Is there a D.C. whisper campaign against Marco Rubio?

posted at 4:57 pm on March 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

There sure is, says Marc Thiessen. Matt Lewis made the same point more than a month ago, noting that that unbelievably shoddy Reuters hit piece in January wasn’t the only story questioning Rubio’s past to bubble up in the national media lately. Go figure that Democrats would be anxious to torpedo “the conservative Obama” before he lands on the ticket and becomes a mortal threat in 2016 or 2020.

In the Headlines thread on Thiessen’s piece, Steven Den Beste comments, “God knows, we wouldn’t want to have anybody in the Executive branch who hadn’t been fully vetted by the press!”

In recent months, a whispering campaign has spread in Washington suggesting that Rubio may look good on paper, but he cannot “pass vet” for the vice presidential nomination. The whispers became more audible last October following a hit piece by Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia, who accused Rubio of deliberately “embellishing” his family history by saying that his parents arrived in the United States after Castro took power when they, in fact, arrived during the Batista years. (I pointed out at the time that the story offered zero evidence that Rubio intentionally misled anyone).

Then in February came the revelation that when Rubio was 8 years old and living in Las Vegas, his family was baptized into the Church of Latter-day Saints and attended a Mormon church for a few years before returning to Catholicism. Rubio’s detractors pounced, ridiculously arguing that this disqualifies him from serving as Romney’s running mate, because conservatives would never accept an “all Mormon ticket.”…

The Great Whisperer has used these stories to plant seeds of doubt about Rubio: How well do we really know this guy? What else is there in his record? Indeed, the whispers are making their way into the mainstream commentary. Even in ranking Rubio first on his vice presidential list, The Post’s Chris Cillizza writes, “We hear whispers that his time in the state legislature could be mined by a good opposition researcher.” And this month, the National Journal downgraded Rubio’s position on its vice presidential power rankings because, it claimed, Rubio “skated into office without much of his past being vetted in the media. That would change in a hurry if he’s tapped for the vice presidency, and coming four years after Sarah Palin had such trouble adjusting to harsh scrutiny, that’s a very real concern for some Republicans. After all, Tallahassee has its own secrets.” (Miami Herald political reporter Marc Caputo vigorously disputes the suggestion that Rubio was elected without proper scrutiny by the Florida press corps.)

Roig-Franzia, the WaPo reporter who broke the story about Rubio’s family, has a biography of him coming out in June that’s bound to be brimming with Democratic oppo research. As Thiessen notes, that’s one reason Rubio’s rushing out his own book — to beat his enemies to the punch in defining his image. But it’s not the only reason: Read this timely Tampa Bay Times piece noting that a lot of the moves Rubio’s made lately, including hiring his own oppo research team to make sure there are no skeletons in his closet that he’s unaware of, look like the maneuverings of a guy who’s preparing to join a national ticket. Two questions, though. If the economy grows the next two months and unemployment drops, would Rubio want to be on a ticket that suddenly looks like it’s a longshot against The One? He’s a polished speaker and has spent more than a year in the Senate getting up to speed on national policy, so he’d acquit himself well on the trail regardless. Even in a losing effort, the increased national exposure would make him a top-tier candidate for 2016. But there is a stigma in losing, and that stigma would be significant if Romney/Rubio ended up underperforming among the Latino voters whom Rubio’s supposed to deliver. He’s going to be a top-tier candidate in 2016 whether he’s on the ticket or not. Why take the risk in joining it?

Two: Are we sure it’s Democrats and liberals who are exclusively to blame for the whispering? There are a lot of young, ambitious Republican governors and legislators out there eyeing this guy as a huge obstacle to the nomination for them down the road. In fact, arguably it’s his Republican rivals, not the Democrats, who have the most to gain by dropping oppo on him now. If the Dems have something big in the pipe, they’re better off letting Romney put him on the ticket and then feeding it to the media. For Republicans, though, the time to derail Rubio is before he joins the ticket and instantly becomes a presidential-level star. That’s not to say the left isn’t responsible for some or most of the hit pieces appearing in the media food chain, but I’d be surprised if they’re responsible for all of it.


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Bmore on March 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Marco makes up good stories. He should put on a green sweater and take over for Mr. Rogers.

KeninCT on March 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Bishop, take note of who I blocked from getting your spot. You owe me. ; )

Bmore on March 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

As usual, the dimmycrats prefer character assassination. That’s why they’re “dim,” of course.

n0doz on March 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I can hardly wait for idiot4life to chime in on this one with the usually profound, keen and astute observations…

av8tr on March 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I would vote for a Romney/Rubio ticket in a heartbeat.

John the Libertarian on March 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia, who accused Rubio of deliberately “embellishing” his family history by saying that his parents arrived in the United States after Castro took power when they, in fact, arrived during the Batista years.

This is ridiculous. Everyone knows his parents met at Selma five years after he was born.

Kataklysmic on March 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

First, he’s for amnesty. Second, there is that whole natural born citizen thing. Third, picking candidates because they are the right sex or color is getting disgusting. I would hope we would have learned better from our experience with the one.

aniptofar on March 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

So Republicans DO NOT plan to vet Obama Hussein Odinga yet again , right ?

burrata on March 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Even in a losing effort, the increased national exposure would make him a top-tier candidate for 2016. But there is a stigma in losing, and that stigma would be significant if Romney/Rubio ended up underperforming among the Latino voters whom Rubio’s supposed to deliver. He’s going to be a top-tier candidate in 2016 whether he’s on the ticket or not. Why take the risk in joining it?

Better to be on the losing ticket(although it won’t lose, IMO) and get the national exposure that’ll make him the frontrunner in 2016. It’s not like Rubio’s the only guy sitting on the bench waiting to be called into the game in 4 years. The GOP has plenty of promising up-and-comers like Rand Paul, Allen West, Susana Martinez, Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and Bobby Jindal. And many of them will offer executive experience that Rubio lacks.

Rubio will need an edge over the rest of that field, and considering Jindal, West, and Martinez all negate the identity politics advantage, having his national profile raised by being a Vice Presidential candidate would be the best way to elevate his stature for 2016 or beyond.

Doughboy on March 26, 2012 at 5:06 PM

You owe me. ; )

Bmore on March 26, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I’ve just reread his union contract, and it appears he is entitled to such benefits, fringe or otherwise, even if he refuses to show up for work.

John the Libertarian on March 26, 2012 at 5:06 PM

They torpedo all up and coming Republicans. I am amazed it took them this long to attack him. Journolists are only there to change the world by controlling the narrative.

Grunt on March 26, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I would vote for a Romney/Rubio ticket in a heartbeat.

John the Libertarian on March 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Me too, and the Obama campaign knows it, thus the recent hit piece stories. Remember Obama never won a race that he didn’t personally destroy his opponents character… it’s the Chicago way…

sandee on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

If the best you have on Rubio is that his family may have left Cuba two years earlier than expected, and that he attended a Mormon church for a few months when he was eight, I’ll take the guy!

There is no way Marco Rubio served 9 years in the Florida legislature, became Speaker of the Florida House, and then was elected U.S. Senator from Florida without a pretty thorough vetting.

Outlander on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Putting a former Mormon the ticket is sure loser and y’all know it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

If the economy recovers it will be the first time that has ever happened with energy prices this high. I could list 100′s of reason my dog could win the Presidential election over Obama.

The fact is, if Jesus Christ was running the MSM would accuse him of 1000′s of sins.

Sanmon on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Rubio is to the left of most blue dogs when it comes to immigration.

I’m not a fan. The governor of VA will be the perfect choice.

social-justice on March 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I Need a Date. Please visit my website.

KeninCT on March 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I would vote for a Romney/Rubio ticket in a heartbeat.

so would I but i would like Rubio to be fully vetted before.

Its going to be hard enough to defeat obama as is without surprises

gerrym51 on March 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

First, he’s for amnesty. Second, there is that whole natural born citizen thing. Third, picking candidates because they are the right sex or color is getting disgusting. I would hope we would have learned better from our experience with the one.

aniptofar on March 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Assuming that the natural born citizen clause disqualifies Rubio or Obama (which I don’t believe it does) it would disqualify Romney and Santorum as well. Santorum’s father was born in Italy, Romney’s born in Mexico. But people don’t talk about Romney’s or Santorum’s eligibility, and I can only think of one reason why.

vegconservative on March 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I’m a loser and y’all know it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Thanks for the clarification sweetheart.

NapaConservative on March 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

John the Libertarian on March 26, 2012 at 5:06 PM

: )

Bmore on March 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM

KeninCT Needs a Date. Please visit his website.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

NapaConservative on March 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

LOL! ; )

Bmore on March 26, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Go figure that Democrats would be anxious to torpedo “the conservative Obama” before he lands on the ticket and becomes a mortal threat in 2016 or 2020.

What’s wrong with 2012?

Romney/Rubio 2012!

The fact is, if Jesus Christ was running the MSM would accuse him of 1000′s of sins.

Sanmon on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Show me his birth certificate.

MJBrutus on March 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Putting a former Mormon the ticket is sure loser and y’all know it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

As I just posted in the past hour liberal4life has about 5 lines and she keeps recycling them. She is one dumb poster.

CW on March 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Where’s Emperor Ed Norton to tell us Rubio’s not an American?

“Hello, Ball!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvN8BNCdeN8

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 5:16 PM

This is ridiculous. Everyone knows his parents met at Selma five years after he was born.

Kataklysmic on March 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Not only that, his uncle liberated Jews from Auschwitz .
Then the uncle cried in his attic for ever after that !!

burrata on March 26, 2012 at 5:16 PM

i would like Rubio to be fully vetted before.

gerrym51 on March 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Oh, we’ll get that and more. They’ll just make stuff up.

John the Libertarian on March 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Rubio is a talented politician. It’s no surprise Dems would try to torpedo. But to Dems I say: TRY HARDER!

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Marco makes up good stories. He should put on a green sweater and take over for Mr. Rogers.

KeninCT on March 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM

He is a mensch, a husband, father and a real man, with a pair.

You are a gnat.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Rubio’s detractors pounced, ridiculously arguing that this disqualifies him from serving as Romney’s running mate, because conservatives would never accept an “all Mormon ticket.”…

Evangelical conservatives believe that once a Mormon, always a Mormon … in spite of a conversion experience? Who are these people and why have I never heard of them?

aunursa on March 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Not only that, his uncle liberated Jews from Auschwitz .
Then the uncle cried in his attic for ever after that !!

burrata on March 26, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Heaven forbid we get someone in the Executive Branch who embellishes his family history.

Kataklysmic on March 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I would vote for a Romney/Rubio ticket in a heartbeat.

I would vote for a stuffed parrot and a stuffed parakeet running for the Republican ticket in opposition to Obama.

hachiban on March 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

If Mitt is the One, it will NOT be Rubio.

It will be Gov. McDonnell.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Sorry, but I’m just too cynical to swallow this sort of thing anymore. “Whispering campaign”? If anyone considered Rubio a threat, they’d go after him like Godzilla just as they did with Palin. I suspect a little bit of stagecraft here to burnish Rubio’s “outsider, not part of Washington” bona fides.

ddrintn on March 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

***puts on birther hat***

Marco Rubio is not a “Natural born”

social-justice on March 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Two: Are we sure it’s Democrats and liberals who are exclusively to blame for the whispering? There are a lot of young, ambitious Republican governors and legislators out there eyeing this guy as a huge obstacle to the nomination for them down the road.

It’s all politics. None of them can be trusted when ambition is driving the train, regardless of party. Rats in a box.

a capella on March 26, 2012 at 5:21 PM

If this is what they have (both of which concern choices made by his parents when he was 8 and before he was born) he must be the cleanest, bestest, brightest, most wonderfulest man ever to serve in the US Senate.

Jocon307 on March 26, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I would vote for a stuffed parrot and a stuffed parakeet running for the Republican ticket in opposition to Obama.

I can honestly say if that was my choice I would vote for obama-but i get your drift.

LOL

gerry-mittbot

gerrym51 on March 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM

First, he’s for amnesty.

aniptofar on March 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

No, he’s not.

Jon0815 on March 26, 2012 at 5:25 PM

That would change in a hurry if he’s tapped for the vice presidency, and coming four years after Sarah Palin had such trouble adjusting to harsh scrutiny

Sarah Palin had trouble adjusting to harsh scrutiny ?
Really ?
When did that happen ?
When Obama’s jourNOlists wanted to probe her uterus ?
Or when Obama wanted to to probe Bristol’s uterus ?
Is that what they call ” harsh scrutiny”
since she did not have a sealed divorce records which the jockitchObama could exploit against her ?

burrata on March 26, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I can honestly say if that was my choice I would vote for obama-but i get your drift.

LOL

gerry-mittbot

gerrym51 on March 26, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Pssst–a stuffed parrot doesn’t have the ability to give Putin a reach around like Obama is planning to. (Just sayin’)

Kataklysmic on March 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

The whispers became more audible last October following a hit piece by Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia, who accused Rubio of deliberately “embellishing” his family history by saying that his parents arrived in the United States after Castro took power when they, in fact, arrived during the Batista years.

Since Marco Rubio was born in 1971, the only things he would know about the pre-Castro or early Castro years would be what he heard from older family members, including his parents. How can he be blamed for not knowing everything that happened before he was born?

Besides, if Rubio’s parents arrived during the Batista years (pre-1959), they had been living in the United States at least 12 years before Marco Rubio was born, which would shoot holes in the “not natural-born” argument. Both of Rubio’s parents were in the United States far longer than our current President’s father had been at the time of their respective birth!

And this month, the National Journal downgraded Rubio’s position on its vice presidential power rankings because, it claimed, Rubio “skated into office without much of his past being vetted in the media.

Skated into office? Beating a sitting Governor (Charlie Crist) by over a million votes? And the media in the fourth most populous state in the Union never got around to vetting Rubio?

Steve Z on March 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I would vote for a stuffed parrot and a stuffed parakeet running for the Republican ticket in opposition to Obama.

hachiban on March 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

How about a fish and a rabbit?

Bmore on March 26, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Rubio is against the DREAM Act, therefore in the eyes of the ethnic nationalists he is a fake Latino, a coconut, and could actually cause Romney to lose Florida.

RedRedRice on March 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

“God knows, we wouldn’t want to have anybody in the Executive branch who hadn’t been fully vetted by the press!”
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Oooooo dats rich,coming from the MSM!!!!

canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Not after McDonnell’s ultrasound bill. That was stupid and I think blows his shot.

MJBrutus on March 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Putting a former Mormon the ticket is sure loser and y’all know it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

…you can’t even talk right when you take your time can you? What union do you belong to?… Brotherhood of Brainless Bigots?

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM

No Hispanics on the ticket unless they are DIMOCRATS!!

Khun Joe on March 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Putting a former Mormon the ticket is sure loser and y’all know it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

$1000.00 for missing words…stupidest troll on HA strikes, again.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I would vote for a Romney/Rubio ticket in a heartbeat.

John the Libertarian

You betcha.

tree hugging sister on March 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Rubio, like Obama is not a natural born citizen. If republicans so disrespect the Constitution then they are no better than democrats. Rubio also was big on helping the Libyan “rebels” proving he, like Obama and McCain, is unfit in foreign policy.

RasThavas on March 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

O/T…..Heads Up!
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ambassador to Iraq,

new ambassador to Sri Lanka,Maldives

Submitted 23 mins ago from m.whitehouse.gov
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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The White House
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For Immediate Release
March 26, 2012
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Heaven forbid we get someone in the Executive Branch who embellishes his family history.

Kataklysmic on March 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I’m sure Hussein and his jock itch are really really offended that Rubio reminds people of Castro in a bad way !

burrata on March 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

In politics, it is not safe to assume that just because someone has made it to a certain level that all is OK. No, I am not saying that Rubio has secrets, but I am saying that there are those who reach the level of Senator who have plenty to hide, so the idea that he is OK just because he has made it that far isn’t 100%. It is a good sign, but nowhere near definite. Hopefully, Team Romney will do a thorough job of vetting.

I still think Jindal is the best choice. Rubio’s biggest problem is that his thin record will so easily play into the left’s smear of the right pandering to minorities. Minorities with significant backgrounds like Rice or Jindal don’t have that problem. Sure, the Left will try to smear any minority we pick, but independents are unlikely to believe when the person has a solid background. That is not the case (yet) with Rubio.

McDuck on March 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I’m a loser and y’all know it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

liberal4life:Have you thought of upgrading to a Progressive!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

That would change in a hurry if he’s tapped for the vice presidency, and coming four years after Sarah Palin had such trouble adjusting to harsh scrutiny, that’s a very real concern for some Republicans.

Rubio is no Sarah Palin. He knows his stuff.

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Heaven forbid we get someone in the Executive Branch who embellishes his family history.

Kataklysmic on March 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Kataklysmic:You mean like Obama’s father never served in WW Two!:)

canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Kataklysmic on March 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Kataklysmic:You mean like Obama’s father never served in WW Two!:)
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Oops,forgot the linky!
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Friday, December 23, 2011
SOMETHING WRONG?

Obama’s father served in World War II – REALLY?
***********************************************

Of all the things I’ve seen or heard about Obama on the Internet, NONE has hit me like this!

Obama said his father served in World War II? Barack’s father served in World War II?

He said so in this speech, captured here on CNN:

This is incredible. The man is a compulsive liar – there is no other explanation.

Where were the reporters who checked or double checked every aspect of everybody else’s life to check these statements and call him out on this? They did for everyone else. Why not him?

JUST THE FACTS, MA’AM:

Barack Hussein Obama Sr. (Obama’s father) was born: 4/4/36 and died: 11/24/82 at the age of 46.

He was 5 years old when World War II started, and less than 9 1/2 years old when it ended.

Lolo Soetoro (Obama’s stepfather) was born: January 2, 1935 and died: 3/2/87 at the age of 52.

He was 6 years old when WW II started, and 10 years old when it ended. He must have been the youngest Veteran in the war.

The media doesn’t say anything. Watch the video. RIGHT OUT OF HIS MOUTH!!! If you doubt it, Google both of these guys.

It appears this guy doesn’t know how to tell the truth – or he doesn’t CARE about telling the truth! – or perhaps he doesn’t KNOW when he isn’t telling the truth (which is a very scary angle).

Talk about STOLEN HONOR!!!

If this been Bush, or Palin, or Cain, or ANY Republican, the Media would still be on this! I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that this lie wasn’t uncovered, questioned or debated.

Oh well, He must have just “forgotten” the facts, again. Or perhaps he really doesn’t even know the difference between truth and fabrication?
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http://seanlinnane.blogspot.com/2011/12/something-wrong.html

canopfor on December 29, 2011 at 6:58 AM

canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 5:42 PM

First, he’s for amnesty. Second, there is that whole natural born citizen thing. Third, picking candidates because they are the right sex or color is getting disgusting. I would hope we would have learned better from our experience with the one.

aniptofar on March 26, 2012 at 5:05 PM

That ‘natural born citizen thing’ is infuriating. Suddenly, every Tom, Dick, and Harry with Internet access suddenly deems themselves Constitutional experts, touts their bona fides as ‘Constitutionalists’ and then proceeds to hold forth on the nuances and vagaries of law as it pertains to qualifications for high office. Let’s keep it simple.

Refer to subclause (a), please:

8 U.S.C. § 1401
“The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:
(a) a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof;…”

Now please shut up about that ‘natural born citizen’ nonsense. It’s embarrassing. If you don’t like Rubio, then don’t like him, but stop acting as if you know what you’re talking about.

troyriser_gopftw on March 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

On the bright side Rubio will help pass Amnesty which will doom the republican party for ever.

Hispanics in their nature tend to be leftists.
Take a look at south American, there are no such thing as a conservative over there

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

The judicial careers of Miguel Estrada and Janice Rogers Brown were effectively stalled in what was pretty much a stealth campaign. Wouldn’t put it past them in the case of Rubio.

wolfsDad on March 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

As with Palin the libs always tell us who they are afraid of.

logman1 on March 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Hispanics in their nature tend to be leftists.

I’m Hispanic and I’m no leftist. There is a reason why Hispanics left socialist countries.

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Rubio is no Sarah Palin. He knows his stuff.

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Prove it.

ddrintn on March 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Take a look at south American, there are no such thing as a conservative over there

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Coup leaders in Honduras are scratching their heads.

Kataklysmic on March 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Oh well, He must have just “forgotten” the facts, again. Or perhaps he really doesn’t even know the difference between truth and fabrication?

canopfor on March 26, 2012 at 5:42 PM

—————-
He forgets nothing !!
He still remembers how his pre-teen daughters went to school with a 30+ yr old son of a guy from his neighborhood
:O

burrata on March 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Romney would be an idiot not to pick Rubio.

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

This is pretty funny because the liberals have been using the same playbook for years. If you ain’t on the plantation, they try to take you down and it’s generally not pretty. Their big problem is Hispanics aren’t African-Americans and they might not take kindly to people trying to, unfairly, try to take down one of their own.

Democrats know they own blacks and they can get away with most anything and not be called on it. Hispanics have seen this, over the years, and do not want to be put in the same position.

I’m actually looking forward to the press and the Democrats playing with Rubio. I don’t believe he wants to be the VP, but if he does, he’ll be in a position to defend himself and he’s articulate enough to do it. It’s interesting that he hired an opposition researcher to investigate himself, I hope he was a good one because, if he was, the Democrats night have egg on their face.

bflat879 on March 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

troyriser_gopftw on March 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Exactly right. These birthers were asked to cite case law supporting their assertions, but of course they couldn’t.

GOPRanknFile on March 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I Need a Date. Please visit my website.

KeninCT on March 26, 2012 at 5:01 PM
Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 5:10 PM

KeninC_ _T does not have a website…just pictures on telephone poles…I don’t think KenenC_ _T has ever received ANY regular emails. All he does is get junk mail and nothing else!
I think he spends all his time emailing back people about ‘enlargement pills’…and African bank accounts,and Executor’s of Estates!
UPS keeps dropping off packages to his basement… with wigs, a lot of vinyl, soft soap… and bike pumps!

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Prove it.

ddrintn on March 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Well for one thing Rubio has actually appeared on Meet the Press (unlike Sarah Palin, who is afraid to face tough questions).

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Breaking news… Santy says Biden would be preferable to Rubio…./sarc

Bradky on March 26, 2012 at 5:53 PM

tree hugging sister on March 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I see what you did there. I like it.

Mirimichi on March 26, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Hispanics in their nature tend to be leftists.
Take a look at south American, there are no such thing as a conservative over there

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

…you don’t get out of the basement at all do you?
Where is South America? Point!

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Kataklysmic on March 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

The ejection of would-be dictator Zelaya by the Honduran government, under intense international pressure, especially from our administration, was most impressive. Thanks for reminding me.

ddrintn, don’t take the bait. If the gov can ignore Coulter…

wolfsDad on March 26, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I like Sen. Rubio very much but would prefer he be a bit more seasoned.

Cindy Munford on March 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

…you can’t even talk right when you take your time can you? What union do you belong to?… Brotherhood of Brainless Bigots?

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Amalgamated Morons.

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I can hardly wait for idiot4life to chime in on this one with the usually profound, keen and astute observations…

av8tr on March 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

And right on cue….

I’m a loser and y’all know it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

angryed on March 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Rubio, like Obama is not a natural born citizen. If republicans so disrespect the Constitution then they are no better than democrats.

RasThavas on March 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

The Constitution does not define what a natural born citizen is.

Please try again.

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 6:00 PM

If the economy grows the next two months and unemployment drops, would Rubio want to be on a ticket that suddenly looks like it’s a longshot against The One?

Eeyore rears his ugly head again. There is no LONGSHOT for any Republican…IMO

Vigilante on March 26, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Hispanics in their nature tend to be leftists.
Take a look at south American, there are no such thing as a conservative over there

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Right, and that’s why they leave South AmericaN, because they love socialism so much.

angryed on March 26, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Is he a “white” Hispanic or the other kind? Has Reuters graded him yet?

BL@KBIRD on March 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

I’m not worried. I’m sure Romney will defend his VP and stick with his selection, just like McCain did. After all, if there is one thing we can count on from RINOs it’s loyalty.

angryed on March 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Liberal4life: for those of you who ever wondered what losing a beauty contest to Janine Garafalo can do to a person.

Rusty Allen on March 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Is he a “white” Hispanic or the other kind? Has Reuters graded him yet?

BL@KBIRD on March 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

The Left will always label minorities who don’t agree them as not enough. Oh well.

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Putting a former Mormon the ticket is sure loser and y’all know it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

You’ll get two Mormons for the price of one. That’s a bargain.

Gladtobehere on March 26, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Take a look at south American, there are no such thing as a conservative over there

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I wasn’t aware “South America” was in Asia.

But hey, O’bama says Hawai’i is part of Asia too…

Del Dolemonte on March 26, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Noonne can articulate conservative principals better than Rubio.

steel guy on March 26, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Well for one thing Rubio has actually appeared on Meet the Press (unlike Sarah Palin, who is afraid to face tough questions).

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I remember this appearance. He was very impressive. Dude definitely knows his stuff. I don’t recall him ever being stumped, but of course I probably JUST jinxed him by saying that lol

GOPRanknFile on March 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Prove it.

ddrintn on March 26, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Well for one thing Rubio has actually appeared on Meet the Press (unlike Sarah Palin, who is afraid to face tough questions).

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

So everyone that appears on MtP “knows their stuff”, and anyone who doesn’t, doesn’t. Uh-huh.

ddrintn on March 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

On the bright side Rubio will help pass Amnesty which will doom the republican party for ever.

Hispanics in their nature tend to be leftists.
Take a look at south American, there are no such thing as a conservative over there

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

As the spouse of a Hispanic with a large Hispanic family, you, sir/ma’am, are a moron. Many of my in-laws despise Obama. They see him for the narcissist he is (and did from the beginning). The make jokes about him regularly. You have no idea what your are talking about. None.

BillyWilly on March 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Dude definitely knows his stuff. I don’t recall him ever being stumped…

GOPRanknFile on March 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Knows what stuff? Any host can “stump” anyone. I’m not sold on “good interview means HE KNOWS HIS STUFF!!!!” LOL

ddrintn on March 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM

So everyone that appears on MtP “knows their stuff”, and anyone who doesn’t, doesn’t. Uh-huh.

ddrintn on March 26, 2012 at 6:09 PM

No it’s the fact that he can articulately answer tough questions on policy that impresses me. Sarah Palin, not so much.

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Is he a “white” Hispanic or the other kind? Has Reuters graded him yet?

BL@KBIRD on March 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Obama’s people have called him a ” coconut”
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2010/02/23/cnbcs-donny-deutsch-slams-marco-rubio-racially-charged-attack-hes-co

burrata on March 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Putting a former Mormon the ticket is sure loser and y’all know it.

liberal4life on March 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Three and a half years ago, this country put a guy into office who practiced, or practices, black liberation theology. So suddenly, Americans would have a problem with Mormons?? Every day you prove your worth as the undisputed HA village idiot.

Erich66 on March 26, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Well for one thing Rubio has actually appeared on Meet the Press (unlike Sarah Palin, who is afraid to face tough questions).

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Sarah has appeared on Oprah, so there.

BTW, I’d vote for Sarah in a heartbeat.

Gladtobehere on March 26, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I’m not worried. I’m sure Romney will defend his VP and stick with his selection, just like McCain did. After all, if there is one thing we can count on from RINOs it’s loyalty.

angryed on March 26, 2012 at 6:04 PM

LOL, yeah. Let’s see if he still “knows his stuff” (and stays somewhere other than under the bus) after his split infinitives and any and all grammatical errors are picked through.

ddrintn on March 26, 2012 at 6:13 PM

No it’s the fact that he can articulately answer tough questions on policy that impresses me. Sarah Palin, not so much.

terryannonline on March 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Give me a specific comparative example.

ddrintn on March 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

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