Marco Rubio Is a Lost Soul

im电竞官网-And for the rest of us, he’s a lost chance.

united states   june 24 acting chairman sen marco rubio, r fla, conducts the senate select intelligence committee confirmation hearing for peter michael thomson, nominee to be inspector general of the central intelligence agency, in russell building on wednesday, june 24, 2020 photo by tom williamscq roll call, inc via getty images
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im电竞官网-By the end of this administration*, you may need an electron microscope to find Senator Marco Rubio (R-Lilliput), who has been reduced by regular degrees ever since Chris Christie took the contract from El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago to cut Rubio’s legs off in a presidential debate. Once, he was The Savior of the Republican Party——but he’s been steadily dissolving before our eyes for three years. Just on Wednesday, for example, Rubio made some tepid recommendations about wearing masks in public and got turned into Pompeii . More important, however, on Tuesday. From CNN:

Earlier this month, the Senate Intelligence Committee from Warner and GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, which added a provision to the Intelligence Authorization Act requiring campaigns to notify federal authorities about offers of foreign election help. That bill, however, was unlikely to get Senate floor time on its own, which is why it's being included in the National Defense Authorization Act. The effort to strip the foreign election help provision from the intelligence bill was not a surprise, as acting Senate Intelligence Chairman Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, predicted earlier this month it would be removed before the bill was on the floor, because of an objection from the Senate Rules Committee.

im电竞官网-This was no accident, either. In June, Rubio was quite clear that he would do nothing to prevent foreign ratfcking no matter what may have happened in 2016. In this, he was joined by Roy Blunt of Missouri. I mention this partly to remind everyone how complete the surrender to this president* is . From MSN.news:

Earlier in June, acting Intelligence Chairman Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said the provision went beyond the committee's authority, and that Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who is on the Intelligence panel, raised objections while arguing the issue should be within his panel's jurisdiction. Rubio said then, "It'll probably be stripped out because it doesn't belong" and that if they "start putting things in our bill that belong in other committees' jurisdiction, they're going to start doing the same thing to us.”

im电竞官网-Well, that’s certainly an ironclad defense of the democratic process. Election security doesn’t belong to the intelligence community? Where does Rubio suggest it land? Interior? The Farm Bureau? Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has been right all along—, like the electrical grid, and it needs to be treated as such. Once upon a time, when he was still visible to the naked eye, Marco Rubio could have led that fight within the Republican party the way he once led the effort to turn the party around on immigration. He is a lost soul and, for the rest of us, he’s a lost chance.

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