Florida to Rubio: About that ethics thing… nevermind

posted at 4:01 pm on July 28, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

By now I’m sure you’ve heard that Florida Senator and GOP rising star Marco Rubio was facing rocky waters in the Republican veepstakes because of pending ethics charges looming over his head like a 2012 Sword of Damocles. And why would Mitt consider someone as a running mate who is clearly in this much trouble?

The Florida Commission on Ethics dismissed a complaint against Sen. Marco Rubio that accused him of breaching the public’s trust and misusing his political position for personal gain.

The complaint, filed in 2010 by Michael Ryan, a Democratic donor from Fort Lauderdale, , charged that while he served as speaker of the Florida House, Rubio misused a state party credit card for personal expenses. Ryan also accused Rubio of using his political position to secure employment at a university and a hospital. Ryan based his claim on a number of newspaper reports.

So… never mind, I guess. Look, Rubio covered all of this during his Senate race. Why we’re going over it again (complete with ABC’s breathless declaration that the charges are “still considered among the controversies that could hurt Rubio’s political stock down the line”) is not much of a mystery, but it still defies reason.

Did Rubio make a mistake while still essentially a newcomer to the bloody battlefield of partisan politics? Yes, and he’s said as much. His major crime can be summed up by this description of his evil mastermind plot. He was so crooked as to believe, on some occasions, that:

… if I happened to charge something to the party card instead of my own, when the bill comes at the end of the month I can pay for it myself and it’s no harm no foul.

What an evil bastard. I can’t imagine how anyone could possibly vote for him after that.

Was it politically tone deaf? Well, after you’ve spent enough time inside the beltway, obviously. Your opponents will absolutely grasp onto a straw like that and try to spin it into gold. And if you want to judge Rubio for not anticipating that half the nation would leap for his throat over the simple act of paying his own bills spread over two accounts, feel free.

In the meantime… charges dismissed. Game on.


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Reminds me of the lefts Palin horseship.

rob verdi on July 28, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Jeb will lobby very hard for him as VP, tomorrow.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 4:05 PM

What?

A Democrat makes baseless charges of corruption against a Republican?

Why, the very idea!

Obama would never do anything like that. Oh, wait…

novaculus on July 28, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Recall this, the congressional check-kiting scandal.

Schadenfreude on July 28, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Why we’re going over it again (complete with ABC’s breathless declaration that the charges are “still considered among the controversies that could hurt Rubio’s political stock down the line”) is not much of a mystery, but it still defies reason.

I am not sure it defies reason. It is the basic modus of Liberalism. When most Americans get their information on politics by vacantly staring at the partisan anchors on the six o’clock news (or perhaps at a Springsteen or Madonna concert) all you gotta do is put innuendo at there. Repeat it if necessary. Most Americans never see/hear the retraction. What defies reason to me on a general level is that polls suggest more Americans consider themselves conservative leaning than liberal leaning. It’s what they say but they don’t behave that way.

DaveDief on July 28, 2012 at 4:15 PM

So , is Biden still charging rent from the SS Agents who are there to GUARD HIM ?

burrata on July 28, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Mitt said to Brian Williams that he’s looking for a “boring white guy” as VP, but heard Brian was not available. Mr. Williams didn’t seem that amused. But joking aside, after dealing with Obama for all this time, [most] people on this side of the aisle don’t want to see us succumb to political correctness. Not saying you have to have a boring white guy as VP, but other options seem to be a pander to the “if you can’t beat ‘um, join ‘em” crowd. We all want multiculturalism and unbridled diversity, but keep it in perspective sometimes. Or now at least.

anotherJoe on July 28, 2012 at 4:19 PM

The really really big question all the bhopress will be looking into about Rubio, did he or did he not take a piece of gum from a little girl when in grade school? WE HAVE got to know this?
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letget on July 28, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Reminds me of the lefts Palin horseship.

rob verdi on July 28, 2012 at 4:04 PM

not even close buddy.

rubio is getting payback from the elites for siding (along with mccain) with radical jihadists.

renalin on July 28, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Really want Mitt to pick him.

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Sarah didn’t lie about her birthright, Sarah’s a true conservative.

roobio shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breath. blech.

renalin on July 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM

rubio is getting payback from the elites for siding (along with mccain) with radical jihadists.

renalin on July 28, 2012 at 4:22 PM

ROFL. I hate when people on my side are so delusional.

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM

And the guys who don’t pay taxes ……
And the guys who don’t declare income on income property ……..
And the guys who get sweetheart mortgage deals…….
………………..

Lucano on July 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM

My choice from the get go and still is for vp, West, but alas he is too off the range for most it seems?
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letget on July 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Say no to Rubio:

Marco Rubio throws Bachmann and other GOP under the bus over letter about Huma Abedin -UPDATE: Audio Added

First of all Bachmann’s letter NEVER suggested “is an infiltrator in the U.S. government for the Muslim Brotherhood”. That’s a false characterization made by The Hill. The letter merely noted the connections Abedin’s family has to the Muslim Brotherhood which goes exactly to the point of potential divided loyalties. In other words, could her family members or others sway her to do something that she wouldn’t normally do?

From The Shark Tank:

Perhaps somewhat more surprisingly, Senator Marco Rubio has waded into this controversy and has sided with his Senate colleagues against Bachmann and Florida Congressman Tom Rooney, who has also signed Bachmann’s letter. Senator Rubio responded to the Shark Tank’s request for further comment by stating, “I stand by my statements.”…

After reading the letter, there is nothing wrong with the questions Bachmann and her colleagues have raised, regardless of whether they’re perceived as inconvenient questions by Democrats. We are not sure if Rubio read the whole letter or was impulsively reacting to a snippet of information that he may have been briefed on by one of his aides, but Bachmann’s questions are valid ones and should not be dismissed out of hand.

INC on July 28, 2012 at 4:29 PM

This seems so much more important than lying to Congress like Holder and now Salazar are accused of, with a great deal of public evidence.

pat on July 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM

INC on July 28, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Total dealbreaker for me supporting Rubio. He can stay in Florida.

tom daschle concerned on July 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM

tom daschle concerned on July 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Me, too. Unfortunately, I’m in Florida. Unless Rubio does a huge mea culpa and changes his ways, I’ve now linked him with McCain, McConnell, and the rest of the Republican political class who are more about consolidating their power and egos than actually doing what is best for the country.

Mitt certainly needs to look elsewhere for a Veep.

INC on July 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM

delusional? cynical more like it.

with romney and roobio we have
1. supporters of single payer
2. cap and tax
3. open borders

whats not to love if your a democrat?

renalin on July 28, 2012 at 4:41 PM

plus. do we really want TWO mormons on the top of our ticket.

not going to over well with evangelicals. oh, wait. they don’t count to rmoney either, this election cycle.

mccains people already have their fallback excuse for november. blame it on conservatives. all they have to do is dust off the 2008 excuses.

but this time…No Sarah….rofl

renalin on July 28, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Did Rubio…….

…..come out in support of McCain and his diss of the Huma/Muzzie Brohood story that Bachmann and the other Conservatives were working on?

If so it just proves Rubio is a Bushie Squish Tea Party poser.

And if Bloomberg is supporting Scott Brown and Jeb Bush is publicly pushing a Rubio as VEEP meme then THAT should tell you something Tea Partiers.

No more posers!!!!!

PappyD61 on July 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I take what I wrote back. Even if Rubio does a mea culpa on this I won’t believe him, but I’ll take it as something he says because of public pressure. I will wait to see some consistent action on his part.

INC on July 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

……. that accused him of breaching the public’s trust and misusing his political position for personal gain.

Wow….Hello Obama……

BigWyo on July 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Nobody will ever be good enough for you lunatics.

100% CONSERVATIVE OR BUST!

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Rubio is an incredibly solid conservative. He’s one of the fiercest defenders of conservatism and the free-market we have.

If you don’t acknowledge that, you need to seek help.

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Mitt’s been waiting for the ethics charges to fall and as long as possible for other evidence of good/bad judgement on Rubio’s part. This Uma deal is a disgrace and that chick gotta be cleared thru customs at least.His Dream Act was also panned. Mitt’s not gonna choose him. He can take Florida without him. It’ll be Rob Portman…anything to help Mitt’s victory in Ohio.

PS: Any woman who stays married to a man like the Wiener should definitely have her motivations checked out.

gracie on July 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Just a reminder, Nanzi Pelosi burned through $100,000.00 in BOOZE on her taxpayer funded 757 in a year.

Let’s not forget the Panetta (D) burns $33,000 every weekend to get out to kalifornia…Again our money not his.

jukin3 on July 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Wow INC ,
Didn’t know that . Saw another piece at Pajamas by Andy McCarthy today ,
very damaging evidence . Actually new damaging evidence .
As Rubio is our senator also an email and letter will reflect our disgust at
the stance he’s taken .
Sorry , can’t link .
Thanks for the info .

Lucano on July 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Rubio is an incredibly solid conservative. He’s one of the fiercest defenders of conservatism and the free-market we have.

If you don’t acknowledge that, you need to seek help.

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Maybe so. He also appears to hang out with the McCain, Graham, Jeb Bush side in welcoming the MB into influential government postions without question. Last time I looked, Bachmann is also a free market type with conservative credentials.

a capella on July 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Rubio has ethics problems alright and severe ethics problems. His following John McCain in supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in his piling on Michele Bachmann clearly demonstrates an ethics problem so large one would have to be blind not to see it.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Lucano on July 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

An easy way to link is to just copy and paste.

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Here are the articles Lucano mentioned:

http://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2012/07/23/the-wages-of-willful-blindness-is-it-time-for-defenders-of-liberty-to-abandon-the-gop/?singlepage=true

http://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2012/07/24/huma-abedin-and-the-muslim-brotherhood-closely-connected/?singlepage=true

http://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2012/07/27/huma-abedins-brotherhood-ties-are-not-just-a-family-affair/?singlepage=true

From the last one. McCarthy has embedded links. This paragraph links to one of Bachmann’s letters.

Senator John McCain’s claim that concerns about Huma Abedin are a smear based on “a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations” proves more embarrassing by the day. In fact, to the extent it addressed Ms. Abedin, the letter sent to the State Department’s inspector general by five House conservatives actually understated the case.

I don’t think McCarthy mentions Rubio, but someone here yesterday (?) picked up on The Right Scoop’s audio of Rubio. I linked to that above, and I found more info at The Shark Tank.

INC on July 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Maybe so. He also appears to hang out with the McCain, Graham, Jeb Bush side in welcoming the MB into influential government postions without question. Last time I looked, Bachmann is also a free market type with conservative credentials.

a capella on July 28, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Plus 1,000,000,000.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Caroline B. Glick (Columnist and former Israeli Defense Forces Captain): “For their efforts to warn about and perhaps cause the administration to abandon its reliance on Muslim Brotherhood front groups to inform it about the nature of the Muslim Brotherhood, Bachmann and her colleagues have been denounced as racists and McCarthyites. These attacks have not been carried out only by administration supporters. Republican Senator John McCain denounced Bachmann from the floor of the Senate. Republican Senator Marco Rubio later piled on attacking her for her attempt to convince the administration to reconsider its policies. Those policies again place the most radical members of the US Muslim community in charge of the US government’s policies toward the Muslim Brotherhood and other jihadist movements.

It is clear that the insidious notion that the Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate and friendly force has taken hold in US policy circles. And it is apparent that US policy making in the Middle East is increasingly rooted in this false and dangerous assessment.
In spearheading an initiative to investigate and change this state of affairs, Rep. Bachmann and her colleagues should be congratulated, not condemned. And their courageous efforts to ask the relevant questions about the nature of Muslim Brotherhood influence over US policymakers should be joined, not spurned by their colleagues in Washington, by the media and by all concerned citizens in America and throughout the free world.”

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I don’t think McCarthy mentions Rubio, but someone here yesterday (?) picked up on The Right Scoop’s audio of Rubio. I linked to that above, and I found more info at The Shark Tank.

INC on July 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Levin had this to add to the ongoing muzie bro’s debacle :
http://www.therightscoop.com/mark-levin-it-is-true-bachmann-was-told-to-apologize-or-she-might-lose-her-intelligence-committee-post/

burrata on July 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Marco Rubio is not a conservative. He is not a liberal either. He is an opportunist. But he is not a very smart opportunist.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I can’t help but wonder if the “Fighting For The MB Four”, McCain, Graham, Lieberman and Rubio, all being short men with big mouths is just coincidence. I’ll bet those four all have small you-know-whats too.

RasThavas on July 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Senator Rubio is a deserving rising star in the country, with a bright future ahead if he isnt thrown to the wolves too early and asked to accept the VPNomnomnom this year before he is qualified to be President…which he is not now.

Rubio should stay in the Senate if the GOP takes over he’d make a promising, worldly, youthful and influential Chairman of Senate Armed Services where hes already the top young guy.

As much as I like him, he has not been comprehensively vetted and I dont believe Sen Rubio yet deserves the level of support/accolades hes receiving from Republicans around the country generally and among Tea Party folk in particular as a potential candidate for a presidential ticket.

I totally share that impulse for younger media saavy fiscally conservative leaders-in-waiting, & have enthusiastically attended tea party rallies in my hometown.

But if Orsen Welles will sell no wine before its time, then Rubio should be allowed to grow into his role as Presidential timber and not be uncorked until hes ready.

give me Jindal or Ryan or Trob Portlenty first as their relative value is pretty much known. Theres still a few gray areas back in Miami, and Rubio’s too valuable an asset to put up for sale before he can properly appreciate in value.

Sacramento on July 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Marco Rubio likes to stab women in the back, especially conservative women. He stabbed Jan Brewer in the back although not as badly as he stabbed Michele Bachmann in the back.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I think The Right Scoop’s post about Rubio was date July 22. IMO Rubio jumped on the bandwagon last week thinking it would make him look good. He did it a little too soon, because this week McCarthy has written about it, and Levin and Rush have both discussed it. As far as I know, they have zeroed in on McCain, but Rubio was certainly joining with McCain.

Here is Bachmann’s statement regarding the Inspectors General letters:

http://bachmann.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=303509

She has links to copies of all the letters.

INC on July 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

McCain and Rubio are far worse than Chamberlain. Chamberlain appeased the Nazis but he never sided with them like McCain and Rubio do with the Muslim Brotherhood. Patton would slap both of them into Kingdom Come.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM

burrata on July 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Thanks for including the link.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Thanks. I didn’t know Glick had written about Rubio.

INC on July 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Rubio is a coward and a smearier and an anti-American. And he is not very bright either.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Thanks. I didn’t know Glick had written about Rubio.

INC on July 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood’s American defenders By Caroline B. Glick

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Thank you!

INC on July 28, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Rubio is an incredibly solid conservative. He’s one of the fiercest defenders of conservatism and the free-market we have.

If you don’t acknowledge that, you need to seek help.

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Rubio has sided with the Muslim Brotherhood. If he can do that and be a “solid conservative” then I’m King George … and the Queen of Spain.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Rubio was also a big backer of “the rebels” (Shariah, AlQ, killers of our troops in Iraq, etc) in Libya wanting Obama to go even further in his imperial presidency war on their side. The man is an absolute foreign policy traitor or complete idiot.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 6:06 PM

There is nothing more important in America than opposing islam and opposing amnesty for millions of illegal third worlders (future if not current democrat voters) and Rubio is an utter disaster on both counts.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 6:15 PM

The Muslim Brotherhood’s American defenders By Caroline B. Glick

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Thanx for the link, looks like Rubio will make a good veep for Obama Hussein Odinga.

burrata on July 28, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Did Rubio make a mistake while still essentially a newcomer to the bloody battlefield of partisan politics? Yes, and he’s said as much. His major crime can be summed up by this description of his evil mastermind plot. He was so crooked as to believe, on some occasions, that:

I can’t help but think of a certain newbie US Senator who essentially owns a home partially financed by organized crime. And this particular individual paid nothing back to anybody.

Happy Nomad on July 28, 2012 at 6:17 PM

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 6:02 PM

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Have another cup of coffee. It’ll make you type even faster.

You don’t have to filibuster, we get that you don’t like Rubio.

But will you vote for him and Romney if Romney picks him, or will you vote for O’bama and O’biden?

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2012 at 6:21 PM

You do know why the left is fighting so hard to nip this Huma Hubbub don’t you?
Clinton’s already mapped out her protege’s path to the White House.

Senator Abedin 2014 (Levin’s seat)
VP Abedin 2020
President Abedin 2028
Yikes.

Romney/Rubio. Name him now, Mitt.

AmeriCuda on July 28, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Wow, thank heaven he didn’t have a convicted felon practically give him a house or something really bad like that. That’s the sort of thing that would be enough for the media to go batty over, no doubt.

MTF on July 28, 2012 at 6:36 PM

But will you vote for him and Romney if Romney picks him, or will you vote for O’bama and O’biden?

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2012 at 6:21 PM

No contest.

Obama has to be defeated.

itsspideyman on July 28, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Florida to Rubio: About that ethics thing… nevermind

…Charley Rangel…Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank could not be reached for comment!

KOOLAID2 on July 28, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Glad to see this cleared up. For me Rubio’s stock is way down. Sorry. Not a fan.

Bmore on July 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Nobody will ever be good enough for you lunatics.

100% CONSERVATIVE OR BUST!

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

As some Dead White Male once said, “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!”

Only 100% Liberty was good enough for the Founders. I refuse to accept less.

SDN on July 28, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Rubio is a coward and a smearier and an anti-American. And he is not very bright either.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Absolute lunacy.

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 6:43 PM

SDN on July 28, 2012 at 6:42 PM

The point is nobody is 100% conservative on our side.

And some of these comments about Rubio not being a conservative are absolutely absurd. Not sure when HA got full of retards.

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 6:45 PM

After Rubio sponsored SOPA, he’s just another big-govt prick with a cute wife that wants my money and my vote. If he ends up as VP, I’ll give Gary Johnson Johnnie Walker a second look.

Archivarix on July 28, 2012 at 6:47 PM

After Rubio sponsored SOPA, he’s just another big-govt putz with a cute wife that wants my money and my vote. If he ends up as VP, I’ll give Gary Johnson Johnnie Walker a second look.

Archivarix on July 28, 2012 at 6:48 PM

After Rubio sponsored SOPA, he’s just another big-govt putz with a cute wife that wants my money and my vote. If he ends up as VP, I’ll give Gary Johnson Johnnie Walker a second look.

Archivarix on July 28, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I’d be willing to take a look at that, which label?

Bmore on July 28, 2012 at 6:53 PM

“Nevermind” is not a word (unless it’s the name of a Nirvana album).

patricius on July 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Not sure when HA got full of retards.

nicktjacob

One of them got here when you joined.

Rubio is no Conservative, and it’s time we stopped pretending otherwise.

xblade on July 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

…Charley Rangel…Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank could not be reached for comment!

KOOLAID2 on July 28, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Whatever happened to
Maxi ” TEA Party can go striaght to hell ” Waters ?
Oh yeah, no more investigations after she started supported sharia…openly
http://www.therightscoop.com/maxine-waters-demonizing-republicans-as-anti-muslim-at-islamic-town-hall/

burrata on July 28, 2012 at 6:58 PM

After Rubio sponsored SOPA, he’s just another big-govt putz with a cute wife that wants my money and my vote. If he ends up as VP, I’ll give Gary Johnson Johnnie Walker a second look.

Archivarix on July 28, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I’d be willing to take a look at that, which label?

Bmore on July 28, 2012 at 6:53 PM

If Marco Rubio is Mitt’s VP, the bottle will be of no practical interest to you after my second look.

Archivarix on July 28, 2012 at 6:58 PM

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 6:45 PM

It seems over the last week the screech-o-meter has been red-lining. Maybe not on this post, but the trolling activity has swung into high.

Couldn’t be anything thing with Obama’s “You didn’t build it” quote, could it?

itsspideyman on July 28, 2012 at 7:01 PM

xblade on July 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I’m retarded because I’m in the unbelievably overwhelming majority of people who know for an absolute fact that Marco Rubio is a conservative?

Alright, champ.

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 7:01 PM

But will you vote for him and Romney if Romney picks him, or will you vote for O’bama and O’biden?

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2012 at 6:21 PM

is this your way of agreeing that Rubio is no good? Sounds like it.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Rubio is no Conservative, and it’s time we stopped pretending otherwise.

xblade on July 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I’ll clarify that: Rubio is a social conservative, in George W’s mold. He is also better than Orange Charlie. I predict Rubio a big future a-la Ted Kennedy in the Senate, where compromising is the key, but he’s no White House material.

Archivarix on July 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

But will you vote for him and Romney if Romney picks him, or will you vote for O’bama and O’biden?

Del Dolemonte on July 28, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Neither. There is always a write-in option for Chtulhu or Gary Johnson, whichever looks better.

Archivarix on July 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM

I really don’t think Rubio is ready to be VP which means he sure as heck wouldn’t be ready to assume the Presidency.He actually has less experience than Sarah Palin. It’s because he’s a soft-spoken Hispanic man and Senator from Florida that people are considering him.I think he’s just too emotional and he gets yanked around letting his feelings instead of his cold calculations do the talking. And just because he’s a Cuban doesn’t mean that he can pull the Hispanic Puerto Rican and Mexican voters.

Mitt will play it uber conservative with a boring white guy and choose Portman who would be ready to be VP and P if necessary. Jindal would be even better.

gracie on July 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Bmore on July 28, 2012 at 6:53 PM

If Marco Rubio is Mitt’s VP, the bottle will be of no practical interest to you after my second look.

Archivarix on July 28, 2012 at 6:58 PM

LOL! I thank you for sharing./ I’ve never tried blue. ; )

Bmore on July 28, 2012 at 7:12 PM

nicktjacob on July 28, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Well, sure, no candidate is perfect, but where do you draw the line? Turning on someone who is trying to get to the bottom of the Muslim Brotherhood within the government is a bit of a bridge too far for me.

Did you read any of the links? You really need to work through Andy McCarthy’s articles.

One reason I went looking for more was because The Right Scoop said:

It seems to me that Rubio hasn’t even read the letter based on his comments, yet he is completely disassociating himself from it in an interview with NPR:…

As far as Rubio my guess is that he has fallen prey to a typical media tactic of trying to pit Republicans against one another and has found himself taking a side without knowing all the facts. He should be corrected for this.

But if it turns out he knows all the facts then what he said is just ridiculous and he should be called out for it.

So I thought, hey, I’ll see if I can find anything to indicate whether he fell into a media trap or not. In my Shark Tank link Rubio stood by his comments.

Is he undiscerning? Naive? Politically calculating that he cares more about himself than the country? Whichever it is, he shouldn’t be anywhere close to the WH.

I only hope he comes to his senses in the Senate, but I won’t hold my breath.

INC on July 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I used think it was pretty well certain that Mitt would pick Rubio as his running mate. After reading about Rubio’s criticism of Bachmannn and Andy McCarthy’s articles on PJ Media this week I am going to be very disappointed in Mitt if he picks Rubio.

I can’t figure out what would cause Rubio to be soft on the MB and national security.

Basilsbest on July 28, 2012 at 8:46 PM

If these Republicans want a career in politics they should learn to not whine over a little vetting. Just look at they how long and thorough they vetted Obama and they are still looking into his past.

Herb on July 28, 2012 at 9:15 PM

If these Republicans want a career in politics they should learn to not whine over a little vetting. Just look at they how long and thorough they vetted Obama and they are still looking into his past.

Herb on July 28, 2012 at 9:15 PM

You see Herbie, Mr Obama has been vetted. By conservative media only. The same mainstream media that vets Republicans was nowhere to be found and still isnt. They are apologists for him. The whiner in Chief is liberal. And there you go.

Robb on July 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

gracie on July 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Yes — Portman is the best pick. He has consistently been an impressive vote getter in Ohio who could really help the ticket. No house opponent (in 6 races in his district) ever broke through to the 30% level. And, in his statewide race for the U.S. Senate, his opponent only got 39% of the vote.

You also made an interesting observation with your last comment. But you know, it really doesn’t go at all to the potential issue regarding the Muslim Brotherhood. Without more, I have a distinctly bad feeling about those kinds of “guilt by association” charges.

Trochilus on July 28, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Rubio is a coward and a smearier and an anti-American. And he is not very bright either.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Either you are a troll or an idiot.

leftnomore on July 29, 2012 at 1:02 AM

If that’s the best you can do in defending Rubio, leftnomore, and apparently it is, he needs another lawyer.

VorDaj on July 29, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Rubio is a coward and a smearier and an anti-American. And he is not very bright either.

VorDaj on July 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Either you are a troll or an idiot.

leftnomore on July 29, 2012 at 1:02 AM

False dichotomy.
I vote for both.

Shambhala on July 29, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Well, sure, no candidate is perfect, but where do you draw the line? Turning on someone who is trying to get to the bottom of the Muslim Brotherhood within the government is a bit of a bridge too far for me.

INC

His being an amnesty-open borders shill was a bridge too far for me. The Muslim Brotherhood stuff just solidifies my opinion.

xblade on July 29, 2012 at 3:54 AM

INC on July 28, 2012 at 4:29 PM
Total dealbreaker for me supporting Rubio. He can stay in Florida.

tom daschle concerned on July 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Damn.. I had missed that info – Rubio was at the top for me..

Now preferring Ryan, or West..IMO

Panentheist on July 29, 2012 at 5:05 AM

Typical, raise a lie, wallow in scandal, deal in filth, but whine like a baby when legimate poicy isues are raised. That’s the Democrat Party, standing up for slime.

arand on July 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM