Ben, could you tear yourself away from the Super Bowl pre-game reporting for a moment? In your thread on Marco Rubio's magnificent pro-life speech, you put up the following comment, which I quote in its (enigmatic) totality:
Those close to Rubio say he'd prefer to be Jesse Helms, not an early Veep pick. We'll see.
Just two sentences, but the comment raises a whole load of questions. Rubio would prefer to be another Jesse Helms? What does that mean? That he intends to establish himself as the truest and most insistent conservative in the Senate? But hasn't Jim DeMint already made himself a second Jesse Helms? Glorious a figure though he often was, Helms proved essentially solitary, never truly affecting the Senate as a whole. Would such a role satisfy Rubio? Or does he believe that he and DeMint, and, perhaps, Coburn and Ayotte, can pull the entire institution to the right? What is this remarkable and talented young man thinking.
"Those close to Rubio?" Oh, Ben, you coy man you. I know you. There's some real reporting behind that phrase. What've you got?