President Obama has spent most of his years in the White House boasting that Democrats are the party of the future—the party of immigrants, ethnic minorities, young people, etc. But Marco Rubio’s and Ted Cruz’s inspiring only-in-America stories makes for a tedious backdrop to Hillary’s non-tipping story at Chipotle.
Mr. Rubio father was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States, where senior Mr. Rubio made his living as a hotel bartender and Marco’s mother made hers as a housekeeper. Ted Cruz’s father was also born in Cuba and, before immigrating to the United States, fought in the overthrow of the Batista regime.
Kevin D. Williamson of NRO points out the awkwardness of the Rubio/Cruz stories for Democrats: “The Democrats are rallying behind an elderly suburban WASP lawyer from Park Ridge whose father was a wealthy, conservative businessman.”
This is a bit more of a problem for Democrats than it is for Republicans, because the Democrats’ go-to strategy is to dismiss the Republicans as the tools of the Wicked Rich, which is slightly more difficult when you are the Wicked Rich — Mrs. Clinton’s household income has exceeded $100 million since her husband left what we’re still calling (ho-ho!) public service. Her father owned a textile company. Senator Rubio’s story is not that.
As Charles Krauthhammer asks, does anyone really believe Hillary is suddenly seized with a new passion to champion, as she put it in Iowa, “the truckers that I saw on I-80 as I was driving here”?