Ivanka and Marco sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g


Sometimes it’s the little things that can make your day

I have never felt a greater sense of relief than the one I felt this morning. I mean it was palpable, resulting in the deepest relief sigh I’ve ever breathed.

What was it that caused this solace, this comfort, this calmness?

Ivanka Trump won’t run for Rubio’s seat!

As reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, “Former President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter told Rubio of her decision a few weeks ago, a Rubio campaign spokesperson said, a decision first reported by the New York Times.

The article continued, “Rubio and Ivanka Trump effusively praised one another for their efforts together working on issues like paid family leave.”

“’I am incredibly grateful to Ivanka for her friendship and support,’ Rubio said. ‘The challenges working moms and dads face in today’s economy are real, and Ivanka was a formidable and effective advocate for them.'”

For Ivanka’s part, “Marco has been a tremendous advocate for working families, a good personal friend, and I know he will continue to drive meaningful progress on issues we both care deeply about.”

Wow, I’m not sure how all this affected you, but Marco’s and Ivanka’s lavish mutual praise piled upon gushing adulation actually brought a tear to my eye.

It was particularly heartwarming to read, given that I’m old enough to remember back to 2016 when Ivanka’s father, the former president (or as he likes to be called, “the 45th president,” or as Gail Collins of the New York Times calls him, based on President Biden’s description, “the former guy,” AKA “T.F.G”), labeled Rubio, “Little Marco” and “Liddle Marco.”

I even remember when Rubio hit back by calling Trump, a “con man” who was “dangerous” and unqualified to control the nation’s nuclear codes, ridiculed the Trump’s manhood and warned he would “fracture” the Republican Party if he was the nominee. (Rubio was prescient on that last one.)

What a turn-around. If you exclude Lindsey (Nut Job) Graham and Ted (Cancun) Cruz, this is most spectacular one-eighty in the history of modern politics

So, I hope all you Floridians reading Around the Block are as relieved as I am now that we know we won’t have to listen to silver-spooned Ivanka anymore. But, having said that, let me offer my thoughts and prayers to all our friends in North Carolina.


Because the Sun-Sentinel article concluded with this:

“Another Trump could end up running next year. Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law, who served as a campaign surrogate, is considering running for the Senate in North Carolina.”

Kimberly Guilfoyle speaks on a large TV.

Who’s next, Kimberly Guilfoyle? Watch out California!

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

8 thoughts on “Ivanka and Marco sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g

  1. when the crocodile tears stop, realize there is almost two years for everyone to change their minds, and allies….


    1. Exactly…and then there’s Nikki.

      One way to look at all this is as a bit of comic relief…if only it weren’t so potentially damaging.

      What a country.


    1. Real picture – best I could find.

      Apparently he was “hiding behind a column” for a while before he approached her. I guess that confirms his bona fides as “Liddle Marco.” As I suggested, you can’t get more pathetic than Marco, unless you’re Lindsey Graham or Ted Cruz. Although, on reflection, and despite the fact that he was never a presidential opponent of Trump’s, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is moving up the pathetic ladder. As are Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley!


  2. Thanks for saving me from having to read the paper from cover to cover. I did read Gail Collins and I love the moniker “other guy” or something to that affect. It is so appropriate and I love, Ted Cancun Cruz. It has a nice ring. Idiots all of them.



    1. Here’s the best line I’ve ever heard about Ted Cruz: Matthew Dowd, a GOP consultant who’s worked with Cruz in the past posited this riddle: Why do people who meet Ted Cruz take an instant dislike to him? Because it saves time!


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