My latest for discusses the fall of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) as the tea party darling.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) needs to have a sit down with the Pope.

The Catholic senator needs to review the “love thy neighbor” portion of the Bible that Republicans love to quote so much, because he just withdrew his support for Miami-Dade circuit judge William Thomas an openly gay black nominee for the federal bench.

Nominees for the federal bench must have the approval of both of the senators from their state for their nomination move forward and on to the senate confirmation process.

Last week, the Pope made headlines “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. We have to find a new balance, otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” The Pope was of course referring to the church’s obsession with social issues like contraception, abortion, and gay rights that infects our domestic political debate.

Rubio’s often cites his catholic faith as guiding his political positions and yet the Pope’s comments will likely have no effect on how the tea party Senator from Florida views the issues of equal rights for gays. That’s because Senator Rubio was really responding to politics, not morality, by withdrawing his support for Judge Thomas.

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