Marco Rubio exemplifies the concept of American Exceptionalism. Born to Cuban exiles in 1971, he's risen to the pinnacle of power in Florida state politics and is on track to a major upset of an older, more experienced, and better known politician in Charlie Crist.
Some have referred to him as "the Republican Obama." Not exactly, as Rubio likes to point out:
"I'm not sure people even want to be the Democrat Obama these days." And, of course, there are major philosophical differences. "I do not believe the president fully supports the free-enterprise system that I support," says Rubio.
There are two young Reagan-style conservative rising stars in the Republican Party - both Southern state politicians, though neither fit the media-hyped stereotype of conservative Southern Republicans. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia was born and grew up in New Jersey and Rubio is of Cuban ancestry. Keep an eye on both these men. They are both young, unabashedly conservative, embrace and support the concept of American Exceptionalism, the free market, and the concept of States Rights. I suspect you will be hearing a lot about both of them in the coming months and years.
**Coming soon - On the Politics of Historical Blogging.