"It's too bad that both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are more focused on running for President than they are on their day jobs as U. S. Senators.
Even though both of them came from families that benefited from the special treatment given Cuban refugees, they both continue to oppose normalizing relations between Cuba and the U. S.
Until President Obama acted to reverse 50 years of a failed policy, the U. S. stood alone in its effort to isolate Cuba. Although Sen. Rubio refused to leave the campaign trail to vote on the trillion-plus dollar budget bill (which he opposed), he did find time to put a 'hold' on the nomination of Roberta S. Jacobson as ambassador to Mexico. Ms. Jacobson is a State Department veteran who is fluent in Spanish, and is exactly the kind of person we need to advance U. S. interests in Mexico and Central America. The Mexican government expressed support as did the Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Unfortunately, because Ms. Jacobson, while serving as an Assistant Secretary of State, helped negotiate the thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba Sen. Rubio placed a 'hold' on her candidacy, thereby preventing her from receiving what should have been a pro forma vote of approval.
Although 'holds' are not in the Constitution, they are in the Senate's rules and, as in this instance, are often used to thwart the will of both the Senate and the President."
The above article this week from the Naples Daily News is an exact word-for-word quotation. I use it for this reason: It points out that the mainstream U. S. media, unlike excellent small newspapers like the one in Naples, does not have the competence, patriotism, or courage to challenge even the most meretricious, hedonistic, avaricious, and indecent acts of anti-Americanism committed by Cuban-American extremists even in defiance of most Cuban-Americans who, for sure, oppose such extremism. From Florida, Texas, and New Jersey, only hard-line Cuban-American extremists make it to the U. S. Congress, where they can easily use nuances or loopholes to craft legal laws that harm everyone but them and their easily obtained sycophants. Take, for example, the point in the Naples Daily News about Rubio's "hold" to block the nomination of Roberta Jacobson as Ambassador to Mexico, which is harming America and Mexico. However, Rubio does not have to worry that it will cost him a single donation or a single vote on his White House bid.