Marco Rubio, then and now
Amid the ugly partisan meltdown on the floor of the Florida House Friday, it's worth recalling House Speaker Marco Rubio's reassuring rhetoric as he gaveled his first regular session to order in 2007.
"True legislative bipartisanship, the kind envisioned by those who designed this system of government, the kind our people deserve, is one where both parties share a common vision of the future, and spend all their time and energy debating how to bring that vision into reality. That is what I hope the culture of the Florida House will be," Rubio said on March 6, 2007. "For too long politics has been about scoring political points rather than solving problems. By adopting and adhering to this one simple rule, our work here will become about problem solving." Want more? The transcript of Rubio's 2007 speech is here.
Meanwhile, check out this photo of the handwritten note tucked inside the House seal on the chamber doors listing eight of Rubio's council chairs, the only ones with permission to leave the chamber during this marathon session. These are the ones with a Get Out Of Jail Free card.