Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. looked none the worse for wear at breakfast Thursday morning, considering the pounding he's been getting in the angry seas of presidential politics.
First, President Obama coolly pre-empted Rubio's heralded efforts to draft a version of the Dream Act that would appeal to both Hispanic voters and the GOP's conservative base.
Then the press reported that Rubio was off - then back on - but maybe not actually - Mitt Romney's list of potential running mates.
This week's publication of Rubio's new autobiography, An American Son, meanwhile, has been met by the release of a competing biography, both of which allow that Rubio's parents were not actually refugees who fled Fidel Castro's takeover of Cuba, as the senator has intimated over the years.
But if Rubio is feeling the stress, the 41-year-old freshman from Florida isn't showing it. Aside from a restless jiggling of his leg beneath the table, he was his usual ebullient, smooth-spoken self.
Rubio joined the growing number of Republicans in Congress who have called on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.
"I don't see how the attorney general can exercise that office with any credibility," he said, a day after Holder was held in contempt of Congress for withholding documents from a Republican-controlled committee in the House.