Infighting is fun … like last week when Rand Paul ran a new campaign ad attacking on Marco Rubio over his abysmal voting record, and noting that Rubio couldn’t even be bothered to show up for a vote on that $1.8 trillion package of spending and tax cuts that he said he hated; the bill passed with bipartisan support.
So Paul ran to Fox news because, where else, to complain that Rubio has the worst attendance record of any of the people running for president this year, showing up just 64% of the time — by contrast, Bernie Sanders, also on the campaign trail—has shown up 91% of the time — and because of Rubio’s horrid attendance, Rand Paul wants him to resign and or give back his pay:
“It may have been the most important vote of the year, but certainly the largest spending bill of the year, and yeah, I think if you are being paid by the taxpayer, you should show up and vote. And so I think this is a big issue. And for him to say he’s only going to show up when it’s a close vote, I don’t think that passes muster. I think really that he ought to just resign or probably give his pay back because he’s not really earning his pay at this point.”
“I don’t know that ‘hate’ is the right word. I’m frustrated. That’s why I’m missing votes. Because I am leaving the Senate. I am not running for reelection. I’m not missing votes because I’m on vacation. I’m running for president so that the votes they take in the Senate are actually meaningful again.”
Now, imagine if you will, a President Rubio, who wins in 2016, and then wins again in 2020, but decides he just won’t do anything after the election because he can’t get anything done, because he's frustrated, or because he just doesn't want the job any longer.
That’s so presidential.
And, for the sake of argument, how crazy is it that I’m in agreement with Rand Paul? Huh? What? But, yeah, Marco Rubio, since he doesn’t want to do the job, should quit and stop taking the paycheck.