Is Rubio the Answer?

Maybe is my answer – but Race42012 contributor Simon Blum has a different one with an interesting piece on the topic. Here’s an excerpt:

In the days following a depressing election, lots of Republicans and their sympathizers appear to have decided that agreeing to amnesty for illegal immigrants and nominating Marco Rubio for the presidency in 2016 makes for the perfect prescription for their daunting woes amongst Hispanic voters.

If only life were that simple…

Questions about the overall effectiveness of embracing amnesty and placing a Hispanic nominee on the ticket aside, the premature coronation of Rubio as party king is potentially a major blunder –as knee jerk reactions in times of crises usually are.

No doubt, the young charismatic Hispanic senator from Florida who is popular amongst both moderate Republicans and Tea Party types deserves recognition as one of the GOP’s brightest stars, but that doesn’t mean that his performance as a presidential nominee would even remotely meet expectations…Should Rubio be discounted as a potential presidential nominee? Of course not. However, Republicans would be wise to also consider other options to take advantage of their historical opportunity to place a Hispanic atop a national ticket. Ironically, despite a nearly 3-1 deficit among Hispanic voters, the GOP now has a richer bench of potential Hispanic presidents than Democrats do and can one-up their competition by being the ones to break the glass ceiling for Hispanic Americans.

Most notably, New Mexico Susana Martinez seems like the most appealing prospect. Assuming she’s reelected in 2014, Martinez will have been in state office no less than Rubio has and appears more mature. Like the Florida senator, Martinez is a vigorous campaigner who is sufficiently conservative on all key issues for the right wing while appealing to moderates. At the same time, she also comes up impressive where he falls short.

It’s an interesting piece, check out the whole thing. I know it’s incredibly early to speculate on 2016…and I know many on the right still are  anyway. That said – we should not immediately jump to the conclusion that Rubio is the perfect choice for 2016. We also should not automatically discount him. Let’s see what happens in the next four years and, frankly, let’s see how well he holds up as a leader in the Senate in the coming session. We’ll need strong conservatives in the Senate to fight back against Obama’s second term agenda. Hopefully, Rubio will be a forceful component of that fight.