Marco Rubio would bring substance to an otherwise substance-free U.S. Senate
By Chris Ingram
In the spirit of Twitter, I’ll keep this short and sweet.
I just came back from a meet and greet with Marco Rubio in Tampa.
Having watched him, it is abundantly clear why Charlie Crist, the NRSC, and Jimbo Greer are up to their undemocratic antics. This guy Rubio is for real. He’s young. He’s energetic. He’s sincere. And he’s got a message. (Note to the Rubio campaign: get your message and some positions on the issues up on your website. People want substance. You’ve got it. Show ‘em).
Rubio spoke for about 30 minutes on everything from his upbringing in a very middle class family, to his service in the state legislature, his commitment to our children’s future, and tackling the unfair tax code and the enormous federal debt. His comments on the issues were well thought out and he made a connection with the audience. This was not pandering.
I have worked for countless candidates, most of whom are not great public speakers either because they have no message, or they can’t deliver the message they have. Rubio has both a message and effective delivery. I don’t say this lightly, and hate to put the bar of expectations on someone so high, but Rubio is about as close to Ronald Reagan as I have ever seen. He can fire up a crowd and he appears sincere and legitimate when he does it. Go see for yourself the next time he’s in your area. He is the future of the Republican Party. Guys with gray hair are the past.
Since I’ve dished unsolicited advice to the Rubio campaign, in the interest of fairness, I’ll offer some to Charlie: better get out of your tanning bed, and hit the campaign trail hard Chuckster. Because I’m betting most people who meet Rubio will not only like him, they’ll like his message. Therein lies the problem for you Mr. Too-Tanned governor, you have no message. And being a nice guy just isn’t going to cut it, what with the insurance mess you’ve created, the souring economy, and your overall lack of accomplishment.
And these my friends are the reasons the establishment is running hard to run over Marco Rubio. They figure Charlie’s numbers in a general election are better than Rubio’s (at least for now), and so we should all rally behind the “sure bet.” Kind of like they did in 1976 when the party establishment favored Gerald Ford for president over a guy from California; his name was Ronald Reagan.
My friend and fellow columnist Larry Thornberry likes to say “the Republican Party never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Let’s hope that is not the case in this race. The grassroots will do its part to make sure it isn’t so.
What strikes me as odd in this whole campaign is the number of people (Charlie supporters), who suggest Rubio should drop out and run for something else (Governor?). How about this, how about Charlie drops out of the Senate race, and finishes the job he started? Of course, then he’d have to deal with all the mess he’s created…
Chris Ingram is CEO and partner of Strategic Solutions of Florida a political consulting company. He is also the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.net.