It has been apparent to everyone watching polls and results over the last two weeks that Rubio’s Presidential bid has come to a slow and somewhat untimely death. Untimely because the momentum is firmly against him as he stages an underdog fight in Florida. It’s a state that if won will allow him to leave the presidential race with dignity. If lost, or worse for the candidate, if Rubio comes in third place then some are arguing his political career will be over.
From one perspective this is certainly true. Without being on a presidential ticket Rubio will have limited political options in the near future. He can run for governor of Florida but having lost the state in a presidential primary that seems difficult and unlikely.
It might be that Rubio is young enough and politically adept enough to navigate a path away from a future of obscurity. The argument is that if he is disconnected from people and the political winds at this time, then perhaps he is not as politically aware as many first assumed. This seems like a reasonable argument, but there is another possibility.
Potentially Rubio has been very aware of the anger towards the establishment. Certainly he is aware of the need to help the working class. His tax, healthcare and higher education proposals are all geared towards help both the middle and working class. Yet throughout the campaign these have been drowned out by the anger of both Cruz and Trump. Perhaps Marco Rubio has become tone deaf, or perhaps he has decided that he would rather lose a campaign based on unity and hope than lead a campaign based on anger and division.
If that’s the case, then perhaps at some point in our future we will again find it reasonable to hope. Perhaps then Rubio might be more successful regardless of what happens in Florida on the 15th.
That’s certainly one way to read into this interview given on MSNBC. I’ll let you make your own decision.