If it is difficult to be president it’s that much more difficult becoming president.
Our modern polictial cycle has been extended to…well, every freaking day. There is no time any more when one is not running for the job.
To survive the knife-fight that is the primary system it is vital to be as much like every other candidate as possible, while simultaneously distinguishing yourself as completely different from same. 1
Take for example the 2016 presidential race – the early ‘favorite’ and currently leading (though still putative) candidate within the GOP is Texas freshman Senator Ted Cruz. 2
The Senator has firmly positioned himself to the far, far, faaaar political right for his presumptive presidental run. If you’re a potential competitor, at least within the GOP, matching Cruz
for sheer batshit craziness in rigid ideology is not a problem. The issue is how to separate yourself from Cruz.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) seems to have found the answer.
Who is Senator Rubio? None other than the previous golden-haired GOP 2016 presidential candidate. Before the advent of Cruz, Rubio was the messiah who was going to lead the Republicans back to the White House. Now he’s an afterthought. So he came up with a really smart, really unique plan.
He’s going to introduce legislation to delay the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will introduce legislation to delay the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate by six months, arguing that Americans should not be penalized for failing to buy coverage they cannot easily access through HealthCare.gov.
“How are you going to go after people next year using the IRS to punish them if the thing you’re forcing them to buy isn’t available for them to buy because the website is not working,” Rubio asked during an appearance on Fox & Friends on Tuesday. “The law I’m going to introduce basically delays that requirement until the GAO [Government Accountability Office] certifies it has been up and running for six months consecutive.”
Because no one has ever tried delaying or revoking the ACA; this plan will surely set Rubio apart.
Clueless. Just fucking clueleess.
- You could call this tightrope walking, but I prefer to refer to it as “lying”. ↩
- Though Cruz’s (who was born in Canada) surname is purported to be Portuguese/Spanish, it is also a Chickasaw name which translates – as best as is feasible – to “He Who Won’t Shut The Fuck Up.” The Portuguese/Spanish translation is “cross”, to which many people were ready to nail him long before the end of his 21 hours of fauxfillibustering. ↩