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Getting Comfortable With Marco Rubio

At the Weekly Standard’s Broadmoor Summit, Marco Rubio’s name supposedly stood out along with Scott Walker’s. This may be interesting in as much as attendees at the so-called Summit reflect the views of GOP money men and women. Because as a statistical poll, the sample in Colorado Springs is just a touch small. But the available cash that might flow from those predisposed to give the young Florida senator an earnest listen, is another matter. So the question is: can Rubio start to attract anywhere near the kind of cash that his erstwhile mentor Jeb Bush has been able to? And the reasonable answer is: that depends on what Rubio says and does and on what Jeb says and does.

So how conservative is Rubio? The question is already being asked of Jeb Bush and the answers vary depending on the subject at hand. Education and immigration being the tricky ones. Electable and conservative, on the other hand, is what the press have been saying for at least two years about Marco Rubio, since the NY Times article in 2013. Whether having gotten a favorable review in the NY Times is helpful to Rubio among GOP conservatives is an open question to say the least. As wrote a month ago, Rubio has a good chance of surviving the invisible primary: the endorsement primary where big contributors and party officials with a little valence decide if your candidacy is a feasible one. One would think that the favorable buzz coming out of the Weekly Standard's Broadmoor Summit is an indication of Rubio's good standing in the so-called endorsement primary. But the only true indication will be the cash Rubio can raise over the months leading up to the 2016 polls.

That still leaves the question of how Rubio will resonate with conservative voters out on the trail. One on one he supposedly can be very convincing and seems to have an honest personal conservative beliefs. But he has had to quick step to the right in the last year or so on foreign policy. Taking shots at Obama's foreign policy missteps is hardly news shattering, if a necessary thing for a candidate to do, but economic and domestic issues will be just as important. As a fiscal conservative, a moderate social conservative, and an affable family values man, as well as being Hispanic, his electability and his conservative views seems to mesh comfortably. For now at least. Maybe GOP money movers are becoming more comfortable themselves with Rubio as well. They will have a little time to make up their minds, however. It's Marco's move now.

Posted by AllardK at May 19, 2015 8:10 PM
Comment #395621

Marco Rubio- the answer to the question no one is asking. He is like Ted Cruz without the charisma. His only significant accomplishment was taking the lead on the immigration reform bill, identified by the RNC as the most important single piece of legislation for the GOP after 2012, and then failing, so actually, he has accomplished nothing. When Rubio realized how much Republicans hate the people who would have benefited from the reform, he came out against his own bill.


He used to tell everyone his immigrant parents fled Communism in Cuba because they wanted to be free. It turns out they came to America in the mid 1950’s, before that happened. So it was just a money thing after all.

After 2009, Rubio became a Global Warming Denier. Sometimes. He is clearly a Denier sometimes, but other times, he waffles, especially when confronted with facts. He is one of those ridiculous people who say ‘I am not a scientist, therefore I don’t know anything.’ Snort.

Ok, this next quote is pretty funny:

“GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?

Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

Actually, there are two basic theories about how the universe was created. There is a scientific explanation: that the universe began to expand about 13.7 billion years ago and continues today to do so. And there’s an explanation offered by people who believe that angels are real.

There is a great deal of evidence to support the first theory—galaxies appear to be moving away from us at speeds proportional to their distance, for example. This is called Hubble’s Law, and the observation supports the view that the universe was once tightly clustered. There has also been data, known for nearly half a century, that microwave radiation pervades the universe—which means that the universe was once very hot—which the Big Bang theory suggests. There is, however, no evidence for the angel theory.”

Seriously. Marco Rubio? Well, he’s better than Carson, I will say that, although tied for first place in a recent poll. That’s how bad it is these days with the GOP. What must it be like, going to bed and thinking about being behind Carson in the polls? How does one come to grips with that?

Posted by: phx8 at May 20, 2015 11:16 AM
Comment #395741

I’m waiting for the media to give us some info on the other 348 candidates that are running for President.

Posted by: Weary Willie at May 25, 2015 5:42 PM
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