Profiles In Cowardice 

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Not that this is really surprising, but somebody in GOP gym class clearly gave Little Marco Rubio a swirlie or stuffed him in a locker or something, and so he has come around on the nomination of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State, thus turning our foreign policy over to Exxon for realsies. I particularly like his use of “deference to the president” as a reason for crumbling like a month old stale cookie. 

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will support Rex Tillerson’s nomination to be secretary of state, ensuring that Trump’s pick to be the nation’s top diplomat won’t face an embarrassing “unfavorable” verdict in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday.

The Florida senator said that he remains “concerned” about Tillerson’s answers earlier this month on human rights issues regarding Russia, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. But he said that his deference to the president was a deciding factor, after threatening for weeks to oppose Tillerson’s nomination.

“Given the uncertainty that exists both at home and abroad about the direction of our foreign policy, it would be against our national interests to have this confirmation unnecessarily delayed or embroiled in controversy,” Rubio said in a lengthy Facebook post. “However, upcoming appointments to critical posts in the Department of State are not entitled to and will not receive from me the same level of deference I have given this nomination.”

You’ll hit that baseball clean out of the park next time, Tiger. I have no doubt. For now, here’s a participation trophy for your self-esteem. Go get ’em.

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