That described Alex Penelas, who could have been a contender, and it also describes Marco Rubio and his position on gun control measures advocated yesterday by President Obama.
On the clear need to inhibit the proliferation of semi-automatic weapons in the wake of multiple mass shooting tragedies that have gripped the national psyche, President Obama is showing the leadership qualities that garnered him two victories to be president.
On the other hand, Marco Rubio -- in attempting to focus public attention on the national psyche -- is forcing a narrow, paternalistic Republican vision forward. It is the same vision that largely defined his mentor, Jeb! Bush, whose accomplishments for governor had to be continuously burnished through a highly sophisticated cadre of message makers and media spinners.
The same talent is at work with the NRA and its mouthpieces like Rubio, who talk as though they are reclaiming some sort of moral high ground while simultaneously doing the business of the base of powerful, wealthy interests who spent and lost hundreds of millions in the last presidential election.
Floridians should be especially critical of Rubio.
When quoted by the national press, Rubio sounds like a candidate reciting from the playbook that lost the last election. Like Penelas, who was once a Democrat with a future, Rubio is too pliant and risks being overtaken by facts.
The facts are on the side of controlling the proliferation of semi automatic weapons, bullets, and strengthening help for the mentally ill in the United States. President Obama is right: ordinary citizens need to take the time out of their daily lives to push back against Congress and the entrenched forces that will exploit guns to butter their own toasts.
Tell Marco Rubio to stop the politicking and support the President.