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May 29, 2013 12:29 PM When You Are a Hammer….

By Ed Kilgore

Marco Rubio’s got a bit of a problem with his old Tea Party friends thanks to his identification with the Gang of Eight immigration proposal. So it’s not surprising to see him take every opportunity to get ahead of the crowd in blowing up every issue—and every “scandal”—into a full-on attack on Obama and his agenda. Here’s an example, via TPM’s Tony Kludt:

Calling the Internal Revenue Service’s role in the implementation of the new federal health care law “chilling,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) argued in a video posted online Wednesday that the only appropriate response to the controversy involving the agency’s targeting of conservative groups is to repeal Obamacare.
Answering a question from a constituent as part of a weekly series conducted by his office, the junior Florida senator and potential 2016 aspirant said he intends to renew his focus on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act in the wake of the IRS scandal.
“So the only answer to this is to repeal Obamacare,” Rubio said in response to an email from a man in Orlando, Fla. “It’s just one more reason why this law is going to be a disaster for our country. And in the months to come, I’m really going to focus on the issue of repealing Obamacare because in addition to the IRS’s role there is all sorts of other problems with regards to Obamacare that we need to answer.”

I suppose Rubio could have said the “only answer” is to repeal the New Deal and Great Society programs, or maybe repeal the constitutional amendment authorizing a federal income tax. If he goes there in future, we’ll know his presidential aspirations are really in trouble.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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