Sticking to Republican “ideas” that lost them the 2012 Presidential election, Marco Rubio began his campaign for the Republican Nomination in 2016.
CPAC, the “Conservative Political Action Conference”, greeted Rubio with a hero’s welcome as he took the stage.
Just another Republican, who represents himself as a Latino, uttered the same old dribble about taxes, education, abortion, same-sex marriage and trade with China. He had no new ideas, and avoided the topic of comprehensive immigration.
“We don’t need a new idea. The idea’s America, and it still works,” said Rubio, to major applause, anticipating that liberals would criticize his remarks for offering no new ideas.
Toeing the extreme conservative line, he maintained that there is no need to remodel the Republican platform, that, although the country is changing, Republican ideals are solid. He indicated that any “changes” would only be cosmetic.
“Just because I believe that states should have the right to define marriage in a traditional way does not make me a bigot,” he said.
“The people who are actually close-minded in American politics are the people that love to preach about the certainty of science in regards to our climate, but ignore the absolute fact that science has proven that life begins at conception,” Rubio added.
Providing his prescription for the GOP as it searches for a winning path forward, Rubio said: “Our challenge is to create an agenda applying our principles — our principles, they still work — applying our time-tested principles to the challenges of today.”
In essence, he “told them what they wanted to hear”, while he abandoned his principles and his stand on immigration.
After all, he was “preaching to the choir”, not to Hispanics or the larger electorate that perceive the views of the Republican Party as archaic and passé. But if he’s like Romney, he’ll change his position on the issues with every speech, tailoring the content to his audience. As a carnie once said; “You gotta give the people what they want”.
Columnist-The Guardian Express