Skip to comments.Team Obama: ‘Must … Stop … Rubio!’
Posted on 10/22/2011 7:14:59 AM PDT by Kaslin
The possibililty of Marco Rubio entering the fray has Obama 2012 scrambling for dirt.
Recent articles published in the Washington Post and the St. Petersburg Times delve into the family story of Marco Rubio, Floridas junior senator, implying that hes embellished it for dramatic effect. Its no surprise that Rubio is the subject of increasing amounts of scrutiny from the mainstream media these days, as hes rapidly become one of the most articulate voices for conservatism in America.
Rubios rise to national prominence began when he challenged Floridas Republican governor, Charlie Crist, in the GOP primary in 2010. Although he had been speaker of Floridas House of Representatives, Rubio was virtually unknown outside of Miami. He ran a perfect campaign, with support from the Tea Party: they saw Crist as a “RINO” who embraced President Obama (literally and figuratively). Rubio drove the once extremely popular Crist out of the Republican Party — he is now a pitchman for ambulance-chasing attorneys.
After being inaugurated in January, Rubio waited until June to give his maiden speech on the Senate floor, the last of the freshmen senators to do so. Since then hes been actively attacking President Obama and his policies, on everything from the debt to foreign policy. Hes been a frequent guest on the conservative talk radio circuit, as well as on Fox News.
So compelling is Rubios rhetoric that he has been speculated about for the number two spot on his partys ticket before the top slot is even filled. Though most of the talk has been about Rubio as a running mate, many conservatives, including Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, have openly asked why Senator Rubio isnt running for president.
That speculation about a potential President Marco Rubio has resulted in a high degree of scrutiny among the mainstream media performed with a fervor they never had when it came to investigating the junior senator from Illinois in 2008.
First, Univision ran a piece about Rubios brother in-law, who was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the 1980s when Rubio was a teenager. The piece backfired when Rubio staffers alleged that Univision offered to spike the story if the senator would agree to appear on one of its shows. As a result, several of the GOPs candidates for president said they would boycott any debate hosted by Univision.
Undeterred, the Marco Rubio inquisition continued. A contingent claims that Rubio is not eligible to be president because his parents, who are from Cuba, were not American citizens at the time of his birth. However, Marco Rubio was born in the United States, both of his parents were here legally, he is a citizen of the United States, he has never been a citizen of any other country, and he never had to be naturalized.
In attaining records about the residency status of Rubios parents at the time of his birth, reporters have discovered that they migrated to the United States legally in 1956, a couple of years before Fidel Castro took power in Cuba. Thats only significant inasmuch as Rubio has portrayed himself as the child of exiles from Castros Cuba. The Washington Post and the St. Petersburg Times have now accused Rubio of distorting his familys history to make it more compelling.
The exact date that Rubios parents left Cuba for the United States is a detail that is of little importance to most people outside of South Floridas Cuban-American community, most of whom came over to flee the Castro regime. Were Rubios parents really exiles? The answer is a definite maybe.
First of all, its important to set the context. Prior to 1959 there had been a circular migration pattern between Cuba and Florida dating back centuries, as both were Spanish colonies. That continued even after Florida became a state and on into the 1950s when the doors to both countries were open to each other’s citizens. Cubans often came to the United States and then returned to Cuba, as my maternal grandfather did once.
Its clear that Rubios parents did not leave Cuba in reaction to Fidel Castros rule, but there is reason to give people like the elder Rubios the benefit of the doubt on claiming to be exiles. In 1956 when the Rubios left Cuba, the armed insurrection led by Fidel Castro and his bloodthirsty Argentinean sidekick Ernesto Che Guevara was already well underway. There was a lot of political and social turmoil in the country. Whether the insurrection contributed to their decision to leave or not only they would know. But even if it played no part in their thought process, the fact remains that Castro came to power and changed Cuba radically. So much so that Rubio states that his parents could never go back. In a press release issued by his office, Rubio claims that his mother did return to Cuba in 1961 with the intention of having her husband join her to stay permanently. Upon realizing the direction the country was headed in, she decided to leave for the United States again.
Rubios parents did not become U.S. citizens until 1975. Its quite possible that when they left Cuba in 1956 they had no intention of staying in the United States forever, and we cant assume that they did. But while they were here, a revolution occurred in their home country that was so radical and catastrophic that — like more than a million of their countrymen who have since fled — they believed they could never go back while the illegitimate Castro regime remained in power.
Does that make them exiles? Its good enough for me.
The Rubio embellishes … headline is a twofer for the liberal media. Not only do they get to take a shot at a rising star in the conservative ranks, but also at a Cuban-American. As escapees from the socialist model that leftists revere, Cuban-Americans reject anything that resembles that ideology. This puts Cubans in a very small minority of reliably Republican Hispanics.
It should be noted that the Washington Post has expressed its disdain for Cuban-Americans before. In 2007 they published an outrageous cartoon by Pat Oliphant depicting a boatload of Cubans being shoved off by Uncle Sam, because the cartoonist viewed their opposition to then candidate Obamas hopey-changey agenda as interfering with the 08 election. Also, Manuel Roig-Franzia — the reporter who penned Thursdays Rubio hit piece — has written several rosy portrayals of the Castro regime in Cuba and its alleged reforms. Roig-Franzia recently sold a book on Rubio to Simon & Schuster. Im betting it wont be flattering.
Rubio isn’t running for anything...WTF?
Hmmm...one one rather be out-usurped or out-alinskyed???
Still wondering about Obama’s social security card issued in Connecticut in 1977...a state he’d never been to. Nine layered birth certificate...with his father’s race listed as “African”...for other blacks the listing was “Negro”.
No senior thesis or college grades anyone could look at. Seem to be locked up, along with his passport records. Nobody remembers him at Occidental or Columbia...he magically gets into Harvard Law...still, we can’t see his LSAT, nor his admission records.
The WaPo has time and money to investigae Rubio, though.
From the bunch that could not so much as view the birth certificate, passport files, acedemic records or financial records of his excellency we get this type crap.
Scrutiny...MSM code for digging dirt and inventing it if they can’t find it.
Any investigation of Rubio’s origin/birth is a joke considering the free pass Barry Soetoro has received.
Marco Rubio has stated over and over again that he is not running.
Off subject, but that line reminded me of my first Tea Party in DC on 9/12/09, on the Amtrak.
We met 2 sisters from Cuba who's family lived through the beginnings of Castro's power. Their parents knew what was coming and started hoarding food. The monsters would raid family homes, as they did these sisters home, took most of the food and left them with barely anything.
They spoke of men on the roofs of peoples homes, attempting to listen for ANY negative talk about Castro. They all had to whisper when they spoke....in their own homes.
By the Grace of God, their parents and family escaped and came to America. These 2 sisters are Tea Party Patriots because they lived through the start of Castro's regime, saw how it happened and see the SAME thing happening here.
It was quite enlightening to hear their stories.
Exactly. The hypocrisy is unbelievable. The media accepted “Dreams From My Father” as gospel, yet they’re trying to play “gotcha” with when exactly Rubio’s parents came from Cuba. It’s disgusting.
Embellishing family history is a pretty serious charge. /s> LOL! These guys are desperate.
I am certain Rubio is not going to run, but it is very entertaining to see the media tie itself in knots trying to neutralize him.
Little Barry, or whatever they were calling him, never knew his father and his promiscuous mother was never legally married to the Kenyan flash.
In this regard Obozo and Billy Goat Clinton have this in common. They're both b-stards.
While the LMSM can explain any their dementia over Sara as just an oddball incident they would be hard pressed (yes, there is a pun there) to explain away two such incidents.
I think they view their attacks on Rubio as “preventive medicine” more or less authorized by Obamacare.
VP. That’s why the attacks.
I don't think that Mitt will ever get above 30% in the polls...so right now, it's between Cain and Perry, if Cain is for real, and doesn't implode, and if Perry can get his campaign back on track.
The question now is how committed are supporterd for those two, or are they just die-hard anyone but Mitt voters?
I so hope he runs for President someday, but since he appears to be a man of principal and loves this country, I believe he will do the right thing and finish out his term in the senate and then decide. We are sooooo blessed to have a man like him in the senate, upsetting the status quo. Along with Rand Paul and a few others they are riling up the “old liberal bulls”.
Yet, within 24 hours of a domestic quarrel the world knew every detail of Tiger Woods' personal life.
--- America needs a "Media Spring"
The article is absurd.
Remember that the MSM did more investigating of Joe the plumber Wurzelbacher in 24 hours than they did of Baraq in 24 months.
Reading through the story, I can just imagine the changes the mad dog media would make if Rubio were a democrat, especially if he were a radical.
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