A Ripe Time For Florida’s Marco Rubio

George F. Will
The Washington Post
Sunday, September 27, 2009

MIAMI — Florida, a geological afterthought, was the last portion of what are now the lower 48 states to emerge from the ocean, and it emerged halfheartedly: Its highest point is just 345 feet above sea level. But the fourth-most-populous state will loom over American politics next summer when Republicans select a Senate nominee. Their primary will test whether the party has become so risk-averse that it flinches from interesting choices.

The nominee almost certainly will be either Gov. Charlie Crist or Marco Rubio, former speaker of the Florida House (term limits, which he supports, retired him). Leading national Republicans rushed to endorse Crist. In tennis, such decisions are called unforced errors…

…A Catholic and father of four, Rubio, whose parents fled Cuba in 1959, says, “It is hard to be apolitical when you are raised by exiles.” He worries that his children’s generation “will be the first to inherit a diminished country.” His preventive medicine includes limited government, tax reform, spending restraint and removal of all impediments to the entrepreneurship that makes America a place “where poor people can put billionaires out of business.”…

…Rubio intends to prove that “in the most important swing state, you can run successfully as a principled conservative.” He probably will.

Will’s complete article is here.

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