If you’re a Democrat, worry about Marco Rubio. He seems destined to be the Republican vice presidential candidate, and he has the potential to change the political equation in the Republicans’ favor, as Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama did for the Democrats in 1976 and 2008. In 1976, Carter actually carried the majority of southern states—which Democrats had not done for years before or anytime thereafter—by appealing to southern pride, just as Obama got an unusually high percentage of African Americans to vote in 2008 because he made them proud. Rubio is attractive enough to have similar potential with Hispanic voters.
Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.
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