The problem is simple: both men are Senators in states where you cannot run for two federal positions at the same time. The answer is equally simple: neither should run for President in 2016. Rand Paul should stay in the Senate and be an awesomely cranky Senate Majority Leader*; and Marco Rubio should run for governor of Florida in 2018 and get ready for 2024.
There. Problems solved. That should have cost each Senator five thousand dollars apiece in consulting fees, but apparently those jobs are all locked up already.
*Seriously, there’s all sorts of things that you can do to a federal bureaucracy from the top.
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This idea appeals to me, plus it avoids activating my recently acquired allergy to promoting any more freshmen senators to the White House.
I agree with you on Marco Rubio. He’s young enough that he can be the governor of Florida first and then have the cred to run for POTUS.
This would make sense, but the old adage about what every Senator sees when he/she looks in the mirror unfortunately holds for Marco A. Rubio. I’m not sure if he can or will wait.
Eh, no. Rubio needs to stay Governor of Florida where he can’t do any damage to the rest of the country.
Senators have almost always been bad Presidential candidates and those that did manage to win were lousy Presidents.
As for Rand becoming majority leader… you must be vacationing in CO, cuz you’ve been smoking the good stuff.
We’re going to need a suitable bribe for Rand Paul, and I am curious to see how the Ron Swanson Method would work on the Senate.
Agree, unfortunately – it’s still not clear that Rand’s apple rolled far enough down the hill.
That said, there is another way .. Rubio to run DHS and Rand to run .. I was going to say Defense but that seems slightly cruel.
Being a D.C. executive isn’t quite as good as being a Governor, in terms of “executive experience”, but it is a nice feather and a better place to run for 1600 from… not to mention these are both relatively young men and could be picked as running mates by whoever the 2016 GOP Veep is .. when he or she runs in 2024.
I like this idea because it would keep the Conservative vote from being split (which is how Romney got the nomination in the first place).
Historically, the only time the conservative vote hasn’t fragmented in the primary was 1980.
The time to prevent such fragmentation is now, the question is which of the potential candidates can actually *seal* that deal.
This is why I advocated for primaries to allow people to select multiple candidates in the order of which they liked most. So we could start eliminating really bad candidates while figuring out the best one.
Romney won because conservatives were split between multiple candidates. I seriously think Romney would have been eliminated in the primary, so we’d actually have had a candidate that would have put up a fight.
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