In the category of “don’t the let the doorknob hit you on the ass on the way out” Marco Rubio has apparently decided he’s not running for re-election to the Senate.
Remember, Rubio arrived in the Senate as one of the GOP’s rising stars, he was going to be the future of the party.
This year, as Rubio runs for president, he has cast the Senate — the very place that cemented him as a national politician — as a place he’s given up on, after less than one term. It’s too slow. Too rule-bound. So Rubio, 44, has decided not to run for his seat again. It’s the White House or bust.
In an effort to put lipstick on a pig, he’s casting his decision to leave the Senate as virtuous:
Rubio is not a quitter, the argument goes.
In fact, that’s precisely why he’s quitting this place.
“He wouldn’t be doing what he’s doing now if he were a quitter,” said Norman Braman, a Florida auto dealer and one of Rubio’s longtime donors.