It's a global Jihad, stupid. Allowing that poison into the country is only going to increase the damage it inflicts on others.
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His immigration bill will hurt him unless he comes right out and say's "I made a mistake" something neither of the Clintons ever did or ever will. He is Hispanic, young, a very good communicator and speaker so yes I think he will be the running as a very refreshing face of a young America.
GOP's chance is 2016. It's much harder to run against an incumbent, and it's very rare for either party to hold on to the WH after an 8 year run. Last Democrat to do that was Van Buren if I'm not mistaken.
....and I disagree with your assessment of VP not being a springboard. Throughout the history of this country it has been a springboard to get the party's nod.
The GOPs chance is 2016. If you look at history, the party of a two term President very rarely holds on. Ask John McCain.
As for Rubio, I don't think that realistically he sees himself as a strong enough candidate to get the nomination. Maybe he is hoping for some stumbles, but I still believe he is playing for VP.