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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Marco Rubio's Ascent Continues

Posted by on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

The notable thing about this ThinkProgress article titled "8 Reasons Why Marco Rubio Is Not the Republican Savior" is that none of the reasons are notable. By which I mean, none of those reasons are going to keep any Republican from voting for Rubio, and he has years to make himself appear more like a moderate, as he's doing with immigration reform. Rubio walked a very fine line in a live BuzzFeed interview about gay rights on Tuesday, too:

Rubio said he is "against discriminating against people," but would not take a position on the longstanding legislation to address anti-LGBT discrimination, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). He also dodged taking a specific position on whether same-sex couples should receive protections under immigration law, despite his significant investment in immigration issues more broadly.

Rubio has endorsed DOMA in the past, but he now says he doesn't think there should be a Constitutional amendment to end gay marriage. As far as how moderates will receive this information, I think Rubio passed this test. He managed to stick to his conservative anti-gay roots without sounding like a hate-monger.

Rubio's next big challenge is his highest-profile public appearance yet: He's scheduled to give the Republican response to the State of the Union next Tuesday. The response to the State of the Union is one of the hardest speeches a politician can give: They look tiny compared to the grandeur of the SotU, and they're forced into an opposition position, which doesn't generally appeal to people. And if they fuck up the optics of the moment, it can take years to politically recover. It's really rare for someone to come away from the response speech looking stronger than they went in, but if any politician can do this, it's Rubio.


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Now is now the time to be moderate in the GOP they will still nominate a extremist in the 2016 cycle because dang it they lost not due to their views but that the message didn't get out and they nominated a weirdo. After they lose in 2016 you may seem them shifting back to the center right as a party.
Posted by Seattle14 on February 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM · Report this
Also GOP savior implies they can win back the WH and the reasons they gave are good in explaining why Rubio can't.
Posted by Seattle14 on February 7, 2013 at 1:41 PM · Report this
Wasn't Rubio the party savior before the election only to be shuffled to the back of the bus to make way for Mr. P90X? This smacks of the brief moment when Jindal was the new face of the GOP right after Obama was elected because hey, he brown, has a funny name too, and is also known for being smart! Plus, I was under the impression Rubio was only slightly more popular than Rick Scott in FL.
Posted by hal on February 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM · Report this
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on February 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM · Report this
Gurldoggie 5
Who needs saving? We've got Gingrich!
Posted by Gurldoggie on February 7, 2013 at 2:28 PM · Report this
originalcinner 6
Rubio looks 12 now. By 2016 maybe he'll look 15.
Posted by originalcinner on February 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM · Report this
disintegrator 7
Hey, someone else do research for me! Has this whole 'response to the SotU' thing been a long-standing tradition? Because it seems really partisan and petty and I'm pretty embarassed that our country has made it a thing.
Posted by disintegrator on February 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM · Report this
Jonathan Bernstein has an interesting piece about why Rubio is making a mistake giving the response to the SOTU. Basically, there's no upside for Rubio. His speech will either be forgotten or remembered because it was bad. The only ones who seem to benefit are Members of the House who don't have a national profile.


Posted by searunner on February 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Rubio just voted against bringing the Violence against Women act to the floor for debate. He is a horrible human being.
Posted by tigntink on February 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 10
@ 4,

Thanks for posting that link--I was just thinking of that article.

If you're worried about Rubio, forget him. He's in an all-out war with the Spanish-language media, and the hatred is mutual.

Plus, the tongue-talking, Koch-kissing, neofascist, snake-handling, hate-KKKrayzed, far-white base of the RepubliKKKan party will never vote for him in a zillion years.
Posted by Original Andrew on February 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM · Report this
heywhatsit!? 11
@7. I appreciate both your laziness AND honesty. Wikipedia says it started in 1966 but doesn't say who gave it.
Posted by heywhatsit!? on February 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM · Report this
Mark in Colorado 12
What's hilarious is the GOP thinks because Rubio is a Latino, then of course all Latinos will just magically start supporting the republicans. Glad to disappoint them--there are lots and lots of Mexican Americans who loathe Cuban Americans, and vice versa. The world is such an interesting and wondrous place.
Posted by Mark in Colorado on February 7, 2013 at 4:40 PM · Report this
@ 12 - It's similar to how they thought that putting Sarah Palin on the ticket would magically get them all of the Democratic female vote. These people are morons.
Posted by Mike in Olympia on February 7, 2013 at 5:48 PM · Report this
Catherwood 14
@10 has it right: The R's are caught on the horns of a dilemma. One the one hand, their white and racist base turns off minorities by pushing racist policies (amid racist verbiage), and on the other, the marketing solution - putting forward a minority candidate - won't work, because duh, the base is racist, and won't vote for him, even if this managed to bring in some minority votes (it won't). They're fucked, but I'm equally certain the hand-wringing nice-guy D's will join them in fuckedness.
Posted by Catherwood on February 8, 2013 at 8:03 AM · Report this

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