The right loves Rubio; the left's long been frightened of facing him (though an NPR/New Republic reporter once called him "reasonable," a possible kiss-of-death).
I'm here to praise Rubio, not to bury him. But he's not seeking the Presidency, and won't this time. On the other hand, I predict Rubio will be the Republican VP candidate no matter who's at the top of the ticket. Think about it:
1) Movement/economic conservatives love him--second choice for disappointed Christie fansWhat's not to like?
2) Social conservatives love him
3) Catholic--plus acceptable to evangelicals (some remain uncomfortable with Romney)
4) Hispanic, and the son of immigrants--which could help in purple states such as Colorado and New Mexico
5) From a state we must win
6) Not WASPy-looking, as are Romney and Perry
7) Even with Perry, the two can't dismiss as "two Southerners"--Rubio doesn't look or talk Southern
8) In the unlikely event of Bachmann being nominated, Rubio still provides balance for the ticket, while being junior enough possibly to accept a suicide mission
9) Would annihilate Biden in the debate
10) Oh, hugely qualified.
Yes, some worry he's too young:
I want the best possible Rubio if and when he does become president someday down the line. And, for that, I think a few more years won’t hurt. . . [L]et’s not encourage Rubio to waste his talents on a throwaway election (or in a throwaway position like the vice presidency). Let’s wait for him to run when he’s ready.And Rubio himself disclaims interest in VP slot. But I'm certain he'll be asked--and bet he'll accept.
(via reader Warren)