Matt Lewis

The urge to nominate Obama’s opposite in 2016

In the wake of The Obama Scandals™, there are countless potential repercussions. One of the many areas impacted could be the GOP’s presidential primary. Immediately following Obama’s second inaugural, I thought Sen. Marco Rubio had the inside track to the nomination. But, through no fault of his own, Rubio’s chances probably diminish the longer these scandals linger.

That’s the topic of my latest column for The Week. Here’s an excerpt:

“The problem with Rubio is that he was never the anti-Obama, but rather, “Our Obama.” If conservatives were in the mood to “fight fire with fire” — to put up our young, smart, articulate, cosmopolitan conservative who says reasonable things — to be inspirational and talk about a new kind of hope and change and tell a personal story about the American Dream (our American Dream, this time) — then Rubio was perfectly cast.


But that strategy worked only so long as Obama was considered worthy of copying. And should these scandals continue, the American appetite might be for something altogether different.”

Read the whole thing here.