Operation Get Rubio

posted at 5:45 pm on October 29, 2011 by Jorge Bonilla

Previously, I discussed a systematic collusion of media and other left-leaning organizations intent on the impeachment of Marco Rubio’s Hispanic authenticity, as part of an effort to wreck his national viability as a candidate for higher elected office.  These efforts seemed similar, in style and operation, to the manner in which Miguel Estrada was blocked from the judiciary.

Since then we’ve seen the timeline story put forth by the Washington Post, as was Wednesday’s hit piece, and a near-identical Politico piece.  Viewed together, the timing of these articles (as well as their content) seems to anticipate, and attempt to pre-empt, Marco Rubio’s presence on the GOP’s 2012 ticket (despite his denials to date), and confirm my initial concerns.

The (alleged) strategy behind the Univision piece that ran in July (the first big hit; a direct attack on his family and an indirect guilt-by-association attack on Rubio) was outrageous by design.  I suspect that the piece was solely intended to draw media attention to Rubio. The subsequent reaction was ultimately more important than the actual content of the piece (not unlike a very loud but weak bomb).  What other reason could justify such coercive tactics (allegedly)?  As I mentioned then, it seemed highly unlikely that Univision would incur (allegedly) the risk of “plata o plomo” tactics for five minutes of immigration cagefighting between Rubio and Jorge Ramos.

One’s a point.

The strategy behind the timeline piece was to undermine Rubio’s personal credibility.  In order to establish ethnic inauthenticity, there must first be proof of a personal deception.  The timeline discrepancy opens enough of a window for that speculation to blossom, by raising questions over the Rubio family timeline and creating the whole immigrant/exile schism of the past couple of days.

Two’s a pattern.

The “Rubio could pose a risk” piece which ran Wednesday shows a congealing of the “(because he does not align with Mexican-Americans on immigration) Rubio is not Hispanic enough” meme.  It is no small coincidence that Politico ran a near-identical piece just hours later.  However, the true tell of these pieces is that they both come from a “culture angle”, as James O’ Keefe III exposed yesterday.  Both of these stories come, specifically, from a “look at what Hispanics are saying about Marco Rubio” angle similar to the “look at what the internet culture is saying about Obama” approach described by Clay Shirky (“culture angle” explanation at the 2:15 mark).  This is how the MSM has decided to go about impeaching Marco Rubio’s national profile and aspirations to higher office.

Three’s a trend.

The nature of the press coverage of Marco Rubio, and the clear escalation of its adversarial tone confirm my initial suspicions beyond a reasonable doubt.  Operation Get Rubio is well underway.

 

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Already starting slinging mud for the 2016 prez election.

davidk on October 29, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Why not? It worked for Palin and now they are emboldened.

kim roy on October 29, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Previously, I discussed a systematic collusion of media and other left-leaning organizations intent on the impeachment of Marco Rubio’s Hispanic authenticity, as part of an effort to wreck his national viability as a candidate for higher elected office. These efforts seemed similar, in style and operation, to the manner in which Miguel Estrada was blocked from the judiciary.

OPERATION HIGH-TECH LYNCHING.

Yes, we’ve seen this before (and we’ll see it again won’t we Mr. Cain).

PappyD61 on October 29, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Gues he shouldn’t have lied then.

mythicknight on October 29, 2011 at 5:52 PM

You mean to tell me that the Whoredog Media was emboldened after they drove Palin from the race?

You mean all the Conservative Chum in the water has caused the sharks to go after more blood from the right?

WOW, Revelation.

Another gift of “Miss GAME ON” and her decision to slink back to the Klondike as a person that doesn’t need a title.

Thanks Palin.

PappyD61 on October 29, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Suzanne Martinez in New Mexico is next.

PappyD61 on October 29, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Why not? It worked for Palin and now they are emboldened.

kim roy on October 29, 2011 at 5:50 PM

This started well before Palin. Can you say macaca?

CW on October 29, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Gues he shouldn’t have lied then.

mythicknight on October 29, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Well except that he didn’t

Seems you are the only liar.

CW on October 29, 2011 at 5:56 PM

The leftists continue to reveal themselves as liars, underhanded, and partisan hacks. What idiots!

ultracon on October 29, 2011 at 6:08 PM

This started well before Palin. Can you say macaca?

CW on October 29, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Can you say Bork?

Wethal on October 29, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Gues he shouldn’t have lied then.

mythickhead on October 29, 2011 at 5:52 PM

It’s too bad Axelrod doesn’t pay you to actually read this articles huh? Too bad, you might learn something.

Dawnsblood on October 29, 2011 at 6:10 PM

CW on October 29, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Can you say Bork?

Wethal on October 29, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Through the years the left has had the machine. Occasionally when they have a dem given to them on a silver platter they might crush him but they do love to dig and go after the right. Yeh …no bias…my arse.

CW on October 29, 2011 at 6:13 PM

You mean to tell me that the Whoredog Media was emboldened after they drove Palin from the race?

You mean all the Conservative Chum in the water has caused the sharks to go after more blood from the right?

WOW, Revelation.

Another gift of “Miss GAME ON” and her decision to slink back to the Klondike as a person that doesn’t need a title.

Thanks Palin.

PappyD61 on October 29, 2011 at 5:54 PM

If you’re any indication of the value of taking years of public abuse, threats, smears, etc, then I don’t blame her one bit for walking away. It was mind boggling that your comment and comments from others here (diva, screechy, attention wh*re, stupid) were coming from “conservatives”.

We have no idea why she did. My belief is that her family asked her not to – that THEY might have been tired of having their dirty laundry aired and being threatened.

It’s comments like this that make sane and good people turn away and we are left with the Romneys (politician for the sake of being a politician) of the world. Do you think the liberals would be as passive as we are? Of course not. That’s why their media lies, covers up and participates in Alinsky tactics.

Thanks for showing how easy it is for them and how we will always be on the short end.

kim roy on October 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Can you say Bork?

Wethal on October 29, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Can you say Reagan? They tried to make him out as an unstable idiot despite two terms as governor and a strong intellectual and ideological foundation.

amerpundit on October 29, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Fun fact: Feminist Florynce Kennedy promised in 1991 to destroy Clarence Thomas’ chances at the court, too. “We’re going to bork him. We’re going to kill him politically … This little creep, where did he come from?” Her words.

They’ll destroy conservatives at any price. But minority conservatives? They see them as an even bigger threat. Which is why they’re going after Rubio, too.

amerpundit on October 29, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Gues he shouldn’t have lied then.

I call troll!

Yes, the campaign to get Marco Rubio is on, all right. The ankle-biters are out in force. Too bad nobody with any brains is going to listen.

hachiban on October 29, 2011 at 6:31 PM

that is very interesting. personal destruction has been one of the best weapons that the left has….well, that and being able to control the media so thoroughly that truth has little hope of getting through

also, just in passing, i see that the Coffee Party has been resurrected and in now into the CitizensIntervention

Evidently today is the DAY that they take their msg to DC…with the support of Common Cause, OWS, etc. etc.

cspan was kind enough to give ms. park time on their air to shill for them

these people are hard to listen to. the self-contradictions are frequent. Not Very Bright…but useful

r keller on October 29, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Can you say Reagan? They tried to make him out as an unstable idiot despite two terms as governor and a strong intellectual and ideological foundation.

amerpundit on October 29, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Can you say AuH2O?

29Victor on October 29, 2011 at 6:35 PM

PappyD61 on October 29, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Are you serious? I thought Palin’s explanation for not running was well thought out and respectful of her many fans. She has plenty of time to make a run. If Mittens gets the nod we will need her out there working hard to take the Senate back from Dingy Harry and his bunch of hacks.

psychocyber on October 29, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Can you say AuH2O?

29Victor on October 29, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Can you say…I give up. Point being, this is a tactic going way back in history. Now they’ve moved on to Rubio. And if she starts to go national, they’ll do it to Governor Martinez of New Mexico, too.

amerpundit on October 29, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Gues he shouldn’t have lied then.

mythicknight on October 29, 2011 at 5:52 PM

The WaPo Comment section is down the hall. Last door on the Left.

F-

Del Dolemonte on October 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

They’ll destroy conservatives at any price. But minority conservatives? They see them as an even bigger threat. Which is why they’re going after Rubio, too.

amerpundit on October 29, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Yep. If Dems think Republicans can get a majority of Latinos to feel excited about voting Republican, watch out. If Rubio is the VP nominee expect Lefty reporters to begin self-immolating on camera. It’s gonna be awesome.

29Victor on October 29, 2011 at 6:44 PM

shameful but this is the lsm we are talking about….

cmsinaz on October 29, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Would you expect anything less?

The Dems have painted themselves into a corner by becoming the party of the cultural elite who portray the rednecks in flyover country as the “bad half” of America, in order to appeal to urban hipsters and upper middle class college grads. A lot of those church going, gun toting bitter clingers are working class, but they’ll never vote for the Dems after they’ve been dissed so badly. That’s why OWS will never go anywhere. It’s all suburban college kids, homeless drifters, and union thugs.

The lynch pin (no pun intended) of the Dems 40 year old strategy of using the social movements of the 60′s to divide the country along cultural/intellectual lines, is the idea that slavery and segregation are a mark of Cain that America can never erase. As long as Blacks are angry, there will always be a market for upper middle class White guilt.

But what the Dems didn’t anticipate was a whole new influx of non-White immigrants from Asia and Latin America, who would not necessarily buy into casting themselves as victims. Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley and Marco Rubio have the ability to take a sledgehammer to the Dems’ 40 year game plan. Jindal and Haley aren’t that important to them, because Indian Americans are still pretty small in numbers. Rubio is a different story because he’s Hispanic, therefore, he must be destroyed.

ardenenoch on October 29, 2011 at 6:50 PM

at least we know now that at least Coldplay has joined the GOP.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G4isv_Fylg&ob=av2e

of course the version of Paradise they are talking about is probably more OWS than finding your inner Republican.

:-)

PappyD61 on October 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM

…..and yes Goldwater was really the first full bore attempt to destroy the Conservative.

Although I bet any that saw the election of 1912 would argue that Taft was the first. Maybe back then people referred to Conservatives being “TAFTED”?

Ironic isn’t it that in 1912 we had a Conservative, a die-hard Progressive, and a faux Conservative as a third party spoiler. That election ended with the real racist Progressive winning. Looks like we might face the same thing exactly 100 years later.

Think how different America could have been if Teddy Roosevelt the faux Conservative Republican (and self-exposed) Progressive would have not run and Taft could have easily beaten Wilson (who created the IRS and the FEDERAL RESERVE).

Think how different America could have been if Barry Goldwater, a real Conservative at the time, could have defeated Lyndon “Great Society” Johnson. LBJ gave us Medicare, Medicaid and tens of thousands of Americans dying in Vietnam. He also gave us WELFARE which destroyed the Black community in America for generations to come.

Elections matter, history confirms over and over again.

PappyD61 on October 29, 2011 at 7:04 PM

I’m not sure this is going to work as they intend. It may well backfire on them as Hispanics tend to stick together.

bluefox on October 29, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Why not? It worked for Palin and now they are emboldened.

kim roy on October 29, 2011 at 5:50 PM

It worked because hoards of chuckleheads on our side we only too happy to help.

CurtZHP on October 29, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Rubio should stop whining. If he’s not prepared to handle questions on from national media, he should not aspire to national office.

promachus on October 29, 2011 at 8:16 PM

You mean to tell me that the Whoredog Media was emboldened after they drove Palin from the race?

You mean all the Conservative Chum in the water has caused the sharks to go after more blood from the right?

WOW, Revelation.

Another gift of “Miss GAME ON” and her decision to slink back to the Klondike as a person that doesn’t need a title.

Thanks Palin.

PappyD61 on October 29, 2011 at 5:54 PM

It was “republicans” that sabotaged and betrayed Palin.

I dont blame her for not running.

the_nile on October 29, 2011 at 8:21 PM

This can not be done without the cooperation of the LSM. My biggest hope is that they’ve played this game so many times that, by next year they will have zero credibility. They have to be fairly close now, Obama’s numbers aren’t going down because they’ve been treating him like they did Bush, that’s for sure.

I not only expect more negative against Cain and Rubio but also a few of those fake polls they’re also famous for, showing blacks believing Cain isn’t black enough and Rubio not being Hispanic enough.

bflat879 on October 29, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Gert Frobe’s character said it better in Goldfinger:

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action.

bgoldman on October 29, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Gues he shouldn’t have lied then.

mythicknight on October 29, 2011 at 5:52 PM

promachus on October 29, 2011 at 8:16 PM

A special message for you.

antisocial on October 29, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I wouldn’t vote for Marco Rubio on a national ticket anyway. Between his GOP credit cards scandal including investigation of him by the IRS, the ‘Taj Mahal’ courthouse scandal, the Turnpike contract scandal, the hospital lobbying scandals, the Florida Int’l University teaching job scandal, his lobbying earmarks scandals, his tobacco company tax break scandal, some of his family members being drug dealers, the rampant nepotism, the rumored (but not proven) affair he had with an attractive lobbyist, all that and more, and finally… he lied about embellished the story about his family roots.

‘Squeaky clean’ Marco Rubio is an unethical sod. He goes on and on as he always has over the years however small or large the scandals have been pretending he doesn’t know anything about anything and ends up asserting that he is all just simply ‘misunderstood’. Rubio’s caught in a lie but does he man up and take the heat like a man? Nope. Show some humility, admit the lie in a straightforward manner and apologize as sincerely as you can, then just move on instead of falsely playing the victim.

FlatFoot on October 29, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Gues he shouldn’t have lied then.

mythicknight on October 29, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Go “Occupy” something!

RonDelDon on October 29, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Why it’s so important for Rubio to mount an equally systematic and determined attack of exposure against the Left. This has never been done. Palin didn’t do it and lost her opportunity to try. Politicians who think they can “rise above it” or can “count on the good sense of the people” or otherwise avert their gaze and “focus on their responsibility to their constituents” are doomed. Those days are gone. Fight back, Rubio. Call out the Left. Call them out by name. Call them “the Left.” Fight. It’s the only way.

rrpjr on October 29, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Univision aside, Rubio stole money, lied about Frist lied about his conservative credentials and is now caught lying about his background

Research him – we have seen that CPAC and the Tea Party have not been the most diligent vetters of their flavors of the month

Rubio has achieved what? He’s sharply good looking and ery polished – so is Romney btw

EricPWJohnson on October 29, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Nothing new under the sun, but folks, this only works if we allow it. Too many sat back and let the left destroy Palin, and some of ours joined in. When do we wake up, when do we strike back? The only ones on our side to talk back are Rush and Levine.

jainphx on October 30, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Can any of you imagine what going after Obama like they went after Palin and now Rubio would have looked like? Hell, he can’t even keep his own history of the last year straight! How who his father is? Or where he was born? How did he pay for a two week trip to Pakistan when he was a broke kid in college? How did he pay for college? Where did he live and whom did he date? Bill Ayres book “Dreams From My Father” has conflicting accounts and time lines about Obama’s life. How did he get into Harvard? Who paid for it? What were his grades while there? How did he come up with the money to buy his mansion in Chicago and how did he get the seller to sell him a piece of useless land that was part of the mansion’s property? See how much fun we could have with Obama and his past lies? Is this the most fertile piece of history available to the media in two centuries? Yes it is but it would hurt their agenda and they had rather go out of business than print the truth.

inspectorudy on October 30, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Guess he shouldn’t have lied then.
mythicknight on October 29, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Well except that he didn’t
Seems you are the only liar.
CW on October 29, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Then why did he remove “my parents came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover.” from the biography on his website?

rjl1999 on October 30, 2011 at 2:08 AM

It worked for Palin and now they are emboldened.

It only “worked” for Palin because lots of Republicans/conservatives decided the media criticism of her made her “unelectable” and ran away from her as fast as humanly possible.

So when we let the media get away with it, of course they’ll be emboldened: they’ve learned the best way to destroy decent candidates is to criticize them mercilessly (and often falsely) and we’ll scatter rather than defend our candidates.

englishqueen01 on October 30, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Mr. Bonilla, you might be interested in watching the commentary of Dee Dee Garcia Blase, an anti-Tea-Party, Hispanic activist in Tucson who writes the “Arizona Hispanic Republicans” blog on TucsonCitizen.com. I’m seeing lots of anti-Rubio stuff from her.

smagar on October 30, 2011 at 8:51 AM

smagar on October 30, 2011 at 8:51 AM

No longer Republican.

Jorge Bonilla on October 30, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Rubio ought to let it out his family first left Cuba fleeing the corruption of the Batista regime for the freedom of America. After the Revolution they checked out the situation and found it even worse.

People forget that Cuba was a shithole politically before Castro. Why not remind them?

edshepp on October 30, 2011 at 11:58 AM