In a separate story the Herald notes that Floridians don't necessarily pay attention to facts. Sometimes in its choice of news to report, I question whether the Herald itself isn't to blame. Why didn't the deficits in Rubio's account ever appear in the Herald's breathless news coverage of his "appearance" on the short list? Anyhow, that is water under the floodgate.
There are many reasons for Mitt Romney to cross Rubio off his list, and some of them had to have been clear to Romney from the first. Like bringing the Jeb Bush wing of the Republican party into the forefront of the campaign. Jeb Bush attracts GOP extremists like filings to a magnet. That is not going to work in a general election. The Bush/Rubio voters are the "decideds". They don't help Romney at all with swing voters.
Leaving that aside, what really scotched Rubio are the Obama campaign attacks against the facts of Romney's business dealings -- his claim to have retired from Bain Capital while still signing SEC forms as CEO. Imagine the Democrats running campaign ads highlighting Rubio's credit card blotches alongside Romney's signature on the SEC forms.
The Herald missed my favorite story that popped up yesterday: Rush Limbaugh said on his Monday broadcast that the Batman film makers in Hollywood were trying "to brainwash audiences" by naming the film's villain, "Bane". As in Bain Capital. Thanks, Rush, for showing Americans how clearly the viewpoints you represent are paranoid malarky. Eventually the facts will win.