It was a lesson most of us learned in our youth: Choose your friends carefully; you’ll be judged by the company you keep.
The Hill reports that the ambitious Marco Rubio has discovered — perhaps too late — that his association with John McCain carries a high price.
Watching helplessly as his 2016 presidential aspirations evaporate, Rubio who initially played a key role as McCain’s Gang of Eight amnesty pusher, is now lying low, after plummeting from first to sixth place among potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates. Though working to convince Republican senators to vote for the contentious amnesty bill, he no longer wants to take part in putting pressure on House members after receiving a stinging rebuke from conservatives.
In a bow to political expediency, Rubio has dramatically switched gears, downplaying amnesty during his meetings with constituents. He has switched his focus instead on the effort to defund ObamaCare, another popular topic among Republican activists and Florida’s seniors rightly concerned over restricted health care options.
A good student, Rubio has learned something from his mentor McCain — the fine art of hypocrisy.
Just as McCain transformed from mocking to imitating Sen. Rand Paul’s stance opposing the U.S. sending $ billions in aid to Egypt, Rubio is emulating another senator McCain ridiculed — Sen. Ted Cruz — whose political stature is on the upswing. It was Sen. Cruz who initially spoke about defunding ObamaCare.
Read Alexander Bolton’s “Rubio takes low profile on immigration,” detailing the Florida Senator’s descent in the polls and his desperation-based strategy to right his toppling campaign.