GQ Interviews Senator Marco Rubio (as usually, Senator Rubio crushes it)

GQ interviews Marco Rubio and gets some good material.  If you haven’t seen the piece yet, please navigate to this link and check it out for yourself.  What you’ll find is more evidence that Senator Rubio is a naturally effective communicator of the conservative solutions to today’s problems (yes, including immigration).  Here’s my favorite interchange:

GQ: We’ve seen people tend toward inspiring transformational figures. You know you had Barack Obama in 2004…

Marco : I don’t know how inspiring I am to people on the left [laughs], but I’m not a big believer in transformative people in politics. There are people that have a historic opportunity to speak the truth and take on issues of the historic moment.

GQ: Do you want to be one of those people?

Marco Rubio: That’s not something you can choose to be. That’s something that just happens and falls on your lap. Usually, it falls on your lap during periods of extreme trial and I don’t think any of us want to experience extreme trial for our country. We would much prefer to be not historic on those terms. I think I’ve been given a unique opportunity to serve during an important time in American history and I would like to make a contribution. I am troubled that sometimes in our political discourse we spend all of our time focused on the challenges of the next century rather than on the opportunities of the new century.

Senator Rubio is particularly adept and re-molding negative or “anti” views on topics into positive, forward-thinking strategies.  He’s at his best when given a chance to reformat the context of the question put to him.  What’s more, he’s able to do this without appearing annoyed or off-put by the line of questioning.  Need some evidence?  Watch him handle Jonathan Stewart:

2016 Presidential Candidates: Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal May Save GOP From Itself in 2016

2016 Presidential Candidates: Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal May Save GOP From Itself in 2016.

Marco Rubio on Romney’s “gifts” statement (as usually…he nails it)

Marco Rubio was asked to comment on Mitt Romney’s statement that Obama influenced the election outcome through government handouts (or “gifts” as he called them). Another sign why Senator Rubio is considered by many to be in the driver’s seat for the 2016 nomination, he provided the following, highly effect response:

“[O]ur mission should not be to deny government benefits to people who need them,” but to make sure that “less people need government benefits.”

Rubio added that he has “tremendous admiration for [Romney] as a person” and hopes he stays active in the GOP.

Republican governors point the finger at Mitt Romney for the election loss

At a confab of Republican Governors this week, one of the core central topic was the 2012 presidential race. Naturally. Without going into the finer points, the thrust of the critique of Gov. Romney was twofold: first, that he didn’t effectively counter the massive campaign of negative advertising unleashed by Pres. Obama during the summer months, and second, that he fell into the trap of appearing to only care for the rich, white segment of the American population. Worst of all, says Gov. Jindal in the report, was that Gov. Romney never put forth an effective vision of what the future would be under his leadership. (I’m not sure I agree with that assessment, given that he pounded home the five point plan to revitalize the American economy at any chance you got.) Gov. Romney’s loss is attributable to numerous factors, many of which have the same level of impact. The key for the GOP moving forward is to address each deficiency without over-compensating. Much of the exit polling demonstrated that while Republicans have some homework to do regarding their appeal to certain segments of the population, the Democratic philosophy of and ever-expanding (and powerful) federal government has little appeal as well.