In a June 18 Newsmax interview of Rubio to promote his new autobiography, Kessler introduces himself to Rubio with this incredible bit of sucking up: "Congratulations on your book. It's really remarkable. It's riveting, it's detailed, it's candid and inspiring. I don't know how you did it. It's really a great achievement."
Kessler keeps up his Rubio-fluffing in his June 19 column:
What people hate most about politicians is how phony many of them can be. Sen. Marco Rubio’s new book “An American Son: My Story” shows he is anything but.
Rarely do we see such candor and detail in any autobiography, let alone one written by a politician. At the same time, Rubio presents an uplifting and inspiring story about an immigrant’s son who has lived the American dream.
Kessler's not the only one at Newsmax who's slobbering over Rubio. Wayne Allyn Root devoted his June 19 column to lobbying Mitt Romney to pick Rubio as his running mate:
Mitt Romney has a shot to lock down the presidency this week. Thursday to be precise. The key is two words: Marco Rubio. Why? Because like it or not, this presidential race comes down to the Latino vote.
Politics is a chess game. Romney can look into Obama's eyes and say "CHECKMATE" on Thursday.
Mitt Romney must walk onto that same stage and upstage Obama. This is the place and time for the announcement of the year. Mitt Romney coolly steps up to the microphone and says, “It’s time for a Latino to join a presidential ticket.
"It’s time for the fastest growing group in America to have a seat at the table of power. To have a voice in the White House. Today — right here — right now.
"I’m going to change the game — forever. Today you get your seat at the table. Today we change American politics — forever. Ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce my pice presidential running mate: United States Sen. Marco Rubio."
Marco walks out to embrace Mitt Romney while the crowd stands, screams, and cheers! Tears stream down cheeks.
Obama is out of the news. Obama has been upstaged in front of one of his most important groups of supporters. The headlines that night and the next day ignore Obama. Romney and Rubio are the hot news in the media. The game is changed. And no matter what Obama says that day — or any other day to Latinos — Marco Rubio is forever more the elephant in the room (excuse the pun).
Is there a competition at Newsmax to see to can fawn the most over Rubio? It seems so.