A Worthy Man
I’m not going to provide any context for this. Just watch.
Somewhere around a year ago, a friend of mine gave me my first impression of Rubio. It was the video of his farewell speech to the Florida legislature, just before he retired from that position due to term limits. In this speech — oh what the heck, I’ll just post it. I can’t do it justice.
The thing that has impressed me the most about this man is that, when he was not running for any office, he said the same things that he has said while running for office. His message has been consistent whether he was running for the United States Senate, or nothing at all. When a man will not change his tune, though he has everything to gain and lose…that’s integrity.
Also, a brief reminder of what exactly this guy has done: He entered a Senate race, believing that he was the only man willing — only to face the most formidable candidate ever constructed in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Charlie Crist was — rightfully — a fundraising legend. He was a leviathan in Florida politics, a stone-cold lead-pipe lock for the nomination and the general election win. He was going to cruise. Except a conservative son of Cuban exiles, who quoted the last speech that JFK ever wrote, was just getting started.
And now, that upstart 39-year-old is about to become the next Senator from the state of Florida.
That first video is the best campaign ad I’ve ever seen — simple, but with the ring of history in it. If this man has the will to try, and depending on what happens in 2012, I wouldn’t mind seeing him run for a bigger office. There are echoes of greatness here, and it has been almost my entire lifetime since a man held the Oval Office who was worthy of my vote. I don’t want Rubio running in 2012 (I argued too hard against inexperienced legislators last time, and it appears I was right), but 2016 or 2020?
Yeah. Let’s roll.