Obama's gifts to Marco Rubio
TAMPA — Sen. Marco Rubio's efforts to reform immigration may be drawing skepticism from many conservatives. But scandals facing the White House have allowed him to shift his message back to the one that made him a star in the first place: The threat to America posed by excessive government.
Rubio captivated more than 700 people at the Hillsborough GOP's annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday night with a familiar speech that resonated more strongly than ever amid revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups, the U.S. Department of Justice spied on Associated Press reporters, and administration staff carefully calibrated their explanations of the Benghazi attack.
"What we've seen in the last seven or eight days have really shaken me," Rubio said. "History teaches us that when government is too large and too powerful, no matter who's in charge, it will lead to abuses."
He alluded to the IRS, AP and Benghazi controversies, but in a departure from his recent blistering public criticism of the Obama administration and IRS, Rubio spoke mostly in broad strokes about the unique nature of America and how no one should take it for granted.
He said the Obama administration "created a culture of politics that led to this" by demonizing people with whom it disagrees, painting them as not just wrong but bad.
"When you create that culture in your government, it's going to impact the people that work in it," Rubio said.