My favorite part of the election season, thus far, is when I have to defend the principles of my conservative candidate against people who now believe socialist healthcare, burka praise, and eminent domain fit inside conservative principles. Now, it’s normal to attack other candidates, and it can even be considered a strategic move… Unless, of course, your own candidate sounds like he was created after a mad scientist melted down Kim Jong-un and Liberace before pouring the bedazzled dictator creation into a yuge mold, because then you just look like a jackwagon.
If you were scanning Twitter or Facebook yesterday, you’d find that Marco Rubio is a no good, dirty rotten scoundrel who hates his job in the Senate.
“Give up your paycheck, Marco!”
“Poor little baby hates the Senate, how can he handle being a president?!”
My first response was to ask where these people have been. The Senate record argument has been used and debunked since the beginning of this debacle, and somehow people just found out about it all yesterday? That aside, in true throat slashing political fashion, Rubio’s opponents are now trying to paint him as Peter Gibbons.
Rubio has checked out, abandoned his station, relinquished his duties, gave himself the heave-ho, surrendered his vote, vacated his post… You get the idea. It’s been so long since Rubio has done anything in his job, that he should really be giving over his paycheck from here on out… or so “they” say. Now, contrary to popular belief, Rubio hasn’t “completely stopped” doing his job, nor did he use the word “hate” – oh, media, you so funny. He has said he’s not running for reelection since he’s running for president. That said, we must appease the gods of nitpickery as they grasp for straws. Let’s look at his record and then decide if the Senator from Florida has given up on the people who hired him to represent them. I’m going to use Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul as comparisons.
17 of Rubio’s bills had a companion bill in the House, which makes them more likely to be passed. Ted Cruz had 15, Rand Paul had 8, Mike Lee had 6. Comparatively, that puts him in 2nd place among all Republicans in 2014 in terms of working with the House.
Bills he cosponsored: 298, or 3rd highest among Senate Republicans. Ted Cruz cosponsored 139, Mike Lee cosponsored 156, Rand Paul cosponsored 121.
Rubio introduced 42 bills and resolutions, making him the 7th highest among Senate Republicans. Ted Cruz introduced 32, Mike Lee introduced 28, and Rand Paul topped them all with 50.
He came in at 3rd place among Senate Republicans for collecting 335 cosponsors on his bills and resolutions. Ted Cruz garnered 139 cosponsors, Mike Lee 156 cosponsors, and Rand Paul garnered 121.
Rubio has sponsored 41 bills so far, while Ted Cruz has sponsored 28, Rand Paul has sponsored 49, and Mike Lee has sponsored 29.
In short, compared to other members, Rubio was one of the most productive, and still is. However, that doesn’t matter because he missed votes, right? He’s missed almost all of the Roll Call Votes in October, and below is a list of their outcomes:
54-45 (He voted)
Devastating! Clearly his votes were missed. Thank God everyone made that the priority it needed to be…
If I had a few days I’d love to drag out the productivity numbers for members of the Freedom Caucus, but since I’m not going to waste that much time, let’s just say they’re less than stellar. Like my Mother’s Morkie who barks a lot but hasn’t done a darn thing to actually heighten her level of protection; additionally, their constant yipping has also become as annoying as her dog. Maybe more. Back to the point, the conservative PACs who function in the wake of their rebel cause have added padding to the wallets of a lot of “grassroots” consulting firms.
So I guess that’s a feather they can shove in their cap.
The answer can be found in campaign finance records, which show that of the $6.7 million the Tea Party Leadership Fund has raised since 2013, only about $910,000 has been spent on conservative Republican candidates it supports
Once again, I digress.
In closing, I wonder if his overwhelming involvement in the Senate has shown him that the gridlock currently lingering makes his involvement irrelevant, despite his best efforts? Maybe he, more than most, is well aware of the disturbing trend. In addition, his engagement this year alone tops the most popular choir boy candidate running alongside him; that is, unless you count pointless votes in which his absence changed nothing. Apparently a yea or nay in a landslide outcome is more important to some people than moving towards a change that will garner actual improvement for our country. Is it “whining” to say that he’s frustrated with those he’s tried to work with, or is it noble that he stepped up as a presidential candidate because he wants to be a part of the change he hasn’t seen in a disoriented Congress? Everyone is fed up with the behavior in Congress, now he’s chastised for having the guts to say it? Sell your overpriced and underwhelming anger to someone else.
Conservative voters need to figure out if they want a candidate who is going to sit in a stalling vehicle, continuously turning the key without any hope of it starting, or if they want a candidate who is going to get out of the car and start walking towards help. Rubio has chosen to do the latter, and I am with him because of that choice, not in spite of it.