Florida Sen. Marco Rubio managed to make headlines in the wrong way Monday, when he revealed to Facebook that he “will not seek and do not want to be considered for vice president” under Donald Trump.
It was a stirring statement with one glaring flaw in it: Marco hadn’t been and was unlikely to be asked.
“While Republican voters have chosen Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee, my previously stated reservations about his campaign and concerns with many of his policies remain unchanged,” Rubio began.
“He will be best served by a running mate and by surrogates who fully embrace his campaign. As such, I have never sought, will not seek and do not want to be considered for vice president,” he added. “Instead, I will focus my attention on representing the people of Florida, retaining a conservative majority in the Senate and electing principled conservatives across the country.”
There are plenty of chortles in that neat little slice of solipsism, especially the “electing principled conservatives” part. However, the funniest part was left unsaid — namely, that Trump would consider picking Rubio in the first place.
Let’s be blunt here: Marco Rubio is to 2016 presidential candidates what Ryan Leaf was to NFL quarterbacks. Everyone thought he was a worthy second pick and had great potential. However, he dramatically underperformed, fumbled at every opportunity, and ended up with two wins and a dumpster fire full of losses.
As much as Rubio might be a safe establishment pick, there are plenty of other people out there who have more successful histories who might be better for Trump. And plus, given the history of the two, it would also likely be someone whose relationship with The Donald isn’t quite as acrimonious.
Cheer up, Marco. Perhaps there’s a space for you to turn down in the Trump campaign yet. May we suggest water vendor?