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LIVE BLOG: The Son of Exiles

I agree with John about Marco Rubio’s potential for winning even higher offices in the future. While the Democrats spent most of this year trying to portray the conservative Rubio and his Tea Party supporters as extremist nuts, it may be that the real analogy here is with the rise of Barack Obama in his Senate race in Illinois. In his speech, Rubio reminded the country that no matter where he goes in life, he will “always be the son of exiles.” The rise of a Hispanic Republican, the son of immigrants who fled Communist Cuba, is, even on a night of great victories for his party, perhaps the most encouraging moment for the GOP.