Elliott Abrams, an influential thinker in conservative foreign-policy circles dating back to the Reagan administration, has twice been surprised by Marco Rubio. Once more pleasantly than the other.
The first time was in 2010, when Rubio was seeking a U.S. Senate seat and wanted advice. Abrams, a Harvard-educated, London School of Economics-trained foreign policy expert, expected to school the former state lawmaker and city councilman on geopolitics. Instead, Abrams found himself taking in the young Republican’s “quite startling” breadth of knowledge on global issues.