Rubio to deliver GOP’s State of the Union response, of course

posted at 5:51 pm on February 6, 2013 by Allahpundit

Who else could it have been? Jindal and Paul Ryan have already done it, Rand Paul’s probably still too close to the rEVOLution for Republican leaders to be comfortable with him in a spot like this, and Chris Christie would just end up talking about how terrific Obama’s speech was. Half the reason party leaders are pushing amnesty, I’m convinced, is because Rubio’s that good in front of a mic and this issue gives him access to lots and lots of microphones. If, as McCain bluntly concedes, immigration reform is all about earning goodwill from Latino voters, then of course the party’s biggest Latino star gets this platform. And in case you’re hazy on who the target audience here is, Rubio will deliver his address in English and Spanish:

“Marco Rubio is one of our party’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders. He carries our party’s banner of freedom, opportunity and prosperity in a way few others can. His family’s story is a testament to the promise and greatness of America,” said Speaker Boehner. “He’ll deliver a GOP address that speaks from the heart to the hopes and dreams of the middle class; to our party’s commitment to life and liberty; and to the unlimited potential of America when government is limited and effective.”

“Marco Rubio embodies the optimism that lies at the heart of the Republican vision for America. On Tuesday, he will contrast the Republican approach to the challenges we face with President Obama’s vision of an ever-bigger government and the higher taxes that would be needed to pay for it,” said Senator McConnell. “Marco’s own experience as the child of immigrants has always informed his belief in limited government and free enterprise, which is why he has helped lead the fight against out-of-control spending and job-destroying tax hikes that continue to hold our economy back and stifle opportunity for millions. He was a natural choice to deliver the Republicans’ alternative to the administration’s reliance on government and debt.”

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to discuss how limited government and free enterprise have helped make my family’s dreams come true in America,” said Senator Rubio. “Limited government and free enterprise are the very foundation of what makes America special and separates us from the world, particularly through our strong middle class. I look forward to laying out the Republican case of how our ideas can help people close the gap between their dreams and the opportunities to realize them.”

Immigration will be mentioned in the speech, but an aide to Rubio tells CNN that that won’t be the focus. The focus, wisely, is on convincing middle-class voters more broadly that they’ll do better with the GOP’s limited government agenda. Rubio told Rush Limbaugh last week he’s confident that he (not necessarily the party, but he himself) can sell that idea. With America having just reelected the Sixteen Trillion Dollar Man, I’m pretty confident that no one can. Prove this eeyore wrong, Marco. Please.

Exit question: Between this and his influence over the fate of immigration reform, is Rubio the new de facto leader of the GOP?


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The funny thing is, you are completely dismissing me because, since I am a member of the Hispanic community and speak from experience on what works and doesn’t work in getting Hispanic votes, somehow that drives a wedge between us as fellow conservatives.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

No. I am completely dismissing you because you think calling me a “nativist” is good politics.

“with your nativist, knee-jerk screaming about Spanish-speaking people.”

Good politics …

And you were the one who said that “Spanish politics” was inherently tribalistic, not me. I just explained to you what you were saying and how that doesn’t fit into the American Constitutional framework in any way, whatsoever.

As to the language point, there’s a reason that Churchill wrote about “A History of the English-Speaking Peoples”. Language is more than just a dressing. It is part of the very core of a society. Your lack of caring about language demonstrates your lack of knowledge of what actually drives and molds societies. You know not the value or importance of language and that is not a good place to be.

Don’t worry, I would never vote for you.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

style of

Bmore on February 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

kingsjester on February 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

The Hispanics you know are not like the illegals just as the blacks I associate with are not like the ghetto blacks (although they probably voted for Obama).

bw222 on February 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

bw222 on February 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Yep. Looks like Jose took a siesta.

kingsjester on February 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Well slept on it still can not figure out which is the best.

“Tower of Useless Babbling Pandering” Re: Rubio etal thinking they can out pander full raging commie Democrats

or
More expensive and it would take Rush or Mark Levin to pull it off.

A spoof of how dumb this race/vote chase in fact is.

“Split screen with like 10 or 12 of the possible race types in the Republican Senate and or House, all babbleing at the same time in the 10 or 12 lanuages.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Better yet get say the older guys from the South Viet Army who got away in boats, spent 5 years in camps in bad conditions waiting in line, while in the camps learned English, learned the COnstitution, when legal they came, took the test, got legal.
Now are the best citizens in the U.S..

Have a group of them get the ACLU to sue the RNC for discrimation.

Like that punch these RINO clowns in the eye.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Heard Cantor today explaining how ‘we’ need to do a better job of getting the message out on values like self reliance. Self reliance? That is going to sell? Self reliance comes across as ‘you’re on your own sucker’.

entagor on February 6, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Right. “Self-reliance” is what rich people think poor people should practice even if they die, but all these big companies don’t believe in “self-reliance” themselves. They believe in having bought politicians cover for them, they believe in “too big to fail” and bailouts and using illegal labor and taking any advantage they can.

Focus on getting government out of the way so people can start small businesses (with American labor) and then people can take care of themselves.

David Blue on February 7, 2013 at 11:01 AM

The Rove Associated want Rubio as the next GOP nominee and they do continue to want their “compassionate conservative comprehensive immigration reform” for reasons as yet most of the American voters aren’t real clear on other than they don’t want it.

I’m not keen on Rubio as a GOP President. I mean, not keen, not at ALL on the somewhat sudden burst of happiness that is supposedly floating around Rubio and the GOP.

I think he’s doing good on some fronts but not as to this “going Rogue on amnesty” egotism that Rubio is pushing — meaning, he’s posing himself (or is being posed by others to act on this and thusly) — and I’m watching Rubio go from once-nice-guy-in-Congress to some sort of Irritant to the voters.

The GOP, especially the Rove variation, need to learn when to step back and admit they’re not kingmakers and that the views of other voters nationwide are comparably important to the D.C. efforts to sure-coat their hand-grown personalities.

Lourdes on February 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Please stop trying to hate people. You guys turn on absolutely everyone.

You would have turned on Reagan…get a grip.

tomas on February 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM

We’ve already seen the vast damages inflicted on our nation by a guy-suddenly-bursting-on-the-scene-as-superdooper-special-one…

I’m not eager to see the GOP replicate the Leftwing cultism. In that regard or any other.

Rubio’s fine as a voice for “his people” but he’s not fine as GOP Precious.

Lourdes on February 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

that will win votes…jeez

tomas on February 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Please stop trying to hate people. You guys turn on absolutely everyone.

You would have turned on Reagan…get a grip.

tomas on February 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM

You don’t get it, tomas, it’s not US “turning on…to hate people…” it’s that the GOP needs a whipping. They’re continuing to drum up these “NEW DNC Party” ideas and “candidates” pushing Leftwing interpretations of reality and it’s insulting to the voters on the Right, who would otherwise be more than eager to vote for and support someone on the RIght who hadn’t sold-out to the Leftwing “redo of America.”

I’m disappointed in Rubio and it’s obvious that it’s the Rove-Bush family architecture at work where RUbio is concerned. I voted for Bush, make no mistake, but that doesn’t mean the Rove-Bush architecture should be replicated over and over again: it’s time was then, it’s over now.

As long as there are these efforts among Liberals in the GOP to push more Liberalism on us via Liberal goals and personalities, many of us voters are going to be complaining.

Lourdes on February 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM

that will win votes…jeez

tomas on February 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Prostitutes are popular.

That’s the equivalent of “winning votes” by adopting the wrong ideas, or, rather, by abandoning the right ones.

Lourdes on February 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Heard Cantor today explaining how ‘we’ need to do a better job of getting the message out on values like self reliance. Self reliance? That is going to sell? Self reliance comes across as ‘you’re on your own sucker’.

entagor on February 6, 2013 at 9:15 PM

And yet Cantor is pushing a process to reward usery and exploitation (claims US needs to issue amnesty to illegal aliens because, uhh, Cantor’s parents were legal immigrants or something).

Cantor, too, has taken on the fevered-blush of one eager to get more to the Left because it’s “more popular” to be loose and available than correct and legitimate.

Lourdes on February 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM

He is a solid guy who can relate to a lot of people. We have to deal with this issue. We have to get the best deal we can. He is the best person to do this.

You guys are addicted to losing.

tomas on February 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Please stop trying to hate people. You guys turn on absolutely everyone.

You would have turned on Reagan…get a grip.

tomas on February 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM

You’re not too hysterical, are you?

You guys do whatever you want. I have deal-breaker issues and amnesty (and worse, as proposed byt he worm, Rubio) and perverting the language are among them. I held my tongue through the 2008 general and did the same with the massive problems of having Romney as candidate, but enough is enough. Deal broken. I’ve voted GOP for decades but I’m done. Go find an illegal to replace my vote – which is the GOP strategy.

If you want to know how this is going to turn out, take a look at what happened the last time the GOP pushed this amnesty junk. It’ll be worse this time. The GOP will finally get the political suicide it’s been pursuing for so long. Have a ball.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

and I’m hysterical?

tomas on February 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I consider myself a libertarian/conservative who believes that those views are good for ALL people, and those are the reasons so many try to come to this country. I think “the rule of law” is what sets us apart and makes us a better country, therefore what ever is done on the immigration issue needs to have this in the forefront.

What does disturb me is the sense from many posters, that those coming here to work and build a better life, somehow have a different agenda because they look different than you and me.

Tater Salad on February 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

We’ve already seen the vast damages inflicted on our nation by a guy-suddenly-bursting-on-the-scene-as-superdooper-special-one…

I’m not eager to see the GOP replicate the Leftwing cultism. In that regard or any other.

Rubio’s fine as a voice for “his people” but he’s not fine as GOP Precious.

Lourdes on February 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Maybe that’s because of the policies that Barry is for? And I don’t think that the MSM is going to go into personality cult mode over Rubio. The Pravada media has already coronated Clinton as Barry’s successor.

Illinidiva on February 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Rubio already blew it, and he hasn’t even delivered his response yet. Shall I repeat that really slowly for all you Jindal haters to understand.

Oh, and he looks like that kid Kenneth the Page from 30 Suck.

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Tater Salad,

Ok, how about the coming here to work by illegal means.

Ok, how about the fact that now to cross the border via the drug cartel run coyotes each illegal border crossing person is required to mule in drugs as part of the price of passage.

Ok, how about the ones coming here not to work and just to walk across the Rio Grande to the “anchor baby factory”.

Ok, how about the ones not coming here to work but they are the Zetas who boss the drug distribution operations and have orders to ill our police who get in the way. Who do kill off the current drug world thugs.

Ok, how about the $2.77 per hour that the compay in Calif. was paying in pesos wired to Mexican Banks for welders.

Ok, how about the ID fraud, the SS fraud, the Run From Wrecks growth rate.

How about ,,,,,X 1000

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

People need to campaign against businesses who hire these folks. You can’t make this roller coaster stop, but you can stop the mechanism that runs it before it starts going down hill. If you want to stop this you expose business are complicit. Money is the only thing that matters.

tomas on February 7, 2013 at 12:25 PM

What does disturb me is the sense from many posters, that those coming here to work and build a better life, somehow have a different agenda because they look different than you and me.

Tater Salad on February 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

It is not about looks.

The problem, Tater, is that those people coming here for a “better life” seem more than willing to change the workings of America that made up the foundation of this great country for hundreds of years, and also, to help those and vote for those who are destroying those foundations, thus, destroying the “American dream” which made possible that “better life”.

Sterling Holobyte on February 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM

^ In other words, they are helping to destroy their own dreams.

Sterling Holobyte on February 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

If Rubio knowingly posed for this photo then he is a FOOL.

http://swampland.time.com/2013/02/07/immigrant-son/

Good Lord, it’s like we’re back in 2009 all over again and Mitt Romney or other moderates/establishment types are foisted upon us with stories about how great they are.

“Savior”?………he’s freaking been in the Senate for only 2 years!!! He’s an amnesty shill and this is his payback from the Ruling class and Media kingmakers.

DISGUSTING…………no Bushes in Rubio clothing.

PappyD61 on February 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Sterling Holobyte on February 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Call me naive, but I think a vast majority are fleeing crappy run cental planning governments. What the GOP has to do is allow them to work (God knows we can’t get our existing citizens too given the size of welfare rolls) and participate in the free market, see the advantages of a free market, yet not give them voting rights or benefits if they were here illegaly.

Tater Salad on February 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Too bad he’s not natural born.

bill glass on February 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Does that really matter ?? Oh wait it absolutly does! He is a Republican.

cableguy615 on February 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM

I consider myself a libertarian/conservative …..

Tater Salad on February 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Maybe if we had more conservatives than liberal-tarians, we would not be in the mess we are.

cableguy615 on February 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I like Rubio and think he’s an excellent choice. I also like that he will be delivering his speech in Spanish as well. Spanish speakers are becoming an ever increasing and important part of this nation and it is stupid politics to not recognize them and appeal to them.

Give ‘em HE11 Marco!

MJBrutus on February 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

If you want to speak Spanish-stay in a Spanish-speaking nation. This is the US.
The ONLY language Rubio should be addressing the American people in…is ENGLISH!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 7, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Can’t agree here, whatsoever. Rubio should speak in whatever language(s) people will listen to and hopefully absorb his limited government, free market economy message in.

MJBrutus on February 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Well,

Let Obama one-up him…Obama could deliver his address in both English and Arabic……yeah, I’d like that.

ProfShadow on February 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

The purists will always be unhappy. So I will ignore them.

terryannonline on February 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM

The purists will always be unhappy. So I will ignore them.

terryannonline on February 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM

A wise policy :-)

MJBrutus on February 7, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Would the opposite of “purist” be “impurist”?

steebo77 on February 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM

The GOP is going about the rebuttal completely wrong. Barry O’Bong-hit’s going to to be throwing out chaffe and flares ei. gun control, immigration, and just about everything he can do to distract from the miserable economy. Instead of hispandering, the GOP needs to bring out a messenger who will refocus the audience on the pressing issues, which he will either avoid, or wall paper over, and that is not immigration, nor climate change, nor gun confiscation. It’s the debt, it’s the economy, it’s gas prices and a looming energy shortage, and it’s the insidious healthcare takeover. And yes, they need to mention death panels.

Red Creek on February 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Red Creek on February 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM

But Rubio’s message is about limited government and free market capitalism. Do you object to it being spoken in both English and Spanish? If he were fluent in French, Italian, German and Swahili I would love for him to say in those languages as well!

MJBrutus on February 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

So now, being a Conservative is now being a Purist?

What…too much blowback on the “True Conservative” garbage?

Yes, I purely believe in the three-legged stool of Reagan Conservatism.

kingsjester on February 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I like Rubio and think he’s an excellent choice.

Give ‘em HE11 Marco!

MJBrutus on February 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Your enthusiasm is inspiring, MJBrutus. Thank you for that.

DISGUSTING…………no Bushes in Rubio clothing.

PappyD61 on February 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Rubio is not as stupid or weak as W.

More importantly, though, Rubio believes in free enterprise whereas W believed in Big Government Conservatism. We need to pick our battles at this point, and the most important battle at this point is the one having to do with free enterprise vs. gimme-some-more-free-stuff Big Government. Rubio’s smart enough to understand the importance of competition and freedom and he can play an important role articulating what he knows and improving the Republican brand.

I don’t see anyone else out there who can do the job. Palin is out of the picture. Christie is disgusting. Rand lacks experience and charisma at this point.

Like MJBrutus says, Give ‘em HE11 Marco!

Burke on February 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

I like Rubio and think he’s an excellent choice. I also like that he will be delivering his speech in Spanish as well. Spanish speakers are becoming an ever increasing and important part of this nation and it is stupid politics to not recognize them and appeal to them.

Give ‘em HE11 Marco!

MJBrutus on February 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Agreed. It’s sort of nice to re-visit this thread and seeing posts like yours without someone screaming to go F- yourself and Rubio should die.

Marcus on February 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM

HA still marching to the establishment “We Love Rubio” drums, I see.

Midas on February 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Martinez 2016!!! And if you don’t like it, you RINOS and dems, then YOU ARE RACISTS!

BoxHead1 on February 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

The purists will always be unhappy. So I will ignore them.

terryannonline on February 7, 2013 at 1:46 PM

They gave you the House in 2010.

They were ‘ignored’ in 2012 – how’d that work out?

Feel free. I suspect the ‘purists’ don’t much give a crap anymore whether the GOP likes them or not.

Midas on February 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

MJBrutus on February 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

This is an opportunity that shouldn’t be wasted on a select few. All of Barry’s fan base will be tuned in, and a chance to put out a message without the filter of the MSM will be available. We need somebody who will hit POTUS hard in the gut and the kidneys where it hurts. That person needs to focus on this man, his derelictions, and I don’t think Rubio is the best choice for this. That person must be able to stick an accusing finger in his eye and make it stick. Because when the POTUS is running a 60% approval rating when things are as crapass as they are now, something is just not right.

Red Creek on February 7, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I like Rubio and think he’s an excellent choice.

Give ‘em HE11 Marco!

MJBrutus on February 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Your enthusiasm is inspiring, MJBrutus. Thank you for that.

Burke on February 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

LOL. MJBrutus has been out in the weeds until it became clear which GOPe fave he should be pimping next.

ddrintn on February 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Just had a chance to check out Rubio’s new Time Mag cover. Wow that one arm is significantly longer than the other. Guessing they were going for the dreaded knuckle dragger look. I guess they got what they were looking for.

Bmore on February 7, 2013 at 5:11 PM

This is the Whigs thread, right?

Bmore on February 7, 2013 at 5:12 PM

*tap,tap,tap* Is this thing on?

él está dispuesto a legalizar ilegales

Press 1 for English

Bmore on February 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM

We need somebody who will hit POTUS hard in the gut and the kidneys where it hurts. That person needs to focus on this man, his derelictions, and I don’t think Rubio is the best choice for this. That person must be able to stick an accusing finger in his eye and make it stick.
Red Creek on February 7, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I know what you’re saying, Red Creek. When Palin accepted the vice presidency from McCain and spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention, she focused like a laser beam on the derelictions of Obama and the Democrats. She made it personal. That speech, with its red meat and many later-quotable zingers, was terrific and was manna from heaven to those of us who had been listening to a lot of McConnell-Pawlenty-Bush-RINO blah blah blah, vague and incoherent and gutless.

We need a leader like that who will speak for us–we conservatives, that is. It’s sad that we don’t really have one these days, and our lack of leadership has led to our current demoralization, I think.

Rubio won’t launch this sort of negative attack. He’s no pitbull. Even when he ran his race in Florida he kept his campaign positive. He will speak clearly, though, without mumbling and making excuses.

Who do you think would be good instead, Red Creek?

Burke on February 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM

I have it on very good authority, from a trusted and proven friend here at HA, that “The GOP will betray you” and they certainly have to date.

thatsafactjack on February 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM

They have…over and over again…and they will continue to do so

And the triumvirate of Limbaugh/Hannity/Levin will continue to tell you to support them. That you have no other choice.

Then they too will complain once again when the GOP betrays everyone…and then they will continue to tell you all you must support the GOP…

And on and on

And I’m the bad guy for pointing this out…go figure

True_King on February 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Pandering Powers Activate!

rayra on February 8, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Rubio is supplying cover to the Rinos for granting amnesty. It is all kabuki theater.

trs on February 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

As a Latino, I’m suspicious of Rubio. Jeez, the guy hasn’t completed his first term and everyone is fawning all over the guy. Remember what happened when our country voted for another inexperienced politician. I’m also laughing at conservative whites desperate to find a brown/black face to put on the Republican party. Stick to your principles and vote for the best person we can find, this is not American Idol. This is one reason that I’m now an unaligned conservative, party politics are leading us down the path of destruction.

lperello on February 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

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