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Marco Rubio has taken plenty of lumps from his conservative brethren this past year for his role in the ill-fated effort to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

But according to a piece this week on BuzzFeed, Rubio resuscitated his 2016 prospects with a speech that will almost certainly be forgotten by the next Iowa caucuses.

“The Florida senator has become a conservative golden boy again after a 14-minute speech he never meant to give,” McKay Coppins wrote on Wednesday.

Coppins asserted that a Rubio “comeback” is underway, all thanks to one of the junior senator’s characteristic diatribes against the socialist governments in Cuba and Venezuela. The Feb. 24 floor speech was inspired by liberal Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) cheery report from his trip to Cuba. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, proceeded to tear into the retiring Harkin.

Even less persuasive than the impetus for the alleged “comeback” is the paucity of evidence Coppins provides that Rubio is once again a darling of the right.

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