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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Alot depends upon if Paul Ryan ends up as Speaker of the House in the near future. Ryan is being pushed as the Next-in-line. Funny how Sarah Palin wasn’t considered Next-in-line.

Hmm. Crickets.

Jurisprudence on February 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Yeah, especially when she was a VP candidate.

Mirimichi on February 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Amnesty is happening and the GOP will make it happen, but the democrats will
continue to win national elections.

Rusty Allen on February 6, 2013 at 7:23 PM

O goodie the media has already picked the GOP candidate for 2016.

watertown on February 6, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Chris Christie would just end up talking about how terrific Obama’s speech was.

Vintage AP snark.

peski on February 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Alot depends upon if Paul Ryan ends up as Speaker of the House in the near future. Ryan is being pushed as the Next-in-line. Funny how Sarah Palin wasn’t considered Next-in-line.

Hmm. Crickets.

Jurisprudence on February 6, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Yeah, because Governors, VP candidates, and Fox News Contributors get elected Speaker of the House all the time, just not Palin.

peski on February 6, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Rubio to deliver in English and El Spanio?

Will Obama deliver the SOTU in English and Ebonics?

PappyD61 on February 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I’d much rather it be Ted Cruz who perhaps could remind us of the “Drill, baby, drill” suggestion said to Ogabe several gas price hikes ago.

viking01 on February 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

O goodie the media has already picked the GOP candidate for 2016.

watertown on February 6, 2013 at 7:27 PM

If it happens, watch him get 3% of the Latino vote.

And the GOP will say, “Whoa – what? why? how? Oh noes!”

CorporatePiggy on February 6, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Rubio’s the best we’ve got?
Puuhleeease

Wake me when Rubio’s finished with his response.

bgibbs1000 on February 6, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Rubio, the worm, can just FOAD. Same for the GOP which is a totally useless party.
ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Well, you can, too.

Marcus on February 6, 2013 at 7:42 PM

ALT -

I was simply commenting on his place of birth, not Cruz’s eligibility. He was born in Calgary.

bw222 on February 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Wake me when Rubio’s finished with his response.

bgibbs1000 on February 6, 2013 at 7:39 PM

You planning on taking a nap/siesta?

bw222 on February 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

bw222 on February 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

My bad.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2013 at 7:46 PM

I’d much rather it be Ted Cruz who perhaps could remind us of the “Drill, baby, drill” suggestion said to Ogabe several gas price hikes ago.

viking01 on February 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Cruz sure wouldn’t be pandering and giving the speech in Spanish. Dewhurst wanted to debate him in Spanish and Cruz said no since Americans speak English. Cruz can speak Spanish but doesn’t do it very often. He’s the senator that Rubio should have been and never will be.

TxAnn56 on February 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

El banco de porco es muy broke-o.

¡Necesita mas tequila!

viking01 on February 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Given that simply having to “press one for English,” seems to really bug the hell out of a lot of conservatives, I can’t help but wonder if sitting through a bilingual response will piss off as many white Republican primary voters as it impresses potential Hispanic general election voters. Could be a net negative for Rubio.

urban elitist on February 6, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Will Obysmal give the SOTU in Austrian?

onlineanalyst on February 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM

TxAnn56. If Cruz doesn’t speak Spanish, he is bound to lose it. I’m sure it is a native language for him but still.

Also, yes this is a bit of a pander but this sort of outreach is politics 101. If you have a politician who is as fluent in Spanish as English, then why not have him give the speech en espanol.

Illinidiva on February 6, 2013 at 8:03 PM

If you have a politician who is as fluent in Spanish as English, then why not have him give the speech en espanol.

Illinidiva on February 6, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Because this is the United States, you blithering idiot.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

I wish we could recall Rubio. What a complete waste of of a vote that amnesty shill is.

aniptofar on February 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

urban elitist on February 6, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Wow, did you come up with that one all on your own. You did, didn’t you? You are funny!

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

My grandfather’s native language was Yiddish-but if you had spoken with him you would’ve never known that. Once in the US-my great-grandparents had him speak ENGLISH.
If it was good enough for them…

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Great choice…Rubio will be the nominee in 2016…all of you right wingers keep pouting…

While the Dems win national elections. I hope they get you first

And ‘they will’. I am never wrong:)

Redford on February 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

if you have a politician who is as fluent in Spanish as English, then why not have him give the speech en espanol.

Illinidiva on February 6, 2013 at 8:03 PM

i had to learn english, otherwise i’d be cleaning toilets.

but thats what you want. isn’t it. to see hispanics cleaning toilets and mowing lawns. their spawn then join gangs and the fun begins.

you slobbered all over romney who abused illegal immigrants. have you no shame.

renalin on February 6, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Redford on February 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Sorry, not following you well here. What are you saying?

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Redford on February 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Sorry, not following you well here. What are you saying?

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Don’t ask him… he’d be the last to know….

viking01 on February 6, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Today we must all be aware that protocol takes precedence over procedure. However you say – WHAT THE – what does this mean… in relation to the tabulation whereby we must once again realize that the great fiction story is now being rehearsed before our very eyes, in the rise and fall of Marco Rubio… indicating that only a bilingual man can receive…the award for fiction, unlike Clinton whose fiction doesn’t hold water. Comrades – friends, we are gathered here not only to accept in behalf of one man without borders – one who has found that the world in itself which seems to be a time not of the toad – to quote even ALLAH PUNDIT. And many people ask “Who are ALLAH PUNDIT?” It’s not “Who are ALLAH PUNDIT?” it’s “Who am ALLAH PUNDIT?” This in itself as an edifice of the great glory that has gone beyond, and the intuitive feeling of the American people, based on the assumption that the intelligence not only as Mencken once said, “He who underestimates the American pubic will not go broke.” This is merely a small indication of this vast throng gathered here to once again behold and to perceive that which has gone behind and to that which might go forward into the future…we’ve got to hurdle these obstacles. This is the main deterrent upon which we have gathered our strength and all the others who say, “What the hell did that get?” – We don’t know. We’ve got to perforce support the loving boy… And as Miller once said in one of his great novels- what did he … that language is only necessary when communication is endangered. And you sit there bewildered, and Pinter who went further said “It is not the lack of communication but fear of communication.” That’s what the Goddamn thing is it’s we fear – communication – especially bilingual communication. Oh – fortunately the prize has only been given to authors – unlike the Academy Award which is given to a female and a male, indicating the derision of the human specie – God damn it! But we have no paranoia, and Mr. Pynchon has attained, and has created for himself serenity, and it is only the insanity that has kept him alive in his paranoia. We speak of the organ…of the orgasm…Who the hell wrote this? And the jury has determined to give the prize to Marco Rubio his EARNESTY’S RAINBOW. Now EARNESTY’S RAINBOW is a token of this man’s genius…he told me so himself…that he could…in other words, have been more specific, but rather than to allude the mundane, he has come to the conclusion that brevity is the importance of our shallow existence. God damn. Ladies and Gentlemen. To the distinguished panel on the, on the dais and to the other winners, for poetry and religion and science. The time will come when America will outlive its usefulness. Marx, Groucho Marx, once said that America is the opiate of the people. I say that when America outlives its usefulness, then opium…will be the opiate…Ahh that’s not a bad idea… All right…However, I want to thank Mr. PUNDIT, ALLAH PUNDIT of the HOTGAS Press, who has made it possible for you people to be here this evening to enjoy the Friction Citation – the Fiction Citation. EARNEST’S RAINBOW – a small contribution to a certain degree, since there are over seven billion people in the world today. 450 of them … million live in the United States and Mexico which is a very, very small amount compared to those that are dying elsewhere…Well, I say that you will be on the road to new horizons, for we who live in a society where sex is a commodity and a politician can become a TV personality, it’s not easy to conform if you have any morality…I, I, I said that myself many years ago…But I do want to thank the bureau…I mean the committee, the organization for the $10,000 they’ve given out…tonight they made over $400,000 and I think that I have another appointment. I would like to stay here, but for the sake of brevity I, I must leave. I do want to thank you, I want to thank Mr. TurKAL. I want to thank Mr. Knopf who just ran through the auditorium* and I want to thank Marco Rubio, Obama – acting President of the Unites States – and also I want to thank Truman Capote and thank you.

RasThavas on February 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

If you have a politician who is as fluent in Spanish as English, then why not have him give the speech en espanol.
Illinidiva on February 6, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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Because this is the United States, you blithering idiot.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

+++++++++++++++++

Beat me to it, POP

fabrexe on February 6, 2013 at 8:40 PM

The melting pot got a big old crack in one side and its leaking pandering all over U.S..

If we do not hold the line now race, clan, sub groups will fight for food one day.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 6, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Will there be a conservative response?

james23 on February 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Don’t ask him… he’d be the last to know….

viking01 on February 6, 2013 at 8:32 PM

So many noms I don’t recognize anymore. Should he be added to the list?

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I welcome our new hispanic countrymen, and specially the 2/3 who’d vote Democratic.

lester on February 6, 2013 at 6:57 PM

***********

As usual your post is absent any real thought. Dumber than a box of Democrats.

CW on February 6, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Really? Is this how we assimilate?

mobydutch on February 6, 2013 at 8:58 PM

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.

“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.

The “Marco Rubio” can also remove those unsightly calcium deposits from your shower door.

Please… buy our product?

sartana on February 6, 2013 at 9:11 PM

And, no doubt lil barry’s SOTU will be broadcast on TeleMundo – with sub-titles or dubbed by someone. At least Rubio will be actually speaking to that audience in the language they speak and understand best.
Solaratov on February 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Except he will be speaking as a Cuban, with a Cuban accent, and not as a Mexicano, with a Mexican inflection. There is a resentment towards the Cubanos. He will be the privileged Cuban American lecturing to Mexicans who also resent the red, white and blue.

The Club ain’t too smart on this one

Meanwhile, amnesty is being sold to the Mexicans, and shoved up the rumps of the Tea Party. What a great State of the Union.

No need to watch. I already absorbed the intent

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’. Self reliance is the after effect of liberty. He should have been extolling ‘unhampered by the heavy hand of Big Brother’. Making your own choices. etc. And then moving in fast with examples of how hard it is to run a popsicle stand, and give real reasons in short sentences why it is hard.

Cantor sounds like a rich sissy wimp who hasn’t a clue. He couldn’t sell an egg to a chicken. Which, of course is the problem, along with the fact he doesnt seem to like the chicken, or the egg. Figures his crowd would try to stage Rubio to get the rubes

entagor on February 6, 2013 at 9:15 PM

My grandfather’s native language was Yiddish-but if you had spoken with him you would’ve never known that. Once in the US-my great-grandparents had him speak ENGLISH.
If it was good enough for them…

annoyinglittletwerp on February 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

My great-grandparents spoke Yiddish, mainly. They were embarrassed by their accents and lack of proficiency in English. My grandparents never spoke Yiddish to us (except for cursing, though Yiddish curses are sort of silly “Go sh!t in the ocean”, … – though they did have a few zesty ones). And, while that whole generation had the Yiddish theater for their entertainment, that disappeared as soon as the next generation grew up in America.

There used to be a time when immigrants (actual, legal immigrants who wanted to come to America to be Americans) did everything they could to be American.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 6, 2013 at 9:29 PM

RasThavas on February 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

OK, this is the strangest comment I’ve ever read here.

ddrintn on February 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

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.

“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.

The “Marco Rubio” can also remove those unsightly calcium deposits from your shower door.

Please… buy our product?

sartana on February 6, 2013 at 9:11 PM

And the guy or woman at Right Scoop argued with me up and down that nobody’s trying to shove Rubio down anyone’s throat.

ddrintn on February 6, 2013 at 9:35 PM

And the guy or woman at Right Scoop argued with me up and down that nobody’s trying to shove Rubio down anyone’s throat.

ddrintn on February 6, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Rubio’s more like a forced enema.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

He is going to do this in English and Spanish. Eff him. We speak English in this country. I’m so tired of all of this pandering to ILLEGAL scum.

Mirimichi on February 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

There are plenty of LEGAL citizens that speak Spanish that would appreciate the gesture. I can’t believe the level of hate I’ve read here tonight over something so stupid.

It isn’t like he’s delivering the speech in Spanish instead of English.

mskelly on February 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Given that simply having to “press one for English,” seems to really bug the hell out of a lot of conservatives, I can’t help but wonder if sitting through a bilingual response will piss off as many white Republican primary voters as it impresses potential Hispanic general election voters. Could be a net negative for Rubio.

urban elitist on February 6, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Is Spanish one of the official languages of the US now?

kim roy on February 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Rubio should leave the Senate and get a job in private business and obtain executive experience before seeking advancement in central government. Then a stint as a governor would help burnish his executive credentials. As it stands now he has no executive decision making experience, and the Legislature is a very poor place to be groomed for President.

Tripwhipper on February 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Press 1 for English.

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Si, se puede!

ccrosby on February 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

RasThavas on February 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

OK, this is the strangest comment I’ve ever read here.

ddrintn on February 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Strange indeed, but some of it is … indecently precise:

However you say – WHAT THE – what does this mean… in relation to the tabulation whereby we must once again realize that the great fiction story is now being rehearsed before our very eyes, in the rise and fall of Marco Rubio… indicating that only a bilingual man can receive…the award for fiction, unlike Clinton whose fiction doesn’t hold water. RasThavas on February 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Sadly, even if the fiction is true, it will now and forever more ring false
Another true fiction:

Obama – acting President of the Unites States – …
RasThavas on February 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

entagor on February 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

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

I hope so. He’s inspiring. I hope he’s our president in 2017.

terryannonline on February 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM

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

Probably, but conservatives smell a rat in the woodpile. GOP can have him.

james23 on February 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

YES!

I have been hoping and praying for him to give as many speeches as he can in Spanish.

LibertyJane on February 6, 2013 at 11:13 PM

YES!

I have been hoping and praying for him to give as many speeches as he can in Spanish.

LibertyJane on February 6, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Why not German? More Americans are of German extraction than anything else? Why not Swahili or that stupid click language?

If you want to be part of Latin and South America, then move there. They speak Spanish all the time (with some Portuguese here and there and a little French in Guyana). And take the worm, Rubio, with you.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 6, 2013 at 11:28 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 6, 2013 at 11:28 PM

No, more Americans are Scots-Irish. You’re an idiot. And racist. You’re an embarrassment. Please leave.

John the Libertarian on February 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 6, 2013 at 11:28 PM

If there was a block of 25 million German speaking voters, why not?

Normal Americans who understand English have a hard time grasping the issues as it is, and you expect people on their second language to have total command of politics?

Why not talk about the major issues in a language that will help many of them understand?

El_Terrible on February 7, 2013 at 12:23 AM

No, more Americans are Scots-Irish. You’re an idiot. And racist. You’re an embarrassment. Please leave.

John the Libertarian on February 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Not according to the Univ. of Wisc. and the 2000 census:

According to the U.S. Census conducted in 2000, 42.8 million Americans identified themselves as being of German ancestry, representing 15.2% of the total U.S. population. By comparison, the next largest group, Irish Americans, comprised 10.8% of the population, while African Americans and Americans of English background each accounted for just under 9%.

Get bent, douchebag.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 12:51 AM

Not according to the Univ. of Wisc. and the 2000 census:

According to the U.S. Census conducted in 2000, 42.8 million Americans identified themselves as being of German ancestry, representing 15.2% of the total U.S. population. By comparison, the next largest group, Irish Americans, comprised 10.8% of the population, while African Americans and Americans of English background each accounted for just under 9%.

Get bent, douchebag.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 12:51 AM

I’d say Scots-Irish and German descent are roughly equal. Estimates are that about 35 million or so people are of Ulster Scot ancestry, while another several million who claim Irish ancestry are actually Scots-Irish.

ddrintn on February 7, 2013 at 12:58 AM

I’d say Scots-Irish and German descent are roughly equal. Estimates are that about 35 million or so people are of Ulster Scot ancestry, while another several million who claim Irish ancestry are actually Scots-Irish.

ddrintn on February 7, 2013 at 12:58 AM

No argument from me but I think JohnTheLunaterian might consider your post racist.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 1:00 AM

The GOP establishment is trying to get its hooks in Rubio. They probably think that if they can get him addicted to the power and status he will go along with the RINO gang….and maybe even bring some low information conservatives along with him.

I like Rubio, he could be a special leader….but the true test will be whether or not he can resist the coming temptations to fold to peer pressure.

I dont trust the Republican leadership and they seem to be awfully quick to make Rubio their poster boy….something seems hinky.

alecj on February 7, 2013 at 1:06 AM

There is a reason the GOP is known as the stupid party. Seriously, do people here think that the liberals are just gonna sit back and watch us eat into their guaranteed voting pool? People here honestly believe that pandering with Rubio will get us Latino votes, or passing amnesty? Do you think that the GOP will get any kind of recognition for this?

It will be really funny when, after the amnesty is passed and our share of the Latino don’t move an inch.

HerneTheHunter on February 7, 2013 at 3:54 AM

terryannonline on February 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM

What do you based that on?

HerneTheHunter on February 7, 2013 at 3:55 AM

The repubs are ideologically bankrupt…except for the whole pandering thing. Raise taxes, get rid of the debt ceiling, and increase the size of government. Not voting for any of them except perhaps for Sen. Paul.

Panther on February 7, 2013 at 7:26 AM

There’s no one more articulate than Marco Rubio – YouTube some of his speeches in the Florida legislature.

He’s the obvious choice.

But my personal choice would have been Rand Paul. That’s not gonna happen though because Paul is NOT a “good ole boy” with the GOP Ayatollahs.

HondaV65 on February 7, 2013 at 7:39 AM

There are two major parties in Mexico, and both of them are Socialist.

But the GOP continues to define itself as a party that supports mass immigration, both legal and illegal (with amnesty).

This contradicts the interests of GOP voters, who are 90% white, and (duh!) conservative.

Mass immigration into America is 90% non-white, which means about 80% Democrat voting. Right away that kills the interests of conservatives.

Continuous mass immigration plus forced integration and assimilation, plus affirmative action and all the other ways whites are legally disadvantaged, means that eventually there will be no whites. They’ll be beaten down and blended out; it’s inevitable unless the system is changed. That’s genocidal. Yet the GOP is all for this.

The GOP is demographically destroying its base. This is a disaster.

David Blue on February 7, 2013 at 7:42 AM

“The focus, wisely, is on convincing middle-class voters more broadly that they’ll do better with the GOP’s limited government agenda.”

Personnel is policy. If you say you are for small government but you are all for importing socialists by the millions, you are really for big government.

David Blue on February 7, 2013 at 7:45 AM

It sure as hell didn’t take Rubio long to go from alleged conservative TEA Party candidate to RINO establishment darling. What is the substantive difference between Rubio and John McCain? Answer: Rubio is Hispanic.

Let this be a lesson to us all: Electing them isn’t enough, we have to hold them accountable. When they turn in office into something they promised they’d not be, and get taken over by the DC Establishment, we need to replace them in the next Primary.

wildcat72 on February 7, 2013 at 7:46 AM

There are plenty of LEGAL citizens that speak Spanish that would appreciate the gesture. I can’t believe the level of hate I’ve read here tonight over something so stupid.

It isn’t like he’s delivering the speech in Spanish instead of English.

mskelly on February 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Unless you want to spend your life sweeping floors and emptying trash cans, you better learn to speak English.

English is the language of the United States. If I were going to live in Mexico, I’d learn Spanish. If you are going to come from Mexico and live in the United States, learn English. English proficiency should be a prerequisite for a green card, much less citizenship. People who can’t speak English are going to do nothing but add to the welfare rolls.

As for amnesty, I agree with what Rush was saying the other day: Ok, we’ll grant them amnesty, on ONE condition: They can’t vote for 25 years.

wildcat72 on February 7, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Personnel is policy. If you say you are for small government but you are all for importing socialists by the millions, you are really for big government.

David Blue on February 7, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Both parties are for big government. Neither is for cutting spending. Spending=Power in DC.

That’s why I’ve quit the GOP. I’m not voting for their “electable” candidates anymore. I’ll support the (few) good ones like the Rand Pauls, but as far as my other Senator goes (Mitch McConnell) he might as well be Bob Menendez.

wildcat72 on February 7, 2013 at 7:51 AM

So I guess this means Rubio will become irrelevant just like the “superstar” Jindahl did after his SOTU speech.

Nutstuyu on February 7, 2013 at 8:48 AM

The fears of a Spanish-language invasion overwhelming the native English speaking population are way overblown. The language of any country is a tough animal to kill. For instance, America has been force-feeding English in Puerto Rico for 100 years now. It’s a required subject in K-12, and in most universities to graduate, you need at least 20 credit hours of English. And yet . . . perhaps 15 percent of the population speaks English.

This move is a smart one by Rubio. The idea here is not to change his appeal to begin the process of changing the GOP over to a party of Spanish speakers. No, the idea is to get to the newer voters by appealing to them now, so that their kids and grandkids will come into the party as well. You people need to understand how Spanish politics works. Kids are ferociously attached to the political parties of their parents, and families vote in swathes. You cannot pry a Spanish person from their parents’ party, no matter how much he may agree with your position. By not reaching out to Hispanics now, all you do is risk having another bloc of faithful Democrat voters that no number of Allen Wests or Marco Rubio will be able to break into.

Just yesterday I was chatting with a little old lady who was lamenting that she can’t talk to her grandkids because they don’t speak Spanish. Because her daughter moved with them to Miami ten years ago.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Can’t we just have Scott Walker hold up a poster showing Wisconsin’s pre and post Walker budget deficit/surplus? Maybe hold it for 2 minutes, then show the Federal pre and post Reid/Pelosie/Obama budget deficit/surplus?

He doesn’t really have to say anything, just give everyone that look of “Yeah, you put an idiot into the White House and the Democrats are a bunch of lying bastards spending money like drunken sailors.”

LoganSix on February 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

If Rubio was really serious about accurately representing languages, the words of his speech would be divided according to the number of speakers:

English 80%
Spanish 12.30%
Chinese Languages 2.30%
French 0.50%
Native American Languages 0.90%
Hawaiian Language 0.20%
Other European languages 2.20%
Indian Languages 1.60%
Other Languages 0.10%

Nutstuyu on February 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

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

Panther on February 7, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Cruz is no slouch either.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 7, 2013 at 9:03 AM

The fears of a Spanish-language invasion overwhelming the native English speaking population are way overblown.

Hmmm, that’s funny. I could have sworn there are NO German, Polish or Yiddish signs in old pictures of my town (when the population was only German, Polish and Jewish), but there are now Spanish signs everywhere including inside Target and Home Depot when less than 15% of the town’s population is “Hispanic”.

Nutstuyu on February 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

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

Don’t worry, their kids and grandkids will. And with your style of thinking, they’ll vote Democrat en masse too.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Don’t worry, their kids and grandkids will. And with your style of thinking, they’ll vote Democrat en masse too.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

If the kids and grandkids are that unintelligent that they follow their elders like robots, then the Democrats deserve them.

Nutstuyu on February 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Why is it that European (including those from Spain), Asian and even African immigrants realize the importance of learning English, but these poor special “Hispanics” can’t be troubled to do the same? Are they that in love with the colonial, imperialist Spanish conquistadors?

Nutstuyu on February 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Just yesterday I was chatting with a little old lady who was lamenting that she can’t talk to her grandkids because they don’t speak Spanish. Because her daughter moved with them to Miami ten years ago.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

And I have a cousin-in-law by marriage, who is 3rd generation Hispanic America, and has told family members from South Texas, who were visiting him outside of Detroit, that English is spoken in his home. His grandparents insisted on it. They loved their new country more than they did the language that they used to speak.

kingsjester on February 7, 2013 at 9:16 AM

You people need to understand how Spanish politics works. Kids are ferociously attached to the political parties of their parents, and families vote in swathes. You cannot pry a Spanish person from their parents’ party, no matter how much he may agree with your position.

That’s called “tribalism”. It’s retarded. And that has nothing to do with the treasonous push to aid and abet illegals – even upgrading the crime by throwing American citizenship into the mix.

By not reaching out to Hispanics now, all you do is risk having another bloc of faithful Democrat voters that no number of Allen Wests or Marco Rubio will be able to break into.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM

LOL. Tribalists are tribalists and they will never be American conservatives, since it goes against the notion of tribalism. Tribalism is the left’s bailiwick. You should hope that you are dead wrong about “Spanish politics” because, if not, you have just written off the whole of them to any sort of modern, rational governance.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

If Rubio was really serious about accurately representing languages, the words of his speech would be divided according to the number of speakers:

English 80%
Spanish 12.30%
Chinese Languages 2.30%
French 0.50%
Native American Languages 0.90%
Hawaiian Language 0.20%
Other European languages 2.20%
Indian Languages 1.60%
Other Languages 0.10%

Nutstuyu on February 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Well, if he doesn’t get a few lines of Klingon with Elfin subtitles in there, then I’m totally against it.

LoganSix on February 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Spare me. My grandfather was a non-native English speaker as well…but you would’ve never been able guess that. ‘Course my grandfather was a red-hair, blue-eyed Jew from the Pale. Rules applied to people like him-but not to those w/darker skin.
Some animals are more equal than others.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM

It sure as hell didn’t take Rubio long to go from alleged conservative TEA Party candidate to RINO establishment darling. What is the substantive difference between Rubio and John McCain? Answer: Rubio is Hispanic.

wildcat72 on February 7, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Right.

Let this be a lesson to us all: Electing them isn’t enough, we have to hold them accountable. When they turn in office into something they promised they’d not be, and get taken over by the DC Establishment, we need to replace them in the next Primary.

wildcat72 on February 7, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Good thinking.

David Blue on February 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

He should have a cute little legal immigrant sitting next to him. She will translate to English.

tomas on February 7, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Both parties are for big government. Neither is for cutting spending. Spending=Power in DC.

That’s why I’ve quit the GOP. I’m not voting for their “electable” candidates anymore. I’ll support the (few) good ones like the Rand Pauls, but as far as my other Senator goes (Mitch McConnell) he might as well be Bob Menendez.

wildcat72 on February 7, 2013 at 7:51 AM

I used to think that attitude was impractical and too purist. Now I realize it’s just common sense.

David Blue on February 7, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Well, I’m glad that younger people are less terrified of differences between people than the “conservatives” on this thread are. You are spinning the rope that the Democrats are using to hang you, with your nativist, knee-jerk screaming about Spanish-speaking people.

Grow up and get over yourselves. Voters are voters and we need them. How Hispanics choose their parties and voter affiliation is none of your business. Getting them in the door is. You play with the cards you’re dealt, not with things as you wish they were.

You just don’t get it. If we get abuelo and abuela in the door now, we will reap three generations, perhaps more, of loyal GOP voters. But if we don’t, we will reap more years of sliding into an insignificant minority party. Don’t you see it? Can’t ANYTHING get through to you all? This is an opportunity. One that was wasted with the Black population. Too many people were made sick by the idea of them using the law as a wedge to divide people and refused to “get down in the dirt” with them. Well, we kept our principles all right. But look where that got us today. 97% of Blacks voting for a failed president because he has a D after his name.

Perhaps it’s time to start a REAL conservative party that welcomes anyone, no matter if their preferred language is Swahili or Spanish. But that rope feels mighty fine in your hands, what with all the self-righteous bile that goes into it. Let’s keep right on spinning it.

ROTFLAO.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Oh and by the way, I am a proud member of THE GOP OF PUERTO RICO. I suppose you didn’t know that party existed, did you.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

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

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

FOAD.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Perhaps it’s time to start a REAL conservative party that welcomes anyone, no matter if their preferred language is Swahili or Spanish. But that rope feels mighty fine in your hands, what with all the self-righteous bile that goes into it. Let’s keep right on spinning it.

ROTFLAO.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

We always have welcomed immigrants. That’s why American was known as “The Melting Pot”.

But then again, those were selfless people, who came here legally, and loved their new country more than the one they left.

kingsjester on February 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

As for amnesty, I agree with what Rush was saying the other day: Ok, we’ll grant them amnesty, on ONE condition: They can’t vote for 25 years.

wildcat72 on February 7, 2013 at 7:49 AM

I disagree. I think Rush’s idea is terrible and it shows what’s been wrong with the GOP for the past fifty years.

With rare exceptions, too few and far between, the GOP agrees with things that are sure disaster, as long as the ax doesn’t fall right away.

That’s what they did with the 1965 Immigration and Nationalization Act Ted Kennedy loved. They bought into a system of importing a million 90% non-white roughly 80% Democratic new voters a year indefinitely. But there wasn’t an immediate crash, so they thought that was a good deal.

Continuous mass immigration and forced integration (with only the whites forced to be accepting, but the non-white immigrants free to play us-vs-them games) is death on the 90% white and conservative Republican base. Every year the situation gets worse. And every year the electoral playing field gets tougher for conservatives, and it’s harder than it was to turn things around, even if the GOP starts trying.

It’s not good enough to say, “this year it’s still not too late to win. This year, the tipping point has not come.” Inevitably a tipping point will come.

David Blue on February 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I am glad that Rubio is being pushed by the GOP because this just helps with its demise. I hope the GOP goes, never to be heard from again and the Rove’s, Rubio’s, Ryan’s etcs. go with it.

air_up_there on February 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM

FOAD.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Exactly.

Which is why they won’t vote for you. Why would they? Someone hands them a nice brochure with The One on it (head surrounded by a veil), and it contains all the socialist rhetoric they were accustomed to hearing at home. Then you come along and tell them to FOAD. Why would they go for your ideas?

Fail.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM

We always have welcomed immigrants. That’s why American was known as “The Melting Pot”.

But then again, those were selfless people, who came here legally, and loved their new country more than the one they left.

kingsjester on February 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

I’m glad you brought that up. After all, it’s the ones who came legally who should be attracted to vote. Like I said, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity here, and we need to take it. Attitudes, once hardened, are practically impossible to uproot.

Where was I advocating for illegal immigration?

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Then you come along and tell them to FOAD.

I told YOU to FOAD, you blithering idiot.

Why would they go for your ideas?

Fail.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM

My ideas? It’s called the Rule of Law, genius. The Constitution, national sovereignty and a strong national defense.

Get a friggin clue.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Fuk off and die.
Fuk off and die.
Fuk off and die.

You know, I emailed the editors that I’ve been here since day one and was getting a little angry at the vitriol they let certain people get away with but I guess the rules are gone. So everybody now! Why abbreviate?!

Fuk off and die!

Marcus on February 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I’m glad you brought that up. After all, it’s the ones who came legally who should be attracted to vote.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

So why pimp amnesty when you’re going for people who are allegedly already here legally? Disingenuous and you know it.

ddrintn on February 7, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Rubio is a younger version of Mel Martinez who happened to latch onto the grassroots movement when it was politically beneficial to do so. He is not one of us. And the fact that the Jeb Bushs and Cesar Condas are pushing him so hard, should alarm you greatly.

Pitchforker on February 7, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Where was I advocating for illegal immigration?

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Oh, c’mon. Your entire attitude positively reeks of it.

Americans speak English. You must learn it in order to do business in this country, and in order to become a part of “The Melting Pot”. Otherwise, you are just a self-serving individual, who came here to make money, but your loyalties still lie with Mexico.

kingsjester on February 7, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Hmmm, that’s funny. I could have sworn there are NO German, Polish or Yiddish signs in old pictures of my town (when the population was only German, Polish and Jewish), but there are now Spanish signs everywhere including inside Target and Home Depot when less than 15% of the town’s population is “Hispanic”.

Nutstuyu on February 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Good point. Those German, Polish and Jewish immigrants insisted their children learn English. While there were some Polish or German 30 minute radio programs, there were no Telemundos or Univisions. There are over a dozen Spanish speaking radio stations in cities like Dallas, LA and Chicago. It is in the best interests of Telemundo and Univision and these radio stations that Hispanic immigrants do not become proficient in English.

bw222 on February 7, 2013 at 10:20 AM

bw222 on February 7, 2013 at 10:20 AM

There was a HUGE Yiddish theater, but that died off in one generation as the children all spoke English. We picked up some Yiddish words for English (as English has always done) but other than that Yiddish went from a major language with an extensive literature to almost dead as soon as the original immigrant generation aged and died off.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I told YOU to FOAD, you blithering idiot.

Sir, whoever you are, I do not know where you live or what party you are a member of. But this I will tell you. Our fighting here does no good. But as a committed conservative, one day you may meet me. One day you may even vote for me. I do not know. Politics is a funny business. But if we do meet someday, know this: I am a thoughtful, Constitutionally-educated, and pro-sovereignty conservative. I believe in a strong national defense, the right to life, and religious freedom. I believe in the Second Amendment, in shutting down the welfare state, and in state’s rights. Heck, I even sent money to Romney and Michelle Bachmann’s campaigns although I can’t vote for them. I believe that the United States is – or was – a shining light on a hill. I speak English without a trace of an accent, and you would swear I was born and raised in the USA. I am also educated, worldly wise, and accomplished. Unlike many, I have been all over Latin America and can attest to the great difference between the USA and the rest of the world, based on subjective analysis. I could be part of the future of the GOP. 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.

Now I ask, is that good politics? Is it so hard to swallow that there may be more than one side to this discussion? That maybe Marco Rubio is concerned for the future of the GOP and America? That perhaps this is not so much pandering as it is playing good politics? You cannot win in politics without playing politics.

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Wow this thread got just a wee bit rowdy. Here let me put it another way. My dislike, at least one of my dislikes pertaining to Rubio.

él está dispuesto a legalizar ilegales

Press 1 for English.

Bmore on February 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

All the Conservative Hispanics I know, are the same as any other American. They speak English. They work hard. They have Christian morals and vaules. And, they love THIS country.

They don’t stand there and speak “Mexican” dialect in front of you, while talking about you, thinking that you don’t underestand any of it, either.

Viva Americanos!

kingsjester on February 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

JoseQuinones on February 7, 2013 at 10:22 AM

As with many things. It used to be considered pandering by the Conservative side. The R party is quickly becoming a mirror of the adversary. The R’s are busy moving away from many of the points you made which I too hold dear. They seem heIIbent on becoming Whigs. A simple review of the style governance employed by the R side reveals this to be true. No R doesn’t equate as Conservative any more. Sure the R party continues to be the home of many Conservatives, but this too is changing.

Bmore on February 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

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