Video: Rubio rocks CPAC

posted at 12:50 pm on February 18, 2010 by Allahpundit

Politico has a quickie edit of the best moments and a transcript of the choicest excerpts. (His most memorable line was about the salutary effect of the D.C. snowpocalypse.) There’s nothing groundbreaking here, but there doesn’t need to be. The point was to introduce himself to conservative America, serve up thick cuts of Grade A red meat, and take the occasional shot — indirectly, by needling Specter — at Charlie Crist. Mission accomplished. WaPo and Hotline report multiple standing ovations, and Ben Smith’s hearing chatter in the hallways about writing Rubio in as an alternative to Palin and Romney in the CPAC straw poll. An interesting point from Philip Klein:

Rubio has been billed as a rising star on the right, and in some senses, his speech was the mirror image of then state senator Barack Obama’s 2004 speech to the Democratic National Convention. To be clear, I’m not branding Rubio as a conservative answer to Obama or suggesting that this speech will have anywhere near the impact. But both speeches used similar framing to advocate very different ends. Back in 2004, Obama, similar to Rubio today, said that, “in no other country on earth, is my story even possible.” The difference is that Obama used that as a jumping off point to argue for a renewal of liberalism while Rubio used a similar theme to call for a resurgence of conservatism.

That’s a nice analogy, deepened by the buzz of youthful promise that they share. The One was an exciting break from the aging, wooden Gore/Kerry model of Democratic leadership when he made his splash in 2004; same today with Rubio (and Palin, of course) vis-a-vis McCain, Cheney, etc. Optics and charisma matter, and the optics and charisma here are good. It’s no coincidence that he was tapped to lead off a CPAC geared towards establishing a new conservative order.

Only one false note worth mentioning: Making teleprompter jokes about Obama when you’re … standing in front of a teleprompter?


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orlandocajun on February 18, 2010 at 2:37 PM

People were pushing Jindal for the Presidency as soon as he got elected Governor. Same thing with Scott Brown. That doesn’t mean that they’re not both fantastic Republicans, but being President ain’t beanbag.

Buy Danish on February 18, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Did his money bomb make it to the 787K? anyone know,? they didn’t really update it like Scotty Bs.

ted c on February 18, 2010 at 12:21 PM

They missed by a bit Ted, ended up at something like 720K, still a very good showing for single push

JusDreamin on February 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Yup, but the SCF moneybomb for Rubio (IIRC) topped 100K which was run on the same day. So for the day he made well more than 787K.

clement on February 18, 2010 at 5:39 PM

I live in Florida and have watched him for some time…. he’s the real deal.

You gonna qualify that?

Squid Shark on February 18, 2010 at 6:14 PM

It’s WAAAAY to early for him, but that kid’s got a future! I’m looking forward to tracking his progress!

Yellowdog12 on February 18, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Only one false note worth mentioning: Making teleprompter jokes about Obama when you’re … standing in front of a teleprompter?

Do you always buy Huffpo spin AP? Check out the unedited speech on youtube, esp 1:48. Rubio is clearly using hardcopy notes. There might have been teleprompters there, but he wasn’t using them.

entropent on February 18, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Forgot to add the link.

Here.

entropent on February 18, 2010 at 7:22 PM

AP, unlike you I’ve seen Rubio speak. He is exactly the same without teleprompters because he actually believes in his core what he is saying. You never miss a chance to take a dig at strong conservatives, do you?

Weber48IDA on February 18, 2010 at 8:07 PM

He is exactly the same without teleprompters because he actually believes in his core what he is saying.

Until he gets to Tallahassee, then he lines up at the trough like the other pigs.

Squid Shark on February 18, 2010 at 8:24 PM

He’s going to win.

Get used to it.

Saltysam on February 19, 2010 at 12:21 AM

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