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Do you know that Florida GOP Senator, Marco Rubio, is a "rising star" in the Republican Party? Sure you did. Why? Because every time Rubio's name appears in a print article, the tag-a-long descriptor "rising star" accompanies his name. It's uncanny.
Also, too...did you know that Time magazine's recent edition has a picture of Rubio on it's cover with the declaration, "The Republican Savior"...and this byline, "How Marco Rubio became the new voice of the GOP." Again, no kidding. What's a bit surprising to this blogger is how Time left the question mark off of the end of "The Republican Savior." I guess the Time people enjoy clairvoyant powers.
HuffPo captures the essence of Marco-mania....."Lately, it seems just about everyone is fascinated by the junior senator from Florida."
Four years ago, another young GOP-savior-on-deck, Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, was mentioned as a, you know, "rising star" within the GOP. At the time of Jindal's SOTU response, he was said to have presidential ambitions. Jindal is young with not-white skin.....and Republicans thought for sure that he would be just the right face to break the 'party only of white men' image of the GOP. However, in giving the GOP response to Obama's SOTU in 2009, Jindal came across like Mr Rogers on Qualudes.
Now the new GOP shooting star is Marco Rubio. Son of Cuban immigrants....young, articulate, with a boyish face and not-exactly-white skin. The GOP sees in young Marco the very stylistic change they so desperately need for the party to respond to their, minorities-don't-vote-for-us reality. It was no surprise, then, when Marco Rubio was slated to give the 2013 response to Obama's SOTU.
To be fair, in responding to Obama, Rubio didn't come across as drugged up on some real mellow, relaxing stuff, like Jindal did in 2009.....but young Marco did come across as greener-than-grass.....confused on policy.....and not-quite-ready-for-prime-time. "Republican Savior?" Hardly.
Because conservatism, it is believed, can never fail....it can only be failed....the Republican Party never changes it's policy planks. Why would they....if the ideology they believe in is infallible? Because of this belief in conservative infallibility, what becomes the most vital ingredient in any GOP "rising star" is the candidate's ability to camouflage unpopular conservative policies in less offensive "messaging."
That's what young Marco attempted to do in his response Tuesday night to Obama's SOTU. I'm thinking that Marco will need to buy better camouflage counselors....because, sorry, Rubio only offered up old outdated, debunked, recycled Fox talking points on Tuesday night. Reagan and the younger Bush knew how to put makeup on that infallible conservative pig...but Rubio needs a bit more practice....
"a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies."
This is a lie. Repeated so often by professional liars on Fox, it's no wonder Marco believes it too....if he really does believe it. The housing crisis was not created by "reckless government policies" like the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), passed originally by Jimmy Carter. Instead, The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission concluded...
"We conclude widespread failures in financial regulation and supervision proved devastating to the stability of the nation’s financial markets"
The Federal Reserve's conclusion over the CRA accusation........
"The Federal Reserve Board has found no connection between CRA and the subprime mortgage problems...Our analysis found that only six percent of all higher-priced loans were made by CRA-covered lenders to borrowers and neighborhoods targeted by the CRA."
Young Marco again...
"Simplifying our tax code will also help the middle class, because it will make it easier for small businesses to hire and grow."
Less than 3% of all small businesses earn more than $250,000 per year. Less than that earn more than $450,000 per year, the new Obama threshold for increased income tax rates. America does not have a supply side economic problem.....there's plenty of supply...it has a demand-side problem. Rubio either doesn't get it...or he does and he simply was air-brushing his "messaging."
"Every dollar our government borrows is money that isn’t being invested to create jobs. And the uncertainty created by the debt is one reason why many businesses aren’t hiring."
Rubbish. Total rubbish. Uncertainty has nothing to do with high unemployment numbers....let alone some uncertainty about the national debt....instead, lack-of-demand has created those high unemployment numbers. The claim that government borrowing is inhibiting job creation is patently untrue. Consumers do not have enough money or credit to jump start a strong recovery, not because the government is borrowing too much...but because they don't have jobs...and the jobs they have do not pay enough.
I could care less about Rubio's water bottle "slurp" moment the other night. The Villagers love that shite. I don't. What is important about Rubio's response to Obama's SOTU is the fact that he came across as wet behind the ears....still too rough around the edges to dress that infallible conservative pig up sufficiently so that Americans can't recognize it for the pig that it is.
But he's been declared the "Republican Savior" by all the Very Serious People.