Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on February 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

Former Vice President Dick Cheney pronounced himself a “big fan” of Sen. Marco Rubio in a radio interview Wednesday, calling the Florida senator a “first-rate asset.”

“Marco’s great,” Cheney said on Sean Hannity’s radio show. “I’m a big fan of his.”…

“He’s a first-rate asset,” the former vice president said. “We’ll be hearing a lot from him down the road. And the one bright note, I think, from the last election is we do have a good crop of folks coming along who have enormous talent and I think are dedicated to the principles most Americans believe in.”

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday dismissed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s response to the State of the Union as a speech that “could have been delivered by Mitt Romney.”

Rubio’s speech was “entirely consistent with the policy ideas that Mitt Romney campaigned on last year and that the American people did not support,” Carney told reporters on Air Force One en route to an Obama stop in Asheville, N.C. to tout his State of the Union proposals.

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“I still love Marco for the party but last night was not good for him … especially with him also currently being on the cover of Time as the Republican savior,” said one operative who asked not to be identified. “Jindal had to take the risk on his response speech when he did because nobody knew him … everyone knows Marco so what’s to gain with so much at risk?”…

Castellanos said the frame for viewing his performance is not against Jindal or the president, but against “the next round of Democrats” running in 2014 and 2016.

“I think when you start making that comparison, Marco did pretty damn good,” he said.

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Republicans are of two minds about “saviors.” Many are wary of embracing one, but others derive their entire political identity from Ronald Reagan. A savior figure may be the only short-term way to regain the presidency, though. The Republican demographic crunch will force a successful presidential candidate to create a sustainable coalition of disparate groups, each attracted to the candidate by something different, and incentivized to work for the candidate by the dream he inspires…
The Republican savior has to thread the needle: There is room for Republicans to grow their vote in the Rust Belt. But they’ve been unable to do so in their current configuration. The party’s message and messengers aren’t working well enough. A galvanizing candidate, someone who can shake up the chess board, someone who can attach new policies to existing demographic groups and grow them, is what Republicans need. That’s why superficial qualities like Marco Rubio’s youth and, yes, his ethnicity, matter more.

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But good politicians can tend more toward the ideological extreme and do just fine. Case in point is Obama, who had ranked as the most liberal senator, yet had built a public image as someone who want to facilitate compromise.

Even when Obama ran for president, it was hard for Republicans to label him an extremist because it was so at odds with his public image.

Rubio is walking very much the same line, voting very conservative but not coming across as an ideologue and taking care to find middle ground on a signature issue: immigration. And even while he’s done that, he’s somehow convinced some of the most conservative voices in the party to soften their hard-line stances on that issue — a tribute to his political skills.

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JOE SCARBOROUGH: I’m going to get in trouble for saying this. I should just keep my mouth shut but I’m going to say it. Because you’ve just got to say the truth. You really do. Marco Rubio is, in effect, the Republican party’s answer to Barack Obama. A guy that’s great looking, a guy that’s articulate, a guy that could put together a lot of different groups that could help you win the presidency. And a guy who’s not ready to be President of the United States…

Barack Obama was a state senator. Marco Rubio was Speaker of the House of, like, the fourth largest state in America, okay? So if we want to compare state legislative careers, Marco had more experience. He’s still not ready to be President of the United States. And Republicans that are pushing him out there are making a big mistake.

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As recently as a few months ago, Paul Ryan — despite his nominal subordinate position to Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket — was the unassailable leader of the Republican Party. But Marco Rubio appears to have seized the mantle from Ryan. Or, at least, if Ryan is the party’s mind, Rubio is its face, the Bush to Ryan’s Cheney…

Republicans not only distrust immigration reform as public policy, they distrust Obama personally and can’t stand the idea of cooperating with him. Rubio has managed to get conservatives to think of cooperating with Obama on immigration reform as a kind of triumph over Obama. Never mind that Obama has favored comprehensive reform all along, and Rubio opposed it until the last few weeks. The new partisan narrative presents Obama as a foe of immigration reform and Rubio as its long-standing champion. Thus, the passage of an immigration-reform bill would represent Rubio’s partisan triumph over Obama…

It is as if Rubio were a local ward heeler, and Republicans were lining up to hand him over their proxy vote. They have the vague sense of certain policy principles at stake, but they define those principles almost entirely by what Rubio is willing to accept. They believe, almost by definition, that a bill Rubio supports is supportable, and the failure of a bill must be Obama’s fault. So then finally, Rubio will be standing with his foot atop Obama’s throat, having bested him by forcing him to sign a bill fulfilling one of his longtime legislative priorities. And then … 2016!

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Republicans think putting up a spokesman like Rubio, who is Hispanic and in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, will help them make inroads with minorities. But all of the large minority groups — blacks, Hispanics and Asians — look much more favorably on government than whites do, seeing it as an entity that can and should help people get ahead rather than just getting out of the way…

The Republican Party’s problem isn’t the messenger; it’s the broad economic message. To fix the message, Republicans need to be for smart government. They need to signal that they have a serious policy agenda that considers programs and regulations on a case-by-case basis, rather than just demagoguing the government. They need a real agenda on health care and jobs rather than just opportunistic opposition to anything the president does.

In other words, they need a message that befits a grown-up party that is ready to govern. Rubio, handsome and smooth though he is, did not offer that. And the Republican Party can only be saved by a messenger who does.

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Via NRO.

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arnold ziffel on February 14, 2013 at 2:25 AM

Good deal..You will enjoy it..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2013 at 2:28 AM

4Grace on February 14, 2013 at 2:25 AM

I’m excited.

Rusty Allen on February 14, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Dire Straits on February 14, 2013 at 2:26 AM

That song DID get a lot of play! Another good one.

4Grace on February 14, 2013 at 2:30 AM

I’m excited.

Rusty Allen on February 14, 2013 at 2:29 AM

Tell her, “You had me at Palin.” ;)

4Grace on February 14, 2013 at 2:33 AM

Salvapantallas.

steebo77 on February 14, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Haha

Rusty Allen on February 14, 2013 at 2:37 AM

steebo77 on February 14, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Aw, those pictures are so sweet!!

4Grace on February 14, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Aw, those pictures are so sweet!!

4Grace on February 14, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Babies are the best.

steebo77 on February 14, 2013 at 2:42 AM

steebo77 on February 14, 2013 at 2:42 AM

I really like the first one!

4Grace on February 14, 2013 at 2:47 AM

I am fading so fast.

Goodnight, Dire. It was a pleasure.
Goodnight, steebo.
Goodnight, Rusty and anyone else still awake!

God bless and have a great Thursday.

4Grace on February 14, 2013 at 2:50 AM

Goodnight, Grace!

steebo77 on February 14, 2013 at 2:52 AM

Happy Valentines Day B9

SparkPlug on February 14, 2013 at 3:19 AM

I’m excited.

Rusty Allen on February 14, 2013 at 2:29 AM

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Tell her, “You had me at Palin.” ;)

4Grace on February 14, 2013 at 2:33 AM

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Yep, that ought to work! … : )

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 3:52 AM

Night grace!

tom daschle concerned on February 14, 2013 at 4:07 AM

tom daschle concerned on February 14, 2013 at 4:07 AM

I hope you are ok. Saying prayers.

SparkPlug on February 14, 2013 at 4:08 AM

Happy Valentines Day HA crew :)

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 5:16 AM

B9-
sent you email last night :)

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OT: just finished up House of Cards on Netflix with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright…the characters are all dems, natch but it was a pretty good and it left you haning at the end of 13 episodes….will there be a season 2? no one knows….

recommend watching it, if you have netflix streaming…

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 5:40 AM

morning joe on his daily rant against la pierre…

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 6:05 AM

apparently joe thinks la pierre speaks for the gop…

he’s moving the party to the extreme, oh noooooo

idiot

rattner actually tells him, wayne doesn’t represent the party (a voice of reason?)

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 6:15 AM

CMS, gotcha back finally. :)
Had a lot going on yesterday.

bazil9 on February 14, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Morning, peeps. Everybody sing: “They’re coming to take me away, ha ha.” My take.

kingsjester on February 14, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Happy Valentines Day B9

SparkPlug on February 14, 2013 at 3:19 AM

:):):)
XO
Happy V day Sparky. ((hugs))

You actually are my first one of the day!
Heart shaped flan,on the way. ;)

bazil9 on February 14, 2013 at 6:35 AM

bazil9 on February 14, 2013 at 6:32 AM

no worries…

kingsjester on February 14, 2013 at 6:33 AM

bizarro world KJ

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 6:37 AM

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Yes, ma’am.

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!

kingsjester on February 14, 2013 at 6:44 AM

apparently joe thinks la pierre speaks for the gop…

he’s moving the party to the extreme, oh noooooo

idiot

rattner actually tells him, wayne doesn’t represent the party (a voice of reason?)

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 6:15 AM

Rubio and Paul must have made a strong enough impression which is prompting the need to pull out charges of racism, extremism, and ungoodthink from the Democrats who are still filling their panties since Tuesday night.

Punchenko on February 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM

i find it hilarious with all these dems worried about the sequester cuts NOW after their leader brought it to the table and everyone signed off on it…they are already blaming the gop for all these MILITARY cuts….

irony

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Punchenko on February 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM

and they will continue to pull those cards til the end of time…

blech

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 6:52 AM

CMS-my pc just crashed
and having tech issues-
finally got back here.
I have a fun Dr appointment in O town
and a big day.
I definitely will get back to you later today! :):)

bazil9 on February 14, 2013 at 6:58 AM

bazil9 on February 14, 2013 at 6:58 AM

sounds good, hang in there :)

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 7:03 AM

And a Happy V day to all here!..well not all. ;) LOL. (trolls and BG)
Extra special one to my HA brothers-Predator,Arnold,Ken,Anti C,
Bmore,(MassRighty,MeatheadinCa-who r mia) TXUS,KJ,KoolAid2,Canop,Shad,
..even ol’ cozmo..hee hee

bazil9 on February 14, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Has anyone seen MontanaMmmmm or Grandy Dee?
I miss them. Not here a lot-give them my best
if you see them.

bazil9 on February 14, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Good morning to all and have a Happy Valentine. I’m bringing mine some coffe right now, along with a rose i picked from the garden.

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Punchenko on February 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM

and they will continue to pull those cards til the end of time…

blech

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Yep, and it will accelerate. I was on a thread yesterday and we have our own side mimicking the left now.

bazil9 on February 14, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Nice Renalin…. made lemon raspberry muffins for mr cmsinaz

Ugharoo b9

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 7:30 AM

i find it hilarious with all these dems worried about the sequester cuts NOW after their leader brought it to the table and everyone signed off on it…they are already blaming the gop for all these MILITARY cuts….

irony

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 6:49 AM

I live in Jim Moron’s district. Which happens to have the Pentagon and more defense contractors than you can count. Needless to say he’s suddenly “concerned” about sequestration. Of course, he’s blaming the Republicans but the fact of the matter is that far more than defense workers are going to be hit in this district if people suddenly have two-days less pay in their pockets on top of the Obama tax increases and looming Obamacare taxes.

Happy Nomad on February 14, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Rubio supports Rove? LOL

Dry mouthed loser.

Mr. Arrogant on February 14, 2013 at 8:17 AM

republican establishment in full MARCOGASM mode.

That tells me all I want to know.

No more Bushes…….even in a younger combover version.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Yepper HN

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM

It looks like Rubio’s hispandering is working out no muy bien.

VorDaj on February 14, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Rubio guzzles way too much Hispander Juice.

VorDaj on February 14, 2013 at 8:38 AM

That tells me all I want to know.

No more Bushes…….even in a younger combover version.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 8:19 AM

It’s diffcult to even stop by HA these days since it’s become a Rubio lovefest. Hard to believe that anyone would be for legalizing 20-30 million lawbreakers which will have dire consequences on the country and their party. Not that I care about the GOP anymore, but I still care about the country. All one has to do is look at California to see where this will go. And the good ole working middle class will pick up the tab for these future Democratic voters.

TxAnn56 on February 14, 2013 at 8:50 AM

It’s diffcult to even stop by HA these days since it’s become a Rubio lovefest. Hard to believe that anyone would be for legalizing 20-30 million lawbreakers which will have dire consequences on the country and their party. Not that I care about the GOP anymore, but I still care about the country. All one has to do is look at California to see where this will go. And the good ole working middle class will pick up the tab for these future Democratic voters.

TxAnn56 on February 14, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Very well said. I am still not sure how Mexicans, Puerto Ricans,
etc. feel about Rubio, whose parents came over from Cuba. Do they
mind that we throw all of them in one big pot? Do they accept this
guy as their defacto leader?

For the illegals (probably are mostly from Mexico), I guess if he leads the way to amnesty and more free stuff they will love him.

I am suspicious of Rubio and anyone who wants to give these
lawbreakers en masse a free ride.

Amjean on February 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

…and speaking of lovefest….even Mark Levin is singing Rubio’s
praises….I don’t even know what to make of it.

Amjean on February 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

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