Michael Barone explains why so many pundits (including himself) misjudged the election

As usual, Keith Backer at the Battleground Watch blog has some really good information about the election.  (If you don’t frequent his blog, and you’re an enthusiastic election follower, then I would recommend checking it out.)

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: