The unnamed sources in Chris's story simply indicated that Rubio is torn about his next move — which is pretty apparent. He is retiring from the Senate in January but hasn't said what he will do next. In the midst of his tweetstorm, Rubio even appeared to suggest he might run for president again. But he hasn't made a commitment one way or the other.
As for future in politics, well it's nearly impossible for someone not in office to ever become a successful candidate for President.Right?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
Rubio sure sounds like a guy who is "a bit at sea" and "sort of betwixt and between when it comes to his next move," as Chris reported. Unless Rubio plans to list "private citizen" as his occupation on his 2017 tax return, he's going to have to get a little more specific.
And he's free to take his time, by the way. Plan A was to be president; if he hasn't figured out Plan B yet, that's totally fine. But why so angry that a journalist would point out his uncertainty?
The second story that ticked off Rubio is seven months old.
Word of advice, people often claim to know more than they really do because they enjoy status of being perceived as "in the know".— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
Why is Rubio venting about this story now? Who knows? But since he is, let's once again provide some clarity. Rubio says he never told anyone that he "hates" the Senate. Fine. But The Post's David Fahrenthold never reported that he did. Fahrenthold quoted a longtime friend who offered his or her own interpretation of Rubio's sentiments. That person believed Rubio had come to hate the Senate, even if he wouldn't explicitly say so.
What's more, Rubio had a chance to deny that he hates the Senate before publication. He did — and was quoted doing so.
“I don’t know that ‘hate’ is the right word,” Rubio said in an interview. “I’m frustrated.”
Rubio's position was represented from the start. But there was plenty of evidence to support the idea that he does, in fact, hate the Senate. For one thing, he had already said he wouldn't seek reelection if his White House campaign fell short. For another, he was routinely skipping votes and meetings.
“I’m not missing votes because I’m on vacation,” he told CNN around the time of the Fahrenthold article. “I’m running for president so that the votes they take in the Senate are actually meaningful again.”
Rubio concluded Monday's Twitter rant with mock imitations of The Post articles.
A source "close to Rubio" says he was tired after long day & has decided to sleep for a few hours before tomorrow's ZIKA debate in Senate.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
A "longtime friend" says Rubio is "betwixt and between when it comes to whether to chest or legs tomorrow at gym."— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
According to source who knows his cousins, wife's dentist, Rubio could do cardio instead.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
Ok that's enough for one night. Twitter isn't something you should just rush back into. You have to slowly increase the dosage.......— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 17, 2016
I'd say he was testing the journalistic waters for a possible second career, but I don't have a good source on that.