During the third week of July in Cleveland, Ohio, when the Republican Party nominates Marco Rubio to be its nominee for President of the United States, we will all look back to November 10, 2015 as the night when Rubio clinched his fate. With his performance in Milwaukee, the relative flaws of every other candidate and the weaknesses of Hillary Clinton, Rubio stands now as the only logical choice to challenge Hillary Clinton to become the United States’ next President.
Even though, according to the Huffington Post, Rubio stands a distant third in the polls, the senator from Florida proved that he was poised, relatable, likable and electable. I just do not accept that we now live in a world where Donald Trump or a neurosurgeon who does not believe in “certain” vaccines can become President. As the good people of the FiveThirtyEight blog point out, Rubio is only nominally behind Jeb in the endorsement race and is closing the gap by the week. Senator Cruz could pose a legitimate threat, what with his Tea Party credentials and Harvard-educated debate style, but his extreme conservative legs would seem to be cut out by the presence of Carson, Trump and - to a lesser extent - Rick Santorum. By splitting that section of the Republican Party, none of the candidates have a viable path to the nomination.
All of these factors are ultimately trumped (sorry) by Rubio’s most important quality; he would pose the most formidable challenge to Hillary Clinton. Yes, the senator from Florida constantly talks about his family and childhood, but he does so because it paints such a vivid contrast with the public perception of the Clintons. Because of his age, race and (relative) lack of experience, Rubio can back up his claim that he will lead an innovative and new Republican Party.
We are still seven months from the convention and almost exactly a year away from the general election, but the race for the Presidency has been solidified. Clinton v. Rubio will be quite a ride. Agree with me? Disagree? Tell me and tell the rest of the Civic Eagle community in the EAGLE app, available in the App Store and on Android.