Unlike many staged resignations , common in the rough and tumble of D.C.'s political culture , Solis's departure was neither planned, requested, or expected.
Tea Party activists in Texas have been prone to attempt any and all political maneuvers to thwart President Obama including their recent call for their state to secede from the Union. Cruz finds himself tied to the most extreme elements of his party and seems unwilling at this point to differ from them.
While the media pundits speculate that Rubio's intention was to shore up his conservative credentials the larger ramifications of his action may be missed. Rubio is clearly out of step with America's Latino voting base and, much like Mitt Romney, has no idea of it.
In a stunning example of art imitating life followed by life imitating the art it inspired Mitt Romney this week repeated the claim that Latino voters chose Obama because the President gave “gifts” to them.
Rubio’s ardent advocacy failed to deliver a majority of Florida’s Latino vote for candidate Romney. More disastrous for the Romney/Rubio effort was that it did not even produce a majority of Florida's Cuban American vote.