If #NeverTrump was a brand, like Salt Life, there’d be a certain type of person I’d expect to see sporting its logo. That would be a conservative.
If I saw a pickup truck with a Browning antlers logo in the back window with an Obama bumper sticker at the Bass Pro Shop, I’d know something was very wrong. If I saw a woman praying her Rosary at the local synagogue, I’d know something was amiss.
And if I saw Marco Rubio sidling up to Donald Trump, I’d feel the same way.
Politics is not primarily about self-aggrandizement or career-padding, though there have been self-aggrandizers and career-padders around since–well Andrew Jackson for one, and Teddy Roosevelt for another. But politics is about statesmanship and doing the right thing.
A note to Rubio: You can’t sport the #NeverTrump brand and then embrace the man.
It might not be formal, in the sense of a Change.org petition or something, but there is a blacklist. Right now, Chris Christie and Ben Carson are on it. Sarah Palin is on it. Jan Brewer is on it. Yes, most of those people (with the exception of Christie) are political has-beens and never-will-be-again.
But Rubio is relatively young. He’s on his way out of the Senate. He will either have a political future, or he’ll end up bloviating on the edge of nothing with Palin, or selling books with Carson.
If Rubio casts his lot with Trump, he will join the blacklist, forever marked as a pretender and self-aggrandizer. We will not forget.