Nobody mentioned Marco Rubio’s “I am not a scientist” remarks yesterday, so here goes: Reader JB sent this link to Commentary, where the commenters are pissed because Commentary’s Peter Wehner takes Rubio to task for denying reality. Check that out if you’re in a nutpicking mood.
As for Rubio in general, the thinking seems to be that Rubio is going to show Republicans the way out of the wilderness on immigration, and wash all their sins away by passing a watered-down version of the DREAM act or some other piece of “reform” legislation that is daring by Republican standards, and a half-measure by any other standard. That’s clearly why Rubio ended up in Iowa this week — he knows the tribe is reeling, and he wants his brown-eyed visage to be all over Fox to facilitate post-traumatic imprinting.
But back here in the actual physical world, where nobody gives a shit about 2016 and Latinos are still enjoying the feel of their newfound electoral muscle, Marco’s ACHIEVE Act is seen for the turd that it is. Latinos know that as long as a Democrat is in the White House, Obama’s executive order barring deportation of DREAM-eligible young people will stand. That took some of the immediate pressure off, so if the House Republicans block immigration reform, as they probably will, what’s pushing Democrats to take the first shit compromise Boehner throws down? Wouldn’t it be better politics, leading to better policy, to turn the 2014 election into a referendum on immigration reform?
Meanwhile, Louie Gohmert, Trent Franks, Michelle Bachmann and the rest will be holding Klan meetings on the House floor to discuss lazy Mexicans and their nefarious ways. His weak-ass “I’m not a scientist” performance in the hard-hitting GQ, of all places, is a pretty good indication that Rubio isn’t ready to stand up to the immigration shit show his party is about to stage. So spare me the Rubio 2016 talk until we see if he has a spine under that perfect suit.