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Published:March 13th, 2016 17:12 EST

The Rise and Fall of Marco Rubio

By Robert Paul Reyes

Marco Rubio came into the national consciousness when, with the support of the nascent Tea Party movement, he defeated the incumbent Governor of his own party, Charlie Crist, for the Florida Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez.

Shortly after taking office in 2011, Rubio said he had no interest in running for president or vice president in the 2012 presidential election.

Rubio was true to his word but on April 13, 2015 the junior senator from Florida announced that he was throwing in his hat in the 2016 presidential election.

Rubio has one signature achievement as senator, he played a key role in writing and championing the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" immigration bill that passed the Senate, but died in the House.

But in his presidential campaign Rubio has walked back from a comprehensive approach to dealing with immigration, and he now stresses that we must build a wall before we deal with any other immigration issue.

Rubio has abandoned his responsibilities as senator, and devoted all of his time to running for president.

Rubio`s abrupt reversal on immigration and his dereliction of duties as senator has turned off the electorate; indeed he is beloved by the donor class, the establishment, the media, basically everybody except the voters.

But the self-administered coup de grace was Rubio`s inexplicable decision to try to match Trump`s vulgarity in a desperate attempt to grab media attention. He sunk into the gutter with his suggestion that Trump wanted a mirror during a debate break to make sure he hadn`t wet his pants, and his observation that Trump has small hands, and we all know (wink, wink) what that means.

Within a few days of starting his Don Rickles impersonation tour, Rubio realized the folly of his strategy, and apologized. But the damage had been done -- Rubio had been exposed as a ruthless and stupid politician who will do anything to win.

Rubio`s doomed presidential bid will end this Tuesday when he will suffer the abject humiliation of losing the Florida primary to Donald Trump.

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