Marco Rubio [is good-looking and] appears reasonable, but I don't know if that's sufficient anymore. And too, I am really appalled by this (very popular) idea that to win an election, Republicans have to act like Democrats. Personally, I cringed when I heard Rubio protest the ubiquitous meme that Republicans "only care about the rich" by whining as follows:
".... [But] Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren't millionaires!"
Right. And his mom gets Social Security benefits... just like Paul Ryan's mom, Betty. Does that somehow make his opinion more valid than if he lived in a neighborhood of McMansions and had a wealthy mom, dripping in diamonds? How soon the GOP forgets that 61 million Americans voted for gazillionaire Mitt Romney!
There's no sense in crying over spilled milk, but to my mind the 2012 election was close enough that we needn't sink to to playing DemLite in order to win elections in the future. If we need to accentuate the contrast between the two parties, how wise is it to talk like they do, humble roots and all? Oh waaah.
Last but not least... I missed seeing Rand Paul's Tea Party response. Once "The End" rolled up (or was it down?) on The Won's TelePrompter, I switched to Justified. And now I can't find an online video of RP anywhere. If you know where it's hidden, please post a link in the comments.