Since losing the Republican primary to Donald Trump last year, and then winning his Senate seat for another term (despite his promise that he would not seek another term), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has kept a relatively low profile. He has emerged from time to time to tweet something semi-critical about Donald Trump, or about a Trump cabinet pick, only to follow up such hollow criticism with lock-step adherence to Trump’s policies, picks and demands. Such behavior has earned him a reputation among some as being a feckless opportunist, whose morals and attitudes shift with the winds of political expediency.
With this history in mind, it is not at all surprising to learn that Rubio has joined the list of cowardly Republican lawmakers unwilling to host town hall meetings with their constituents. As reported by Politico, “U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio won’t participate in town hall meetings because he says political activists will crash them to create a media spectacle of people who ‘heckle and scream at me in front of cameras.’”
Continued Rubio, “[t]hey are not town halls anymore. What these groups really want is for me to schedule a public forum, they then organize three, four, five, six hundred liberal activists in the two counties or wherever I am in the state.”
How dare his constituents organize! How dare they ask to be heard! It is almost as though Rubio’s constituents believe they live in a democracy, where elected officials are accountable to the voters who place them in office. Opportunist that he is, we expect that, as soon as public opinion against Trump reaches critical mass (and it is almost there), Rubio will emerge from his hidey-hole, and attempt to take up the anti-Trump banner in a 2020 primary challenge to Trump.