“Rand Paul to give tea-party group’s response to State of the Union after Rubio delivers GOP’s”
Well, now. That’s pointed, isn’t it?
Or is it? With the Rove group having been so thoroughly excoriated for its presumptuousness, and the GOP establishment comically looking to promote Jeb Bush or Chris Christie while keeping Rubio close as a VP candidate who can woo Hispanics and carry FL, perhaps the trick here is to join Paul and Rubio, in whatever configuration, and carry both the right and the moderates while freezing out the establishment.
Of course, this assumes Rubio is playing a very complex game. But I can certainly see him at the head of a ticket w/ Paul that would attract and invigorate the base — and leave the establishment in a position where it can’t really do anything other than throw its full-throated support behind that ticket.
That is, if Rubio’s willing to tease Bush or Christie right up until it’s time to kick them aside and emerge as a frontrunner rather than as a useful token.