Marco Rubio in Time Magazine

Time Magazine has really jumped the shark.  I really don’t get how you can reconcile the schizophrenic view of Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio found in this article.  Specifically, how exactly do you go from this:

If you wanted to draw up a candidate for a party that needs to stop alienating young, Hispanic, Catholic and working-class voters and start inspiring its dispirited base of fiscal and social conservatives, Rubio would be it. He’s the son of Cuban exiles, a bartender and a hotel maid who raised him to remember that faith matters, work pays and politics can stifle liberty in a big way. He’s married to a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, and he’s got four young children. He’s only 5 ft. 9 in. and 160 lb., with a sweet-faced earnestness that is unusual in politics; after he was elected to the state legislature from West Miami at age 29, a state official, mistaking Rubio for an intern, sent him to make copies. But he’s also tenacious and ambitious, and with Bush’s support, he rose to the speaker’s chair in 2007; the ceremony was broadcast live in Cuba on Radio Marti.

To this:

But while Rubio is clearly a fresh face, he’s not really pushing fresh ideas. He constantly invokes Ronald Reagan and traditional values but seems uncomfortable with modern problems. His solution for the energy crisis is for government to butt out so that someone can invent a tiny battery that will power a whole city.

To this:

Rubio quickly built a reputation as an idea guy; he held a series of “idea raisers” around Florida, and the conservative Regnery published his subsequent book, 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future.

First of all…Time says this as if it’s a bad thing.  That’s really not a surprise, but c’mon — can you make up your mind about this guy?  It contintues:

That’s a compelling message for the base. And as centrists have fled the party, the base has become increasingly dominant within the GOP, which is why Crist is now scrambling to the right; he surprised many supporters by opposing Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court and signing a developer-friendly bill to weaken growth-management laws. But it’s not clear how much of the base will accept Crist’s last-minute embrace. And if popular centrists like Crist can’t win primaries, moderates will keep fleeing, the vicious cycle will continue, and the party will be in trouble. “The governor is a problem solver above all else,” says Crist’s political strategist, George LeMieux. “He’s a national model of a Republican leader who serves all the people, not just his party.”

In the modern Republican Party, that’s a problem. Crist has one year to solve it.

On the one hand, Rubio is exactly what you’d want in a party that wants to quit alienating…what was it?  Catholics, Hispanics, some other arbitrary division of people, etcetera; and in the same article, we’re expected to believe that if Crist (who is not any of those things) can’t win a primary, that’s a problem for the Republican party?

How is it a problem for us to nominate a man who is, by Time’s own estimation, a great candidate for the exact groups that seem to be bailing from the GOP in droves?!  And for the love of everything holy, is he or is he not an ideas guy?!  And Crist may be a short-term problem solver, but I guaran-frickin-tee you that Florida will be seeing the fiscally responsible light by 2014.

Time’s split-persona on Rubio absolutely reeks of cheerleading for GOP self-destruction.  Let’s prove em wrong.