All the Best People

Former President Donald Trump listens as Sen. Marco Rubio speaks during a rally at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition on November 6, 2022, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

On Tuesday Semafor reported that Donald Trump is considering several Republican senators for national security positions in his second administration. Among those mentioned were Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton, both of whom entered the Senate in the Before Times and both of whom declined to join the effort to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in 2021.

“Good Republicans,” one might call them, mindful that the curve on which Trump allies are graded for goodness is steep.

On Wednesday NBC News upped the ante by alleging that Rubio is “moving up the list” of potential Trump running mates. He’s “young and telegenic, he has spent more time in federal office than Vice President Kamala Harris, and, at a time when Trump is bullish on his chances of winning over Latino voters, he would be the first nonwhite person ever to make a Republican presidential ticket,” the outlet explained.

There are reasons for skepticism about all of this, and not just because a Trump-Rubio ticket might have a 12th Amendment problem.

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