Rubio meets the bloggers … and more

posted at 3:30 pm on February 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

A few bloggers got a chance to meet with Marco Rubio after his speech at CPAC this morning. At least, that’s how it started. After a couple of minutes, the establishment media figured out what was happening and began flooding into the room. They arrived just in time to hear Rubio talk about the new establishment, and why it holds politicians more accountable than the previous one:

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Rubio is the establishment’s “anti-establishment” candidate.

How is he different than Mel Martinez on positions btw?

Spathi on February 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Spathi on February 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM
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Yeah, you’re right. Let’s all just vote Democrat instead.

uknowmorethanme on February 18, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Rubio is the establishment’s “anti-establishment” candidate.

How is he different than Mel Martinez on positions btw?

Spathi on February 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Charlie, is that you? Blogging from the tanning booth again?

stenwin77 on February 18, 2010 at 3:34 PM

He differs by defeating a totally useless RINO in the primary. That works for me.

karenhasfreedom on February 18, 2010 at 3:34 PM

It’s only a short matter of time when Rubio replaces Palin in the libs hit-list.

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 3:35 PM

It’s only a short matter of time when Rubio replaces Palin in the libs hit-list.

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 3:35 PM

I don’t think it’ll be as bad. For one, I don’t believe he has a child that has special needs and I believe the libs treat conservative women differently than they do conservative men.

deidre on February 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM

It’s only a short matter of time when Rubio replaces Palin in the libs hit-list.

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Naaah, he has male genitalia. He won’t be as easy of a target.

For some reason, they are a lot more hateful towards conservative women than men.

UltimateBob on February 18, 2010 at 3:38 PM

I don’t think it’ll be as bad. For one, I don’t believe he has a child that has special needs and I believe the libs treat conservative women differently than they do conservative men.

deidre on February 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Agreed. They treat conservative women 10 times worse than they treat liberal women.

capejasmine on February 18, 2010 at 3:40 PM

deidre on February 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM

True on Palin, but I think in terms of pure political strategy, Rubio will surpass her. Off the chart hatred of Palin exceeds politics IMO. Rubio is the bizzaro Obama, and in their eyes could be more of a threat. Just my opinion though.

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 3:42 PM

They arrived just in time to hear Rubio talk about the new establishment, and why it holds politicians more accountable than the previous one:

So wrote blogger employed by a big EVIL corporation. ;-)

WashJeff on February 18, 2010 at 3:44 PM

blockquote>deidre on February 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM
True on Palin, but I think in terms of pure political strategy, Rubio will surpass her. Off the chart hatred of Palin exceeds politics IMO. Rubio is the bizzaro Obama, and in their eyes could be more of a threat. Just my opinion though.

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 3:42 PM

+10

HomeoftheBrave on February 18, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Rubio is the establishment’s “anti-establishment” candidate.
How is he different than Mel Martinez on positions btw?
Spathi on February 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Christ supported Porkulus…Rubio was against it.

The End

orlandocajun on February 18, 2010 at 3:45 PM

BizzaroObama…..Beeeeeeutiiifullll!

HomeoftheBrave on February 18, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Agreed. They treat conservative women 10 times worse than they treat liberal women.

capejasmine on February 18, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Substitute “blacks” for “women” and you will have another true statement.

Aviator on February 18, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I’ll throw it out there……….

Palin ~ Rubio ticket 2012………..

If they can Walk the Walk………

They got my Vote.

RealMc on February 18, 2010 at 3:48 PM

So wrote blogger employed by a big EVIL corporation. ;-)

WashJeff on February 18, 2010 at 3:44 PM

chuckle

publiuspen on February 18, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Agreed. They treat conservative women 10 times worse than they treat liberal women.

capejasmine on February 18, 2010 at 3:40 PM

That’s because the Left believes the women owe their vote and progress to the Left. Hence, it owns them. Those who don’t follow are traitors to their gender.

promachus on February 18, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Rubio is the establishment’s “anti-establishment” candidate.

How is he different than Mel Martinez on positions btw?

Spathi on February 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Fear is a stinky cologne.

David2.0 on February 18, 2010 at 3:55 PM

posted at 3:30 pm on February 18, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Spathi on February 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Interesting how you can make an informed, intelligent, insightful opinion on a post with an 8:53 minute video clip that goes to the heart of the matter only after 1:00 minute.

Or maybe you can’t…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 18, 2010 at 3:55 PM

And yes, this was funny to read:

After a couple of minutes, the establishment media figured out what was happening and began flooding into the room.

Salem Communications is a publicly-traded company and the fifth-largest radio station owner, owning 99 commercial radio stations according to its Wiki.

We’d hate for establishment media to get involved, though. :-)

amerpundit on February 18, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Christ supported Porkulus…Rubio was against it.

The End

orlandocajun on February 18, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I don’t think Jesus did any such thing. He viewed evil and good, including charity, as an individual-will driven thing.

unclesmrgol on February 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM

It’s only a short matter of time when Rubio replaces Palin in the libs hit-list.

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Naaah, he has male genitalia. He won’t be as easy of a target.

For some reason, they are a lot more hateful towards conservative women than men.

UltimateBob on February 18, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Doesn’t matter. He comes from Cuban parents. Any Hispanic who doesn’t belong to the Democrats is an Enemy of the People to them. He WILL be targeted.

newton on February 18, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Rubio is the establishment’s “anti-establishment” candidate.

How is he different than Mel Martinez on positions btw?

Spathi on February 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Why would you compare Rubio to another Hispanic, you racist piece of shit.

David2.0 on February 18, 2010 at 4:01 PM

unclesmrgol on February 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Plus he was Jewish….heeyoooo

**leaves the room**

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Ed – Rubio is in the middle of a scandal in FL that at best questions his conservative credentials. It can’t be denied that he has some dirt on his hands. Does anyone have the balls to question him on this or are we gonna wait for the Dems to tear him down once nominated?

If this (new) movement is just about bringing in a new faux conservative then what good is it?

Rubio is right – we deserve a new level of accountability from out leaders.

Start splaining pal!

iam7545 on February 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM

I have met Marco Rubio, he is the real deal, a tried and true conservative. He has attended and been warmly received at many many tea parties around Florida.

He deserves your support.

tarpon on February 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Why would you compare Rubio to another Hispanic, you racist piece of shit.

David2.0 on February 18, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I take it you’re being sarcastic. But just in case, Rubio is running to replace Martinez. The current senator is George LeMieux only because Crist appointed him to replace Martinez, who resigned.

amerpundit on February 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM

We’d hate for establishment media to get involved, though. :-)

amerpundit on February 18, 2010 at 3:57 PM

It is going to be fun razzing Ed and AP on this one!

WashJeff on February 18, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Can we order a couple of thousand Marco Rubio’s to run across the fruited plain? We can call it the “re-distribution of sanity”

Rovin on February 18, 2010 at 4:05 PM

I have met Marco Rubio, he is the real deal, a tried and true conservative. He has attended and been warmly received at many many tea parties around Florida.

He deserves your support.

tarpon on February 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM

cool, thanks for the advice. I gave to his money bomb and look forward to seeing him do well.

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Christ supported Porkulus…Rubio was against it.

The End

orlandocajun on February 18, 2010 at 3:45 PM
I don’t think Jesus did any such thing. He viewed evil and good, including charity, as an individual-will driven thing.

unclesmrgol on February 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Jesus is now Governor of Florida?

Maybe he’ll cancel that $3.5 million turtle crossing.

All those turtles need is love……..not a tunnel paid for by Porkulus.

David2.0 on February 18, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Sarah*/Marco/Liz 2012 (U-Pic-2)

*What about making it Liz/Marco, and then giving Sarah Steele’s job? Wouldn’t she be the perfect person to raise money for Republican candidates, to ‘Death Panel’ the DemocRAT’s evil plans from the sidelines, and to ‘rope-a-dope’ DemocRAT candidates across the land into pounding on her and forgetting about their actual Republican opposition? Isn’t that what Steele is supposed to be doing? If we must replace Steele (and, we must!), wouldn’t it be a wise PR move to replace him without reducing perceived Republican leadership ‘diversity’ (…whooo…*hack*…pitooey!…pardon my French!).

Knott Buyinit on February 18, 2010 at 4:07 PM

newton on February 18, 2010 at 4:01 PM

In all honesty, (and I do not like to generalize but I think in this case it has to be said)the latino vote in this nation is very independent. Latinos for the most part are very conservative socially and tend to be fiscally conservative for the most part. The dems cannot possibly be stupid enough to go race card on Rubio because they will lose the vote easily.

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 4:09 PM

I take it you’re being sarcastic. But just in case, Rubio is running to replace Martinez. The current senator is George LeMieux only because Crist appointed him to replace Martinez, who resigned.

amerpundit on February 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM

I was, but thank you for taking the time to educate.

Seriously. :-)

David2.0 on February 18, 2010 at 4:11 PM

you know what struck me about that clip? The big media folks coming in for a few seconds, getting a soundbite and walking out of the room. That’s how they do it. They get a picture and a few words and then spin it out of context rather than listening to the whole thing.

unmeritedfavor on February 18, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Knott Buyinit on February 18, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Liz Cheney would be perfect as the GOP head. Unlike Steele, she has the actual ability to pwn the libs in the press. I love Palin and if she runs, I will be on the team here.But quite frankly, if she doesnt run, she is very useful in what she is doing now. She can maybe even be the Soros for the right.

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 4:14 PM

I have met Marco Rubio, he is the real deal, a tried and true conservative. He has attended and been warmly received at many many tea parties around Florida.

He deserves your support.

tarpon on February 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Are you aware of this –


Rubio on the hot seat

iam7545 on February 18, 2010 at 4:19 PM

As a long time Rubio supporter I am proud of his appearance at CPAC today and I think his stock just went up by sevaral points. I have supported him since before June of 2009 via my blog and I believe that my instincts were on the mark. As George Will said, “Rubio will win.”

Nelsa on February 18, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I’ll throw it out there……….

Palin ~ Rubio ticket 2012………..

If they can Walk the Walk………

They got my Vote.

RealMc on February 18, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Nope. Can’t do it. Kathleen Parker tells us that having Palin (evil White devil) seen with a minority is raaacist.

SouthernGent on February 18, 2010 at 4:28 PM

you know what struck me about that clip? The big media folks coming in for a few seconds, getting a soundbite and walking out of the room. That’s how they do it. They get a picture and a few words and then spin it out of context rather than listening to the whole thing.
unmeritedfavor on February 18, 2010 at 4:13 PM

The flyby media at their best. I noticed that too. Some one should take down all their names and the papers they write for and fact check the stories they publish tomorrow. Oh wait! that’s what the blogosphere does. The problem is, it’s not done enough.

And they don’t care to listen, they’re programmed drones working for the echo chambers of the elite media

Rovin on February 18, 2010 at 4:29 PM

How is he different than Mel Martinez on positions btw?

Martinez, who is still in his first term in the Senate, has been one of the few Republicans who has generally opposed offshore drilling (which isn’t totally surprising, given his state’s geography). Even in the rush to open up the outer continental shelf this summer, he fought to keep rigs at least 125 miles away from the state’s touristy Gulf Coast.

Rubio: “I support a comprehensive energy plan that encourages nuclear energy, exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and environmentally safe leasing of oil and natural gas fields in the outer continental shelf and on federally owned lands with oil shale in the West. As senator, I will stand for policies that make us more energy efficient, less reliant on foreign sources of oil, create jobs and ease the burden on family budgets.”

Martinez: “On May 15, 2009, Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) introduced the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2454). This bill would create an absolute cap on total emissions from all covered entities including the electric power, transportation, oil and gas industry, and other commercial sectors with the goal of reducing greenhouse gases. This cap would be lowered over time through 2050, and a government-created market would be established to sell and trade emission allowances. On June 26, 2009, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2454 by a vote of 219-212. H.R. 2454 now awaits further consideration in the Senate.

I believe that the threat of climate change is real, and I am working with my colleagues in the Senate to regulate and reduce greenhouse emissions. As we consider climate change legislation, we need to ensure that the laws we pass will in fact reduce carbon emissions and lessen the threat of catastrophic climate change. Additionally, we need to consider and attempt to mitigate any negative effects the new laws would have on our economy, energy prices, and Americans living on fixed incomes.”

Rubio: “As a U.S. senator, I would oppose a national energy tax on American consumers, farmers and business owners. At a time when our economy is struggling, a cap-and-trade scheme would further strain family budgets and destroy jobs. Creating jobs in the energy sectors and becoming more energy efficient requires entrepreneurial innovation, not big government mandates. Instead of higher energy bills and job losses, the American people deserve a comprehensive, job-creating energy policy that promotes energy efficiency, alternative energy production and the development of our own natural resources.”

Nichevo on February 18, 2010 at 4:31 PM

I don’t think it’ll be as bad. For one, I don’t believe he has a child that has special needs and I believe the libs treat conservative women differently than they do conservative men.

deidre on February 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM

On the other hand, he’s a minority who’s conservative, and that is not permited.

MarkTheGreat on February 18, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Christ supported Porkulus…Rubio was against it.

The End

orlandocajun on February 18, 2010 at 3:45 PM

To the best of my knowledge, Christ hasn’t taken any positions on recent political events.
Crist on the other hand campaigned in support of porkulus.

MarkTheGreat on February 18, 2010 at 4:34 PM

@iam7545

So, if anybody Rubio ever worked with in the Florida House ever did anything wrong, Rubio is to blame and is disqualified from seeking higher office? Are you willing to follow that logic with Crist or, dare I say, Dear Leader?

Knott Buyinit on February 18, 2010 at 4:35 PM

he’s a force…

D2Boston on February 18, 2010 at 4:38 PM

iam7545 on February 18, 2010 at 4:19 PM

The libs are getting desperate.

MarkTheGreat on February 18, 2010 at 4:39 PM

He’s good. He’s very good.

Now I’d like to see him in an adversarial interview.

You know, somebody who hates his guts.

Like a mainstream “journalist”

notagool on February 18, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Spathi on February 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Remember HA the Spathi are scared little aliens who hide in one of several pods on their ships. They fly fast, run away alot and shoot from their butts.

OK so i’ve played Star Control before, so!?!

MechEng5by5 on February 18, 2010 at 4:58 PM

‘Rubio vs Soetoro’ has a title bout ring to it.

BHO Jonestown on February 18, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Why would you compare Rubio to another Hispanic, you racist piece of shit.

Because he’s replacing Mel Martinez. duh

Spathi on February 18, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Why would you compare Rubio to another Hispanic, you racist piece of shit.

David2.0 on February 18, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Try not to be such an asshole.

jaime on February 18, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Rubio supported by Bush Family……end of story.

Google it

PappyD61 on February 18, 2010 at 5:40 PM

If I could design a modern day Repub, this it it. Mexi-flavored, hot looking and humorous… no one can dislike him, except Crist (which tells me all I need to know).

leftnomore on February 18, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Rubio supported by Bush Family……end of story.

Google it

PappyD61 on February 18, 2010 at 5:40 PM

So what? Bozo.

leftnomore on February 18, 2010 at 6:17 PM

FREE David2.0! — to go back to watching MSNBC.

leftnomore on February 18, 2010 at 6:20 PM

I have met Marco Rubio, he is the real deal, a tried and true conservative. He has attended and been warmly received at many many tea parties around Florida.

He deserves your support.

tarpon on February 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM

What, because he told you so? Obama said he was a post-partisan moderate. You believe him too?

Squid Shark on February 18, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Nichevo on February 18, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Words are cheap, but apparently you Rubes can be bought for a few pretty ones.

I expect better of Ed, but I think he has been sweet talked too.

Squid Shark on February 18, 2010 at 6:35 PM

I love his use of the term “political class”.

That’s some class warfare I can get behind.

forest on February 18, 2010 at 7:07 PM

In all honesty, (and I do not like to generalize but I think in this case it has to be said)the latino vote in this nation is very independent. Latinos for the most part are very conservative socially and tend to be fiscally conservative for the most part. The dems cannot possibly be stupid enough to go race card on Rubio because they will lose the vote easily.

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Since I am a wise Latina woman *cough, cough* I can tell you about Latinos more than y’all can figure out. Perhaps another wise Latino/a can do basically the same:

1-Culture is a big deal; afraid of being “melted in the pot” and get American influence in their youth or customs (sorry it happens Latinos, get on with it);

2-There are people like me, that do care about this country, about local politics, and are interested and treasure several aspects of the US Constitution. So many have served and died, it was overwhelming when I visited the Memorial in DC. Most of them from Puerto Rico. And we are not even a state nor we vote for President! GRRR!!

3-There are those that need to be kicked out of the country; take advantage of the system; the Social Security, welfare, have 20 kids for more welfare, WIC, or “anchor” themselves into this country. I want them OUT. They don’t benefit this country, nor me because I pay the consequences through racism and looks.

4-We treasure religion a LOT. I guess you can tell by my posts. I don’t take it lightly if my religion is used as a politically expedient move, nor do I like when a politician takes to the pulpit (including Obama) and gives some speech. Well, look at the Kennedy funeral. I was disgusted how they used the House of God for their own agenda. Look how that turned out…they have been stripped of their own power and lust.

5-Latinos are mostly professional, educated and love clothes and curves. We strive for the best of our potential and seek that politicians do what we ask them to. And with the Internet, it’s very easy to keep track of their promises.

6-We appreciate it if they look out for us. Just like any regular Caucasians, African Americans, etc. THEIR mainstream media leans more towards illegals, Mexican issues, etc. I stopped watching those news because they don’t identify with me, and they seem to aim more at illegal immigrant’s rights. In a nutshell: Whoever’s against amnesty will be put down by their media (Univision).

7-Those that seek to serve this country (hopefully) will show the best of our talents and expertise. Please give them a chance.

ProudPalinFan on February 18, 2010 at 7:08 PM

<blockquoteProudPalinFan on February 18, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I am latino (puerto rican) but I am too young to be wise. That said, that is a great breakdown.

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 7:58 PM

So wrote blogger employed by a big EVIL corporation. ;-)

WashJeff on February 18, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Look at you, one day in and you’re already biting the hand that feeds you.

Blacksmith8 on February 18, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Dunno know much about the man. But I like what he is saying here very very much. I think we can trust (and verify) where Rubio is concerned.

Sherman1864 on February 18, 2010 at 9:53 PM

@ Knott Buyinit on February 18, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Rubio hired the guy, supported him and covered for him. They are very close political allies. He deserves some scrutiny on this issue as it does NOT represent the person he says he is.

iam7545 on February 18, 2010 at 10:40 PM

True on Palin, but I think in terms of pure political strategy, Rubio will surpass her. Off the chart hatred of Palin exceeds politics IMO. Rubio is the bizzaro bizarro Obama, and in their eyes could be more of a threat. Just my opinion though.

JVelez on February 18, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Bizzaro BizarroObama…..Beeeeeeutiiifullll!

HomeoftheBrave on February 18, 2010 at 3:46 PM

FIFY

Sorry, I had to!

Bizarro No. 1 on February 18, 2010 at 11:54 PM