Perhaps Rubio and his advisers thought missing the vote would enable him to stay friends with the establishment while he could — at the same time — tell conservative voters that he opposed the bill, just like they did.
And this from a guy who’s already under fire for constantly missing votes in the Senate, and who’s publicly proclaimed that he’s “frustrated” being a senator, which is why he’s running for president.
It sounded good in theory, but it worked out slightly differently in practice.
Afterwards, Rubio posted a Facebook update with footage from the campaign trail, to show his supporters how earnest he is in the quest for the White House. That’s when things went horribly wrong: