Sen. Marco Rubio recently said that “I don’t think you can say you are against Obamacare if you vote for a budget that funds it.” There is truth in that remark, which is out of character for Rubio, which is why no one really seems to buy the idea that he is doing anything but pandering in an attempt to win back support among Republican voters. Once a rising star in his party, Rubio has seen his approval rating among Republican voters plummet in the wake of the Gang of Eight fiasco.
Rubio has also said that he does not support blanket amnesty for illegal aliens, the displacement of American workers, the surrender of American sovereignty, the abandonment of the rule of law, and the erosion of national security. By extension, one should not vote for legislation that does just that. Rubio not only voted for legislation that would bring about all of those things, he was instrumental in guiding it through the Senate. That is why his approval rating among Republican voters has plummeted, while support for Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz, who both voted against amnesty, is on the upswing.
Voters may have short memories (John “Build the Dang Fence” McCain is testimony to that) but they do not suffer from amnesia, and they don’t like having their intelligence insulted by deceitful politicians. Marco Rubio has about as much credibility with voters as does Anthony Weiner, which is why it is increasingly looking like Rubio may have a real fight to retain his seat in the Senate. No doubt he is hoping Florida voters grant him amnesty in 2016.