Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rubio's risk

Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, talks to The Tampa Bay Times about Marco Rubio's role in the immigration debate:

"Marco really needs to be outspoken on the issue because of the credibility he has, but he can't own the issue.... He should continue to be a generalist."

Rubio's ethnicity and cred on immigration is ultimately one of his greatest assets, but he risks becoming typecast as the GOP's "Hispanic guy" who crafts alternatives to the Dream Act.

He's much, much more than that, and has weighed in articulately on foreign policy, social issues, and hip-hop.

In fact, right now he's much more Daniel Day-Lewis than Steve Buscemi, but he's a young Daniel Day-Lewis and needs a few more collaborations with Paul Thomas Anderson to ready himself for the ultimate role.

But again, Rubio needs to hang an inspirational post-it note on his mirror to gaze at every morning: I will not allow myself to become Steve Buscemi, man