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Activate Damage Control, Senator Rubio

This cannot stand, particularly if you want to run for President. Ryan Lizza is a liberal and has occasionally written about things he does not understand, i.e. Christianity, but Ryan Lizza doesn’t make sh. . . tuff up. He’s good.So when Ryan Lizza writes that a Rubio aide told him Senator Rubio had “sided with the Chamber against the construction workers,” we have to take seriously that the aide to Senator Rubio really believes there are Americans who should, for lack of a better term, suffer the fate of natural selection.The aide’s exact quote is:

There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it …. There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly.

In other words, if the aide is to believed, Senator Rubio does not believe that the best days are ahead for all Americans because some “just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it.”I doubt Senator Rubio believes that, but he’s put in place a staff operation on immigration that clearly does believe that. These words will come back to haunt, not the staffer, but Senator Rubio.As we near the end game on immigration in the Senate, Senator Rubio is gambling big that immigration will either not hurt him or will help him in 2016. He has the McCain nomination to think about. McCain won the nomination only to the lose the Presidency. And blue collar workers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and elsewhere will remember this. The Politico suggests Rubio is looking like an insider. I dissent. I think he looks like an amateur. Insiders’ staffs don’t burn as many bridges.Ultimately, as I noted the other day, at some point it is no longer a staffing problem. It is a problem with the man himself.Oh, and one note to the staffer — “There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer.” He could have been talking about Congress.

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