There’s an enlightening article in today’s WaPo on the real reason Presidential candidate [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] has been absent from so many votes in the senate. In a nutshell, he doesn’t really like working in the Senate anymore. One could simply argue he’s running for President and it does take time hopping from one state to another but that wouldn’t be entirely true. As we’re told, he’s pretty much fed up with the way the Senate works.
He could have taken the road [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] got on and tried to run for both Senate and President. But he really doesn’t like the Senate anymore and so pretty much just ignores it. His exact word is “frustrated”. Not only does the slow pace grate on his nerves, he hasn’t been quite as effectual as he once dreamed of being. He had great plans which he helped turn into great bills that he never saw go anywhere. This frustration led him to begin his slow crawl away from the seat he was elected to fill. It began a couple of years ago but since then has only gotten worse. Not just missing votes, but committee hearings as well.
Seems to me if you’re running for an elected office you’re basically running on one of two things. One, your record if you’ve held office in the past. Or two, if you’ve never held office, you’re on dreams of what you’d like to accomplish. Maybe Rubio thinks people aren’t paying attention and won’t notice that he’s avoiding taking votes. Even some of the useless “show votes” are still an opportunity to demonstrate where you stand on an issue. I’m not a huge fan of Rubio and his behavior regarding the Senate at this time only causes me to question his behavior even more.
At the present time, here’s hoping his Florida constituents are happy with their current representation. My greater concern is the future and what would happen if he actually made it to the White House. He has taken on the mantle of lame duck Senator because he feels unfulfilled in his current role. Will he also take on the mantle of lame duck President within in a couple of years when inaction in both chambers cause him frustration? He certainly must realize the wheel of dreams turns pretty slow in the Oval Office as well. After a couple of years of bills getting bogged down by House and Senate bickering does he intend to just slink away or does he plan to ram through Executive Orders much like our current President?
Yes, our government moves slow. Sometimes it grinds to a complete stop. The forefathers of this country specifically made the rules to ensure this happens on occasion. Its a feature of our government, not a bug.