Did Rubio’s immigration flip-flop rehabilitate his image among Republicans?

posted at 2:01 pm on August 3, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Once a strong 2016 contender, Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) stock among conservatives dropped significantly after he helped to craft the Senate’s immigration reform bill.

Preliminary 2016 polling, which had shown Rubio at the top of the prospective GOP pack in late 2012 and early 2013, revealed his standing among conservatives had collapsed by the beginning of this year. Some analysts indicated that Rubio would ultimately recover from his immigration reform-induced collapse in the polls – his likely 2016 GOP opponents are not well positioned to attack the Florida senator from the right on immigration issues – but it would be months before Rubio would have the chance to rehabilitate his image with conservatives.

But the crisis on the southern border has provided Rubio with an opportunity to create some distance from his own immigration reform bill and to adopt a more hawkish stance on border security. Rubio has made the most of that opportunity, and it seems to be bearing fruit.

A recent Quinnipiac survey of the 2016 landscape in Florida found Rubio rebounding significantly among conservative voters in that critical Super Tuesday state. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who had been consistently trouncing his potential GOP opponents in his home state, has slid significantly among Republican primary voters. An April Quinnipiac poll found Rubio trailing both Bush and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). By July, however, Rubio had regained standing among Florida Republicans and is now statistically tied with Bush, at 18 and 21 percent support respectively, in the race for the GOP nomination in Florida.

Rubio’s penance on immigration reform is, however, coming at a price. While Rubio’s stock among conservatives is on the rise, standing in the media is falling proportionally.

In an appearance on Fox News Sunday this week, Rubio was forced to contend to explain why his overtly political flip-flop on immigration reform was not in any way political.

Wallace opened his interview with Rubio by noting how his standing among conservatives collapsed over the course of 2013, mostly due to his embrace of a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants as part of a comprehensive reform package.

“When I got involved in the issue, I knew how difficult it was politically,” Rubio conceded. He added that his original push for reform was based on his own belief that his was the right solution to a pressing problem.

“I don’t know what it means politically for me or anybody else, but that’s not my job,” Rubio added. “I didn’t get elected to maintain good poll numbers nationally.”

“If it’s not political, why have you flipped?” Wallace pressed.

“That’s not accurate, Chris,” Rubio replied. “We’re not debating what to do, we’re debating how to do it.”

Without noting what killed it, Rubio conceded that his original proposal for reforming the immigration system is dead. “So our choices are, we can either continue to beat out head against the wall and try a process for which we’ll never have support, or we can try another way we can make progress on,” he added.

Who knows how much of his lost standing among conservatives Rubio will be able to recover, but his rehabilitation has certainly begun earlier than most analysts predicted it would. Some Republicans will be turned off by the Florida senator’s flip on immigration, while others will never be able to trust his instincts on the issue of reform. But the longer Rubio’s position on the issue of reform mirrors that of his potential primary opponents, it’s likely that the prospective 2016 candidate will continue to recover in the polls.

This post has been updated since its original publication.


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NO

No se puede!

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Perturbing news…losing in 2016, again.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM

No! We aren’t as stupid as the republican party thinks we are.
And you can forget Mitt Romney, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush.

Amjean on August 3, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Rubio
Bush
Christie
Romney
Ryan

ezspirit on August 3, 2014 at 2:06 PM

But the crisis on the southern border has provided Rubio with an opportunity to create some distance from his own immigration reform bill and to adopt a more hawkish stance on border security. Rubio has made the most of that opportunity, and it seems to be bearing fruit.

The bolded part are the key words.

There will NEVER be border security. The timing knocked obama and Rubio ‘dead’. This, the open borders, and all they bring, along with ISIS are the most significant on people’s minds.

People, of any/all political stripes instinctively know two things, for them and their families:

Economy
Security

The open borders are a danger to both and the people, en masse, know/feel it.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:08 PM

terryannonline will wet her panties, but it doesn’t make Rubio any more marketable.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Rubio has shown his true colors on amnesty and he’s never going to change. Interesting that the two top VP choices of the supposedly severely anti-amnesty Romney were the two biggest amnesty shills in congress: Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan.

Also it’s ironic that Drudge has just now replaced his immigration headlines and anti-amnesty stuff with a photo of the smirking PRO-AMNESTY Romney: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/30/Mitt-Romney-Not-Healthy-Congress-Hasn-t-Passed-Amnesty

Yeah, that’s ironic in too many ways, as the self-described “progressive” and “non-partisan” that used amnesty as a cudgel to knock down his opponents and to fool many of us into thinking that he’s a “severe conservative.” Romney was an absolute nightmare for the GOP leading to great victories for Obama and the Democrats across the board. But Drudge and others is still dabbling in promoting him?

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Well that entire lack of understanding about due process… that kind of sinks my interest in him to zero. Perhaps he forgot to read the Constitution.

ajacksonian on August 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

*WOW* I guess if flip-flopping is your thing, ask President Romney about how his taking all sides of an issue worked out for him.

Also, Rubio is co-sponsoring Federal Legislation concerning “Campus rape.”. It’s codifying the current regime, which is to say it’s anti-male & anti-Due Process.

I’m about done with Rubio…. better than Crist, yes. But beyond that, no thanks. It’s like he just has to show he’s Hip & Get’s “It”….

I imagine if there is pushback on his bill Rubio will be “surprised” to discover it’s contents & disavow any “intention” to harm anyone…. he will be Shocked, SHOCKED to discover what is in his bill…. just like he was “shocked” to discover the details of the Gang of 8 bill.

JFKY on August 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Just like Luiz Guttierez, we will only know Rubio’s true opinions if the interview is in Spanish.

sauldalinsky on August 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Let the butthurt begin.

I think I’ll just invoke the 80/20 (or, if you prefer, 75/25) rule, grab some popcorn, and observe the ritual tearing of garments.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

No

ConstantineXI on August 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I always knew, from the start, that there was something two-faced about Rubio. We should have known that he was going to go against his word on amnesty as his Chief of Staff was the immigration lawywer and insidious amnesty pusher Cesar Conda. Here’s the Google on Conda.

My qotd comment:

Drudge was linking to this article: Signs Posted For Illegals Increasingly Written In Chinese

Chinese?

I’m thinking this doesn’t make sense.

Then I see the subhead for the article: Illegals from China and over 70% of the world’s nations are flooding into America as its border collapses.

China! There’s 1.37 billion people in China, more than four times our population. And the rest of the world’s got like 7000 million people, people. Without effective borders we will just disappear as a country as the rest of the world like vultures swamp over this nation.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Rubio betrayed those who brung him, and they will NEVER forget.

The buck is young and he’s pretty arrogant.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Rubio has always been Vice Presidential material, and remains the prime choice for that spot. We have so few Republicans who can handle themselves with the press in an intelligent manner consistently.

Marcus on August 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Acrobats need to remain in the lower echelons.

No rewards for contortionists.

profitsbeard on August 3, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Rubio’s original immigration stance and his position on the pc-created supposed rape epidemic on college campuses demonstrate who he is. He is therefore dead to me.

GaltBlvnAtty on August 3, 2014 at 2:21 PM

I think Rubio is going to have enough trouble getting reelected to the Senate, never mind running for POTUS.

cat_owner on August 3, 2014 at 2:21 PM

NO! Once a RINO always a RINO.

nobama1267 on August 3, 2014 at 2:23 PM

It’s bad enough to be for amnesty but to just blazingly lie like he did about his stance is too much for me. I don’t live in Florida but I sent that little punk a donation and it turns out he’s just a filthy liar like most of them are.

Big Orange on August 3, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I’m hoping the good voters will Cantorize him when he is up for reelection…

OmahaConservative on August 3, 2014 at 2:23 PM

ConservativeLA, I think the problem is he ain’t 75% right… or to get to 75% you have to yell & scream @ him a lot, then suddenly, he’s SHOCKED @ what his bill would do! Really, like his campus rape bill which is abrogating Due Process… I’m sure he’ll be AMAZED @ it’s consequences & then repudiate it…

How about this, instead… he actually think a problem thru, ask Heritage/Cato for their takes on it & propose actual Conservative/Libertarian solutions, rather than attempting to show he’s Bi-Partisan & wants to “help.”?

If you get it right, you don’t have to repudiate things as much… but if you pander, you spend a lot of time back-tracking…. so be serious the first time & try to do the right thing…. Politically it’ll work better, too, I bet. Kerry & Romney got the reputation as flip-floppers, didn’t do their election chances any good, did it?

JFKY on August 3, 2014 at 2:24 PM

No and some of his other statements show he’s a RINO

dogsoldier on August 3, 2014 at 2:25 PM

But the crisis on the southern border has provided Rubio with an opportunity to create some distance from his own immigration reform bill and to adopt a more hawkish stance on border security.

In other words after he drove a dagger into the backs of patriotic American citizens he pretended to leap to their defence in a cynical political ploy.

FloatingRock on August 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Did Rubio’s immigration flip-flop rehabilitate his image among Republicans?

With the brain-dead, unrecoverably gullible, perhaps.

Midas on August 3, 2014 at 2:31 PM

In other words after he drove a dagger into the backs of patriotic American citizens he pretended to leap to their defence in a cynical political ploy.

FloatingRock on August 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

^^^This….

JannyMae on August 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Did Rubio’s immigration flip-flop rehabilitate his image among Republicans?

Both parties want cheap immigrant labor. The Democratic Party wants a huge influx of new voters for them. The Republican Party wants to court these same voters and maybe get them to vote for them instead.

The Federal government’s facilitation of massive, unchecked immigration is a foregone conclusion. And it matters little which knucklehead you vote in for whatever office.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2014 at 2:33 PM

You guys crack me up.

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

after he helped to craft the Senate’s immigration reform bill

IMO Rubio did not help craft the bill, he often didn’t seem to know what was in it. Rubio signed on as a pol who could get on Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin, Hewitt, et.al. and receive a respectful hearing. While on those shows, HE LIED! That’s unforgiveable to me.

I hope Rubio continues as a spokesman for conservative positions, but I can never trust him again. I believe Rubio bought a story about a young Hispanic Republican Senator, able to attract lots of Republican establishment donations, who runs for President and wins.

pilsener on August 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Watching Fox News Sunday I see liberals just assume hipspanics will vote for them. I’m sorry you have kids dying on the boarder and all Obama can do is talk executive action that he won’t have the funding to do and does not care about the children dying on the boarder.

sorrowen on August 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Without effective borders we will just disappear as a country as the rest of the world like vultures swamp over this nation.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Isn’t that the plan?

Prior to the US most of the world lived in poverty and were ruled by a small number of people.

When the US came on the scene people saw freedom for the first time. People wanted it, the ruling class didn’t.

They’ve been trying to do away with us from our inception and return to the time of rulers and subjects.

This is what “progressivism” is.

darwin on August 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Btw, Drudge is seemingly going on another pro-Romney tear. Romney’s tight connections with all the highest profile pro-amnesty GOP politicians is telling. Like with Marco Rubio. Paul Ryan. Chris Christie. With the border and immigration crisis, I don’t think now is the time for Drudge go hog wild promoting the pro-amnesty Romney again.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

What’s with these clickable ads showing up not only in the posts but the comments?

Anyone else seeing it?

cat_owner on August 3, 2014 at 2:37 PM

They’ve been trying to do away with us from our inception and return to the time of rulers and subjects.

This is what “progressivism” is.

darwin on August 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Yeppers, feudalism, riches for them alone, and dependent poverty for all others.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:38 PM

let’s just say that Rubio wanted enforcement before amnesty just for yuks. What that then demonstrates how naive he is about democrat and DIABLOS he is. Were he to become president he would fall into many traps.

At best he is naive and inexperienced.
At worst he is a DIABLO.

Neither very attractive to me.

jukin3 on August 3, 2014 at 2:38 PM

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Drudge is a good friend of Ann Coulter’s. Her panties will always wet for Romney.

The land better wake up…or, what diff. at this point does it make?

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:39 PM

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Drudge has done a good job on the border crisis though. He’s linked to many articles I haven’t seen anywhere else.

Maybe he’s “trolling” the Romney stories like AP says he enjoys doing. :)

cat_owner on August 3, 2014 at 2:39 PM

So now my post has made “job” a clickable ad that goes to a work at home site.

What’s with that?

cat_owner on August 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Indeed, c_o, on the border, Drudge beats all.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

A recent Quinnipiac survey of the 2016 landscape in Florida found Rubio rebounding significantly among conservative voters in that critical Super Tuesday state.

Uh…no. C’mon, that’s his home state. Moreover, how many active Floridian Republicans are Cubans?

The real answer is: it depends on how bad the alternatives are.

It’s hard to see Marco Rubio ending up as the best choice. If we want someone who’s squishy on immigration, we can get competent executives with a history of reform, we can get Scott Walker, Chris Christie, or Bobby Jindal. If we want someone who will appeal to identity politics, we can get a strong conservative in Ted Cruz.

If we’re looking for an empty suit willing to do full throated, mid-sentence 180 degree turns on his declared principles, Marco Rubio might have the field beat though.

HitNRun on August 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Nope, this young man got ticked of my list a long while ago and no amount of fawning will get him back on it, end of story!

Sandybourne on August 3, 2014 at 2:45 PM

No way. He already lied on amnesty in order to get elected to the Senate. Not a chance in hell I’m gonna fall for that same act in the 2016 primary.

Doughboy on August 3, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Noah, let me spell it out for you. Rubio is finished as a national candidate. He is finished because the conditions under which he might have flourished are gone. The ground has shifted.

Here’s how it was supposed to go. GOP passes some kind of immigration reform to make kissy-face with the Hispanic vote. Then they actually run a Hispanic to ensure that some of those Hispanic voters actually vote for the GOP. Rubio was the GOP using the identity politics playbook. Rubio was the Hispanic Barack Obama.

Of course the whole charade blew up when the GOP discovered that the base didn’t want amnesty with a fake security guarantee, no matter how much they were told to shut up and like it. The Children’s Crusade made things so bad that a sitting House Majority Leader got kicked out of office over it. The GOP is desperately trying to pretend that that never happened, and a hectoring, scolding Paul Ryan is doubling down, but “immigration reform” is over as an issue for the GOP.

The country is getting angry over the immigration farce. It will no longer accept an amnesty party and a kinda-sorta amnesty party as its only viable alternative. If the GOP does not smarten up and decide to embrace reality and become a kindler gentler version of the Know Nothings, it is finished. Maybe not right away, but it will happen.

No one believes these people anymore.

Rubio has always been Vice Presidential material, and remains the prime choice for that spot. We have so few Republicans who can handle themselves with the press in an intelligent manner consistently.

Marcus on August 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Oh, God. Where do I begin?

Joseph K on August 3, 2014 at 2:47 PM

OT – the number is already at 367. The article is outdated.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:47 PM

So now my post has made “job” a clickable ad that goes to a work at home site.

What’s with that?

cat_owner on August 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

You got an infection. …

No, not Ebola! A computer virus, malware actually. I had the same thing and was as puzzled as you until I figured it out. I used Malwarebytes and it scans your PC and should to be able to find it and get rid of it. I don’t remember the name of the malware I had, but I know that it wouldn’t even let me uninstall it. So you need Malwarebytes.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

So now my post has made “job” a clickable ad that goes to a work at home site.

What’s with that?

cat_owner on August 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

No idea… then again I have Ad Block Pro, DNT, Ghostery, NoScript running. So very little in the way of ads or scripts actually get to my browser. Probably just an auto-linking script running on HA.

ajacksonian on August 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

That’s why I’m not going to throw him under the bus because of a Romney headline.

Let’s face it…… Drudge’a job is to get traffic and clicks. But he’s done an awesome job on the border crisis.

Now…. if only I could figure out how to get rid of the ads popping up here.

cat_owner on August 3, 2014 at 2:49 PM

A recent Quinnipiac survey of the 2016 landscape in Florida found Rubio rebounding

Mentioning “landscape” and a Hispanic male in the same sentence is racist. You’ve been reported to the SPLC.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

There’s a shadowy not-so-right-wing cabal in this country that’s constantly floating trial balloons for RINOs.

Laugh if you want. It’s impossible to deny the existence of this cabal after the Jeb Bush mania a few months ago.

I’d blame it all on Karl Rove, but it really doesn’t matter. The point is that it exists, it’s been constantly sowing “huh?”-mentum for its soi disant moderate Republican candidates. And for the past few weeks it’s been on a Romney kick.

Frankly, I welcome this. The more this cabal and its friends in the media focus on a never-gonna-happen scenario with all the GOP donors agreeing to award the nomination to Mitt Romney in 2015, the less time they have for making genuine trouble like hustling George W Bush’s brother onto us.

To the RINOs who love to pop their heads to do nothing but berate and belittle in the style of Jennifer Rubin, I ask you: how can you put your faith in the intelligence of people who were foursquare behind a Jeb Bush nomination?

HitNRun on August 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Many thanks! I will do that now.

cat_owner on August 3, 2014 at 2:53 PM

To the RINOs who love to pop their heads to do nothing but berate and belittle in the style of Jennifer Rubin, I ask you: how can you put your faith in the intelligence of people who were foursquare behind a Jeb Bush nomination?

HitNRun on August 3, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Jeez, being called a RINO is one thing, but being compared to Jennifer Rubin? That’s pretty low. :-(

You’re absolutely right–there’s no berating and belittling coming from the People For A Perfect Conservative World cadre. All sunshine and light and sober policy analysis.

Carry on!

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Drudge is a good friend of Ann Coulter’s. Her panties will always wet for Romney.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I don’t understand how Coulter can still be for Romney after Romney came out swinging in favor of amnesty: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/30/Mitt-Romney-Not-Healthy-Congress-Hasn-t-Passed-Amnesty

Maybe Coulter doesn’t know this. Coulter says that amnesty is her #1 issue, and that’s why she was duped into supporting the double talking deceiver Mitt Romney. Coulter used to be a big fan of Christie, but once Christie came out for amnesty that changed: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/08/its-over-ann-coulter-dumps-chris-christie-over-amnesty-video/

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Executive amnesty would be political death for Dems but Obama does not seem to care about throwing his own party under the bus. Obama destroying the Dems who knew…

sorrowen on August 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

“So our choices are, we can either continue to beat out head against the wall and try a process for which we’ll never have support, or we can try another way we can make progress on,” he added.

When you look at the self-described “Progressives” and see what clownish, dopey Marxists they all are, you wonder how any part of their destructive agenda ever becomes law. This statement explains how. RINOs think the same way but have to win Republican primaries, so they turn themselves into stealth Progressives. The U.S. wasn’t a good country in the eyes of the left in 1900 or 1930, 1945 or 1968, 1980 or 2002.

There is always a new way to tax you and spend money, all in the name of “progress”.

Jaibones on August 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Jeckle and Hyde to Obama to Rubio – all the same show.

VorDaj on August 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

To be clear, “progress” for the conservative thinker can only consist of one thing — the systematic overturning of 1,000 ill-considered and freedom-destroying laws, and 100,000 stupid, economy-stifling regulations.

Jaibones on August 3, 2014 at 3:02 PM

ConservativeLA…Rubio was hard-line, then pro-amnesty & now hard-line….I keep pointing to his campus rape bill, betcha he back-tracks on that too… at what point does Rubio cease being a “Conservative” & merely someone blowing in the wind? Or just a pretty face that is determined to continue to feed @ the public trough by adopting policy prescriptions s/he feels are “popular?”

I don’t expect my candidates to echo my every policy preference, but I expect them to honor their commitments to policy preferences they have expressed…& to have devoted a modicum of thought to the details of their policy proposals.

JFKY on August 3, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Also, let me guess, ConservativeLA, you believe in “electable” candidates, right? Send me your photo’s from the Romney/McCain inaugural would you?

JFKY on August 3, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Amigos – comrades – muchachos – friends, we are gathered here as an
edifice of the great glory that is now vanishing and the intuitive
feeling, based on the assumption as Mencken once said, “He who
underestimates the American politician will never go broke.” This is merely a small indication to behold and to perceive that which has gone way into the behind and to that which might project .. I mean go forward … out of the mouth … i mean .. the future…we’ve got to rip up the constitution so we can rip down those outdated borders! This is the main deterrent upon which we have gathered our strength and all the others who say, “What the hell did that get?” – We don’t yet know.

Clearly today we must all be aware that political expediency for the Chamber of Crony Corporatism and Serf labor and la raza ethnicity takes precedence over rule of law and constitutional procedure. However you say – WTF ! – what does this mean… in relation to the tabulation whereby we must once again realize that the great reconquesta story is now being rehearsed before our very eyes, in the rise of Marco Rubio… indicating that only a two-faced … I mean a
bi-faced … I mean a bi-polar … I mean a bi-lingual hombre can receive…the award for reconquesta, unlike Kenyan Hussein Obama whose reconquesta plans don’t drink water.

And as Miller once said in one of his great novels- what did he … that
language is only necessary when bilingual communication is endangered.
And you sit there bewildered, and Pinter who went further said “It is
not the lack of communication, but fear of communication.” That’s what
the damn thing is that we fear – communication – especially all the
Spanish communication that’s even on a box of Wheaties now.
Damn it! And through all this Glenn Beck and Dana Loesch have
attained, and have created for themselves holy sanctification, and it
is only their cognitive dissonance that is keeping them alive in their
mindless absurdity.

Senors y Senoritas, Ladies and Gentlemen, Peeps and Peepettes, Rulers and Ruled. The time will come when a first world America will outlive its usefulness. Marx, either Groucho or Karl, I can’t remember which, maybe it was both or maybe it was Harpo, once said that America is the opiate of the people. I say that when America outlives its usefulness and becomes a majority Mexican and Central American nation , then opium…will be the opiate…Ahh that’s not a bad idea… we are going to need that badly especially when the booze runs out …

And the completely unbiased and bi-partisan panel, has determined to give the grand prize to Marco Rubio for his EARNESTY’S RAINBOW. Now
EARNESTY’S RAINBOW is a token of this man’s genius…he told me so himself and repeatedly … that he could change perceptions by calling his plan for knocking down those pesky borders EARNESTY …in other words, he could have been more specific, but rather than allude to an articulation of the mundane, he has come to the conclusion that brevity is the importance of our nation’s shallow first world existence. God damn!

Marco Rubio’s and Paul Ryan’s. EARNESTY’S RAINBOW – is a small
contribution to a certain degree, since there are over seven billion
people in the world today. 315 of them … million live in the United States which is a very, very small amount compared to those who will be miserable and enslaved and dying elsewhere…Well, I say that you will be on the road to new horizons, for we who live in a society where citizenship is a commodity and a politician can become a TV personality and very wealthy, it’s not easy to conform if you have any morality at all…I, I, I said that
myself many years ago…

But I do want to thank la Raza…I mean the DNC … I mean the Chamber of Crony Corporatism and Serf labor … I mean the RNC … I mean la Raza and the DNC and the Chamber of Crony Corporatism and Serf Labor and their wholly bought and paid for subsidiary the RNC, the organization for the $500 in donations for Central American children they’ve given out…today they took in over $5,000,000, but they do have expenses for their brilliant consultants you know, and I think that I have another appointment. I certainly hope so. I would like to stay here, but for the sake of brevity I, I must leave. I do want to thank you, and I want to thank the founding fathers for all the sacrifices they made however much they were in vain but now, most of all, and looking into the failure … I mean the future .. I want to thank Marco Rubio – acting el Presidenta of Juarez la Raza Mexiamerica and Paul Ryan – acting First Lady of Juarez la Raza Mexiamerica and also Mr. Obama – acting Pharaoh and Peeping Tom … I mean Drone Commander and Spy Master of the World – and also I want to thank Professor Irwin Corey and again, thank you. …
..

RasThavas on August 3, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Speaking for myself, I would vote for a Democrat before voting for Rubio for president because at least the Democrat would be honest about his preference for open borders. During the Senate debate on the amnesty bill, Rubio said the right things about securing the border and then voted as a puppet of Schumer, who showed his appreciation with his machinations to destroy the Republican Party through the IRS.

In addition to being dishonest and duplicitous, Rubio is stupid in having let himself be so completely controlled by the open-borders crowd. I am happy he is taking the stand he is taking now, however, as he has discredited the pro-amnesty Republicans who played footsie with the enemies of the integrity of the U.S.

ptolemy on August 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Nah, I believe in always standing on principle, eliminating any politician who acts like a politician from consideration, ignoring poll numbers, refusing to engage in political triage, and losing–just like you guys!

Jesus H. Tap-Dancing Christ, people, get a grip. You’d think we were electing an emperor. In 2014.

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Speaking for myself, I would vote for a Democrat before voting for Rubio for president…

ptolemy on August 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Awesome. Just…awesome.

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 3:16 PM

I’m okay if a politician sees the error of his ways and reverses himself; we can all change our minds. And if he maintains the new and correct position, than on this issue, he’s rehabilitated.

Much remains to be seen, however.

BKeyser on August 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Jesus H. Tap-Dancing Christ, people, get a grip. You’d think we were electing an emperor. In 2014.

ConservativeDIABLOLA on August 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM

The emperor is in DC.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Go for Romney, again, fools. Your winning record is superb.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:19 PM

The commie progtards have to be laughing there asses off at the efficiency at which the Rs can immolate themselves.
Who really needs an them as an enemy, when we can do the job all by ourselves.
.
Eat healthy, my friends.

FlaMurph on August 3, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Schadenfreude is one hilarious dude.

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 3:21 PM

No.

Paddington on August 3, 2014 at 3:22 PM

So how many of you people are Leftist trolls? Show of hands.

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Did Rubio’s immigration flip-flop rehabilitate his image among Republicans?

Senor Rubio says one thing to the anglos…and another thing to the amigos.

That is a problemo.

workingclass artist on August 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Sorry to be so uppity, Schadenfreude. ;-)

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Glad you’re at least entertained, CLA.

Winning is for the obamas…he never won; Romney lost, to a destructive creep.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM

or to get to 75% you have to yell & scream @ him a lot, then suddenly, he’s SHOCKED @ what his bill would do! Really, like his campus rape bill which is abrogating Due Process…
JFKY on August 3, 2014 at 2:24 PM

:: blink :: I may disagree heavily with Rubio on his amnesty gigs, but “abrogating due process”? Perhaps actually reading the bill before making the usual ad hominem & strawman vagaries would be logical decision? The bill itself, that was mentioned above, along with the Rubio’s actual cosponsored bill, just for reference. Why is that important? Because the bill has nothing to do with any form of due process; it centralizes the reporting procedures for campus assault and has a bunch of the usual vague “promote cooperation” platitudes that have become the Senate norm. The support services are for the victims, not the prosecution of the accused. Someone gets raped, they get someone to talk to, as opposed to the premise that somehow there’s prosecutorial aid involved to the deficit of the defense of the accused.

Simply put: your premise has nothing to do with your conclusion. Leave the talking point regurgitation to the talking heads and invest some research into your opinions. Both bills have virtually nothing to do with civil or criminal judicial processes concerning the due process of the accused.

Ebola on August 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Did Rubio’s immigration flip-flop rehabilitate his image among Republicans?

Irrelevant question. The GOP including Rubio have locked themselves out of the White House after the hate-filled votes on Friday.

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Rubio
Bush
Christie
Romney
Ryan

ezspirit on August 3, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Handy list

workingclass artist on August 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Sorry to be so uppity, Schadenfreude. ;-)

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM

You’re not sorry. You just want to lose, again :)

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Irrelevant question. The GOP including Rubio have locked themselves out of the White House after the hate-filled votes on Friday.

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Shithead has arrived. Go back to obama’s azz, plagiarist.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Irrelevant question. The GOP including Rubio have locked themselves out of the White House after the hate-filled votes on Friday.

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Parading moral absolutism as ethics and/or legislation again?

Ebola on August 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

RasThavas on August 3, 2014 at 3:12 PM

So, we’re screwed eh?

darwin on August 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

You’re right. Romney was the most terriblest candidate ever. Go with Cruz, geniuses.

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Just for you Ned, enjoy.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM

The GOP including Rubio have locked themselves out of the White House after the hate-filled votes on Friday.

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Rubio voted on Friday? Which way did he vote?

VegasRick on August 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM

You’re right. Romney was the most terriblest candidate ever. Go with Cruz, geniuses.

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Winning!!!

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Repeal the 19th amendment and you will go along way in solving many of our domestic ills.One can dream.

celtic warrior on August 3, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Rubio voted on Friday? Which way did he vote?

VegasRick on August 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM

We now know who lostmotherland is…

In response to the question ‘How do you think Ted Cruz became a Senator?’ one of Hot Air’s resident Progtard ‘scholars’ responded:
‘Gerrymandering.’
- lostmotherland on October 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

So the State of Texas, IN ITS FVCKING ENTIRETY, is gerrymandered?
Gerrymandering only factors into House seats and state/local districts. And, of course, it is not limited to one party
- Me
lostmotherland = Touré
Resist We Much on November 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

One of my favorite dialogues on HA

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Perturbing news…losing in 2016, again.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Nothing against Romney as a person…But since when does a single term governor and three time loser in the presidential ring toss qualify somebody as an elder statesman?

If that is the criteria for elder statesman then Ron Paul is more qualified at least in terms of elected service and number of times he lost in the primaries…

Sheeesh!

workingclass artist on August 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

We now know who lostmotherland is…

This was also from RWM.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

RasThavas on August 3, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Outstanding and funny piece! Your work only gets better.

And remember: Vote Carr, not Lamar!
Spread the word.

anotherJoe on August 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Sheeesh!

workingclass artist on August 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Sheesh, get a grip, bigot.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Executive amnesty would be political death for Dems but Obama does not seem to care about throwing his own party under the bus. Obama destroying the Dems who knew…

sorrowen on August 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Why? Because someone would do something to punish them for it? Who?

Midas on August 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Irrelevant question. The GOP including Rubio have locked themselves out of the White House after the hate-filled votes on Friday.

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

lol

What a clown. Hey Ned, you’ve made your bed, I hope you’re prepared to sleep in it. You have no idea what’s coming. I hope you’re not someone who instantly goes into a fetal position and squeals.

darwin on August 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM

You’re right. Romney was the most terriblest candidate ever. Go with Cruz, geniuses.

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 3:29 PM

4th time is when lady luck showers Team Orca with a win

workingclass artist on August 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Rubio voted on Friday? Which way did he vote?

VegasRick on August 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM

The vote Friday was a statement of GOPe Party principles on immigration.

Do you seriously think Rubio would have voted NO on that? Would any GOP presidential candidate have the guts to vote against that crazy bill even though it was going no where and was purely a show vote?

Do you seriously think anyone voting against that Friday hate-filled bill would stand a chance with the rabid GOP primary voters?

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Executive amnesty would be political death for Dems but Obama does not seem to care about throwing his own party under the bus. Obama destroying the Dems who knew…

sorrowen on August 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Why? Because someone would do something to punish them for it? Who?

Midas on August 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Political death only if we had a fair and legitimate voting system. We don’t.

darwin on August 3, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Sheeesh!

workingclass artist on August 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Sheesh, get a grip, bigot.

Schadenfreude on August 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

That’s ignrant redneck texas bigot to you son…

*snicker*

workingclass artist on August 3, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Executive amnesty would be political death for Dems but Obama does not seem to care about throwing his own party under the bus. Obama destroying the Dems who knew…

sorrowen on August 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Why? Because someone would do something to punish them for it? Who?

Midas on August 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

no cause see even though about 1/3 of american citizens are unemployed…there’s a labor shortage or something…

workingclass artist on August 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The vote Friday was a statement of GOPe Party principles on immigration.

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 3:37 PM

No you idiot. This is an illegal invasion. This has nothing to do with immigration.

You do realize that the majority of “liberals” are clueless morons right? They’re the only ones that believe progressive propaganda.

darwin on August 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

And if you somehow concluded that I want Romney to run, you’re too busy projecting what you think I believe to actually hear what I’m saying. Just like the Left. A perfect circle jerk. Golf clap.

ConservativeLA on August 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

darwin on August 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Don’t argue with me. Tell this to Latino voters and ask them to vote for GOP.

LOL!

Ned Pepper on August 3, 2014 at 3:43 PM

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