Monday, February 11, 2013

Marco Rubio: The New Republican Front Man



If there is one thing the Republicans learned after this past election it is to put a Latino front and center, now that the Latin-American vote has become a significant swing vote in this country.  Marco Rubio appears to be their man of the hour, picked to rebut Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow night.  But, who is Marco Rubio?

He seems to be pretty much following the model Obama set himself for his improbable Presidential run back in 2008 by releasing his own memoir, An American Son, well in advance of what appears to be a 2016 run.  Rubio has received largely favorable national press, despite not having distinguished himself in any memorable way.

The former Florida state senate leader rode on the swell of the Tea Party in 2010, comfortably defeating Charlie Crist in the Florida U.S. Senate primary, and then wisely tacked back to the middle in the general election to gain moderate support that lifted him to victory over Crist, who ran as an independent, and the distant Democratic challenger, Kendrick Meek.  Rubio seems to be relatively pragmatic for a Republican, or at least knows when to pick his fights.   He has opted in favor of immigration reform (an abrupt shift from 2010 when he attacked McCain on offering amnesty) and has a lenient position on student loans, having recently paid off his own student loans.  On national defense and relations with Cuba, you find the same old GOP hardline views, but he will no doubt reconsider these positions in the wake of Obama's Florida victory in the general election, having won over 50% of the Cuban-American vote, by promising a more liberal view toward Cuban travel.

But, he is always quick to attack Obama, as he did back in May of 2012, when he was invited to speak at a South Carolina fundraiser.  One has to expect he will temper his comments a little in the wake of Obama's victory and high favorable rating among Latinos.

17 comments:

  1. It seems these days everyone has to pretend that Obama is the near cousin of either Hitler or Satan. The worst part about this, other than that it's scurrilous and insulting, is that these shitheads have no qualms about saying any of these things, and about a sitting President of the United States no less! That is all I need to know about this guy. He can't "walk back" from that.

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  2. He sure failed utterly this p.m. Plus, I always love how people benefit from government programs -- such as help with their education or help with their family's medical bills -- that they now want to deny to others. I hope that's the end of his serious ambitions.

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  3. It doesn't matter who the Republicans get to speak for them, they sound exactly the same.

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  4. Meet the New Boss,same as the Old Boss......

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  5. Indeed. Thanks to you and Marti for backing me in FB. It just amazes me when one of my friends starts defending these hacks. The same guy is all over Obama whenever he makes a stumble, but not his dear friend Rubio.

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  6. Rubio will have a long time living this one down,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2DM2U-nXe0

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    1. FYI. Someone named Karen Boswell has emailed me asking if I manage this website. I have not replied.

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  7. A quick review of LinkedIn reveals only one Karen Boswell, Professor at Siena College, New York, who might be interested. Check her email address.

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  8. It is a gmail address, so I don't know if that is the same person.

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  9. I had a professor write me sometime back that his kids were cribbing notes from the blog. I guess I should take that as a compliment. It also may explain some of the spikes we have in viewers. I just wish some of these viewers would comment more, and maybe help generate some interesting discussions.

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    1. So have you heard anything from Ms. Boswell?

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    2. No. Who is to say who this mysterious Ms. Boswell is?

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    3. I have received yet another email from Karen Boswell, so I responded and asked her what her interest is in the American Historical Perspectives blog.

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  10. That would also account for all the weird searches that arrive at this blog, but it is indeed a compliment to all the work you put into your introductions. Now if only the students would put that kind of work into theirs ....

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  11. Back to Marco, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had a field day with his rebuttal. I thought Stewart was spot on in saying that the Republicans again refused to listen to the speech, preferring instead to respond to their "Obama" straw man. Makes you wonder whey they just don't tape their responses, like Boehner did, to avoid huge blunders like this one.

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  12. So now the water bottle moment becomes a promotional tool,

    http://news.yahoo.com/rubio-raises-100-000-off-water-bottle-234123237--abc-news-politics.html

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