By Javier Manjarres
Back in 2009, I told former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Marco Rubio, that he had a great opportunity to get in front of the illegal immigration issue, and become the torch bearer of the pro-legal immigration movement. Rubio was struggling with the perception that some potential supporters of his soon-to-be-announced Senatorial campaign had about his position on immigration. Rubio was thought to favor amnesty for illegal immigrants.
I felt this issue would eventually metastasized into what it has become today, and because Rubio was a new unknown political face, articulate, and did not look like the stereotypical Hispanic that most of America was used to seeing, that he could be the perfect fit to carry the pro-legal immigration torch.
Now U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has taken the reigns of the immigration debate, and is considered to be the last and only hope for the Republican party to gain any foothold in the coveted Hispanic voting bloc.
Former George W. Bush advisor, Karl Rove said that Rubio was “the best communicator since Ronald Reagan.” Rove appeared on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier with Democrat Joe Trippi, who also believes that Rubio is the glue that could bring the Republican party together, and come to terms with the Democrats on immigration reform.
Unfortunately for Republicans, both these men are right. The Republican party is now Rubio’s party. Without Rubio, and a coherent, substantive immigration reform message, as has been the case for the GOP, the Republican party is dead in the political water.