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Will Immigration Reform Kill Rubio's Presidential Chances?

LastStand Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 11:22 AM
Rubio will never be president. Next up will likely be Hillary. In fact, I think it's incredibly unlikely that we'll EVER see another Republican/Conservative president. There is NO upside for Republicans on this issue. Once the Immigration Bill comes out, Republicans will either fall all over themselves pushing for it (and alienating their base) or running from it (alienating Hispanics). And when it passes, Obama will get the credit, and the Dems will point out that they had to drag the Republicans kicking and screaming to get it done. No matter what, the Dems win, and you can kiss Florida and Texas goodbye. There's no way a Republican can win without Florida, much less Texas to boot.

Passing major legislation is not a path to the presidency. So why is Sen. Marco Rubio, who is almost surely running for the 2016 Republican nomination, working so hard on comprehensive immigration reform?

Look at the only lawmaker who has become president in the last half-century. Barack Obama did almost nothing in his brief time in the Senate. His career in the world's greatest deliberative body consisted mainly of showing up, becoming immediately dissatisfied and looking for something better.

Obama never took a leading role crafting any piece of momentous legislation. And some of the things he did do, like voting...