If Republican voters were to select their 2016 presidential nominee on raw talent alone, they would surely anoint Marco Rubio of Florida. As football scouts put it, the Cuban-American senator is the complete package.
Spanish speaker at a time when Republicans desperately need Latino votes? Check.
Fluid, hopeful communicator for a party lacking Reaganesque optimism? Check.
Risk-taking conservative who has proposed a sweeping tax overhaul plan in the name of 21st century economic transformation? Check.
Handsome, vigorous campaigner with star quality? Check. (The one-time high school standout says he was as fast on the football field as NFL all-star Wes Welker).