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Has the Establishment GOP made him a promise?  “Play ball with us now and we’ll support your candidacy for President in 2016”?

What is it with Marco Rubio?  Are his insiders slipping a Kool Aid Mickey into his drinks?

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Conservative HQ, quoting from the Shark Tank, a popular Florida political online journal…

However, as our fellow Florida conservative, Javier Manjarres of the Shark Tank and Hispolitica observed, “What most people don’t know about Rubio is that he has always supported a pathway to citizenship.”

Some of this Manjarres attributes to the malign influence of Rubio’s Senate staff, which is a bunch of establishment Republican insiders, not the boat-rocking Tea Partiers that provided the manpower for Rubio’s upstart campaign against Governor Charlie Crist.

Javier singles out Communications Director Alex Burgos, a longtime amnesty proponent, as being particularly influential with his Boss on the issue of illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens.

Burgos is no conservative (he’s a former Romney staffer) and his vitriolic attacks on conservatives are straight out of the Republican establishment’s playbook on how to alienate the GOP base.

Senator Rubio certainly needs to clear up whether or not his staffer’s personal support of amnesty for illegal immigrants is unduly influencing his decision-making process – and to do a little reality check if it is.

But the internal politics of Rubio’s office and whether or not he listens to the various Bush and Romney do-boys that he has hired to staff his Washington office are not our greatest concern about where Marco Rubio is headed.

What bothers us is that he has gone from simply disagreeing with his friends to attacking them, using the same tactics and language the left uses when it attacks conservatives.

As Erick Erickson of RedState observed, Marco Rubio has been an active participant in the attacks on conservatives as “racists, slavery supporters, bigots, haters, baby killers, un-Christian, etc. They are waging a coordinated attack between Senator Rubio’s office and others against conservative stalwarts like the Heritage Foundation and Jim DeMint.”

The “they” to whom Erickson refers appears to be an unholy alliance of establishment Republicans, business interests and New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, Illinois Democratic Senator Richard Durbin and a host of other left-leaning political operatives and interest groups.

To them, this is pure politics and they are backing the “Gang of Eight” bill because they see in it an opportunity to rearrange the electoral map in their favor for at least a generation.

These people could care less about the future of America and the American exceptionalism that DeMint, the Heritage Foundation and other conservatives (including we here at CHQ) are defending in questioning the “Gang of Eight” bill.

Unlike Jim DeMint, who supported Marco Rubio when he was at 10% in the polls, most of these people worked their heads off to defeat Rubio, and Tea Party candidates like him, in 2010. What’s more, they have nothing but contempt for the Tea Party and the limited government constitutional conservative philosophy Rubio allegedly shares with Tea Partiers.

There’s an old saying in politics, “Dance with the one what brung ya.”

According to the Shark Tank’s Javier Manjarres, Rubio recently told the political science class he teaches at Florida International University that in politics, you need to stay loyal to the people that helped you along the way. Perhaps, as Manjarres observed, Rubio needs to start taking some of his own advice.

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