Rubio offers philosophical rebuttal

posted at 8:41 am on February 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

As I wrote earlier, I’m no fan of State of the Union speeches. I’m usually no fan of the opposition-party responses, either, for a variety of reasons. First, they suffer in comparison to the pomp offered the President and can’t avoid seeming anti-climactic. The only person who ever really got that was Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who arranged to give his response in 2010 in the Virginia legislature, with his fellow Republicans offering applause in a venue that at least approximated that enjoyed by Barack Obama.

However, at least rhetorically, Marco Rubio took the correct path in responding to the usual SOTU laundry-list speech.  In his rebuttal, Rubio stayed away from offering the Republican legislative agenda, and instead stuck to the Republican and conservative philosophies of governing and economics.  Rather than try to compete with Santa Claus, Rubio explained that, in the words of Robert Heinlein, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch:

This opportunity — to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life — it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington. It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business, and when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs.

Presidents in both parties — from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan — have known that our free-enterprise economy is the source of our middle-class prosperity.

But President Obama, he believes it’s the cause of our problems, that the economic downturn happened because our government didn’t tax enough, spend enough, or control enough. And, therefore, as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more, and spend more. This idea — that our problems were caused by a government that was too small — it’s just not true. In fact, a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies.

And the idea that more taxes and more government spending is the best way to help hardworking middle-class taxpayers, that’s an old idea that’s failed every time it’s been tried.

More government isn’t going to help you get ahead; it’s going to hold you back. More government isn’t going to create more opportunities; it’s going to limit them. And more government isn’t going to inspire new ideas, new businesses, and new private-sector jobs; it’s going to create uncertainty.

Because more government breeds complicated rules and laws that small businesses can’t afford to follow. Because more government raises taxes on employers who then pass the costs on to their employees through fewer hours, lower pay, and even layoffs. And because many government programs that claim to help the middle class often end up hurting them.

The only agenda item/hobby horse mention from Rubio was not a proposal for another government program.  Rubio proposed yet again a balanced budget amendment to force government to live within its means.  There are risks with this idea, which we’ve covered in depth, but as we continue to see massive annual deficits adding to our rapidly rising national debt, the risks are outweighed by the potential for catastrophe in the future.

Rubio also offered a stinging rebuttal to Obama’s demagoguery:

But his favorite attack of all is that those of us who don’t agree with him, that we only care about rich people. Mr. President, I still live in the same working-class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires; they’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants who came here because they were stuck in poverty in the countries where the government dominated the economy.

The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle-class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs. And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security.

So, Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors, hard-working middle-class Americans who don’t need us to come up with a plan to grow the government. They need a plan to grow the middle class.

Economic growth is the best way to help the middle class. Unfortunately, our economy actually shrank during the last three months of 2012. But if we can get the economy to grow at just 4 percent a year, it would create middle-class jobs and it would reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion over the next decade.

Tax increases can’t do this. Raising taxes won’t create private- sector jobs. And there’s no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. That’s why I hope the president will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy.

It was an effective rebuttal, and well delivered.  Instead of trying to outdo Obama on government freebies, Rubio offered a clear explanation of why those promises won’t work, and most of them won’t even be tried.  At the same time, Rubio reset the Republican approach to middle-class economics, a point not lost on Politico’s Jonathan Martin:

The selection of Rubio to speak for his party marked the latest, and perhaps most overt, step in the GOP’s rehabilitation project since Election Day, an effort to repackage its identity without altering its policies.

And at four separate moments in his remarks, Rubio went to great lengths to get the message across: The GOP isn’t the party of rich white guys. …

Later, Rubio returned to the personal, noting that he had to foot his own college bills. “When I finished school, I owed over $100,000 in student loans, a debt I paid off just a few months ago,” he said.

And ,if he hadn’t gotten his point across, Rubio came back to his class identity toward the end of his remarks in a paean to Medicare.

“It provided my father the care he needed to battle cancer and ultimately die with dignity,” said Rubio of government health insurance for the elderly. “And it pays for the care my mother receives now. “

And if you thought you heard a common phrase laced throughout the remarks, you did: “Middle-class” came in for 16 mentions.

Just for the record, Obama’s much-longer speech only had eight mentions of the “middle class.”

Rubio provided himself a good argument for his ascendancy as the public leader of the Republican Party, not just on policy but also on philosophy.  I’d bet that Rubio’s speech gets remembered for its content longer than Obama’s SOTU retread.

That being said, the time to hydrate is before the cameras roll.


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I know that Rubio’s scary, but I’m shocked that Barry and friends are carrying the Wicked Witch’s water for her.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 10:09 AM

oh yes, just like we feared Palin, Mitt-mentum etc.

Where were they last night, btw?

DBear on February 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

We’re dealing with an American left that was obsessed with binders and Big Bird in the last election. They cling to this meaningless crap because they cannot focus on substantive issues.

Doughboy on February 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

1960 did this to us. And the sad truth is, the genie won’t go back in the bottle now. We are a media-oriented society, and we in turn get a media-oriented government.

The Schaef on February 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

oh yes, just like we feared Palin, Mitt-mentum etc.

Where were they last night, btw?

DBear on February 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Sarah is busy doing SarahPAC work, I’m sure. I think Mitt found a hole to crawl down since his loss in November.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2013 at 9:41 AM

+ 100..Very good comment..:)

PS..Marco Rubio’s speech was very good..:)

Dire Straits on February 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

lol good luck with that whole rebranding of the party of gun nuts, …..

as for Marco ay caramba!!!!

DBear on February 13, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Gun nuts?? You mean like Cris DORNER…the darling of the left? “Standing up to the power”, DORNER? Gun nuts like that? (And, of course, all of the other nutcase mass shooters of the past few years.)

And, wassa mattah, bro. You don’t care for someone of Hispanic heritage who won’t stay on the plantation? Get used to it, douchebear.

Solaratov on February 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Won’t get an argument from me .
It’s a sad state of affairs .
What will change it ?

Lucano on February 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Seriously, who’s idea was it to place the water so far away from where Rubio was standing? What did they think would happen?!
YYZ on February 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Yup, what I was wondering. If he didn’t set it there himself, the person who did should be unemployed today.

whatcat on February 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Well, here we go again. The Republicans love to throw their own under the bus. Democrats circle the wagons no matter what. A little bad water moment and Rubio is done. Really? Rubio was obviously nervous. In the image obsessed America we live in, that was regrettable. No one is perfect. I, for one, care more about the substance. The future of my children is on the line. I’m willing to give Rubio another chance.

Cpoy2 on February 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Not attacking him but his delivery was a lesson in amateurism. If that is the best the GOP can come up with then I will focus my displeasure against the GOP…what a bunch of moroons! (Bugs Bunny reference)

trs on February 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Where were they last night, btw?

DBear on February 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

What difference does it make? (In this nonfatal setting)

DaveDief on February 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

uh, referencing god is a pander to religious nutjobs aka typical republicans

DBear on February 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM

O_O..

Dire Straits on February 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The “tea party?”

Simply a novel way to sucker people into voting GOP.

Nothing less. Nothing more.

coldwarrior on February 13, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Living their lives and values? Were they supposed to be there?

At some point, validating the ideological stylings of a cult leader becomes tiresome and boring.
Many conservatives didn’t bother to watch last night.
Same thing.

Mimzey on February 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM

oh yes, just like we feared Palin, Mitt-mentum etc.

Where were they last night, btw?

DBear on February 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Again how much does trolling the net pay these days??

And no one found Mitt scary, he was the best of the bad bunch. And Palin is considered a joke.

As for Rubio, the fact that Axelrod has two paid trolls on this thread (and obnoxious ones at that) suggests that Rubio worries you guys (as he should.)

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM

It’s a sad state of affairs .
What will change it ?

Lucano on February 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

It will probably take something we can’t talk about openly in this forum without threat of banning.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Unfortunately, it’s hard to buck human nature. There’s nothing wrong with being selfish if that means working hard to better onself so one can achieve more on one’s own. If being selfish means that people in power can play us off each other and rob Peter to pay Paul, that’s another matter entirely. Either way, human nature is inherently selfish.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Agreed. Anybody out there who isn’t appalled at the generational theft that is occurring just so that greedy worthless bastards can mooch off of entitlement programs instead of working is both evil and selfish.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM

It’s a sad state of affairs .
What will change it ?

Lucano on February 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

It will probably take something we can’t talk about openly in this forum without threat of banning.

gryphon202 on February 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM

If not a visit from the Secret Service.

Happy Nomad on February 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

You’re a disgusting piece of filth, pokebutt.

FOAD!

Solaratov on November 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

The only reason the GOP cares about Benghazi is because it didn’t matter at all in the election the party of SORE LOSERS lik Mr. Potatato Head behind the president who wouldn’t stand for the 102 y.o. black woman.

DBear on February 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Of course you leftists don’t care about American deaths in Benghazi. The incident displays for all to see what a slacker and an inept bozo your pResident is. The little shyte was AWOL through a battle – when he could have at least tried to send a relief force – but he needed his sleep for a fund-raiser in Vegas, baby! Vegas.

He’s just low-class trash — like you and the rest of his worshippers.

Same message goes out to you, douchebear…..FOAD!

Solaratov on February 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

That being said, the time to hydrate is before the cameras roll.

Man, from all the tweeting – and having yet seen the ‘water moment – I was expecting some truly inept move.
But the guy quite simply and reasonably reached out for the bottle and took a quick sip of water.
If anything, for me it saved him from the usual stiffness these settings inspire.

verbaluce on February 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM

What is it about GOPers and water? First Ryan in the debates, now Rubio.

bobs1196 on February 13, 2013 at 10:10 AM

And, leftists don’t drink water?

I guess you leftoid drones prefer camel p!ss.

Solaratov on February 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM

trs on February 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Rubio was going to be lambasted by the MSM regardless. I was disappointed he made it so easy. Amateur delivery? Yes. I’m sure he learned his lesson. It’s early. I would like to see more GOP hopefuls emerge. Let’s hear all the good ideas.

Cpoy2 on February 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I would like to see more GOP hopefuls emerge. Let’s hear all the good ideas.

Cpoy2 on February 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

There’s one good idea I haven’t heard from anyone yet, and I’m not holding out a lot of hope I ever will:

FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION

gryphon202 on February 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Benghazi, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nobody cares about Benghazi.
gumbyandpokey on November 2, 2012 at 1:14 AM

You’re a disgusting piece of filth, pokebutt.

FOAD!

Solaratov on November 2, 2012 at 2:43 PM

The only reason the GOP cares about Benghazi is because it didn’t matter at all in the election the party of SORE LOSERS lik Mr. Potatato Head behind the president who wouldn’t stand for the 102 y.o. black woman.

DBear on February 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM

and we now have proof that our resident left wing douches don’t care about dead American’s… only the “wons” glorious 1 percent over 50…

so half the country views Obama as a at best incompetent, at worst, a demagoging buffoon who is destroying what most consider traditional values, and leaving four dead at an embassy while he went to bed, unconcerned about what his mindless appeasement has wrought.

Who dolts giggle at four dead Americans.. and you call US names?

there are no words to describe the kind of idiocy that entails on your part.

You succeeded in destroying America’s national unity for a squeaker win.. then have the no class graceless attitude that you accomplished something.. beyond making half the country hate you and your corrupt party, you have gotten nothing but years of payback to look forward too. and no whining when Obama looses the Senate in 2014.. then, you’ll not even have that ghoul,liar, and crook Reid to carry your water anymore.

You wanted war with decent, sane America, congratulations, smack talk on your part for a national divide you created, smacks of the kind of thuggishness we have come to know the party of crooks and race pimps for,.. don’t ever stop being a boob, just confirms every stereotype of the bigoted hate spewing liberal.

mark81150 on February 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM

And if you thought you heard a common phrase laced throughout the remarks, you did: “Middle-class” came in for 16 mentions.

And that is a problem. We shouldn’t do this “class” stuff. I hate it when Republicans try to talk like socialists.

antisocial on February 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Rubio did well. The ‘Poland Spring’ moment was a bit awkward for a second, but nothing that won’t soon be forgotten.

Maybe the GOP should actually embrace the moment, and in a display of solidarity, all reps. should carry around mini water bottles and whip one out every time they’re speaking. We do want to be the “Happy Party” now, don’t we? Well, maybe they should all stop acting like stodgy old coots and have some fun with it.

lynncgb on February 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I didn’t like the look of that blue tie Rubio was wearing one bit.
nonpartisan

I didn’t like the way Rubio had to brush something off his forehead with his right hand. Additionally I thought the wiping of the corners of his mouth at the 10:15 mark was unseemly. What is he dosing heavy meds or something?

nonpartisan

At around 11 minutes Rubio is having what can only be described as a bad case of the cotton mouth, again meds? What is Spanish for marijuana? Might have to look that one up.

nonpartisan

Glad he finally took a sip of water. The cotton must have been bad.
nonpartisan

Is it just me, or does Rubio have a pair of mismatched ears?

nonpartisan

Say, am I the only one who noticed how strangely similar the overbites are on Rubio and Cindy? Maybe its the Whigs?

nonpartisan

Bmore on February 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM

And, leftists don’t drink water?

Solaratov on February 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM

It’s forbidden. Kool-aid is all that’s allowed.

lynncgb on February 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM

gryphon202 on February 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM

+100…Tru dat! KISS….keep it simple stupid! Just read, “5000 Year Leap”….we have totally lost our way. Reagan was right, that book should be a textbook in our schools.

Cpoy2 on February 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Maybe the GOP should actually embrace the moment, and in a display of solidarity, all reps. should carry around mini water bottles and whip one out every time they’re speaking. We do want to be the “Happy Party” now, don’t we? Well, maybe they should all stop acting like stodgy old coots and have some fun with it.

lynncgb on February 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Rubio should make it his “thing” going forward. And auction off the water bottle to charity.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

antisocial on February 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Class struggle has been alive and well for several decades if not longer in America.

The progressives have even managed to change the meaning behind many of our old legends, Robin Hood, for example, was not stealing from the rich, but was taking back by force from government that stole what actually belonged to the people.

CVan’t have that sort of Ayn Rand thinking let loose on America anymore, too subversive.

So, let’s take away all the guns…then change the whole First Amendment rubric…religion? out. Freedom of the press? Only if one is a member of the approved, professional, pro-government press. Right to assemble? Can’t have that, may cvreate untoward conditions. Demand redress from government? “I won.”

But, creating a massive underclass, and pitting them against the rest of America….notice how Obama endorsed the Occupy Movement…kinda ironic, his being a 1-percenter and all that…all part of the Progressive agenda.

According to the fundamentals of Progressivism…the “people” cannot and should not ever be able to rule themselves. An educated elite, elected or not, must be put in place to make all the important decisions so that their “children” (i.e., citizens) cannot harm themselves or others.

Only then can progress toward a new utopian world be possible.

Progressives, Fabians, Socialists of all stripes, communists…other than label, there is not a bit of difference among them .

When it comes to individual freedom, personal liberty, they are the enemy.

But, today?

We have to reach across the aisle time and time again to placate those who deign to destroy us.

In Chamberlain’s time, we called that appeasement.

It never works.

coldwarrior on February 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Awsome!

RdLake on February 13, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Rubio should make it his “thing” going forward. And auction off the water bottle to charity.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Sure, why not? Stop letting the opposition attempt to make it out to be some serious imperfection. It was only a sip of water for goodness sake!

lynncgb on February 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Cpoy2 on February 13, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Admirable sentiments, but misplaced, I think. It does not matter if conservatives are willing to give Rubio a second chance. Rubio will need conservatives to get elected, but conservatives will not elect Rubio; the country will. Rubio couldn’t convince me that he was sincere, and I’m on board. How is he going to convince folks that aren’t?

In order to get elected, a conservative will have to articulate conservative principles in a manner that appeals to a broader electorate. This is not about pandering; this is about messaging, and Rubio didn’t come close.

Obama is not an empty suit. He is a far left liberal who has managed to make far left liberalism appealing to enough to a broad coalition of Americans to put and keep him in power. Charisma is important.

Nervousness is not an excuse. This was Rubio’s big moment, his introduction to the wider American public that he needs to get elected, and he blew it. People will see nervous and think “if this guy is this nervous before a big speech, how is he going to be when he has to make the big decisions?”

Yesterday, Rubio looked like what he is: a relatively untried, untested boy-politician trying on a suit that is currently too big for him.

He’s no Reagan. He’s not even a Clinton. Heck, at this point, he’s no Obama, who did not get nervous and fluff his first big chance.

Time to go away, Marco. You are right, Cpoy2, the future of America and its children is at stake. I’m not willing to leave it in the hands of another ambitious nobody who thinks that it is “his time”.

Mr. Arkadin on February 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Mr. Arkadin on February 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

What a hysterical over-reaction. You do realize nobody’s going to care about this next week, right?

changer1701 on February 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Bmore on February 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Nicely done. It’s obvious “nonpartisan” is paid to be here.

John the Libertarian on February 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

changer1701 on February 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Our guys must be perfect, their guys can be and usually are a train wreck. I think that puts us on the track to failure time and time again.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

What a hysterical over-reaction. You do realize nobody’s going to care about this next week, right?

changer1701 on February 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Absolutely. Just like everyone forgot Jindal’s speech a week after he gave it.

Mr. Arkadin on February 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Our guys must be perfect, their guys can be and usually are a train wreck. I think that puts us on the track to failure time and time again.

Cindy Munford on February 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

It does indeed. I don’t get it, but I understand more and more why we lose.

changer1701 on February 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

One thing is clear. Obama knows a out of control ego as he lives it.

Now he knows Rubio has the same flaw.
Obama and the cimmie Democrats will use this dangerous flaw aginst Rubio now. As he too can not control his ego’s urges he will be over used and fail U.S..

He will never even know or understand.

He will think it is rejection of his skills and blame U.S..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Absolutely. Just like everyone forgot Jindal’s speech a week after he gave it.

Mr. Arkadin on February 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Oh, you’re right…I should amend that to say only people looking for things to criticize will still care about it. Meaning, the vast majority who had better things to do than watch either speech last night won’t. So why the concern about messaging? His speech at the RNC was extremely well-received, and he’s better than most at talking about the sorts of things GOPers usually stumble over.

changer1701 on February 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

test two too

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Even now, people could care less about Benghazi. They never did and never will.

But people are fixated on Rubio and his unquenchable thirst.

Thsoe are just facts, like them or not.

gumbyandpokey on February 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

His speech at the RNC was extremely well-received, and he’s better than most at talking about the sorts of things GOPers usually stumble over.

changer1701 on February 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Rubio cannot get elected to the Presidency by the RNC; he will need a majority of the American electorate. Preaching to the converted won’t cut it.

Last night was Rubio’s chance to get the ball rolling, and he dropped it. I doubt he created any “Rubio Democrats” last night.

If that speech was so inconsequential, as you make it seem, why was Rubio so nervous? He should have been able to toss it out in his sleep.

Mr. Arkadin on February 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Absolutely. Just like everyone forgot Jindal’s speech a week after he gave it.

Mr. Arkadin on February 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Jindal is still a plausible 2016 nominee, so it didn’t really damage him long term. (The reason why Jindal isn’t the frontrunner gave the response to the SOTU last night.) Jindal also is about as charismatic as watching paint dry. He just cannot give a speech.

Memes stick when they reinforce existing narratives. Palin was already considered a lightweight and the Couric interview reinforced that. This doesn’t reinforce a Rubio meme. In fact, it might come out as a net positive if he is able to laugh this off.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Even now, people could care less about Benghazi. They never did and never will.

But people are fixated on Rubio and his unquenchable thirst.

Thsoe are just facts, like them or not.

gumbyandpokey on February 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Umm.. the Dems are because Rubio is a scary guy. This is why all the OFA trolls are all over this page including the obnoxious ones we thought had been banned.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Even now, people could care less about Benghazi. They never did and never will.

But people are fixated on Rubio and his unquenchable thirst.

Thsoe are just facts, like them or not.

gumbyandpokey on February 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

I appreciate you sharing the low information view. It is greatly appreciated.

tom daschle concerned on February 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I COULD HAVE OFFERED A BETTER REBUTTAL. ALL YOU NEEDED TO POINT OUT IS THIS:

Obama said in his SOTU address, “None of what I am proposing tonight will add a single dime to our debt.”
o THE TRUTH IS Obama has set records for deficit-spending his 1st 4 years, adding $6 trillion in new debt in only 4 years – an average $1.1+ Trillion every year. Last night, however, Obama rattled off a list of new programs & spending but SWORE to us none of it will add to the debt. THE MAN IS EITHER INTENTIONALLY LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR HE IS MENTALLY UNBALANCED.

OBAMA PROPOSALS:
“A one-time, $1 billion investment to create a network of 15 “manufacturing innovation institutes…”
– ‘Investment’ = SPENDING

“Expand the Commerce Department’s efforts…”
– ‘a government office or it’s efforts = increasing its budget & more SPENDING

“$50 billion, front-loaded investment in rebuilding roads, bridges, etc…”
– ‘Investment’, again = SPENDING! Also, Obama already allocated money to these ‘shovel-ready’ projects in his nearly $1 Trillion (failed) STIMULUS Bill…before admitting ‘Those shovel-ready projects weren’t so shovel-ready after all.” NOW he is asking for MORE SPENDING on these same programs… AN ADMISSION THAT HIS STIMULUS BILL FAILED!

“A $15 billion investment to create Project Rebuild…”
– There is that word again – ‘INVESTMENT’…and we KNOW ‘investment’ = SPENDING

“Support all 50 states in providing access to preschool for all low-and middle-income children”
– HOW are they going to ‘support’ providing access to pre-school for so many people WITHOUT SPENDING? ‘Moral support’ only goes so far…

“An $8 billion investment in a Community College to Career Fund…”
– — There is that word again – ‘INVESTMENT’…and we KNOW ‘investment’ = SPENDING – $8 MILLION in Spending!

——-

Country Singer Steve Earle sings a song called ‘Snake Oil Blues’, which Obama evidently patterned his 2013 State Of The Union Speech from. In Earle’s song, the lyrics state:

“Ladies and gentlemen, attention please
Come in close so everyone can see
I got a tale to tell
A listen don’t cost a dime
And if you believe that we’re gonna get along just fine

If you ain’t impressed yet, just tell me what you wanna hear

I can heal the sick, I can mend the lame
And the blind shall see again, it’s all the same

Well ain’t your President good to you
Knocked ‘em dead in Libya, Grenada too
Now he’s taking his show a little further down the line
Well, ‘tween me and him people, you’re gonna get along just fine!”

easyt65 on February 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Still, it has taken five years for Jindal to even begin to shake off the effects of that speech.

And Jindal is a far more accomplished guy than Rubio. Rubio has been a Senator for a couple of years. Before that, he was in the Florida legislature. Before that, nothing. Sorry, a young, ambitious political animal with no record of achievement, running on rhetoric and identity politics. Sound familiar?

Rubio has a tendency to blow the big moments, when he steps out of the conservative echo chamber into the wider world. Remember his asinine answer to “how old is the earth”? You can bet your boots the MSM will remember in 2016.

Rubio needs to simmer in the pot for another decade, before he should even consider running for Prez. He will be a debacle if he runs in 2016.

Mr. Arkadin on February 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Any of the voting ignorant that should have been listening to Rubio weren’t.

The channel was changed after Obama promised more free crap and pay raises.

Their vote(s) was(/were) reinforced early (parenthesis text added for those that voted more than once).

Nothing more necessary to hear.

Carnac on February 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM

rubio dances the shamnesty shake well doesn’t he http://twitpic.com/c37wak

renalin on February 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

rubio dances the shamnesty shake well doesn’t he http://twitpic.com/c37wak

renalin on February 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

The Rubio dance:

♪You put your LEFT arm IN,♪
♪You take your RIGHT arm OUT,♪
♪You say some hocus-pocus and you flip yourself around -♪
♪That’s what he’s all about!♪

MelonCollie on February 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Love all the “conservatives” bashing Rubio for amnesty. Rand Paul is mildly open to the idea and is extolled as the next Goldwater. Come on.

crrr6 on February 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

I know that Rubio’s scary, but I’m shocked that Barry and friends are carrying the Wicked Witch’s water for her.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 10:09 AM

oh yes, just like we feared Palin, Mitt-mentum etc.

Where were they last night, btw?

DBear on February 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Sarah was busy ripping King Barry a new one on Twitter. See, it’s this newfangled way of instantly communicating by using the Interwebs.

Nutstuyu on February 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Love all the “conservatives” bashing Rubio for amnesty. Rand Paul is mildly open to the idea and is extolled as the next Goldwater. Come on.

crrr6 on February 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Heaven forbid that Rand not be perfect in any way.

MelonCollie on February 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Who cares what Rubio said – he took a drink of water! How can anyone take him seriously after that?

dkmonroe on February 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Heaven forbid that Rand not be perfect in any way.

MelonCollie on February 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM

“not perfect”…you realize you just proved my point, right?

crrr6 on February 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Rubio looks like he chugged two pots of coffee before that speech. He is talking faster than usual, jittery, sweating profusely, and evidently very thirsty. The optics of that could have been better… Nonetheless, Rubio 2016.

Lawdawg86 on February 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

“not perfect”…you realize you just proved my point, right?

crrr6 on February 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Besides the one on your head? Hush.

MelonCollie on February 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

People here should be smart enough to already know why the water thing is a big deal for Rubio: It plays against his perceived strengths. As recent as yesterday the writers for this site were comparing his style to the “Obama Playbook”: Slick, young, and personality-driven. The water bottle looked ridiculous because he so clearly was nervous in front of the camera. You can use it for a 2000-style “He’s just like us” narrative sure, it doesn’t mean he’s finished in politics, only an idiot would think that. However at the same time the original super scripted “He’s our Obama” narrative leading into 2016 is dead. He looked like a doofus. Regardless of what you think of Obama he never screwed up like this in the lead-up to his campaign, he had absolute control over his image the entire time, part of the reason why the late-game attempt to paint him as an extremist/radical in 2009 failed so badly.

Typhonsentra on February 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM

*2008. This is why I’ll never be able to run for president!

Typhonsentra on February 13, 2013 at 1:43 PM

He looked like a doofus. Regardless of what you think of Obama he never screwed up like this in the lead-up to his campaign, he had absolute control over his image “

Maybe we should get Obama to switch parties then since we’re so incompetent at it. You sound as ridiculous as Peggy Noonan drooling over Obama when a rational person could see it was still **** no matter how it was packaged.

Marcus on February 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

You kmow it was a winner of a speech when the focus is on a water bottle.

ABANDON ALL HOPE yea gop voters.

PappyD61 on February 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

You guys won’t want to hear it, but Rubio is toast due to the water “gaffe.” The FM morning shows on MIlwaukee radio are all skewering him and it’s becoming the only memorable moment to come out of last night.

gumbyandpokey on February 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Let me get this straight. Rubio’s entire political career is over because he took a sip of water during a speech?

This is full retard territory. You people are absolutely insane.

Chuck Schick on February 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

And Jindal is a far more accomplished guy than Rubio. Rubio has been a Senator for a couple of years. Before that, he was in the Florida legislature. Before that, nothing. Sorry, a young, ambitious political animal with no record of achievement, running on rhetoric and identity politics. Sound familiar?

Jindal also doesn’t have any natural political skills. The guy cannot give a speech and is about as fun as watching paint dry. Political skills matter.

Also, the other junior Senator became President.

Rubio has a tendency to blow the big moments, when he steps out of the conservative echo chamber into the wider world. Remember his asinine answer to “how old is the earth”? You can bet your boots the MSM will remember in 2016.

Ummm.. Like his appearances on the Daily Show? Or his Buzzfeed performance last week?

I do think that the “how old is the earth” question did expose Rubio’s major weakness as a politician. He has a tendency to try to be all things to all people. He didn’t want to say “old” because he was afraid that it would have offended Evangelicals in Iowa. Rubio also attends a Catholic church and a Baptist church also for the same reason. He can be overly scripted and really concerned about his image, which is something that he needs to drop.

Rubio needs to simmer in the pot for another decade, before he should even consider running for Prez. He will be a debacle if he runs in 2016.

Guy beat a popular Governor of FL.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

You can use it for a 2000-style “He’s just like us” narrative sure, it doesn’t mean he’s finished in politics, only an idiot would think that. However at the same time the original super scripted “He’s our Obama” narrative leading into 2016 is dead. He looked like a doofus. Regardless of what you think of Obama he never screwed up like this in the lead-up to his campaign, he had absolute control over his image the entire time, part of the reason why the late-game attempt to paint him as an extremist/radical in 2009 failed so badly.

Typhonsentra on February 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Go watch Obama dance on Ellen again. You can see where the white DNA went.

Chuck Schick on February 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

This is full retard territory. You people are absolutely insane.

Chuck Schick on February 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

you only get one shot. rubio choked. deal with it.

renalin on February 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

the look rubio gives ….mouth agape, eyes wide open…..is the same one my dog gave when i caught him eating cat poop.

renalin on February 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

you only get one shot. rubio choked. deal with it.

renalin on February 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Thank you for making my point.

Chuck Schick on February 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Typhonsentra on February 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Umm.. The guy who inspired the Obamateurism of the Day isn’t a gaffe machine?? Seriously,the MSM just covers up for Obama.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM

porn has rotted your brain. we wanted obama to win.
The storm cometh.
renalin on February 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM

The confessions of an angry (and quite delusional) Palinista. Stop talking about Rubio!!

Marcus on February 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Regardless of what you think of Obama he never screwed up like this in the lead-up to his campaign, he had absolute control over his image the entire time, part of the reason why the late-game attempt to paint him as an extremist/radical in 2009 failed so badly.

Typhonsentra on February 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I agree that Obama was a good performer, especially his 2004 convention speech, and had a perfect look and attitude for his 2008 run but he had a LOT OF negatives. The reason why the attempt to paint him as an extremist/radical failed was because

1. Mcain was telling everyone Obama was not an extremist.
2. The MSM were in worship mode. I mean, they were on knees praying five times a day towards Obama. I’ve never seen it like that before and I will never see it again. Obama could have done anything and they would of loved him. He could have bitten the head off a bat on stage and he still would have won.

BoxHead1 on February 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM

2. The MSM were in worship mode. I mean, they were on knees praying five times a day towards Obama. I’ve never seen it like that before and I will never see it again. Obama could have done anything and they would of loved him. He could have bitten the head off a bat on stage and he still would have won.

BoxHead1 on February 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Even the left-y Onion made fun of the MSM for that. There was a fake article about Obama murdering people and the MSM was trying to spin it as a positive.

The confessions of an angry (and quite delusional) Palinista. Stop talking about Rubio!!

Marcus on February 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Yeah.. If we want to talk about people who genuinely screwed up their political careers.

This whole water incident actually makes me like Rubio even more. I’ve always been a bit cool to him because he isn’t that deep and can appear overly concerned with his image. (As well as the fact that he seems to spend quite a bit of his time thinking about how he plans to redecorate the Oval Office in 2017.) It was nice to see that he was nervous and that he did something awkward. I guess that whole 2016 thing got real.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 2:46 PM

he isn’t that deep
Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 2:46 PM

so you support him even though you know he’s an idiot.

ah the irony.

renalin on February 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I do not know a whole lot about Marco Rubio…mostly surface stuff.

So, bear with me when I ask a simple set of questions that really need to be answered (honestly) if Rubio is to be anointed the GOP candidate best suited to stop the madness of the Obama-Progressive juggernaut.

If Rubio were some guy from Bowling Green or outside of Omaha…and not a Cuban-American or any other hyphenated American designee…just some young white guy with a knack for politics…would he be a flag bearer for the GOP today?

Would the MSM and the pundits have embraced him so, or decided to hate him so?

Or would he never have risen beyond local or state politics?

What, other than his Cubanity, does Marco Rubio actually bring to the table that cannot be brought by any other candidate?

I ask these questions not because I am trying to shaft Rubio, but to get some clear-headed thinking started.

Are we pandering to get the Hispanic vote or are we in search of a real honest hard-working Conservative who emulates the Founders and believes unswervingly in the Constitution?

We’ve gone out on limbs before…had a number of rising stars proven to be a lot less than met the eye in recent years…all foisted to the top of the list simply because they were not white.

Racist?

Not at all.

To not ask these questions would be the near ultimate in racism.

Content of character still matters to a lot of us.

Color of skin, not one bit if they are of solid and good character.

Pandering to any ethnicity or race is not what we should be about.

coldwarrior on February 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

so you support him even though you know he’s an idiot.

ah the irony.

renalin on February 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

He is good at his job – politics, but I don’t think that he is an intellect like Ryan.

coldwarrior on February 13, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Umm.. Like the young white guy from Janesville who got the VP nomination?? I think that being Latino is a huge plus for Rubio, but he is also very, very charismatic and a good speaker.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Umm.. Like the young white guy from Janesville who got the VP nomination?? I think that being Latino is a huge plus for Rubio, but he is also very, very charismatic and a good speaker.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Maybe, had Ryan been the top name on the ballot, things may have turned out a good bit better.

Yes,being Latino is a plus….but, charismatic leaders have never really done this Republic any good over the centuries. Good speakers are a dime a dozen. Those with access to teleprompters even cheaper to find. Good speakers who can do so on the fly, on live television, sans teleprompter, are a bit more rare, but is that the most important qualification for the top job in the nation?

Sell Rubio to me.

Same as with any other good and qualified candidate.

I am tired of the MSM and the4 Dems choosing our candidates for us. I am tired of gaffes and misspoken sound bites being the standard of judgement of a candidate’s qualifications.

I am tired of empty suits.

I want experienced, intelligent, decisive leadership, if we are to survive as a Republic.

The age of the hucksters, panderers, shake-down artists, con men and such has to end…and damn soon.

Otherwise, what is the point of being American?

As my old East European friends used to say back in the day, a fish rots from the head.

If Marco Rubio is that new, able, committed solid leader…sell him to me. Make that ultimate sales pitch.

We’ve had too many candidates foisted upon us for no other reason that they were not the other guy.

We need to do better.

God knows, we truly need to do better.

coldwarrior on February 13, 2013 at 3:42 PM

I didn’t subject myself to watching the SOTU or the talking heads afterwards.

So I just watched Rubio now (both the English and Spanish versions.)

Excellent. The sip of water was a nice and real moment.

I have to say, listening in Spanish, the Dems should be very afraid of Rubio. The speech (words, themes and delivery) sounded even more powerful in Spanish.

Rubio better watch his back.

I am liking him more and more.

Jindal is still my favorite, though. His SOTU response was uncharacteristically bad. Because Jindal gives a great speech, even unscripted, and he knows the issues.

What Rubio, Jindal and Rand Paul have in common (and why I like each of them) is they are smart and young and true conservative believers.

So they can articulate our ideals and ideas from the heart and they are believable and convincing to others.

Elisa on February 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Rubio has his good points and normally comes across very well when interviewed on television. Last night was not his night and it showed he is not the one. Sarah Palin can bring down the house and pack arenas but can’t get elected due to the media hit job. Rand Paul came across as presidential and comfortable expressing real conservative values. Ted Cruz from Texas is also a promising candidate. Rubio is dead to me as a future candidate because he can not win. I hope he continues to support conservative values and maybe sometime in the future his time will be right. The fact the GOP and Democrats are telling me Rubio is the one only confirms my beliefs.

trs on February 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I didn’t watch, but I imagined it looked like this: Democratic congresscritters yielded the first two rows of seats to cheribic little children who would act as props to show what we lost at Sandy Hook due to those vicious Republicans and their guns. The Republicans responded by yielding two rows of seats to little old ladies in need of back operations of the type Obama has stated are superfluous.

And there it is.

unclesmrgol on February 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Elisa on February 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I heard that the Spanish version was great but haven’t gotten to watch it yet. How is it playing?

Rubio is dead to me as a future candidate because he can not win.

And you believe that Rand Paul somehow can?? Two Words – Crazy Daddy.

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Illinidiva on February 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I don’t know how it’s playing cause I haven’t been too busy to watch it on Spanish TV. I saw it online.

I can’t see the Spanish stations encouraging his candidacy. They are somewhere between ABC/CNN and MSNBC as far as their liberalism.

I don’t know why anyone would think Rubia can’t win.

Elisa on February 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM

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