I was talking to a Latino friend of mine about Rubio a few months ago and I predicted that Rubio would eventually go the “we Cubans aren’t like you wetbacks” route and fuck up whatever chance he had of helping Republicans with Latino voters at the national level. Sure enough:
That ethnic calculus was further complicated by records, reported by The Washington Post last week, showing that Rubio had incorrectly portrayed his parents as exiles who fled Cuba after the rise of Fidel Castro. In fact, their experience more closely resembles that of millions of non-Cuban immigrants: They entered the United States 2 1 / 2 years before Castro’s ascent for apparent economic reasons.
Rubio made the exile story a central theme of his political biography, telling one audience during his Senate campaign, “Nothing against immigrants, but my parents are exiles.” A video, apparently produced for the conservative site RedState.com, shows black-and-white footage of Castro as Rubio speaks.
Even after the new reports of his parents’ entry, Rubio has said he remains the “son of exiles,” saying his parents had hoped to return to the island but did not because of the rise of a Communist state.
But in elevating exile roots over the apparent reality of his parents’ more conventional exodus, Rubio risks setting up a tension point with the country’s Hispanic voters — most of whom are Mexican American and have immigrant friends or ancestors who did not have access to the virtually instant legal status now granted to Cubans who make it into the United States.
“If he does take that mantle, there’ll be a lot of clarification that he’ll have to make on a whole lot of issues,” said Lionel Sosa, a longtime GOP strategist.
Rubio has future Bayh/Tauzin K Street douchebag written all over him, not future vice-president. I’d say what a fucking idiot for not keeping his mouth shut and identifying with other Latinos, but he’s probably better off this way than at taking a real shot at being the great brown hope. He’s a bilingual Paul Ryan, at best.