Huffpo handwringing over Marco Rubio’s future

posted at 8:01 pm on May 19, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Let’s face it… liberals are simply more caring, compassionate and kind than conservatives, even when it comes to how they treat their opponents. It’s just one of those well known facts we just need to live with. Further evidence of this phenomenon comes to us from the pages of the Huffington Post, where Laura Wides-Munoz and Brendan Farrington are terribly, terribly worried about the political future of Florida Senator Marco Rubio. The care and compassion ring through so loudly you can nearly taste the saccharin in the back of your throat while reading it.

For freshman Sen. Marco Rubio, a rising GOP figure seen as a possible Mitt Romney running mate, there are questions about whether potential vulnerabilities in his personal and political background might hold him back…

“Marco Rubio is a huge star in the Republican Party in much the same way that Barack Obama was in the Democratic Party between his convention speech in 2004 and his candidacy for the president,” said Steve Schmidt, a top adviser to GOP Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. “There are a lot of pluses when you look at Marco Rubio as a potential vice presidential candidate, but there are also unknowns.”

It’s kind of touching, isn’t it? You can tell that they don’t hold anything against Rubio… they’re just worried about the poor boy’s future! Heaven forbid that somebody dig up some dirt on him and go spreading it all over the web, possibly extinguishing his brilliant political future.

And with that, they then proceed to spend 22 paragraphs digging up dirt on him and spreading it all over the web. But hey… who doesn’t love a good scandal, right? At least we’ll get to read up on all the hot new gossip surrounding Rubio.

Sadly… not so much.

The 40-year-old Florida lawmaker has close ties to a colleague accused of questionable financial dealings. He once was enmeshed in a controversy over the use of the state party’s credit card for his personal expenses. Since emerging on the national political scene, he has faced increased personal scrutiny. There are conflicting details about his parents’ immigration from Cuba and his recently disclosed ties to the Mormon faith.

This is the same tired old load of flapping gums we were treated to two years ago, none of which bore any substantive fruit. Yes, he is friends with David Rivera who has serious questions to answer about some past financial deals, but Rubio has already said as much himself. His own involvement was minimal at best and written off to some youthful poor judgement. We’ve already sent this movie to re-runs.

The credit card scandal was definitely real for some Florida officials, but again, Rubio released all of that information. He did, at times, put a personal purchase on it here and there, but he also reimbursed for those charges when the bill came, well before anyone tried to make hay over it. As with the previous story, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing in the world – as Rubio acknowledged himself – but there was hardly malice involved.

And are we really going to dredge up yet again what precise date his family left their home country? And which church they enrolled him in as a child?

I’m always up for a good, entertaining hit piece on a politician, but this is one of the more lame efforts to cross the Hot Air desk in some time. If you’re really worried about Rubio being the VP nominee and torpedoing Obama’s chances and want to hit him on something, try an approach you can back up. Say that he’s only in his second year in the Senate and could use more seasoning before a national run.

Of course, he’s already flatly stated that he’s not interested in the job anyway, so I’m not sure why Huffpo is mounting this sort of ineffective attack right now anyway. Then again, the political machine moves in strange and mysterious ways, I suppose.


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Don’t forget POLITICO’s (PT Barnum-style absurdist) concern trolling:

Marco Rubio as vice president: the Bilderberg conspiracy

Robert_Paulson on May 19, 2012 at 8:04 PM

If you’re really worried about Rubio being the VP nominee and torpedoing Obama’s chances and want to hit him on something, try an approach you can back up. Say that he’s only in his second year in the Senate and could use more seasoning before a national run.

I see what you did there.

Kataklysmic on May 19, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Obama is a crook, who purposely surrounds himself with other crooks, and I’m supposed to worry that Rubio knew a crook in Florida. I know it’s very hard to find a crook in Florida, but still….

RBMN on May 19, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Steve Schmidt. ‘Nough said.

steebo77 on May 19, 2012 at 8:10 PM

miguel estrada 2.0

cmsinaz on May 19, 2012 at 8:11 PM

If Obama gets a pass on eating dog because that’s what was put in front of him at the table, then Sen. Rubio certainly gets a pass when told to “get in the care, we’re going to church”.

Cindy Munford on May 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

steebo77 on May 19, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Yep, always a sure sign of “in the know”!

Cindy Munford on May 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Cindy Munford you have a way with words.
It’s the reason we love ya.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 19, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Perhaps these investigative reporters might take another look at Obama’s dealings with Rezko. Oh, wait…..

Chitownmom on May 19, 2012 at 8:19 PM

…does the Huffington Post come in toilet paper form?
Maybe 4 or 5 years after the fact… they can worry about JugEar’s background? He’s been occupying the White House and the golf course for how long now?…and we still know nothing about him!

KOOLAID2 on May 19, 2012 at 8:20 PM

If the HuffHo would have just spent 1% of this effort in vetting Bacrock, where would this country be today? What a wasted 3.5 years.

hillsoftx on May 19, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Typicalwhitewoman on May 19, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Just a former kid and current mom.

Cindy Munford on May 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I am SHOCKED that all of you have missed the most obvious explanation for this:

The 40-year-old Florida lawmaker has close ties to a colleague accused of questionable financial dealings. He once was enmeshed in a controversy over the use of the state party’s credit card for his personal expenses. Since emerging on the national political scene, he has faced increased personal scrutiny. There are conflicting details about his parents’ immigration from Cuba and his recently disclosed ties to the Mormon faith.

R-A-C-I-S-M !!!11!!!

When are we going to denounce the repeated R-A-C-I-S-M !!!11!!! of the Liberals in this country !!!!

/s

PolAgnostic on May 19, 2012 at 8:27 PM

It’s more than 3.5 wasted years.

At least 40 years wasted of prosperity building.

Typicalwhitewoman on May 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Good thing B Hussein doesn’t have any questionalbe friends of crooked financial dealings huh?

Or perhaps he did not intentially disable the credit card verification feature on his campaign website to allow rampant fraud and abuse?

SDarchitect on May 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM

‘care bears’? More like Concern Trolls. Damned HuffPo scum.

rayra on May 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM

They made a little preemptive attack on Jindal too. The attack consisted of this: the exorcism, and the speech flop years ago. Lame.

juliesa on May 19, 2012 at 8:41 PM

If you’re really worried about Rubio being the VP nominee and torpedoing Obama’s chances and want to hit him on something, try an approach you can back up. Say that he’s only in his second year in the Senate and could use more seasoning before a national run.

Uh, no. He might not be qualified to be a Vice Presidential candidate, but, from the downloaded historical documents, he’s certainly far more qualified to be President than the current 2-year Senator officeholder.

unclesmrgol on May 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I’ll take a pass on Rubio, not because of his unknowns, but because of his knowns.

Bmore on May 19, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Oh as far as HuffPo, I’ll take a pass period.

Bmore on May 19, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Steve Schmidt, a top adviser to GOP Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

With the sincerest apologies to Thomas à Becket…

Will no one rid us of this loathsome, cya-ing pest?

Resist We Much on May 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

‘care bears’? More like Concern Trolls. Damned HuffPo scum.

rayra on May 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM

THE “rayra”?

Wow.

Key West Reader on May 19, 2012 at 8:54 PM

It’s always amusing when the lefties trot out Steve Schmidt as some kind of GOP super stud when his real claim to fame is running one of the worst POTUS campaigns ever.

Curtiss on May 19, 2012 at 8:59 PM

With the sincerest apologies to Thomas à Becket…

Will no one rid us of this loathsome, cya-ing pest?

Resist We Much on May 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

He’ll be persona no grata at HuffPo as soon as hr runs a winning campaign.

Curtiss on May 19, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Rubio is not ready for VP. He’s a great guy, but hasn’t earned the creds to be 2nd in line.

Obama doesn’t have the creds to be anywhere other than an unemployment line… So let’s be fair. Social justus. And all.

Key West Reader on May 19, 2012 at 9:06 PM

If they’re concerned, they should be.

SouthernGent on May 19, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Of course, he’s already flatly stated that he’s not interested in the job anyway…

A well known axiom in DC is that nothing is true until it has been officially denied.

RJL on May 19, 2012 at 9:08 PM

The Bilderberger-Rubino piece, linked to in an earlier post, was truly surreal.

NORUK on May 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

“…there are questions about whether potential vulnerabilities in his personal and political background might hold him back…”

But John Edwards (Democrat)

… not so much.

Oh, wait…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Biden
Edwards

After those two, we would be hard pressed to do worse than their VP nominees. Even with all the idiots we have in our party, we would have to work hard to find someone worse than them.

juliesa on May 19, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Rubio’s just another inconsistent conservative.

Big Whoop.

I’m so sick of hearing about him.

fatlibertarianinokc on May 19, 2012 at 9:43 PM

The 40-year-old Florida lawmaker has close ties to a colleague accused of questionable financial dealings.

Oh no they di’int!

Hey Huff ‘n Puff, ever hear of Tony Rezko? How about “slumlord” Valarie Jarrett?

Flora Duh on May 19, 2012 at 9:44 PM

There are conflicting details about his parents’ immigration from Cuba and his recently disclosed ties to the Mormon faith.

*Gasp!* Scandal of all scandals!

Punchenko on May 19, 2012 at 9:49 PM

There are conflicting details about his parents’ immigration from Cuba and his recently disclosed ties to the Mormon faith.

*Gasp!* Scandal of all scandals!

Punchenko on May 19, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Interesting isn’t it how Harry Reid’s ties to the Mormon faith are of no concern to Laura Wides-Munoz and Brendan Farrington?

Flora Duh on May 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Flora Duh on May 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Democrats are a shameful lot, that’s for sure. Luckily for us they’re a party that is in serious decline in a country that is waking up to some of the messes that they helped to create.

Punchenko on May 19, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Interesting isn’t it how Harry Reid’s ties to the Mormon faith are of no concern to Laura Wides-Munoz and Brendan Farrington?

Flora Duh on May 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM

If Harry Reid had any honour, he would call a press conference and say that he would not allow the press and Democrats to malign the Mormon faith and its millions of followers to score cheap political points. Unfortunately, he has neither honour nor a Sista Soulja moment in him.

The same goes for Senator Tom Udall.

Resist We Much on May 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Rubio unleashes harsh attack on Obama in South Carolina

“We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history as we have over the last three and a half years,” Rubio said.

Flora Duh on May 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Steve Schmidt, a top adviser to GOP Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

With the sincerest apologies to Thomas à Becket…

Will no one rid us of this loathsome, cya-ing pest?

Resist We Much on May 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

And take the village idiot Megs McCain (and her father while you’re at it) with him.

kim roy on May 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Interesting isn’t it how Harry Reid’s ties to the Mormon faith are of no concern to Laura Wides-Munoz and Brendan Farrington?

Flora Duh on May 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM

…Orin Hatch and Hairtonic Huntsman are recent converts too?

KOOLAID2 on May 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

And take the village idiot Megs McCain (and her father while you’re at it) with him.

kim roy on May 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

The “rich man’s Snooki”? No! She’s “more smarter” than us! lol

Resist We Much on May 19, 2012 at 10:40 PM

And take the village idiot Megs McCain (and her father while you’re at it) with him.

kim roy on May 19, 2012 at 10:30 PM

The “rich man’s Snooki”? No! She’s “more smarter” than us! lol

Resist We Much on May 19, 2012 at 10:40 PM

No insulting Snooki now. ;)

kim roy on May 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I’m surprised the anti-Rubio birther brigade hasn’t arrived in the comments here yet to give their special definitions of what it means to be a natural born citizen.

bluegill on May 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM

kim roy on May 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM

My apologies to Snooki. :-)

Resist We Much on May 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM

The 40-year-old Florida lawmaker has close ties to a colleague accused of questionable financial dealings.

*cough*Blagovich*cough*Tony Rezko*cough*Jon Corzine*cough*

babygiraffe on May 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM

‘…I’m not sure why Huffpo is mounting this sort of ineffective attack right now anyway.’

Remember Estrada; the Democrats made sure he never got close to the SCOTUS. They are thinking long-term.

waelse1 on May 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM

And so HuffPost turns to Steve Schmidt for input… when will that doosh ever GO AWAY?? He’s completely, utterly useless to the Republican party.

leftnomore on May 20, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Too young.
If he’s put on the big stage now, it’s as a race-puppet.

cane_loader on May 20, 2012 at 4:04 AM

If they are looking for crooks or tax evaders in Florida, they could just look at Debbie Wasserman Shultz family, her dad (step father,)
did not want to pay his taxes and didn’t report his income, and his wife, Debbie’s mother was involved in local democrat corruption, by not abstaining from votes when her husband business was in front of him. Self absorbed democrats who want to tell other people what to do obviously. If they leave you alone you might lie and cheat and steal like they do? it is only human nature, obviously.

That is why the bee in the bonnet looking for corruption among republicans…and they jealously seeth at the prospects of someone as seemingly nice as Rubio wanting to do some good for his country, and set us all free.

Fleuries on May 20, 2012 at 7:51 AM

There are always a LOT OF UNKNOWNS simmering beneath the surface aren’t there?

Like THESE, for instance:

http://pjmedia.com/rogerkimball/2012/05/19/who-is-barack-obama/

mountainaires on May 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

He did, at times, put a personal purchase on it here and there, but he also reimbursed for those charges when the bill came, well before anyone tried to make hay over it. As with the previous story, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing in the world – as Rubio acknowledged himself – but there was hardly malice involved.

Uh-huh…do that in the employ of a company and you’d be fired.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM