Politico Lauds Alex Sink, Marco Rubio as Two of "Top 50 Politicos to Watch"

seems to be one of the few American media organizations that is actually growing. The Beltway website and newspaper now puts out a glossy magazine a few times a year, and the latest edition focuses on its "Top 50 Politicos to Watch." But it's not as much a congratulatory honor as it is recommended viewing if you like your politics as soap operas. Politico says the honorees are "characters in motion, in the middle of interesting plots."

If politics are in fact a soap opera, Riptide has already had two of the list's entrants on its TiVo for a long time: Alex Sink and Marco Rubio. 

Alex Sink is included in the "Under the Radar" section, and Politico predicts if she wins Florida's governorship, she might turn into a full-fledged national star: 

"Alex Sink is widely viewed as the Democrats' best hope to win back the Florida governorship, an office that has eluded the party since 1994. And if she defeats Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum in 2010, you can bet that her status as a female Democratic megastate governor will immediately catapult her into the national political spotlight."

Meanwhile, Politico lauds Rubio, included in the "Outside the Beltway" section, as the GOP's missing link. 

"As an outspoken Cuban-American conservative, he has shown the ability to connect the two disparate elements of the party: those who want a more diverse face for the GOP and those who want the party to focus on and preserve its conservative principles."

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