THE RU­BIO MYS­TERY

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Po­lit­i­cal hand­i­cap­pers want to know: Did Sen. Marco Ru­bio bump the pub­li­ca­tion of “An Amer­i­can Son” up from Oc­to­ber to June 19 be­cause he’s ac­tu­ally the vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee? A no­ble, classy mem­oir from a ma­jor pub­lisher would be strate­gic and timely for Mr. Ru­bio, not to men­tion the Re­pub­li­can Party and its big, fat con­ven­tion in late Au­gust. There is an­other pos­si­bil­ity. The Florida Re­pub­li­can may be rush­ing to print in hopes of van­quish­ing “The Rise of Marco Ru­bio,” a book by Manuel Roig-franzia, a po­lit­i­cal cul­ture writer in The Washington Post’s Style sec­tion, due on book­shelves July 3.

Mr. Roig-franzia’s take on the young Cuban-amer­i­can law­maker is billed by pub­lisher Si­mon and Schus­ter as an Amer­i­can odyssey, the de­fin­i­tive bi­og­ra­phy of “the ‘crown prince’ of the tea party move­ment and ‘the Michael Jor­dan of Re­pub­li­can pol­i­tics.’ ” — not to men­tion the fact that Mr. Ru­bio is a “pol­icy wonk mar­ried to a for­mer Dol­phins cheer­leader.”

In his mem­oir, Mr. Ru­bio him­self em­pha­sizes that “con­ser­vatism is not about leav­ing peo­ple be­hind, con­ser­vatism is about al­low­ing peo­ple to catch up,” and “the Amer­i­can Dream is still alive for those who pur­sue it,” says Sen­tinel Books, a pub­lish­ing im­print of Pen­guin Group.

As a boy, Mr. Ru­bio says, his grand­fa­ther was a con­stant com­pan­ion who “loved Amer­ica for be­ing a bea­con of lib­erty to op­pressed peo­ple around the world,” not­ing, “My grand­fa­ther didn’t know Amer­ica was ex­cep­tional be­cause he read about it in a book. He lived it and saw it with his own eyes.” cal­cu­la­tor of the mo­tives which gov­ern man.” ( Thomas Jef­fer­son on John Adams, 1787).

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“The Amer­i­can Dream is still alive for those who pur­sue it,” writes Sen. Marco Ru­bio in his forth­com­ing au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

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