamentally misreading the impact the Rubio investigation will have on the campaign. There will be no negative repercussions, even if it turns out he did misuse the credit cards.
Again, there is simply no greater achievement in the modern conservative movement than becoming a martyr. Accused by the OBAMA IRS and the “lamestream media” of wrongdoing? They’ll rally around him even if it turns out he was using the card to pay for gay sex with aborted fetuses in a bondage-themed club.
He doesn’t have to explain anything- all he has to do is deny it and play the victim, and let the “principled conservatives” in the wingnut wurlitzer and the blogosphere do the rest. I’m not going to do it, but someone else can listen to Rush and the others today, and I guarantee they will come out swinging at the accusers and rallying around Rubio. National Review will have ten pieces up by noon lamenting the politicization of the IRS. Mark my words.
You might as well just call Rubio the Republican nominee right now. If the wingnuts can get a good soundbite of Chris Matthews acting outraged, Rubio might manage to finagle this into a 2012 Presidential nomination.