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Mickey Kaus: Marco Rubio Is the 'GOP John Edwards'

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Anti-amnesty blogger Mickey Kaus isn’t as impressed by Marco Rubio as the chattering class in Washington, D.C., and New York. Not only does Kaus criticize Rubio for his involvement with the Gang of 8, but he also believes that the young Florida senator is a lightweight who reminds him of… John Edwards.

You know, the former Democratic wonderboy who unexpectedly went down in 2008?

“Rubio’s the GOP John Edwards,” Kaus tweeted. “Both Rubio and Edwards have the gift of gab, which only takes you so far.”

In an email to Trump-promoting Breitbart.com, Kaus added:

I remember seeing John Edwards talk in New Hampshire in ’04. Great stump speech, but even with questions he didn’t add much more. Left you feeling hungry. I didn’t admit it to myself at the time but it was a signal Edwards was a lightweight (even without the later scandal). I get the same impression watching Rubio, even when I can distance myself from his amnesty betrayal.

In the coming weeks, Rubio will undoubtedly be criticized more, and especially by those who no longer trust him because of his past support for amnesty after telling Florida voters he’d always be against it. And that’s a good thing too: every candidate — the establishment favorite included — has to be thoroughly vetted. If Rubio lacks depth and knowledge, that will soon become clear.