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New Republic: Rubio The Reasonable Republican
NPR ^ | Aug. 25, 2011 | T.A. Frank

Posted on 08/26/2011 1:32:39 PM PDT by La Enchiladita

I saw him Tuesday night. I saw Senator Marco Rubio in person as he delivered a speech at the Ronald Reagan Library outside of Los Angeles. I saw Marco Rubio catch Nancy Reagan as she stumbled. And I saw Marco Rubio offering coy answers to the question everyone in the press was there to see him answer: would you want to be vice president?

...Rubio is known as a Tea-Party candidate, or semi-Tea-Party candidate, but he didn't throw any rhetorical bombs Tuesday. That alone made him sort of agreeable. There were moments when he dared to offer a gram of risky honesty and an ounce of real ideas.

On the honesty part, for example, he admitted, obliquely, that George W. Bush had raided the nation's piggy bank and subsequently beaten the piggy to death. "I know that it's popular in my party to blame the president, the current president," Rubio said. "But the truth is that the only thing this president has done is accelerate policies that were already in place, and were doomed to fail."

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: gwb; marcorubio; next; presidentbush; rubio; senatorestupido
This is the latest installment in my series of "the dimming luster of Marco Rubio's star" postings.

Enjoy.

1 posted on 08/26/2011 1:32:41 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: All

Like I give a ***** what NPR (Commie Radio) thinks.


2 posted on 08/26/2011 1:35:08 PM PDT by troy McClure
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To: La Enchiladita

Rubio is going to be president one day. The NPR might want to do one on “The Reasonable DemocRAT”. Unfortunately, there aren’t any.


3 posted on 08/26/2011 1:37:06 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If the Tea Party was a bunch of Islamofascist "rebels", would the state run "media" like us too?)
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To: La Enchiladita

Well, that gives me second thoughts. I think conservatives should be wary of most of these politicians, including Rick Perry.


4 posted on 08/26/2011 1:38:22 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: La Enchiladita

Speaking the truth will not dim anyone’s luster. And no politician is going to please us 100% of the time. We’ve got to stop with idolatry of politicians! They are not saviors & they are not infallible.


5 posted on 08/26/2011 1:39:20 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: La Enchiladita
George W. Bush had raided the nation's piggy bank

As I recall, Senator, back in those days the Congress still wrote the budget.

6 posted on 08/26/2011 1:40:32 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Did you listen to Rubio’s speech at the Reagan Library?
It was a lot of rambling, semi-rhetoric and posturing that did not clarify his convictions, if he has them. I don’t know.

I was excited about him just before and after his election, but that was before he started stumbling. Sorry, I have to be honest. First, he opined on Meet the Press that he opposed Ryan’s budget plan when it was new. Later, he got on board with it.

Among other things, along with McCain/Graham/Lieberman, he validated the Libyan rebels as the legitimate government of Libya last month.

Honestly, I think he is not as bright as has been assumed.


7 posted on 08/26/2011 1:42:01 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I said it, I meant it and I represent it.)
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To: troy McClure

Where were you a day or so ago when the text of Rubio’s speech was posted here on FR? It got 6 or 7 replies at best and a few of those were doubtful also.


8 posted on 08/26/2011 1:43:31 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I said it, I meant it and I represent it.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Seriously? Rubio has been spot on for going on two years now. I have seen a constant series of huge praise for his speech this week at the Reagan library, but you pull up some ridiculous NPR article and use to opportunity bash him.


9 posted on 08/26/2011 1:46:20 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: ilgipper
Rubio has been spot on for going on two years now.

In what capacity? I believe he held an office in state government?

10 posted on 08/26/2011 1:54:12 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I said it, I meant it and I represent it.)
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To: La Enchiladita

He was Speaker of the House in the Florida legislature.


11 posted on 08/26/2011 1:55:40 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Rubio is going to be president one day.

Marco Rubio

born May 28, 1971 in Miami, FL (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)

Parents were
Mario Rubio born in Cuba, naturalized Nov. 5, 1975.
Oria Garcia born in Cuba, naturalized Nov. 5, 1975.

Parents were NOT US Citizens at the time of his birth (Does NOT meet the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)

Marco Rubio is NOT a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN.

Morco's status is the same as that of Barry Soetoro, aka Barack Hussein Obama, who is NOT a Natural Born Citizen.

12 posted on 08/26/2011 2:20:15 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: GeronL
As I recall, Senator, back in those days the Congress still wrote the budget.

Then I guess we can't blame Obama for the deficits of the last few years either.

13 posted on 08/26/2011 2:20:25 PM PDT by Huck (I don't believe there is just one God--humanity seems like the work of a committee to me.)
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To: La Enchiladita

NPR will hardly have a dimming effect on anybody. Everyone, including its listeners know they lean lib. What little I’ve seen of Rubio has been impressive, he speaks well, and although he’s imperfect as all candidates seem to be, he appears to be centrally conservative which is a good thing in the mostly liberal senate.


14 posted on 08/26/2011 2:25:22 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Huck

When was the last time they passed an actual budget? ‘09?


15 posted on 08/26/2011 2:32:53 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Well that pesky old paper writer by those rotten old white men says not. But then who gives a damn about what the constitution says.


16 posted on 08/26/2011 2:43:45 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: ilgipper
Rubio has not passed the senator experience mark of Obummer as of yet.
17 posted on 08/26/2011 2:47:23 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: org.whodat

Sorry. Didn’t know he was ineligible. Guess I should have done my homework. But then again, the Constitution didn’t stop the Kenyan...


18 posted on 08/26/2011 2:50:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If the Tea Party was a bunch of Islamofascist "rebels", would the state run "media" like us too?)
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To: La Enchiladita

Notice the prejudice in the title, “The Reasonable Republican”, from taxpayer-funded NPR and it worries me greatly that he would win praise from NPR-makes me think he must be really bad. I hope not.


19 posted on 08/26/2011 3:27:32 PM PDT by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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To: GeronL
. I think conservatives should be wary of most of these politicians, including Rick Perry.

Yes. A nearly universal truth is that we work hard to elect our guys and when they get to Washington they aren't our guys anymore.

20 posted on 08/26/2011 5:50:35 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: La Enchiladita

rubio is soft on illegals

hispano primero....americano segundo

shame....coulda been a contnder


21 posted on 08/26/2011 5:57:50 PM PDT by wardaddy (I support Bachmann...or Palin should she enter...but I am not a Palin Harpy...know the difference)
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To: arthurus

Isn’t that the truth!


22 posted on 08/26/2011 6:02:37 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: GeronL
Don't even try to play that game. Bush did not veto or fight the wild spending budgets the crooked Tom DeLay claimed were "fat free" (2005) and, really Bush vetoed next to nothing throughout his presidency.

You have to go back about 175 years, to Andrew Jackson, before you can find a two-term president with fewer vetoes than W and even to Harding in the 1920s for a one termer with fewer vetoes.

Clearly, W wanted what he got from the Congress.

23 posted on 08/26/2011 7:05:01 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: ASA Vet
Parents were NOT US Citizens at the time of his birth (Does NOT meet the Jus Sanguinis made-up birther Requirement)

As far as the Constitution goes, Rubio is eligible.

24 posted on 08/26/2011 7:09:25 PM PDT by Gena Bukin (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: newzjunkey

I was not defending Bush.


25 posted on 08/26/2011 7:25:54 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Sorry. Didn’t know he was ineligible. Guess I should have done my homework.

Only if you limit your homework to birther conspiracy websites. Nobody else is buying this nonsense.

26 posted on 08/26/2011 8:02:31 PM PDT by Gena Bukin (Perry/Rubio 2012)
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To: org.whodat
Rubio has not passed the senator experience mark of Obummer as of yet. Depends if you count days campaigning or not :). I think he might have already eclipsed Obama's actual days in the capital. I agree, he needs to prove his stripes and get enough experience before he goes for a higher office, including VP. While I would love to see him on the campaign trail representing our side, I don't think it is the right long-term move for himself or the conservative movement. I am hoping he resists the overtures, but is the keynote speaker in Tampa next year.
27 posted on 08/26/2011 8:29:14 PM PDT by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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