June 19, 2013 |
The tea party returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, but this time the don't-tread-on-me crowd trod upon one of its own. Much of the scene was familiar: the yellow flags, the banners protesting tyranny and socialism, the demands to impeach President Obama and to repeal Obamacare. But there was a new target of the conservatives' ire: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and his "amnesty" plan for illegal immigrants. The loathing of this onetime darling of the movement — Rubio rode the tea party wave to office in 2010 — could be seen in the homemade signs...
April 2, 2013 |
MOMENTUM FOR a sweeping deal on immigration reform is building so fast that it can be difficult to remember that scores of congressional Republicans, especially in the House, have not budged from the what-part-of-illegal-don't-you-understand orthodoxy that helped cost the party the presidency. Fearing nothing but a primary challenge in their extravagantly gerrymandered districts, House backbenchers have little incentive to switch positions and embrace any pact that includes what they regard as amnesty.
June 13, 2011 |
If entitlement reform is the third rail of American politics, then there is no place in America where the surge is more powerful than Florida. The Sunshine State has more Medicare recipients than any state in the union except California — making Florida ground zero for the Democrats' coming "Medi-scare" campaign. So it is significant that, while some Republicans have been distancing themselves from Rep. Paul Ryan's proposed Medicare overhaul, Florida's junior senator, Marco Rubio, has emerged in recent weeks as Ryan's most...
January 28, 2013 |
Marco Rubio was a bundle of nervous energy as he waited his turn to speak about the bipartisan immigration plan he had helped to draft. The Republican senator from Florida clasped his hands in front, then in back, then in front again. He poked his tongue into his cheek, he clenched his jaw, and he licked his lips. He fiddled with his suit-jacket button once, then again, then a third time. He rubbed his fingers together, then interlocked them. His anxiety was understandable: Rubio, one of the...
October 20, 2011 |
During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio frequently repeated a compelling version of his family's history that had special resonance in South Florida. He was the "son of exiles," he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after "a thug," Fidel Castro, took power. But a review of documents — including naturalization papers and other official records — reveals that the Florida Republican's account embellishes the facts. The documents show...
August 30, 2013 |
ORLANDO — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) came face-to-face Friday with how his support for a bipartisan immigration deal has hurt his standing with the GOP's tea party wing, facing loud hecklers during a speech to a group of influential conservative activists. Rubio's address at the opening session of the " Defending the American Dream Summit ," sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, was punctuated repeatedly by calls of "No amnesty!" from attendees scattered...