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