Stephen Gutowski spends a March 1 CNSNews.com blog post gushing over Marco Rubio's interview with TMZ, in which he revealed that Tupac Shakur was the best hip-hop artist ever:
While the interview touches on a wide variety of hip hop topics like Lil' Wayne's maturity lever, Tupac's cultural impact, the Kardashians (which Rubio side-stepped), and the senator's opinion that Biggie was just "alight," the real story here is that the interview happened at all. And, that Rubio knew what he was talking about. He knows pop culture and that's important.
It's good, I think, to see an informed conservative figure going out and engaging with cultural outlets like TMZ. Even if the next story after the Rubio interview was about Lindsay Lohan, he reached people he might not have otherwise reached. And, while he didn't communicate anything particularly ground-breaking, he was able to show people that he, and by extension other conservatives, aren't out-of-touch bores.
Of course, some conservatives think that Rubio's immigration reform plan is a sign that he's not conservative enough, and his being conversant in hip-hop will do nothing to dissuade that view.