to be his "thing" anymore, because the GOP at large would prefer immigration reform actually not be anyone's "thing". Here's the problem: if Marco Rubio has thoughts about running for president in 2016, he probably needs a stand-out issue, and immigration looked like a good choice because it might make sense to not only do an issue that has some heft, but it counts as a possible "win", presumably, with the Hispanic demographic and helps sell the GOP as a more diverse party. It could have been "wins" all around, but somehow, there's a conservitive contingent of no small size that would rather listen to, say, a Tom Tancredo, than a Marco Rubio. Which leaves him a kind of sad set of options--
Of which, brushing up his Tea Party bona fides is probably the one that feels most natural to Rubio, who was one of the 22 Senators who voted against VAWA and who has a 20 week gestation abortion ban in the hopper. As if a little misogyny will win him points with the Teahadists?
Meh. I don't want to say it was all over when he reached in a carpet-tongued panic for a very little bottle of water, but he's not really coming across as Mr. "Courage of his Convictions" but more like, Mr. "Pandering Misogynist".
All I'm saying is: the secret of being a candidate for president might be not wanting it enough to act like it's the thing you're thinking about. He doesn't seem to be cool enough to pull that off.