His strength is failing. The shrink-wrap is winning. And Marco Rubio (R-Flashinthepan) continues to flail around like a scarecrow in a windstorm. When our adventure began, young Marco was going to be the smiling face of the rebranding of the Republican party, which was going to habla the daylights out of the ol’ espanol because it finally had concluded that it wasn’t going to win an national election even if it did get the votes of everyone who owns the complete Murder, She Wrote on Blu-Ray. Of course, then Rubio made the mistake of believing that the party was serious about this whole rebranding business, proposed an immigration reform plan that made a little bit of sense, and then found his standing in the party sinking into Middle Earth. Ever since, he has done everything to romance the base save dress up as Angela Lansbury.
Sen. Marco Rubio pledged Thursday morning that he won’t vote for a short-term spending bill to keep the government open unless it defunds the Affordable Care Act.
“I will not vote for a continuing resolution unless it defunds Obamacare,” the Florida Republican said at a breakfast hosted by the Weekly Standard and Concerned Veterans for America. He called on his fellow senators to do the same. “I believe we should not vote or pass a continuing resolution unless that continuing resolution defunds Obamacare.”
After what we saw last weekend in Washington at the annual Faith and Freedom Coalition conference, it’s possible that Ralph Reed’s coalition might just tank.
The event gave off the same vibes as last year’s Republican primary contests, which some pundits unkindly referred to as a “freak show.” Many of the same characters showed up: Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Herman Cain and Rick Perry, along with Pat Robertson, Reince Priebus and Grover Norquist. And there were a couple of new faces who I bet would prefer to distance themselves from that group: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had the good sense not to show up.
There was one new face, however, who stole the show; someone who would have done last year’s contests proud and promises to be a star in some future round of Republican primaries. That would be the Virginia GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor, Bishop E.W. Jackson.
Jackson, an African American, is the founder of Exodus Faith Ministries and STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny).
Jackson is puzzled as to why black Christian voters support President Obama. In an article written for the Washington Times, he asked, “How have [the Democrats] managed to hold on to black Christians in spite of an agenda worthy of the Antichrist?”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would win Florida against both Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential election, a new poll finds.
If the election were held today, Clinton would top Bush 50 percent to 43 percent, and she would best Rubio 53 percent to 41 percent, according to Wednesday’s survey from Quinnipiac.
Vice President Joe Biden would trail both of Florida’s Republican favorites. If he were the Democratic candidate, Bush would win 47 percent to 43 percent, and Rubio would narrowly defeat Biden 45 percent to 43 percent.
A trio of Republicans in the so-called Gang of Eight huddled with leading figures at Fox News Channel on the bipartisan effort in the Senate to reform the nation’s immigration system, according to a piece published in this week’s issue of The New Yorker.
The story, written by Ryan Lizza, indicated that Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had discussions with “top hosts” at the conservative cable news network, including Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Neil Cavuto, all of whom are ” now relatively sympathetic to the Gang’s proposed bill.” It also quotes McCain as saying that News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and Fox News chairman Roger Ailes are big advocates of immigration reform.
While this is playing out, John McCain is demanding the President give arms to the Syrian rebels who may or may not be on our side after they kill off Assad. John Boehner has decided to vote for the farm bill, which is filled up with corporate waste, greed, and bribery. And I, having declared myself opposed to the immigration bill, but favoring not rounding up and shipping home 11 million people, am receiving hate mail from conservatives for daring to not want to throw every hispanic resident out of the country. Concurrently, Mario Lopez of the Hispanic Leadership Foundation has postponed a call in which he, a Republican, was going to declare much of the conservative movement racist for not supporting this harebrained Schumer amnesty scheme.
On top of that, Peter King and Lindsey Graham want to amend the First Amendment to silence dissent and Republicans in Congress have joined hands with Democrats to declare the NSA is a-okay.
The Republican Party as it exists in Washington, DC has lost all connection to its base and the pulse of liberty.
Marco Rubio has allowed himself to be used by the Democrats to divide his own party. The Democrats know the issue of immigration brings out the crazy on our side like most military issues do to the Democrats’ side. Rubio played, willingly, right into their hands. Now the Democrats and guys like Mario Lopez are screaming racism, much of the Republican base is doing its best to prove them right through over the top rhetoric, and the Democrats are thanking their god the GOP is now fighting itself instead of focusing on the IRS or using both the IRS and NSA matters to form a larger critique against big government.
Ann Coulter lays it all out - if you, and by extension Republicans in Congress don’t agree with her point of view, particularly on immigration, then the GOP deserves to die.
Democrats terrify Hispanics into thinking they’ll be lynched if they vote for Republicans, and then turn around and taunt Republicans for not winning a majority of the Hispanic vote.
This line of attack has real resonance with our stupidest Republicans. (Proposed Republican primary targets: Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio.) Which explains why Republicans are devoting all their energy to slightly increasing their share of the Hispanic vote while alienating everyone else in America.
It must be fun for liberals to manipulate Republicans into focusing on hopeless causes. Why don’t Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners?
As journalist Steve Sailer recently pointed out, the Hispanic vote terrifying Republicans isn’t that big. It actually declined in 2012. The Census Bureau finally released the real voter turnout numbers from the last election, and the Hispanic vote came in at only 8.4 percent of the electorate — not the 10 percent claimed by the pro-amnesty crowd.
The sleeping giant of the last election wasn’t Hispanics; it was elderly black women, terrified of media claims that Republicans were trying to suppress the black vote and determined to keep the first African-American president in the White House.
She, of course, has it completely backwards and ignores evidence that undermines her premise.
Even many Republicans realize that changing demographics threaten Republican strongholds, including Texas and could turn those states into battlegrounds, further limiting the party’s reach beyond a regional party.
Republicans have repeatedly engaged in a war on women, looking to undermine their right to choose. They have voted innumerable times to restrict the right to abortions, engaging in more votes at the state and federal level than any number of jobs bills that would help improve the economy.
Republicans have repeatedly engaged in efforts to restrict access to the polls, including various efforts to require identification to vote. Now, while I tend to agree with efforts to show some form of identification to prevent fraud or abuse, Republicans take this further and are looking to depress turnout in minority areas.
As for why there might be a decline in Hispanic voting in the past national election could be that those voter depressing techniques are starting to hit home - the size of the Hispanic population isn’t declining. In other words, ignoring the Hispanic community is done at your own peril.
The reason that the GOP would deserve to die is because its current composition in Congress has steadfastly refused to compromise on pretty much everything. Negotiations and compromise are verbotten. Cutting deals is sufficient to demand calls for excommunication from the rank and file.
And this brings me back to Coulter’s reasoning that the party deserves to die. She thinks that those who are willing to compromise and work out an immigration deal are the reason that the GOP should die out. Instead of those obstructionists who refuse to do any manner of governance unless they get their own way and have in the past allowed the debt ceiling to be exceeded resulting in a credit rating loss for the US Government, Coulter takes her ire out on Republicans who realize that compromise and governing go hand in hand.
Coulter’s approach is to marginalize a fast-growing population and instead claim that the amnesty approach is nothing more than a sop to big business and that the GOP wouldn’t benefit from reaching out to the Hispanic community. Moreover, Coulter’s approach will pretty much alienate everyone who isn’t solidly social conservative or a Tea Partier.
In other words, she’s preaching to the same tired old party that keeps talking about outreach with one hand, but holding up Not Wanted sign with the other.
The Not Wanted sign is the one that Coulter keeps waving around wildly. She just doesn’t realize it.
As an aside, when I quoted Coulter’s quip she relies on quotes/research done by Steve Sailer, who happens to be from the VDare crowd - not exactly the most reliable of sources when it comes to, well, anything. See here, and here for a sampling.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is pushing immigration reform, and some in the tea party aren’t happy about it.
Several dozen tea party members demonstrated outside some of Rubio’s Florida offices on Tuesday to protest the comprehensive immigration bill that Rubio and seven Senate colleagues announced this week, which includes a path to citizenship for up to 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
At one event in Palm Beach Gardens protesters held signs reading, “Stop the Senate!!” and “No Amnesty for Undocumented and Illegal.” Rubio, elected with strong tea party support, has been considered an instrumental lawmaker in the development of the 844-page immigration proposal.
“We’re not condemning Senator Rubio, but we’re concerned about the direction his immigration bill is going, and especially about the fact that there was no public input,” said Jim McGovern, 65, a member of The Martin 9/12 Committee, a tea party group. “There was no debate. This was all done behind closed doors. This violated his campaign promise saying he would support no bill that took more than 25 pages to describe.”
While Sen. Rubio’s lip smacking and water gulping is getting the bulk of the coverage one line from his SOTU response stood out to me more than others. Below is the text of Rubio’s claim of living in the same “working class neighborhood” that he grew up in.
Tampa Bay Times
Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.”—-Marco Rubio, Feb. 12, 2013.
One thing I’ll say about Marco….he’s got some serious onions. For those of you who don’t know this is the same guy who had to answer for charging up to $5,000 to his state party credit card for new flooring in this “working class” home. Seriously I could not believe he brought this up. Here’s his so called “working class” home that he recently put on the market for $675k. He put this on the market because he plans to permanently move his family out of the state he represents and to Washington DC, but I digress.
That working class neighborhood line jumped out at Jose Lambiet, whose Gossip Extra site offers a tour of Rubio’s for-sale home, courtesy of MLS photos.
For a guy that represents a state with 1,197 miles of coastline to just throw up his hands and say there’s nothing we can do anyway is quite embarrassing for any Floridian. As the article below cites, current projections show that in the next 100 years some of the most beautiful parts of the state he represents, the Florida Keys, will be completely underwater if nothing is done. Second, that someone who denies all science pointing to man’s role in this sits on the Commerce, Science and Technology Committee is an absolute outrage. It goes to show what happens any time you vote for any Republican. Doesn’t matter how rational or reasonable the guy you are voting for may be (and there are precious few of those left in the GOP), a vote for any Republican is a vote against facts, truth, and science.
But, I think there is a larger fundamental issue here - it shows just how ridiculous the GOP talk of “rebranding” really is. I don’t think Sen. Rubio really believes that man has absolutely nothing to do with the temperatures we are seeing, the rapid fire storms of the century, or the melting of the polar ice caps. As the article below points out, in his early career he embraced capping carbon emissions and alternative energy technology. I highly doubt that he truly is a young Earther. But I do believe that he knows his political career as a Republican would be completely over if he acknowledged that the universe we live in is billions of years old or that there are steps that can be taken to curb climate change. He needs the rubes to make phone calls, donate money and knock on doors for him in 2016. The Republican base is made up of people who refuse to acknowledge science - whether it’s because of their religion, their hatred of Al Gore, or just willful ignorance - no Republican can move up the ladder without catering to those folks.
How can you rebrand when that would mean you lose your entire base? You can’t, and the Republican Party knows it.
While much of the Washington news media were fawning over Sen. Marco Rubio’s knowledge of rap music (Tupac over Biggie, he says), his remarks questioning global warming at an event Tuesday drew more serious discussion.
“First of all, the climate is always changing. That’s not the fundamental question,” Rubio said when asked at a BuzzFeed event if global warming is a threat to Florida. “The fundamental question is whether man-made activity is what’s contributing most to it. I understand that people say there is a significant scientific consensus on that issue, but I’ve actually seen reasonable debate on that principle.”
Rubio, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, went on to question if government could do anything to address the issue, whether it would be too costly or ineffective if other countries do not do the same.
“The United States is a country; it’s not a planet,” he said.
Phil Plait, an astronomer and author, rebutted Rubio in Slate, saying there is no debate among the scientific community. “The truth is, our poles are melting. Nine of the hottest years on record have been in the past decade. Even a study funded by the oil magnate Koch Brothers found the Earth is warming up,” he wrote.
“So, oddly enough, I take exception to what Senator Rubio said. There is no longer reasonable debate. All we see is denial. And the time for debate is long since past anyway; the science is in, and it’s sound science. I’m tired of politicians equivocating and hemming and hawing about global warming. We need to stop fiddling while the world burns, and start putting out this fire.”
Studies have shown global warming would indeed threaten Florida, with rising sea levels bringing flooding, that could cause widespread property damage, saltwater intrusion and other problems.
Under current projections, the Atlantic Ocean would swallow much of the Florida Keys in 100 years, the Miami Herald reported last year, citing a scientific study. Miami-Dade would become a chain of islands.
Rubio, who recently declined to GQ to say how old the Earth is — “I’m not a scientist, man” — has taken on stances that find a comfortable home in his party.
But on climate change, as with other issues, he was once more open to science. During his time in the Florida House, he embraced a plan to develop guidelines to limit carbon emissions and suggested Florida could be a leader in developing alternative technologies.