And let’s posit that, on prime of all that, you’ve been a profile in cowardice as your president tried to nullify a democratic election right here at residence.
Now the president-elect appoints a team of seasoned, average overseas coverage specialists who help democracy and American management on the earth.
Like this, possibly? “I’m certain I’ll have my variations with President-elect Joe Biden and his staff over the approaching years. However we share many elementary rules. His nominees are past well-qualified.
“For the nice of our nation, I want them each success.”
I suppose this bitter, graceless tweet shouldn’t shock us. It shouldn’t shock us to see Rubio, together with Tom Cotton (Ark.), Josh Hawley (Mo.) and different Republican senators, disparaging the incoming Biden staff. They’re now within the opposition, in any case. In a really perfect world, constructive criticism from the opposition may assist preserve an administration sharp and centered. In a USA Today op-ed following the tweet, Rubio mentioned his important concern is the brand new staff will probably be too gentle on China.
However there’s something significantly galling about this instantaneous pivot to assault mode from senators who couldn’t even convey themselves to acknowledge the outcomes of the election — who’ve stood by or cheered as President Trump has tried to overturn these outcomes.
And when Trump then pressed state and native officers — the secretary of state in Georgia, legislators in Pennsylvania, the Board of State Canvassers in Michigan — to nullify the outcomes, Rubio provided no objection.
If Trump’s coup try has failed, it’s as a result of his defeat was so decisive — and since these state and local officials had the integrity and braveness to withstand Trump’s stress.
However right here’s the important level: Nearly no Republicans on the nationwide stage had the integrity or braveness to supply backup for these native officers. Nearly none of them gave the general public any purpose to hope that if Trump’s effort to steal the election state by state had gained traction, they might have stood in opposition to it.
It wouldn’t have been troublesome. Rubio solely needed to say, “My fellow People, this election was not rigged or stolen. There was no communist conspiracy to change the outcomes. We must be proud that, within the face of a pandemic, we turned out to vote in report numbers, and our votes have been counted carefully and actually by hundreds of fair-minded People throughout the nation.”
As an alternative, he adopted the usual evasive Republican script, legitimizing Trump’s conspiracy theories with out parroting them phrase for phrase. “Democrats have contested & gone to courtroom after many elections. Like every candidate, President Trump is properly inside his authorized rights to request recounts, contest illegal votes and if he has clear proof of widespread misconduct or irregularities take them to courtroom.”
After such a near-miss of a constitutional disaster, you may hope Rubio would go for a couple of days of quiet self-reflection — or at the least abashed silence.
You may hope that he would attain out with a proposal of cooperation to Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken — a person with an extended report of bipartisanship and dedication to human rights and free speech, values Rubio claims to champion.
You may hope Rubio would at the least wait till the present president had the decency to concede earlier than saying the subsequent one a failure.
However no. Rubio is already suiting up for the politics of destruction, already sure that this new staff will preside over America’s decline.
It’s sufficient to make you despair that he could also be proper, although not for the explanations he would have us imagine.