When he came up from nowhere to beat the execrable Charlie Crist and become the junior Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio was the Tea Party darling. Big things were expected of him. But then he turned his back on the Tea Party base to back amnesty for illegal immigrants. His popularity has not recovered:
“In Florida, Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning polling organization, released a poll on Thursday that found only 43% of Floridians approved of Rubio while 53% disapproved. One year ago, 51% of Floridians approved and 33% disapproved of Rubio in the same poll.”
“Rubio's poll numbers started to drop, especially among conservatives and Republicans, as soon as he decided to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform along with senators like John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).”
Let Marco Rubio be an object lesson to conservative ‘moderates’, RINO’s and Red Tories that throwing your supporters under the bus is rarely a winning strategy.
“After the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed the Senate in June, Rubio went silent, and the Public Policy Poll showed that Rubio has the support of neither those who support a pathway to citizenship (23% support Rubio on immigration while 41% disapprove) nor those who oppose (19% support Rubio on immigration while 51% disapprove) in his home state. “
So now, thanks to his reactive flip flops, Rubio has achieved the sour spot of being equally hated by the supporters and opponents of an important issue. The gods of politics favour the resolute and punish the opportunistic.
And whatever else can be said about him now, Marco Rubio is not presidential timber.