Cable news replayed the clip of Rubio sipping water more than 200 times yesterday

posted at 10:41 am on February 14, 2013 by Allahpundit

Say thanks to Jeff Poor and the Daily Caller for enduring the Ludovico-ish process needed to tally these numbers. The “200 times” figure comes with an asterisk: Turns out Rachel Maddow alone accounted for more than half the replays by putting the clip of Rubio reaching for the water on a loop, tucked into a corner of the screen, for 13 minutes while she and Steve Kornacki were hashing out the particulars of his speech. (Seeing is believing.) Jon Stewart once chided her and MSNBC for beating the “teabagger” joke into the ground, but in hindsight he should be glad she never resorted to a push-button morning-zoo-style soundboard for the T-word. She’s always been touted as a more civil, substantive alternative to Olbermann, and in fairness this episode bears that out. If Olby were still on the air, he would have run the clip for the full hour.

At Mediaite, Joe Concha looks at the tone of the coverage across various networks and wonders how it’s come to this:

Since old, white, stuffy Mitt Romney’s defeat in November, the media has lectured us on what kind of candidate the GOP needs to produce, which actually sounds similar to a remedy for a struggling baseball team: Republicans need to get younger, more diverse, stronger up the middle.

So what happens when a respected 41-year-old Cuban-American Republican U.S. Senator is put on the national stage?

The media turns him into a punch line. And if you’re like most Americans too busy to devote hours of time to watch the State of the Union and its rebuttal, the news you got this morning portrayed Rubio as Cindy in the infamous spelling bee episode of the Brady Bunch (Cindy aces all tests in school until a red light on a camera during a televised contest freezes her beyond repair).

Poor impression made.

Mission accomplished.

What’s interesting about the Maddow segment is that she actually does engage with the specifics of Rubio’s speech yet still felt obliged to have the water clip running over and over onscreen, which ends up distracting from the commentary. But then, why limit yourself to convincing the viewer with your argument when you can condition them to view Rubio as a ridiculous figure with visual cues too? She might as well have skipped the clip and simply delivered her commentary over a flashing banner, “DO NOT TAKE MARCO RUBIO SERIOUSLY.”

If you exclude the 101 replays on Maddow’s show, you’re still at 100 replays for the day. On Fox, the clip ran an average of once every 90 minutes over 18 hours; on CNN a bit more than every 30 minutes, with Wolf Blitzer accounting for most of that; and on MSNBC, naturally, every 20 minutes. Here’s the guy whom MSNBC has airing at 6 p.m., the national news hour, predictably mispronouncing Rubio’s name and demonstrating that he still hasn’t learned that you don’t need to shout on a TV set the way you do on a theater stage to make your voice heard. Nice job by Reverend Al’s writers, though: This is, by current standards, legitimately SNL-quality comedy.


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The Sip Drank ‘Round The World.

Bitter Clinger on February 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM

From this day on, every Right-leaning politician should make it a point to bring a water bottle to every public appearance and ostentatiously take a sip of it at a dramatic point in their speech. Before long it would be a “so what” moment.

hachiban on February 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Al Sharpton hectoring others on how to speak/behave…

The world needs to be destroyed.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Idiot, I commented on it long before most of you woke up. I’m not for Rubio, especially not on immigration. HA history proves it, over and over. You calling anyone here “low info anything” is the hight of ignorance.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM

the water clip running over and over onscreen

Surprised they didn’t go spookyvision with the clip.

agmartin on February 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

pathetic…..

cmsinaz on February 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Obama thinks Austrian is a language.

He doesn’t speak another language and can’t deliver a speech in English either, sans prompter.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Actually, Barky speaks Bahasa Indonesian, as that is what he was schooled in, but he keeps that a secret (as if the fact that he did the whole of his elementary schooling in it is any real secret).

I’m sure he sounds just as dumb in Bahasa … because he is a brain-dead idiot with an IQ hovering around 84.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 14, 2013 at 12:29 PM

What’s the differece?

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I want all water drinkers photographed, fingerprinted and put into a national data base.

TarheelBen on February 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Job #1: Make war on the media.

Until we take them out or at least mock and discredit them to the point of marginalization, no changes will take place, nothing good will happen.

As long as the GOP continues to play by their rules, it will continue to lose by their rules.

rrpjr on February 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM

The GOP needs to stop listening to those who think we need to re-brand ourselves.

We need to stop being the party of old white men, but notice how every time we prop up someone new, they’re always turned into a punchline. Palin, Bachmann, Herman Cain, Jindal, now Rubio.

We need to stop being so extremist and hard-right in our thinking…we need to moderate. So when we nominate McCain and Romney, what does the media do? They do their best to make them look like right-wing extremists.

It doesn’t matter who we put out in front, they’re still gonna have to dodge cream pies while the Democrat has to dodge panties. That’s exactly how the mainstream media wants it.

jas88 on February 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM

hachiban on February 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Great idea. But no politician on our side has any chutzpah or sense of humor or style.

rrpjr on February 14, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM

v

your not as bright as you think you are.

hehehe.

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM

In the scale of renalin—–>Einstein, there is lots of room.

Focus on yourself. You are one of the stupidest around here.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM

S/b “height of ignorance”.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM

why so butthurt bro? lacking the neuronal power to make a cogent argument.

what will you do next. fling poo?

pathetic.

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM

jas88 on February 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Become more moderate? Like be a Democrat but different?

Changing to suit the current winds?

What is “extreme” about being in favor of individual liberty?

Individual responsibility?

And what is extreme about secure borders, a strong national defense, a sound dollar, and creating and maintaining an atmosphere where free people are free to take personal risks, and earn a dollar and keep it?

What is extreme about not having a significant portion of one’s income confiscated by government and given to those able-bodied who refuse to earn their own way?

What is extreme about extolling the virtues of this American ideal, extolling the virtues that built this Nation, established our Constitution as the law of the land…and not pandering to some foreign penumbras or trendy way to somehow “be fair” and establish “social justice?”

No…that sort of extremism the Left (and too many others) believe about the Right is not extreme at all.

What is extreme is the notion that government is the alpha and omega of every single aspect of our lives. This is called fascism. We have seen it before. It does not work. It is evil.

In the extreme.

coldwarrior on February 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Cable news replayed the clip of Rubio sipping water more than 200 times yesterday
POSTED AT 10:41 AM ON FEBRUARY 14, 2013 BY ALLAHPUNDIT

Still less attention than it’s getting here at HA.

verbaluce on February 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Obama thinks Austrian is a language.

He doesn’t speak another language and can’t deliver a speech in English either, sans prompter.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Ever notice how things like 57 states, corpse-man, Roosevelt going on TV to rally the American people receive little or no media coverage? Yet the GOP refuses to fight back.

bw222 on February 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Cable news replayed the clip of Rubio sipping water more than 200 times yesterday

Wow, only 200??

Well, they ARE water carriers.

ToddPA on February 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Yet the GOP refuses to fight back.

bw222 on February 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

It’s epitaph.

rrpjr on February 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Cable news replayed the clip of Rubio sipping water more than 200 times yesterday
POSTED AT 10:41 AM ON FEBRUARY 14, 2013 BY ALLAHPUNDIT

Still less attention than it’s getting here at HA.

verbaluce on February 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

No, not really……but thanks for the prose from the
Cheap Seats….

ToddPA on February 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Yet the GOP refuses to fight back.

bw222 on February 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Once uniquely proud. Now, proudly eunuch.

coldwarrior on February 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM

You’re not a bad person but you are the one who can’t multi-thread in yer brain. Focusing on me won’t help you any. I enjoy dialogue with leftists more, if they put on their thinking hat.

Rubio is not the R savior. He sucks on immigration and Lybia and etc. Is too young and not baked, yet, not that it prevented Obama from all things. The left have tough standards only on the Rs.

The H2O is a non-item, stupidity all around, proving the left as wanting as ever.

It has nothing to do with Palin.

Gnats are indignant.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Yet the GOP refuses to fight back.

bw222 on February 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I said it often, and repeat, charlatanic thugs can not be beaten with silky gloves.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM

renalin, quit using ‘big’ words you don’t understand.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:55 PM

coldwarrior

I wasn’t saying we need to become more moderate. I was saying that’s what the media advises that we do. Of course, we get kicked in the teeth when we do it, so it’s really a waste of time.

jas88 on February 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

It’s sad what’s considered newsworthy anymore. Making the GOP the ‘uncool’ party, however, is the new strategy of the liberals.

HoosierStateofMind on February 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM

No,No,No,No! This can’t be! The media can’t Palinize Rubio! Do over! Ask him what papers he reads! He’s got a good answer!! Rubio is smart and hip!! This can’t be happening!!!
//

BoxHead1 on February 14, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Menendez is under investigation for having sex with minors (which is its own sex tourism felony on U.S. laws) and the media tells us to move on…

Rubio takes a sip of water, and they are asking if it’s the end of his political career.

I think the liberal bias thing can be put to bed now.

Washington Fancy on February 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Next time, Rubio should sip some good ol’ fashion Jack Daniels.

Now THAT’S good sipping!

Kingfisher on February 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Media hacks, all of you, all the fools on TV, Fox too, spontaneously combust, for pure dereliction of duty.

In a sane world you’d all be fired.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Not to mention, he was preventing because of his connection to that donor, Melgen, inspection equipment to go to the Dominican Republic.

narciso on February 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Cheers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBakSHttTGU

Kingfisher on February 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

The H2O is a non-item, stupidity all around, proving the left as wanting as ever.

It has nothing to do with Palin.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Don’t really want to rehash the whole Palin affair, but she was attacked by the same media hounds and was left to largely deal with it herself. Many Republicans decided that politically, that was the best strategy to deal with her. More than a few piled on, or fed media stories to keep it going.

A call to rally around the RINO flag because one of their own is under fire rings pretty hollow.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Sorry, folks. Rubio’s damaged goods. Unelectable. A punch line.

Isn’t that how it goes?

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 1:07 PM

The H2O is a non-item, stupidity all around, proving the left as wanting as ever.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:53 PM

So also was the decapitated turkey and Paul Revere. So, really, was the Couric interview.

Don’t really want to rehash the whole Palin affair, but she was attacked by the same media hounds and was left to largely deal with it herself. Many Republicans decided that politically, that was the best strategy to deal with her. More than a few piled on, or fed media stories to keep it going.

A call to rally around the RINO flag because one of their own is under fire rings pretty hollow.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Bingo.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Agreed. Two wrongs don’t make one right.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Agreed. Two wrongs don’t make one right.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM

No but two wrongs can at least make one consistent. Palin’s abandoned essentially to twist in the wind, but we all have a duty to rally ’round poor ol’ Marco. Sorry.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 1:13 PM

No,No,No,No! This can’t be! The media can’t Palinize Rubio! Do over! Ask him what papers he reads! He’s got a good answer!! Rubio is smart and hip!! This can’t be happening!!!
//

BoxHead1 on February 14, 2013 at 1:01 PM

LOL, exactly.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

This isn’t about Palinizing Rubio.

What’s going on is this: the MSN knows Rubio’s speech was effective, and this is their way of distracting people from what he actually said.

This is all about protecting Obama’s sorry ass and preventing people from hearing (or noticing) a message that makes more sense and might therefore be harmful to his agenda.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akadYqxZSro&t=8m28s
 
Because this is how you’re supposed to give an important speech, racists.
 
Note the professionalism of the page turning, the staring at the pages 90% of the time, the attempts at animating the story with hand movements while not looking at the audience because you don’t seem to really know what you’re describing, and repeatedly putting breaks in the wrong places. You won’t catch him doing something stupid like needing a drink of water or something.
 
The man is a pro. Or so they keep telling me.

rogerb on February 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

This isn’t about Palinizing Rubio.

What’s going on is this: the MSN knows Rubio’s speech was effective, and this is their way of distracting people from what he actually said.

This is all about protecting Obama’s sorry ass and preventing people from hearing (or noticing) a message that makes more sense and might therefore be harmful to his agenda.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Don’t be an idiot. Why do you think Palin was Palinized?

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

jas88 on February 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Well, then….

:-)

coldwarrior on February 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

El Rushbo was defending Ruio in the first hour of his show..)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Clarence Thomas -> Sarah Palin -> Marco Rubio.

If you get why the above 3 are so dangerous to the left, you’ll get what’s going on here.

blue13326 on February 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM

so the next time Palin is unjustly ridiculed, I’ll wait to hear your full throated support of her/s

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

coldwarrior on February 14, 2013 at 1:17 PM

OT: How are you doing..I hope very good..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2013 at 1:21 PM

so the next time Palin is unjustly ridiculed, I’ll wait to hear your full throated support of her/s

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Don’t hold your breath.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Alinsky Rules for Radicals, Rule #5, #6 and #13

Welcome to the big leagues Rubio.

He’ll be the Anti-Christ by Christmas after the media gets done with him.

RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.

RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.

RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.

RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news.

RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.

RULE 10: “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is the unceasing pressure that will result in the reaction of the opposition that is essential for the success of the campaign.

RULE 11: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.

RULE 12: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem.

RULE 13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Rubio supporters, enjoy the demolition of your man.

Anyone, Anyone, deemed a threat to the Progressive/Marxists in charge will be shut down and destroyed.

…….and our side’s leadership doesn’t have the stones to put up a defense, much less go on offense.

The modern day gop deserves the political extinction it’s going to get.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 1:24 PM

The media turns him into a punch line. And if you’re like most Americans too busy to devote hours of time to watch the State of the Union and its rebuttal, the news you got this morning portrayed Rubio as Cindy in the infamous spelling bee episode of the Brady Bunch (Cindy aces all tests in school until a red light on a camera during a televised contest freezes her beyond repair).

Poor impression made.

Mission accomplished.

Instant karma’s gonna get you…gonna knock you right on the head…

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

The Mainstream Media is not the Guardian Of The Republic anymore. They have sold their souls to Obama. They should be mocked and ridiculed severely and often.

kemojr on February 14, 2013 at 1:31 PM

DRayRaven on February 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Dude… that’s what “palinizing” is for.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

A call to rally around the RINO flag because one of their own is under fire rings pretty hollow.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

What RINO flag? Rubio was running as the “tea party darling”.

He is neither a tea party rep, nor one for the RINOs, or anyone. He is what the audience in front of him wants him to be.

His speech was apparently very good. It’s a long way to 2016.

Hopefully a principled person, one with lots of strength, one who can attack the thugs from the left, will run.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Rubio supporters, enjoy the demolition of your man.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Maybe the electorate is stupid enough to consider this a disqualifier, but even with binders and Big Bird, this seems to be a bridge too far.

crrr6 on February 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

No but two wrongs can at least make one consistent. Palin’s abandoned essentially to twist in the wind, but we all have a duty to rally ’round poor ol’ Marco. Sorry.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Nobody has the duty to rally ’round him. Let him twist in the wind, if it makes you feel better. The base has already started to tear him down, anyway. By 2015 he will be more hated than Romney.

Gelsomina on February 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Plus Rubio is not “freaking out” about this..He made a joke about it..Some are trying to make more out of this than what it is..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

This isn’t about Palinizing Rubio.

What’s going on is this: the MSN knows Rubio’s speech was effective, and this is their way of distracting people from what he actually said.

This is all about protecting Obama’s sorry ass and preventing people from hearing (or noticing) a message that makes more sense and might therefore be harmful to his agenda.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Shorter DRayRaven:
This isn’t about Palinizing Rubio, but the media is trying to Palinize Rubio.

steebo77 on February 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Don’t hold your breath.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 1:21 PM

You two need to see your psychiatrist. I supported her in full in 2008, more than McCain. Actually she was the only bright spot in 2008. After that I moved on when she did. I told you she wouldn’t run in 2012 but none of you believed me. I have no idea what you are looking for.

Note that I’m a realist. If they don’t even run in the primaries what sense does it make to yack about them endlessly?

Whenever the media or anyone wrong her I’m there with you. I don’t have anything against the lady. She doesn’t even like your types. She thinks you are beyond “dedicated”, not in a good way.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM

He is what the audience in front of him wants him to be.

Hopefully a principled person

Say what?

one with lots of strength, one who can attack the thugs from the left, will run.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

If Rubio is whatever his audience wants him to be, then he is useless in the same way that Boehner, McCain, Romney and the rest are. He has already changed his positions so I wouldn’t expect any courageous and principled stands from him.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

so the next time Palin is unjustly ridiculed, I’ll wait to hear your full throated support of her/s

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Every time she is wronged unjustly I support her. HA has lots of proof of that.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Rubio supporters, enjoy the demolition of your man.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Maybe the electorate is stupid enough to consider this a disqualifier, but even with binders and Big Bird, this seems to be a bridge too far.

crrr6 on February 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

but as the electorate gets dumberer and dumbererer…..?

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM

She doesn’t even like your types. She thinks you are beyond “dedicated”, not in a good way.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM

thanks buddy. getting a good laugh at your expense. your the dude who refers people to a psychiatrist at the drop of hat and here you go yourself marble gazing into Sarah’s inner thougts.

in your fantasy world does Sarah like your “type”? you betcha:)

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM

so I wouldn’t expect any courageous and principled stands from him.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Good one, put on your thinking hat. I’m not a Rubio fan. I don’t expect anything from him. I meant someone else “principled” to come along.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I wonder how long it will take “Cop-Killer Lover” Tingles to ask if Rubio supports shooting Brothers in “Hoodies”.

trl on February 14, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Every time she is wronged unjustly I support her. HA has lots of proof of that.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:40 PM

the past doesn’t matter. i’ll be waiting. if what you say is true, then i’ll have no beef with you.

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM

You can’t see for nothing. I told you that she wouldn’t run, looooooong before anyone else. How do you think I knew?

Have at it. You bore me.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

RUBIO 2016 H2O!

can_con on February 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Yes, the past matters. You spew untrue and unfounded things.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Good one, put on your thinking hat. I’m not a Rubio fan.

Nor am I, and I am not going to defend those who would join the Democrats in attacking, or undercutting conservatism like Rubio and his ilk do.

I meant someone else “principled” to come along.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

They wouldn’t be welcome in the GOP.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 1:51 PM

The world needs to be destroyed.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Amen.

Flange on February 14, 2013 at 1:51 PM

They wouldn’t be welcome in the GOP.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Then to Hades with the GOP. Let them go under.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Don’t really want to rehash the whole Palin affair, but she was attacked by the same media hounds and was left to largely deal with it herself. Many Republicans decided that politically, that was the best strategy to deal with her. More than a few piled on, or fed media stories to keep it going.

A call to rally around the RINO flag because one of their own is under fire rings pretty hollow.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Bull patties. Palin flamed out, yes. That happens sometimes. But that doesn’t mean that Republicans in general approved of the personal attacks and mockery perpetrated upon her by the left. To disagree with a candidate’s policy views or to prefer a different candidate is not “Palinizing”. What we’re talking about is the systematic public marginalization and destruction of one’s personal reputation as a mode of partisan political attack. And we DO NOT tolerate something like that and still refer to ourselves as conservatives or even as decent Americans.

Bottom line… we don’t have to embrace Rubio’s policy on immigration, but we DO need to draw a line in the sand and refuse to allow him to be systematically destroyed. If we don’t, we’ll never see another conservative elected in this country, no matter how good s/he might be.

THIS FAR AND NO FURTHER.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

So how do you address this sort of severe stupid?
“Uhm, clearly our senator can’t be relied on HE DRANK WATER!”
I understand the cowardness of the repubs. Well no I don’t understand it but I recognize it but this? Where do you begin and how do you end it?!
It’s like eloquently debating the school yard (severely mentally challenged) bully, politely walking away as he says, “Oh yeah?!” or in this case “Resist we much oh yeah?” and the rest of the playground, apparently populated with the same low IQ, begins laughing at…you?

onomo on February 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

And we DO NOT tolerate something like that and still refer to ourselves as conservatives or even as decent Americans.

BS.

More than a few Republicans were part of exactly that.

Bottom line… we don’t have to embrace Rubio’s policy on immigration, but we DO need to draw a line in the sand and refuse to allow him to be systematically destroyed.

I don’t care if another Mitt Romney wannabe gets destroyed.

If we don’t, we’ll never see another conservative elected in this country, no matter how good s/he might be.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

What does Rubio have to do with conservatism?

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Palin? Was professionally destroyed by the left. She’s lucky she or her were not physically harmed, well any worse than they were. She was innocent. Progressives have no intention of functioning within the ethical realm.
It’s very important to Palinize any and all. Americans should fight back. How hard can it be?
Eventually one of them with have to get a drink of water.

onomo on February 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Shorter DRayRaven:
This isn’t about Palinizing Rubio, but the media is trying to Palinize Rubio.

steebo77 on February 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Not quite. The media relentelessly mocked Palin as an ignorant, mentally challenged hillbilly.

This is just about Rubio drinking water. It isn’t at Palinization level – yet.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Uh! Will! will have to get a drink. Oh never mind.

onomo on February 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Let me see now. What is really going on here? Rubio is under fire from conservatives for all his Hispandering, what to do? I know says, maybe Karl Rove, let’s make him a victim of the left and then conservatives will rally to his support! I ain’t falling for it. I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night.

VorDaj on February 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

You can’t see for nothing. I told you that she wouldn’t run, looooooong before anyone else. How do you think I knew?

Have at it. You bore me.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

so how did you know she wouldn’t run, and is she running now?

renalin on February 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

This is just about Rubio drinking water. It isn’t at Palinization level – yet.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I agree..Not even close..It will get worse..:(

Dire Straits on February 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

What does Rubio have to do with conservatism?

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

That’s the 64 peso question.

VorDaj on February 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

The problem is not how much water Rubio drinks, it’s all the Hispander Juice he guzzles. It’s coming out his ears.

VorDaj on February 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

This is just about Rubio drinking water. It isn’t at Palinization level – yet.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Well it’s all they’ve got so far! Wait until Chris Mathews finds out the guy once had a hang nail! I don’t understand this. Has reality tv destroyed the mind of the general population?
I see no reason for Rubio to respond. When being attacked by anyone with this intense level of stupid I would think you’d just need to leave sharp objects lying around.

onomo on February 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

That’s the 64 peso question.

VorDaj on February 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

They keep thinking that this is a one way street where conservatives have to support and fund liberal Republicans, but the liberal arm never has to lift a finger for conservatives. In fact they generally like to join the socialists in criticizing conservatives as a sport.

I think a great number of people have lost that lovin’ feeling as far as the GOP goes.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

What’s the big deal?

Obama drinking water.

Mitoch55 on February 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

This should be an example of how low our media has gone. They hate republicans SOOO much that anything, and I mean EVERYTHING, can and will be used by them, screwed up as much and twisted as much so they can make the said conservative bad.

Do not get me wrong I am not really on the Rubio bandwagon here either, then again, I can see exactly what they are doing to him.

What about Billaries pic drinking beer, or how about the one with her dancing?

Sure, BamBams mom jeans got a little play, but only for a few days at most, and maybe a few dozen times total.

watertown on February 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Idiots on the Left and fools on the Right

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

This is just about Rubio drinking water. It isn’t at Palinization level – yet.

DRayRaven on February 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Do not worry, they have 3 more years.

watertown on February 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

What does Rubio have to do with conservatism?

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

A better question is ‘what does someone like YOU have to do with conservatism?’

You’re nothing but a useful tool to the left, easily manipulated and easily wielded. If you can’t see the Big Picture or think critically… if you’re a consistent Jethro Clampett to be led by the nose, you’re easy meat for them.

Can’t you see what they’re doing here? You ostensibly object to their treatment of Palin, but don’t seem to recognize that it was utterly successful. They set out to ruin her… and they did. It’s not the fault of the guy who notices, it’s the fault of the guy who perpetrated the act itself. IOW, your enemy is The Professional Left, not the GOP, who failed to understand and react to this attack before it was too late.

Now… here we are again, as they attempt the same tactic on yet another candidate. And there are only two sides to choose from…. right or wrong. If you can’t bring yourself to publicly defend such a thing, but rather applaud it, allow it… you’re no different in any meaningful way then they are.

I don’t like Marco Rubio’s stance on immigration. I didn’t like Mitt Romney’s policies in total either. But I have no illusions as to who the REAL opposition is. And if we continue to allow the left to destroy people at will, there will NEVER be another decent human being elected to the presidency again.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

If you are always willing to settle for so little (well it’s better than nothing) that’s all you will ever get.

VorDaj on February 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

VorDaj on February 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Nope. I just don’t believe in rolling over and laying there, not even a speed bump in the rush to Socialist Amerika.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Any “conservative” who watches CNN is not a conservative. Or a patriot. Or American.

beatcanvas on February 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Any “conservative” who watches CNN is not a conservative. Or a patriot. Or American.

beatcanvas on February 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Very good point..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

What’s the big deal?

Obama drinking water.

Mitoch55 on February 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

But he looks cool doing it /sarcasm

Fenris on February 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Understand, people… this isn’t about Marco Rubio. The Left perceives him as a threat, and what they’re telling you is that they will shut down ANY threat to their agenda. What do you THINK they’re going to do to your perfectly pure, “conservative” as defined by you, candidate when he or she comes along?

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Nope. I just don’t believe in rolling over and laying there, not even a speed bump in the rush to Socialist Amerika.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Why roll over to Rubio’s (Blondie in el Espanol) hispandering then?

VorDaj on February 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

You’re nothing but a useful tool to the left, easily manipulated and easily wielded.

What does that even mean?

What is the left if not leftist policies which Rubio is now beating the drum for?

If you can’t see the Big Picture or think critically…

SSDD Heard this same crap with John McCain, Romney, Bush’s amnesty push and now Rubio’s. Support Romneycare because that’s conservative and even if it isn’t we have to consider the BIG PICTURE. How backing the leftist agenda helps conservatism is never explained.

Can’t you see what they’re doing here? You ostensibly object to their treatment of Palin, but don’t seem to recognize that it was utterly successful.

I know it worked and I know it will work against Rubio.

your enemy is The Professional Left, not the GOP, who failed to understand and react to this attack before it was too late.

They are holding hands and both preaching the same damn thing but you expect me to believe that they are mortal enemies?

The GOP doesn’t fight the leftist agenda, BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO.

Now… here we are again, as they attempt the same tactic on yet another candidate. And there are only two sides to choose from…. right or wrong.

Rubio isn’t on the side of anything I care to support and his having an R beside his name doesn’t change that.

I don’t like Marco Rubio’s stance on immigration. I didn’t like Mitt Romney’s policies in total either. But I have no illusions as to who the REAL opposition is.

Yes actually you DO have a great number of illusions, mostly to do with what the GOP really is and what they support. They aren’t conservative in any sense. They don’t support fiscal responsibility and they have no intention of cutting back on the gravy train. They want to make the welfare state work better and imagine that they can manage it better than the socialists.

And if we continue to allow the left to destroy people at will, there will NEVER be another decent human being elected to the presidency again.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Tell that to Karl Rove and his crowd.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Understand, people… this isn’t about Marco Rubio. The Left perceives him as a threat, and what they’re telling you is that they will shut down ANY threat to their agenda. What do you THINK they’re going to do to your perfectly pure, “conservative” as defined by you, candidate when he or she comes along?

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I will stand with them if they are not a mucho hisanderer. Rubio can seek help from those he hispandered to.

VorDaj on February 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

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