The Rubio Gambit

Senator Rubio folded the newspaper and let out a brief sigh.  The press had been merciless in their criticism of his decision to endorse Donald Trump and support him at the convention, after he had adamantly and unequivocally opposed Trump during the primaries.  They called him a coward, a “finger-in-the-air politician” who was shamelessly chasing popular opinion.

The Senator pressed the intercom button on his desk, and a moment later Sofia Chesterfield, his trusted aide, appeared at the door.  Rubio gestured for her to take a seat across from his desk.  He remained silent until she was seated.  She saw the headline on the newspaper he was still holding, and looked concerned.  He noticed her expression, and set the newspaper aside.

“The press bought it,” he began.  “And this morning I heard from the man himself — he wants me to introduce him at the convention.  I’m supposed to try to get him back in the good graces of the Mexicans, or something like that.”

“Are you sure you want to do this?  I mean, go through with this?” Sofia asked.

“I talked to Ryan and Priebus.  They’ll cover for me.  It’ll be OK, eventually.”

“Sir, I’m not sure I can do this.  I mean, I’ll support your decision, but I don’t know if I can be a part of this.  I think there’s going to be fallout.”

“If you want to resign, I’ll write you a glowing letter of recommendation.  You’ve done a superb job here.  You won’t have any trouble getting another job.  But before you go, I’d like you to help me set up a meeting with Jon Favreau and Gregory Bell.  I’d like their help with something.”

Sofia noticed that he was smiling.


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