Rubio must take Plouffe Seriously
Hispanics ‘don’t give a damn’ about Marco Rubio
Former Senior White House adviser David Plouffe isn’t impressed with Freshman Senator Marco Rubio R-Fla. – recently dubbed the “Republican Savior” by TIME magazine.
In an interview with the New York Times, Plouffe – now freed from his White House shackles – was willing to share his unvarnished opinion about Rubio.
“Let me tell you something. The Hispanic voters in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico don’t give a damn about Marco Rubio, the Tea Party Cuban-American from Florida. You know what? We won the Cuban vote! And it’s because younger Cubans are behaving differently than their parents. It’s probably my favorite stat of the whole campaign. So this notion that Marco Rubio is going to heal their problems — it’s not even sophomoric; it’s juvenile!” Plouffe explained to the Times.
We should take David Plouffe's opinion that Senator Marco Rubio will fail as a player in the world of identity politics very seriously. After all he formerly worked for the world's champion of identity politics.
Consider that Barack Obama won near unanimous support from Black voters despite the fact that he is the son of a white woman and an African exchange student (who became a bigamist when he married said white woman given the fact that he had a wife and family back in Kenya). The younger Obama was raised by his white grandparents while living on the "mean streets" of middle class Oahu, Hawaii. He went to elite PRIVATE schools including Ivy League universities. In other words Barack Obama shares exactly nothing with the average Black American in this country. And all that loyalty has gotten Blacks exactly nothing with Black unemployment hovering at double the overall rate.
Plouffe is right. Hispanics should closely scrutinize Rubio's message and his proposed vision rather than merely identifying with him because he's Hispanic. I'm confident that when they do, they'll find him much more appealing.