Marco Rubio has until June 24 to file for re-election to the Senate and, despite encouragement from colleagues to do so, probably will take a pass. However, The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe speculates "in two years, Florida will be holding a gubernatorial election, and the state's senior senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, may opt to retire- potentially opening up two opportunities for Rubio."
First, however, he would have to get permission from Donald Trump.
In February, Trump reminded Rubio of "that lunatic in North Korea." He stated of Trump "some would say there's a lunatic trying to get ahold of nuclear weapons in America" the day afte he argued the nation shouldn't give the "nuclear codes of the United States to an erratic individual."
At the time, Trump also was "a con artist. He's always making things up. No one holds him accountable for it." He was a guy who has "been exploiting working Americans for 40 years." Nominating him will "fracture the Republican Party" and undermine the conservative movement. Most famously, Trump couldn't be trusted because of his small hands.
Giving as good as he got, Trump was similarly kind and much more effective, labeling Rubio a "lightwight choker" (who) looks like a little boy on stage and had "defrauded" Floridians.
We now know who is not holding Trump accountable for being a lunatic and con artist who is exploting working Americans. That would be the fellow Trump successfully derided as "Little Marco."
Rubio now has endorsed the guy who publicly called him a "choker" and has announced he'd "most certainly be honored to be considered" for anything he could do to elect him. He noted he would be willing to speak at the convention for Trump. And now we learn that backstage at one of the debates, Rubio groveled to Trump for questioning the size of his hands. The Florida senator told Jake Tapper
"I actually told Donald -- one of the debates, I forget which one -- I apologized to him for that. I said, 'You know, I'm sorry that I said that. It's not who I am and I shouldn't have done it.' I didn't say it in front of the cameras, I didn't want any political benefit.
Initially, Rubio defended his decision to endorse Trump by explaining "I signed a pledge that said I'd support the Republican nominee and I intend to continue to do that." He should have left it at that and gone golfing.
He never has spent much time at his day job. But now that he's probably leaving the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio can apply for his dream job: butler for Donald Trump. It may not pay much but it comes with all the knee pads you want.