In two rather baffling passages, Politico's Jonathan Martin (suffering deadline anxiety?) writes that Marco Rubio's SOTU response was "an exercise in erasing Mitt Romney’s legacy on the Republican Party" and ...
The selection of Rubio to speak for his party marked the latest, and perhaps most overt, step in the GOP’s rehabilitation project since Election Day, an effort to repackage its identity without altering its policies.
True, in terms of ethnicity and wealth the personal identities of Romney and Rubio are vastly differentiated. Yet personal identities aren't the GOP's chief problem, which is instead the selfsame policies, as manifested by the sorry legacy of Mitt Romney and perpetuated last night by Marco Rubio.
It's also true that Martin acknowledges this apparently inconsequential insult of repackaged identity but unaltered policies, yet his labeling it a material "step" in the party's "rehabilitation" tends not only to dignify the squandered effort, but to subtly attenuate it.
And so it begins.