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He does not be­lieve in “trans­for­ma­tive peo­ple in pol­i­tics.” That is what Sen. Marco Ru­bio, the con­ser­va­tive man-of-the-moment, tells the De­cem­ber edi­tion of GQ mag­a­zine. There are in­stead peo­ple with a “his­toric op­por­tu­nity to speak the truth and take on the is­sues at a his­toric moment.” No one chooses the op­por­tu­nity, the Florida Repub­li­can says.

“That’s some­thing that just hap­pens and falls on your lap. Usu­ally, it falls on your lap dur­ing pe­ri­ods of ex­treme trial, and I don’t think any of us want to ex­pe­ri­ence ex­treme trial for our coun­try. We would much pre­fer to be not his­toric on those terms. I think I’ve been given a unique op­por­tu­nity to serve dur­ing an im­por­tant time in Amer­i­can his­tory, and I would like to make a con­tri­bu­tion,” Mr. Ru­bio says, adding his ob­ser­va­tions about Repub­li­can mis­takes in 2012 and the way for­ward.

“I think the big­ger chal­lenge that we face, and that we con­tinue to face, is that we have not done a good enough job of com­mu­ni­cat­ing to peo­ple what con­ser­vatism is. In fact, we’ve al­lowed a myth to take hold in the minds of some that con­ser­vatism is about help­ing the peo­ple who have ‘made it’ and not about help­ing the peo­ple who are try­ing to make it,” Mr. Ru­bio ob­serves.

Squawks of an­noy­ance, mo­ral im­per­a­tives to jharper@ wash­ing­ton­

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