Back in late December, I wrote about the phony anti-Castro past that former gop presidential candidate Marco Rubio had created in his deceitful quest for power, from a Florida state representative to the US Senate, and ultimately, he wished in his dreams, to
|the Presidency. As part of his imaginative and apocryphal family history, Rubio took on the pose of a staunch anti-Communist, unwilling to normalize any aspect of US relations with Cuba.
As part of this massive guise, Rubio took it upon himself to throw a monkey wrench into US-Mexico relations, when it came time for his gop-controlled Senate to approve the President’s choice
for a new Ambassador to Mexico. In early 2015, Pres. Obama had nominated an outstanding and highly qualified choice,
Roberta Jacobson, to replace the retiring Ambassador, Earl Anthony Wayne. As I wrote back then, the experienced and almost universally respected Jacobson had had a long career in public service, serving both republican and Democratic administrations, including serving almost five years as w’s Director of the State Department’s Office of Mexican Affairs and as an Assistant Secretary of State under Pres. Obama. Despite the Senate Foreign Relations Committee having approved her nomination by a cross section of members, and a vote of 12-7, and with the Mexican government, knowing of her fluency in Spanish, expertise in Latin American politics and skill in cross-border trade negotiations, looking forward to her appointment, in stepped “little marco”.
With Senate rules allowing a single senator to place a “hold” on such nominations, Rubio did so with the Jacobson nomination due to the fact that while with the State Dept., Jacobson had been part of the President’s team that had been negotiating the new
|relationship with Cuba, including participating in opening a U.S. Embassy in Havana, easing restrictions on travel and business for Americans and establishing mail service between the two countries.
Rubio left the presidential race in mid-March, more than six weeks
ago, and his need to further embellish his phony anti-Castro and anti-Cuba credentials ended with a thud. But for Rubio, there was no hurry to tend to anything important, like the business of the US Senate and ending the now months long vacancy in the post of US Ambassador to Mexico. Even his fellow gop senators were displeased – Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for one, rebuffed last week when he tried to force action on the nomination, told senate colleagues on Tuesday that it was “incomprehensible” that such a vital diplomatic post remained vacant
“The longer the United States goes without having an ambassador to Mexico, the more the relationship will suffer. She enjoys overwhelming support. There is no reason not to move forward.”
Apparently Flake’s indignation and that of others of Rubio’s gop brethren became too overwhelming for Rubio to weather, and this past Thursday, he came around, apparently due to a deal to transfer his hatred of Cuba to Venezuela, with new sanctions imposed there and his withdrawing his “hold” on Jacobson and allowing the full Senate to vote, which resulted in the senate actually approving Jacobson by the procedural motion of “Universal Consent”, filling the vacancy after nine months.
No thanks to “little marco”.