This trend could multiply among Republicans who have White House fatigue. There are enough of them out there.
A cheerful Florida official has organized a public “watch party” for Sen. Marco Rubio’s official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, to be delivered Tuesday night following the president’s speech.
It’s Mr. Rubio the audience is pining to see, particularly that unprecedented moment when he delivers the GOP rebuttal in English and Spanish.
Miami-Dade Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa will host the event at a community center in Miami “to watch Sen. Rubio become the first person to deliver a bilingual response to a State of the Union address.”
The diplomatic chairwoman also insists that the local viewers are also there to watch Mr. Obama, according to her office. Yeah, well. Mr. Obama’s many fans have already organized dozens of watch parties around the nation, urged to do so by Organizing for America, the aggressive activist group that grew out of the president’s 2012 campaign.
Meanwhile, the Rubio party is a family affair.
“Rubio came up in politics as a West Miami city commissioner when Sosa, his political godmother, was the small city’s mayor. Sosa, a close Rubio family friend, is also a Republican, though her commission post is nonpartisan,” explains the Miami Herald.