Rubio Can’t Save The Republican Party

Andrew Sullivan —  Nov 7 2012 @ 8:04pm

George Will, after incorrectly predicting a Romney landslide, is now touting Marco Rubio as the solution to the GOP's demographic problems. Samuel Goldman pushes back:

[T]he premature elevation of Rubio as frontrunner for 2016 is precisely the wrong strategy for building a Republican majority. Rubio is young and charismatic. But he’s a vocal supporter of the Bush-era policies that voters have twice rejected, especially on foreign policy. One lesson of this election is that Americans do not want another war. I doubt their appetite for confrontation will increase over the next four years.

Larison piles on:

The bigger flaw in that statement from Will is the assumption that this is something to be fixed by nominating the right sort of person, as if a party’s demographic appeal depended mainly on the personal history of its presidential candidates or other political leaders. If a party has little or nothing relevant to say to a certain constituency or group, the people at the top of the party won’t make any difference.