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Soapboxer: Don’t take Sen. Marco Rubio too seriously

Florida Senator’s latest charades show that all he really cares about is his image

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Actually passing legislation, of course, isn’t the point. The point, rather, is twofold: a signal from Rubio to the Tea Partiers that’s he still one of them, and a way to stir up religious zealots in advance of next year’s congressional election.

This news caused an immediate stir, and the optics weren’t great: Marco Rubio, the fresh face of a Republican Party that is supposed to be “rebranding,” going all-in on the Culture War to save his presidential aspirations. It took Team Rubio less than 24 hours to walk the story back. The next day, an (anonymous) advisor told Politico that while anti-abortion groups were asking the senator to push the legislation, he hadn’t signed on yet. Maybe next week. Or not. Who knows.

That tells you everything you need to know about Marco Rubio. Yes, he’s an anti-abortion radical. He wants to force women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound. He’s voted against funding stem cell research. He doesn’t believe in what he calls the “so-called constitutional right to privacy that resulted in the Roe v. Wade decision.”

But what Marco Rubio really supports is Marco Rubio. Everything else is negotiable.

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