If you missed Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s appearance on “Meet the Press” earlier today, allow me to give you the shorthand version of what he was attempting to do: Appeal to the evangelical Christian far right-wing of the GOP.
During an interview with Chuck Todd, Rubio was asked about same-sex marriage:
“So are you accepting the idea of same-sex marriage in perpetuity?”
Rubio opened up his arms, wrapped them around Republican primary voters, and attempted to give them a big sloppy kiss. But in a non-sexual way, of course:
“It is the current law. I don’t believe any case law is settled law. Any future Supreme Court can change it. And ultimately, I will appoint Supreme Court justices that will interpret the Constitution as originally constructed.”
Wait a minute! Halt everything! Did Marco Rubio say he doesn’t believe any case law is settled law? Yet isn’t it Republicans like him who are forever decrying those who say the Constitution must change with the times? That same group of GOP minimalists loves to talk about the “original intent” of the document.
Let’s not kid ourselves here. Marco Rubio did not suddenly morph into Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe and wake up one morning as a fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He is still the same far right neocon douchebag he’s always been.
What Rubio is attempting to do is burnish his conservative credentials with those in the GOP who doubt his bona fides.
But what he neglects to realize can be summed up like this: He is never going to be President, and therefore he will never appoint any justices to the Supreme Court. And even if he could, the law has been settled. This country is not going back to the days when equality was only for some, not all, based on their sexual preference.
Like the rest of his party, Senator Rubio is out of touch with reality and the social change taking place around them. They are yesterday’s news, and will soon be a permanent minority party in this country.