By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
He hasn't even won the Florida Senate GOP primary against Gov. Charlie Crist yet, but there's speculation in Washington that former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio would make a perfect 2012 vice presidential candidate. "If he gets here, he automatically becomes the No. 1 candidate," says a former Bush adviser now associated with Sarah Palin. Rubio's attributes: He's Hispanic from a must-win state for Republicans and a conservative with tea party activist endorsements. If he beats the sitting governor, Rubio becomes a giant killer.