Video: Ed Schultz: “Pretty boy” Rubio will be “downright ugly” to senior citizens

posted at 7:35 pm on August 26, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Earlier this week, I wrote about Sen. Marco Rubio’s major national speech at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., noting that the ideas he espoused are the very ideas that will serve as the foundation for any electoral success the GOP enjoys in 2012. Several readers tweeted at and e-mailed me to express their support for Rubio. “What’s not to like?” one asked. Townhall’s Erika Johnsen put it this way: “I can’t believe how much truth he delivers in speeches, teleprompter-free and even off the cuff.”

But to MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, Rubio’s common sense call for personal responsibility and limited government qualified as “Psycho Talk.” Last night on his show, Schultz featured Rubio in a segment so-called (h/t Newsbusters.org).

“Florida Senator Marco Rubio got some good press this week for saving Nancy Reagan from a fall at a Reagan Library event,” Schultz said as he teased to the segment. “But when it comes to the rest of the American senior citizens, Rubio wants to leave them high and dry.”

Schultz then took objection to Rubio’s statements on entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, saying “political hacks like Marco Rubio, who want to get rid of social safety nets” are “what’s weakening our people.”

What were the crazy words that so stirred up Mr. Schultz? Read ‘em for yourself:

These [entitlement] programs actually weakened us as a people. You see, almost forever it was institutions and society that assumed the role of taking care of one another. If someone was sick in your family, you took care of them. If a neighbor met misfortune, you took care of them. You saved for your retirement and for your future because you had to. But all of that changed when the government began to assume those responsibilities. And as government crowded out the institutions in our society that did these things traditionally, it weakened our people.

That’s right. Schultz thinks it’s “psycho” to suggest the most effective social safety net is the family and a strong sense of community.

But to be clear, Rubio didn’t even suggest we eliminate Social Security and Medicare. He simply acknowledged one of the most basic economic truths: People respond to incentives. As the government provided Social Security dollars for retirement and Medicare dollars for health care, folks had less incentive to save for themselves. Unfortunately, people came to rely too heavily on these entitlement programs — such that the programs themselves are broke and, yet, folks aren’t fully in a position to do without them.

No politician would say a word about entitlement reform if entitlement programs weren’t bankrupting the country. Certainly, it’s not politically savvy to tell constituents the government will have to do less for its people than it presently attempts to do. (But note that word “attempts”! It doesn’t actually do what it purports to do in that our much-vaunted and much-maligned entitlement programs presently amount to little more than trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities.) Shoot, it’s such a politically unpalatable thing to say we need entitlement reform that even conservative columnist Byron York over at The Washington Examiner has juggled the numbers by whatever means necessary to make a case that Republicans need not run on entitlement reform in 2012, recognizing, as so many do, that it’s hard a platform with which to win voters. And his column does make sense from an electoral strategy perspective — but it doesn’t change the inescapable reality that entitlement programs need to be reformed and the sooner, the better.

Rubio’s message is simple and it’s a far more hopeful one than any President Obama has delivered. It’s that we as Americans don’t need the government to provide for our retirement or for our health care. Yes, we need the government to provide certain services we can’t provide for ourselves — like national defense. And yes, it’s nice, when the nation can afford it, to know the most basic of social safety nets is in place.

But, when it comes to our day-to-day needs, we can provide for ourselves and for our neighbors. Admittedly, conservatives who extol this truth have to put their money where their mouths are: They have to work diligently and give generously. Otherwise, it’s just talk. But, as it turns out, most conservatives do. Republicans, for example, give more to charity than do Democrats.

For anyone who has never been taught that it is possible to earn success (and that you’ll be happier for having earned it!), for everyone who has always been told to look to the government or to someone else for provision and guidance, Rubio’s message is intensely liberating. You need not be indebted to a government that manipulates your vote with promises of treats. You need look no further than the end of your arms for the hands to help — or maybe, in especially tough times, to your family, friends and other local institutions. You needn’t even be spared the consequences of your failures (and failure, in itself, can be liberating — for proof, look at all the successful men in our history were refined in the fires of failure, from the ready example of Thomas Edison to Michael Jordan!). You can take advantage of the opportunities before you, build a network of familiar support and live free of government interference.

That sounds anything but ugly to me.


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Ed Schultz should just broadcast Monday, Wednesday & Fridays.

So he could leave Tuesdays & Thursdays for apologizing for all the crap he says.

portlandon on August 26, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Don’t be alarmed, no one listens to Ed “Tits” Schultz anyway. Great rack, small brain.

Mason on August 26, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Jackask.

davidk on August 26, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Does this guy, Ed, actually have eyes? It looks like he looks through two tiny slots in his fat head.

carbon_footprint on August 26, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Ugly Ed is obviously jealous of Marco’s good looks. And who can blame him? :)

honsy on August 26, 2011 at 7:39 PM

I wonder are these people willfully blind? I admit to being one of those “seniors” and Rubio’s common sense thrills my soul. I’m very proud to be among those who voted for him. :~)

jatfla on August 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

That Sgt. Schultz is opposite of me on everything, as are his tens of viewers, it’s as good as it gets.

TXUS on August 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Why are most Schultz’ so dumb?

Heh, this one is scared, silly. Loooong way to go.

If Rubio is picked as VP, Schultz is going to croke “unexpectedly”.

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2011 at 7:49 PM

We should cuts Schultz some slack. No one is better able to identify “psycho talk” than the man who spouts it on a nightly basis for a living.

englishqueen01 on August 26, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Perry gives them nightmares.

Rubio makes them break out in sweat, right before they sleepwalk.

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2011 at 7:54 PM

They were so prepared to have Romney or Palin to whip.

Maybe there is a god.

Schadenfreude on August 26, 2011 at 7:54 PM

…thanks to his Tea Party ideology and his pretty boy looks. But his policies are downright ugly.

I’m not sure, but I think that’s racist. It certainly isn’t very civil. I’ll have to ask a lefty how to twist it into a bit of demagogic hysteria.

RadClown on August 26, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Man-boobs Schultz throws a few insults at a future President of the United States. What stings Tubby the most is that Rubio is a Cuban-American son of Cuban immigrants … and he’s not a Democrat. He’s a Republican.

jdflorida on August 26, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Ed Schultz is dumber than Sgt. Shultz from “Hogan’s Heroes”, and that’s pretty hard to do.

=======================

Sounds like Eddie has some “issues”;
maybe he could use a coupla tissues.

hillbillyjim on August 26, 2011 at 8:07 PM

That’s right. Schultz thinks it’s “psycho” to suggest the most effective social safety net is the family and a strong sense of community.

well, AP. The democrats abort all their kids and send their parents to the death panels, soooo, essentially, they’re right–if big daddy government ain’t around, they’ll be high and dry.////

ted c on August 26, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Their stock in trade is dependency. Schultz is little more than a tout on the corner.

DrSteve on August 26, 2011 at 8:08 PM

if marco rubio were a Democrat, Ed would be polishing his chrome nightly….

ted c on August 26, 2011 at 8:08 PM

I can’t see RUBIO being an attack dog as VP when Perry gets the nomination next Summer.

I think we need an attack dog, FEARLESS Conservative with a proven track record of FIGHTING the Dems.

PERRY / INHOFE 2012!

PappyD61 on August 26, 2011 at 8:12 PM

if marco rubio were a Democrat, Ed would be polishing his chrome nightly….

ted c

. . . but since he’s not, Ed’ll have to settle for polishing his own chrome tonight.

;)

honsy on August 26, 2011 at 8:14 PM

I can’t see RUBIO being an attack dog as VP when Perry gets the nomination next Summer.

I think we need an attack dog, FEARLESS Conservative with a proven track record of FIGHTING the Dems.

PERRY / INHOFE 2012!

PappyD61

I’m afraid you are mistaken. Rubio fits the bill – except he’ll criticize with civility, which will drive the DemoRats and the media nuts!

honsy on August 26, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Ed Schultz “downright ugly” but will be a “pretty boy” to prison inmates.

podank on August 26, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Has Geraldo threatened to spit in Ed’s face yet?

SuperCool on August 26, 2011 at 8:16 PM

He has something called PSYCHO TALK ??????????

1. That should just be floating over his own head the entire show.

2. He could use it well and actually talk about some psychotic seeming things. I can think of dozens off the top of my head. Rubio giving a speech about his beliefs is not and never would be one of them.

bridgetown on August 26, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Ed Schultz is dumber than Sgt. Shultz from “Hogan’s Heroes”, and that’s pretty hard to do. …

hillbillyjim on August 26, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I wasn’t a faithful viewer of the series — I was a little too young when it was on, and my WWII-vet parents disliked the show, saying (correctly) that there was absolutely nothing funny about POW camps — but I think I read somewhere on a TV trivia site that in one episode it was revealed that “Schultzi” had been a toymaker before the war. Sgt. Schultz always struck me as rather sweet, actually, and I think not as dim as he pretended to be to keep himself out of trouble.

John Banner, who played Sgt. Schultz, seems to have been very much a good guy.

Mary in LA on August 26, 2011 at 8:19 PM

it’s msdnc…

they’re all a bunch of tools…when dear leader loses the election, heads will be exploding on that station…I may have to tune in to tingles…tee hee

cmsinaz on August 26, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Remember Obama’s first week in office and Fat Ass sitting in the front row of the press room? Yep, he was never asked back. And that’s when Urkel’s numbers were above sea-level.

Marcus on August 26, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Remember Obama’s first week in office and Fat Ass sitting in the front row of the press room? Yep, he was never asked back. And that’s when Urkel’s numbers were above sea-level.

Marcus on August 26, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Seriously? Ed Schultz had WH press credentials? What did he do to get ‘em revoked?

Mary in LA on August 26, 2011 at 8:25 PM

I know nothing.

hillbillyjim on August 26, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Ed Schultz is a toad, and he is envious of Rubio.

Plus, he’s a wacko liberal hack, so what do you expect?

disa on August 26, 2011 at 8:37 PM

John Banner, who played Sgt. Schultz, seems to have been very much a good guy.

Mary in LA on August 26, 2011 at 8:19 PM

I can’t not like the guy, he shares his name with my great-great-great-great-great-great… (not sure how many generations in there) grandfather, who is buried just across the hill and died in 1784. (You can actually still barely read the engraving on the tombstone!)

hillbillyjim on August 26, 2011 at 8:39 PM

I have a suggestion for the Republicans. We’ve been given a gift from God, because Chuck Schumer is in charge of messaging for the Democrats in the Senate. I can’t think of a more partisan hack to be in charge of messaging. So, since this position seems to be so valuable, I would suggest the Republicans put Marco Rubio in charge of messaging for the Senate Republicans. Can you imagine people throughout the country listening to the message he has? In fact, I believe it’s so good, he should also put someone in the House to do the same thing. Who do the Democrats have over there? Oh yes, Debbie Wasserman Schultz!! I can’t think of 2 more partisan hacks to have in charge of messaging. Do you really believe any independent voters will go with the Democrats after listening to Schumer or Wasserman-Schultz?

I’ll match Rubio against them any day of the week.

Vote Republican and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on August 26, 2011 at 8:40 PM

This D bag makes Al Sharpton look good, and that isn’t good.

MJZZZ on August 26, 2011 at 8:42 PM

(and failure, in itself, can be liberating — for proof, look at all the successful men in our history were refined in the fires of failure, from the ready example of Thomas Edison to Michael Jordan!).

Add Steve Jobs.

Apple went from failure to rule the world.

ex Dem from Miami on August 26, 2011 at 8:47 PM

And the fat boy, good for nothing.

tarpon on August 26, 2011 at 8:53 PM

As a senior citizen — I am a great fan of Marko Rubio.

Dasher on August 26, 2011 at 9:02 PM

These pathetic, liberal, no-brain democrats are really afraid of Marco.

Zorro on August 26, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Shame on him for being such an ass. It’s also silly for HotAir to waste time on him.

lexhamfox on August 26, 2011 at 9:18 PM

if marco rubio were a Democrat, Ed would be polishing his chrome nightly….

ted c

. . . but since he’s not, Ed’ll have to settle for polishing his own chrome tonight.

;)

honsy on August 26, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Don’t think he can find it. That would help explain the angst.

Midas on August 26, 2011 at 9:24 PM

I can’t not like the guy, he shares his name with my great-great-great-great-great-great… (not sure how many generations in there) grandfather, who is buried just across the hill and died in 1784. (You can actually still barely read the engraving on the tombstone!)

hillbillyjim on August 26, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Actually ‘John Banner’ was a stage name. Banner was an Austrian Jew who escaped to the US right before all hell broke lose. He learned how to speak English by watching films and because of his very ‘sryan’ looks found himself playing Nazi heavies in Hollywood B movies. Back in Austria the very real Nazis were murdering his family.
Werner Klemperer and the gentleman who played his XO were also refugeed from Nazi Europe and Robert Clary is a Holocaust survivor.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM

When has Fat Eddie said anything remotely intelligent?

GarandFan on August 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Actually ‘John Banner’ was a stage name. Banner was an Austrian Jew who escaped to the US right before all hell broke lose.

I figured as much, as my roots go back to the Scotch/Irish who settled this territory way back when, on either side of the family tree.

hillbillyjim on August 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

I wasn’t a faithful viewer of the series — I was a little too young when it was on, and my WWII-vet parents disliked the show, saying (correctly) that there was absolutely nothing funny about POW camps — but I think I read somewhere on a TV trivia site that in one episode it was revealed that “Schultzi” had been a toymaker before the war. Sgt. Schultz always struck me as rather sweet, actually, and I think not as dim as he pretended to be to keep himself out of trouble.

John Banner, who played Sgt. Schultz, seems to have been very much a good guy.

Mary in LA on August 26, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Actually, the classic films Stalag 17 and the Great Escape employed humor. I believe most people confused POW camps with “death camps”.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 26, 2011 at 9:42 PM

He is the face of the left………

ultracon on August 26, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Ed Schultz’ rant against Marco Rubio was a product of racism, straight up.

/J. Gawdawfullo

Left Coast Right Mind on August 26, 2011 at 9:54 PM

I wouldn’t click on ed schultz for a million. And yes, Rubio is handsome. Can’t wait until he becomes pres. And I’m a senior!

Bambi on August 26, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Ed Schulktz is to rational thought and sanity what hitler is to Jews.

Hard Right on August 26, 2011 at 10:14 PM

*sniff* Do you smell that?

*sniff* Smells like lib FEAR

KeepOhioRed on August 26, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Newsflash to Tina: You need not quote this crazy person on HA. A dog barks, so what? We get it.

leftnomore on August 26, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Just to show how ignorant Schultz is on this subject, I’m from Florida and voted for Rubio. Rubio ran on repealing Obamacare and revamping Social Security and Medicare. He wasn’t afraid to talk about it in fact, during the debates, they purposely asked him about saying they needed to be dealt with and, rather than back down, he described exactly what the problems were and why they needed to be dealt with. He got over 50% of the vote, in a 3 way race, in Florida. He scored well with all age groups, including seniors.

Apparently Schultz is used to dealing with Democrats, who have to lie about what they’ll do, if they get elected. He can’t scare the people who voted for Rubio because they got just what they voted for. Sort of unique isn’t it?

Vote Republican and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on August 26, 2011 at 11:19 PM

This never gets old:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GviBeffbeBg
I love how they all mock him too.

mizflame98 on August 27, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Ed Schultz

Butter and egg man from Minnesota.

gary fouse on August 27, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Shultz vs. Keith!!

And the winner is??

Sherman1864 on August 27, 2011 at 3:10 AM

Just got one of those silly emails that go around. It claims that:

The grandma calls the
Department of Child and Family Services, and states that the unemployed daughter
is not capable of caring for these children.
DCFS agrees and states
that the child or children
will need to go to foster care.
The grandma then volunteers
to be the foster parent,
and thus receives a check
for $1500 per child per month
in the state of Illinois Total yearly income :
$144,000 tax-free,
not to mention free healthcare (Medicaid)
plus a monthly card entitling her
to free groceries, etc, and a voucher
for 250 free cell phone minutes per month.
This does not even include WIC
and other welfare programs..

If true than Rubio is right – entitlement programs have weakened this country.

ctmom on August 27, 2011 at 9:28 AM

If true than Rubio is right – entitlement programs have weakened this country.

ctmom on August 27, 2011 at 9:28 AM

But Schultz will argue you have no right to say that because they’re entitled to all of that simply because they breathe air.

mizflame98 on August 27, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Have another donut, Ed… you ManBearPig wannabe… what a disgrace… thx MSLSD…

Khun Joe on August 27, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Politically, the Entitlement Program (Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, etc.) issue is really quite simple. Any Republican asked a baited question about it need only say: “We believe the entire ill-conceived and poorly managed system is destined, by its very design, to fail – that it has in fact already begun to fail. The other side doesn’t agree. We are willing to have a serious, non-partisan conversation about how to solve the problem at any time. Until the other side is, they own whatever happens.”

Knott Buyinit on August 27, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Ed Shultz is like a caricature of a propagandist in some bad movie. Why would anyone listen to these people? Who watches them?

Well of course, I know the answer. The ignorant, mindless, want to be unemployed welfare recipients suffering from personality problems. I don’t know who the heck else would actually turn on this garbage, sit down to watch it thinking it is actually a news show.

JellyToast on August 27, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Ed who?
I’ve never seen him on any TV show ever, and I don’t know anyone that’s watched him. The only place I ever hear an “Ed” story is here on Hotair. Since he doesn’t appear to add anything relevant to the discourse, I plan on continuing to not-see.

n0doz on August 27, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Its rich coming from Ed Schultz, considering his favorite family activity was wife beating.

firepilot on August 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM

But to be clear, Rubio didn’t even suggest we eliminate Social Security and Medicare. He simply acknowledged one of the most basic economic truths: People respond to incentives.

That incentive used to be love, now it’s the IRS’s jackboot on your neck.

There was a commercial a few years ago, I forget for what, where mom and dad and Jr were at the dinner table discussing what to do w/gramma now that she can’t live on her own.

“Do we put her in a nursing home?” said mom.

“We don’t have room for her here…” said dad.

“She can have my room” said Jr.

“You can’t solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that caused the problem,” -A. Einstein.

It pains me to hear “conservatives” talk about the need for a social safety net on the federal level at the same time we are trying to fix entitlements as they threaten to drown us. That is the thinking that caused the problem.

The taxes collected and the money borrowed for SS, Medicare/aid etc leave us without resources to take care of our own. Face it: federal programs like these must be eliminated. The states can do whatever they want to provide them, and fail on their own if they screw them up. In fact, states should compete with one another to see who can do the least in this regard, or risk becoming magnets for the indigent.

Families and communities should get back to caring for their members, but this can only happen when their money is not being taken at bayonet point to buy the votes of seniors and other entitlement constituencies.

Until we abandon the idea that the federal govt is about charity and “helping those most needy,” we will continue to circle the vortex.

Akzed on August 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Who is this bottom feeder Ed Schulz? What’s his credentials? I can’t believe anyone would hire him – better yet pay him money.

IlonaE on August 27, 2011 at 4:22 PM

I should have known I’d picked the wrong login nick.

Ugly on August 28, 2011 at 1:28 AM

saying “political hacks like Marco Rubio, who want to get rid of social safety nets” are “what’s weakening our people.”

When will the liberal ass-hats realize it’s a safety net to catch you when you fall, not a hammock to be lived in.

Big John on August 29, 2011 at 1:10 PM