Winston Churchill said: “The price of greatness is responsibility.” If one wants to excel, and be recognized in any field, one must reach for the heights of greatness to even get a shot. We live in a world where the bar has been set so high in many respects that achieving greatness requires extraordinary gifts. For example, the race for President begins earlier every cycle; those vying for the nomination are scrutinized more critically; and the bar for candidacy is set higher. Throughout the Republican nomination process, I moved from one candidate to another in an instant, because I would discover something that I perceived to be a fatal flaw. I understand now that as human beings, politicians will never be flawless; but sometimes, it seems like Conservatives willfully terminate their candidacy. Example: Marco Rubio.
Marco Rubio raced to the front of the pack in many minds for the 2016 Republican nomination following his star turns at the convention, and throughout the 2012 Presidential campaign. For all intents and purposes, he was the candidate I was looking forward to supporting in 2016. He had all the prerequisites: he is pro-life (my biggest concern), fiscally sound, a defender of the second amendment, and he possesses numerous other qualities that are attractive to a staunch Conservative, like myself.