In essence, Rubio firmly staked himself in the camp of Republicans who argue that the party's makeover is more cosmetic than policy-based.

And the one issue on which Rubio has been willing to defy party orthodoxy — immigration — went unmentioned.

In other words, pander the immigration issue with his Florida Latino base, yet don't conflict with the anti-immigration GOP platform.

"He's two, two, two mints in one!"