Rand Paul versus Marco Rubio on Cuba, an early Christmas gift for President Obama.

Rand Paul versus Marco Rubio on Cuba, an early Christmas gift for President Obama.

“Senator Rubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat to our borders and perhaps build a moat,” [Senator Rand Paul] wrote. “I reject this isolationism. Finally, let’s be clear that Senator Rubio does not speak for the majority of Cuban-Americans.” [Bloomberg Politics]

THE SALVO across Senator Marco Rubio‘s bow by Senator Rand Paul was the most delicious event in Republican politics since Senator John McCain’s extraordinary Senate floor torture speech recently. The potential collision on Cuba between Rubio and Rand Paul, however, is likely to create aftershocks for quite some time.

From Dave Weigel, and you’re going to love this paragraph. It’s priceless.

Rubio, who has practically achieved renter’s rights in TV studios this week, did not immediately respond, and a question to his office wasn’t answered. Paul had attacked him on a strength, on the issue Rubio is most comfortable talking about–and the one that leaves him most prone to vehemence and emotion. Rubio was getting all the attention on Cuba policy, and on the right he was driving the debate. In internet debate terms, Paul was trying to thread-jack him.

Senator Paul’s politics aren’t mine, obviously, but at least he can muster a good through line with his ideological points at times, while also bucking the establishment, which is always worthy of applause.

As for Senator Marco Rubio, he’s the worst type of politician, someone who preens knowledge, which is only based on emotional response he can get from his audience, while finding the spotlight. Rubio found it on Cuba, praying to Santa it would jettison him beyond Jeb.

Rand Paul versus Marco Rubio in a debate would be no contest. Even Paul’s Twitter salvos seem to be beyond Rubio’s skill set, because all he did was respond with silence.

Now that’s something you’d never get from Senator Ted Cruz.