Rush Limbaugh defends Rubio’s debate answer: He’s absolutely right that Obama knows what he’s doing

posted at 3:21 pm on February 8, 2016 by Allahpundit

Via the Daily Rushbo, that’s the second time in a week that Rush has given Rubio a vote of confidence at a moment when the rest of the field (Ted Cruz very much included) is desperate to blow him up. That feels strange after so many months of Limbaugh mainstreaming Trump on the right — as I said in last week’s post, it’s hard to be pro-Trump and pro-Rubio — but it makes sense strategically. If Rubio collapses, conservatives are left with Cruz and … that’s pretty much it, given that the other remaining survivors in the field are apt to be Trump, Kasich, and/or Bush. Unless you want to (shudder) take a second look at Jeb, you need Rubio in there in case Cruz hits a wall after the SEC primary. For all his faults, from amnesty to hyper-interventionism to his inability to stray off-script even when he’s being mocked for staying relentlessly on script, Rubio would still be more conservative as president than the rest of his center-right competition. Rush is simply playing the long game here by declining to wreck him for his debate stumble.

As for the substance of Rubio’s answer, I wouldn’t go as far in claiming that “Obama knows what he’s doing.” Domestically, that’s true: ObamaCare wasn’t an accident. It’s true in some foreign policy matters too, like the Iran deal. O succeeded there in his goal of neutralizing the threat, if you define “the threat” as “American hawks willing to risk war with Iran to stop their nuclear program.” He took war off the table for the foreseeable future, even at the price of legitimizing uranium enrichment by Iran in 15 years’ time. He knew what he was doing. I’ll never buy that he knew what he was doing in Libya and Syria, though. There’s no strategic benefit to setting red lines for Assad on WMD and vowing that Assad must go and then failing to follow through on either of those threats later. It’s pure amateurism, a bluff with nothing behind it, and emblematic of Obama’s short-sighted approach in Syria of doing just enough so that hawks can’t claim he’s doing absolutely nothing while doing little enough that doves can’t claim we’re on our way to Vietnam 3.0. Rubio, I’m sure, does have some concrete ideas about what the commander-in-chief should be doing in Syria. Whether a McCain-ish ramping up of America’s presence in the Syrian maelstrom would be better than Obama’s “strategy du jour” approach, I leave for you to decide.

Anyway. It’s fine to say, as Rush and Andy McCarthy do, that Rubio was right on the merits of his “Obama knows what he’s doing” talking point. The problem, as McCarthy notes, was Rubio’s insistence on mindlessly repeating the point even while being mocked for mindless repetition, as though he couldn’t delve into the substance of it. The point of Christie’s jab was that a freshman senator is too inexperienced to successfully advance his agenda as president, which is really stupid considering that Obama’s actually done it. He got the stimulus through; he got ObamaCare through; he made a dubious deal with Iran and proclaimed a dubious mass amnesty via executive action. Claiming at this point that young legislators can’t move the ball for their team as president is like claiming that it’s scientifically impossible that the sky is blue. Just look up! But rather than say that, Rubio stuck to his script, and as Ace noted yesterday, once you’ve seen the 25-second speech exposed it’s hard not to see it in everything Rubio says. That’s unfair insofar as all of the candidates are giving canned speeches — Christie’s famous townhall passage on drug addiction is one he’s repeated many times — but Rubio’s dependence on it under fire, when he was practically being dared to say something spontaneous, created a filter through which he’ll be viewed going forward. Not fatal, I think, but it’s a problem now.

One more thing. Rush praises Rubio (and Cruz) here for correctly identifying that Obama has succeeded in moving his agenda whereas so much of the rest of the party, most notably Trump, dismiss Obama’s problem as incompetence and inexperience. Rush’s theory for that is that the establishmentarians have to pretend that Obama screwed up because they’re complicit in his successes. They’ve worked with him, after all. Okay, but … so has Rubio, first and foremost on the Obama-friendly Gang of Eight bill and to a lesser extent in lending rhetorical support for the disastrous intervention in Libya. (McCarthy notes both of those in his piece.) If Rubio knew all along that Obama had bad intentions with his policies, why did he cooperate with him on anything, let alone major initiatives? And why are we knocking Trump for believing that Obama’s an incompetent when the whole premise of his candidacy rests on that assumption? This goes back to what Rush said a few weeks ago about how Trump, in his own way, is making the case for smaller government by relentlessly attacking government as incompetent. Not so. Trump’s problem with government is that it’s run by morons, not that it’s too big and therefore destined to behave inefficiently. Obama’s just the head moron. Replace him with Trump and yuge improvements will be seen. If we’re going to boost Trump, let’s at least be clear-eyed about his message is.


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shar, go vote for Clinton if you want……good luck

Realdemocrat1 on February 8, 2016 at 9:40 PM

I wonder if Rush took a moment to think about these things:

Schumer called Rubotio “our type of Republican.”

Images of Schumer & Rubio yakking it up after passing amnesty.

Rubotio tells Latinos in Spanish what he really thinks about amnesty.

The big reason to support Rubotio is if you love Chuck Schumer and want him to have his favorite robotic sock puppet in the White House.

anotherJoe on February 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM

Neither do I.

I also don’t try to fool myself that Rubio or Cruz have anything more than rhetoric to back up their so-called conservatism.

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 9:31 PM

No more than Trump has rhetoric to back up his.

So lets call them all “Republicans” rather than “Conservatives”.

Okay. So lets honestly debate the faults of all three as well.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Blax, go vote for Kasich if you want……it’s now time to start counting the votes thru June…..

Realdemocrat1 on February 8, 2016 at 9:39 PM

I sure will…if I was voting for Kasich.

But, since I’m not, since he doesn’t represent my values AND he has less-than-zero chance of winning an election, lets stick to actual, PROBABLE nominees, okay?

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 9:44 PM

Rush Limbaugh defends Rubio’s debate answer:

…well then…he must be on those pills again…or his implants were shorted out… during the debate.

JugEarsButtHurt on February 8, 2016 at 9:45 PM

In NH the GOP machine (Bush, Kasich, Sunnunu, Romney, Christie) is working overtime to knock the three leading contenders (Trump, Cruz, and Rubio) out of the top slots.

It may well be that Rush appears to be championing Rubio (and his conservatism) in order to negatively affect the GOP machine candidates’ preferences in NH.

I’m no Rubio cheerleader, but he did have a point about Obysmal’s destruction, and he was saying that Hillary or Sanders would be more of the same.

onlineanalyst on February 8, 2016 at 9:47 PM

Okay. So lets honestly debate the faults of all three as well.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 9:42 PM

…as if we haven’t been debating that here, for over six months? The ‘honestly’ part is a bit questionable for many, though.

JannyMae on February 8, 2016 at 9:49 PM

Even Megyn Kelly and Howard Kurtz are trying to help CNN attack TED CRUZ tonight on Kelly’s Feminist lovefest show….

TED CRUZ is obviously the Principled Conservative that RINOS and LIBERALS hate….

Realdemocrat1 on February 8, 2016 at 9:51 PM

No more than Trump has rhetoric to back up his.

So lets call them all “Republicans” rather than “Conservatives”.

Okay. So lets honestly debate the faults of all three as well.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 9:42 PM

Well Rubio and Cruz are funded by the same people that brought 30 years of the same-old, same-old. Trump isn’t.

I don’t have high expectations but Trump is the one who spoke out about immigration and a ban on Muslims. He isn’t afraid to fight the left.

I don’t know if he will do any of what he claims but I have 30 years of GOP history to back up my argument that those bankrolled by the same GOP donors certainly will not.

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 9:52 PM

sharr, go vote for Donald, the guy who was bribing the politicians for the past 30 years……good luck.

Realdemocrat1 on February 8, 2016 at 10:00 PM

…as if we haven’t been debating that here, for over six months? The ‘honestly’ part is a bit questionable for many, though.

JannyMae on February 8, 2016 at 9:49 PM

The “honesty” part shouldn’t be an issue no matter the candidate.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 10:02 PM

Blax, go vote for Kasich if you want……it’s now time to start counting the votes thru June…..

Realdemocrat1 on February 8, 2016 at 9:39 PM

shar, go vote for Clinton if you want……good luck

Realdemocrat1 on February 8, 2016 at 9:40 PM

sharr, go vote for Donald, the guy who was bribing the politicians for the past 30 years……good luck.

Realdemocrat1 on February 8, 2016 at 10:00 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgOlwI5jKos

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 10:05 PM

Yeah, he made a fairly obvious point. And Rush agreed that the basic point is right. And yet he’s being attacked as a Rubio supporter for not assuming that everything Rubio says is a lie.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 8, 2016 at 8:38 PM

False. He’s being identified as a Rubio supporter for pushing him as a “Full throated conservative.”

fossten on February 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 9:31 PM

Wait what? Trump doesn’t even have the rhetoric. Not even his supporters claim he is a conservative. Not that Rubio is either.

jhffmn on February 8, 2016 at 10:20 PM

fossten on February 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM

It goes beyond that. Today Rush was claiming that he browsed through the comment section of blogs and articles and no one was calling Rubio a robot or even cared about his performance and that it was the establishment trying to derail Rubio.

I was listening today and it was clear he was flat out lying.

jhffmn on February 8, 2016 at 10:23 PM

Not even his supporters claim he is a conservative. Not that Rubio is either.

jhffmn on February 8, 2016 at 10:20 PM

Or Cruz, or any of them.

It’s all talk.

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 10:26 PM

I will say it again…

…still waiting….

We do not need someone on the radio to ‘read’ The Drudge Report out loud to us.

The only people I know who STILL listen to Rush Limbaugh, anymore, are the ones that do not have the IDrudge report app on their spiffy iphone.

The 2nd thing is, we certainly DO NOT need to be insulted by a radio talker on a splitting-hair-dialogue, telling us the difference between John McCain in the gang-of-eight vs. Marco Rubio joining the gang-of-8…

Marco Rubio is to John McCain what Mitt Romney was running against Obama, same incompetence, same outcome, a total failure in defending conservative principles that matter; give in a little and it doesn’t matter how CONSERVATIVE one proposes to be, the message fails to deliver results.

Message to Rush Limbaugh: Remember the water carrying you did for G.W. pre-Donald Rumsfeld resigning? And your apology the day after, for ever carrying the water ‘for these guys’ as you put it? There is a reason why Rubio’s polls never came up before Iowa (a lot of new low-information voters at the caucuses…)

Rush, you also do not need to be carrying the water for Marco Rubio……..just saying (or anyone for that matter, keep their feet to the fire, don’t pander – geeza freaking louis, do I need to lecture you on your dam job!?)

The conservative/tea party movement is on the roll for Cruz, but his missteps are causing some serious soul-searching among the same.

Stumping the AM radio dial for Marco Rubio is giving people a reason to buy an iphone so they can download the iDrudgeReport app.

The reason talk radio is bleeding listeners is because the cable and hard wire phone companies have figured out how to provide hi-speed internet service to the outermost regions of the AM broadcast area, thus giving the ole’ country folk the freedom to wander off the ‘talk radio plantation’ to get their ‘straight talk’ news feed.

Message to Rush Limbaugh, either retire while on top, or, apologize/walk-back this Rubio bromance, as it is surely your death knell extraordinaire.
If you, Rush, cannot apologize, than it is no wonder, no one else including Trump has such a hard time apologizing, as there are no more living examples of humble statesman leaders, so we bounce from craziness to craziness until someONE can figure out what that even means!

Mcguyver on February 3, 2016 at 10:41 PM

Just to be clear, I will check Rush’s website one more time for an ‘obama style – bowing’ apology for carrying Rubio’s water, if it doesn’t show up, well then everybody within my ear shot will be told that Rush Limbaugh is a conservative traitor, and I WILL NEVER, EVER, LISTEN TO SUCH A [email protected] TALKER ON THE RADIO!! I simply don’t have time for this nonsense! We are TRYING to save our country here, for God sakes!
If you cannot stick up for conservative solutions that work, that get the flying-flip OUT OF THE WAY!!

GEEEEZE!

Mcguyver on February 3, 2016 at 10:54 PM

Mcguyver on February 8, 2016 at 10:28 PM

It goes beyond that. Today Rush was claiming that he browsed through the comment section of blogs and articles and no one was calling Rubio a robot or even cared about his performance and that it was the establishment trying to derail Rubio.

I was listening today and it was clear he was flat out lying.

jhffmn on February 8, 2016 at 10:23 PM

Rubio is a Ken Doll robot, and his debate performance matters…it sucked.

See my comment above @ 10:28 P.M.

Mcguyver on February 8, 2016 at 10:31 PM

Well Rubio and Cruz are funded by the same people that brought 30 years of the same-old, same-old. Trump isn’t.

Trump has donated to BOTH parties…which he is free to do…and is/was ‘chummy’ with such lovely America-Loving people such as Pelosi, Schumer, Clinton, etc.

Cruz & Rubio did not…at least not any credible information I have found so far.

I don’t have high expectations but Trump is the one who spoke out about immigration

Mmm, yes he is.

and a ban on Muslims.

Which ones?

Shiite? Sunni? Amal? Druze? Kurds? Indonesian?

How will we test? Do we even have enough people to man those points of entry? And whom do we use, since wouldn’t a person that practices the religion regularly be the only one to be able to “tell” a fellow practitioner?

I think if Trump meant a limitation of ALL Immigration, yes that can be worked out….not without certain headaches, but its still workable.

He isn’t afraid to fight the left.


Yes, he isn’t afraid to “Fight The Left”.

I don’t know if he will do any of what he claims but I have 30 years of GOP history to back up my argument that those bankrolled by the same GOP donors certainly will not.

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 9:52 PM

Sharrunkin, thats part of the problem.

Dislike of how the Party has gone the last 30 years (we can quibble ad-infinitum about the exact flip point) but we *have* a starting point about it.

Trump, you DONT. No known starting point other than speeches and pressers. It’s nice to know, but its not exactly policy-making.

Sure, Trump absolutely could be everything he says he is and THEN some.

But then again, he could *not*. Then what?

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 10:33 PM

I’m no Rubio cheerleader, but he did have a point about Obysmal’s destruction, and he was saying that Hillary or Sanders would be more of the same.

onlineanalyst on February 8, 2016 at 9:47 PM

A counter to Rush saying that “Rubio was right that Obama knows what he’s doing” is this video with Rubio saying over and over again that … Obama doesn’t know what his doing:

Rubio vs Rubio – Marco Debates Himself

Lol!Lol!Lol

anotherJoe on February 8, 2016 at 10:33 PM

They killed immigration reform

The Democrats. Not Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz wanted it to pass.

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 9:07 PM

Right, Cruz made immigration reform much more palatable to more people.

cimbri on February 8, 2016 at 10:34 PM

Sure, Trump absolutely could be everything he says he is and THEN some.

But then again, he could *not*. Then what?

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 10:33 PM

Then we get exactly what we would have gotten with Jeb, Cruz, or Rubio.
The same slop we have been served for 30 years.

I have already posted how they backed amnesty, TPP, etc. All of them.

You want me to believe that this time, this time, they really mean it? Isn’t 30 years enough time to come to a preliminary conclusion that maybe, just maybe…they are lying to us?

Am I jumping the gun on this do ya think?

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 10:44 PM

Right, Cruz made immigration reform much more palatable to more people.

cimbri on February 8, 2016 at 10:34 PM

Which I am told makes him a “principled conservative”. Whatever that means anymore.

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 10:46 PM

Then we get exactly what we would have gotten with Jeb, Cruz, or Rubio.
The same slop we have been served for 30 years.

I have already posted how they backed amnesty, TPP, etc. All of them.

You want me to believe that this time, this time, they really mean it? Isn’t 30 years enough time to come to a preliminary conclusion that maybe, just maybe…they are lying to us?

Am I jumping the gun on this do ya think?

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 10:44 PM

No, but I am asking “Why are you so sure to believe the same from Trump?”

Yes, outsider, etc etc etc…but he’s still a politician. As such, they tend to promise more things than what they can actually deliver.

As for “jumping the gun”? No, but you seem dead set to one candidate early…I’m just part of the group that isn’t or won’t be until the nominations are finalized.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 11:00 PM

No, but I am asking “Why are you so sure to believe the same from Trump?”

He isn’t financially backed by people I know to be open borders.

He has been advocating for closing the border since at least 1999.

He has shown a willingness to fight the leftist agenda and to hell with political correctness. Nothing is going to get done unless you willing to do so.

This may not seem like much…hell, it isn’t much, but the others don’t even have that. They voted for amnesty despite what they now claim.

As for “jumping the gun”? No, but you seem dead set to one candidate early…I’m just part of the group that isn’t or won’t be until the nominations are finalized.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 11:00 PM

I don’t care if the Republicans win. It has never made any difference in recent decades and I am unconvinced it will make any difference now unless something different happens.

Trump may be that difference. Or he may not. Odds aren’t favorable but its the only bet on the table. The rest are stacked in favor of the house (GOP-Democrats).

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 11:12 PM

Dems are afraid of Rubio, thats why they always attack him. And Rubio is right, Obama knows exactly what he’s doing. Sure initially it was thought to be incompetence, but add up everything he’s done and you’ll see a methodical pattern. That said, its no wonder the establishment and media are pushing Kasich (whose a stuttering, face ticking rhino.

I hope NH stays away from the establishments pick, Kasich!

soapyjeans on February 8, 2016 at 11:47 PM

Trump may be that difference. Or he may not. Odds aren’t favorable but its the only bet on the table. The rest are stacked in favor of the house (GOP-Democrats).

sharrukin on February 8, 2016 at 11:12 PM

That’s all that I meant.

My point is only I will campaign for the most Conservative candidate possible. Barring that, I want the closest Republican that can get realistically elected by a majority of the Right Leaning Base, as possible.

Right now, its between Trump Cruz Rubio. Doesn’t matter what the polls show, per se, but how the numbers turn out after each state.

Whoever the nominee is going to be, we got to stand firm and push HARD. Because the Progressives aren’t done with us yet.

And this isn’t even the final battle. Because we got (to start) 4 years to unfvck the last 8.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 11:49 PM

Yeah, he made a fairly obvious point. And Rush agreed that the basic point is right. And yet he’s being attacked as a Rubio supporter for not assuming that everything Rubio says is a lie.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 8, 2016 at 8:38 PM

False. He’s being identified as a Rubio supporter for pushing him as a “Full throated conservative.”

fossten on February 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM

Rubio is a conservative. Unfortunately, he pretended to be against amnesty just long enough to get into office, then turned on a dime.

I won’t vote for him, but it’s not because he isn’t a conservative. It’s because he can’t be trusted.

Cruz shows signs of being more conservative than Rubio in general, smarter than Rubio, and has not betrayed the people who voted for him. He voted about as you would expect him to vote.

Trump, on the other hand, seems to be a momentary conservative in rhetoric, but shows signs of being willing to sell out his voters and cut a deal with the liberals faster than anyone else. And if he were being judged on how consistently he has been against amnesty by the same standard we use for most politicians, he would be marked as just another amnesty-supporting politician. The only reason he appears to be conservative is that he held no political office before now.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 8, 2016 at 11:51 PM

Rubio is a conservative. Unfortunately, he pretended to be against amnesty just long enough to get into office, then turned on a dime.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 8, 2016 at 11:51 PM

That makes him a liar. And Trump is to the right of Rubio because Rubio still wants amnesty.

fossten on February 9, 2016 at 12:16 AM

Whoever the nominee is going to be, we got to stand firm and push HARD. Because the Progressives aren’t done with us yet.

And you are speaking of the Progressives in the Democratic party rather than the Progressive Republican party I assume?

I am not convinced that one set of Progressives are all that much better than the other set.

http://www.lolsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/lolsclub.com-meme-maker,%20meme,%20conspiracy-keanu-meme1389381498503.jpg

And this isn’t even the final battle. Because we got (to start) 4 years to unfvck the last 8.

BlaxPac on February 8, 2016 at 11:49 PM

The final battle may well have taken place in 2008, or even earlier. That too is a possibility.

That said unless the illegal tide is stemmed none of the rest matters. That many leftist voters will certainly be the end. So far Trump is the only one who sounds willing to do that, and maybe he only sounds that way.

sharrukin on February 9, 2016 at 12:18 AM

It’s fairly simple. Rush and friends made sure Trump was in this position and now they’re terrified that they’ll get the blame if/when he turns out to be……..a liberal.

Sorry Rush, too late.

AYNBLAND on February 9, 2016 at 12:31 AM

Honestly, the debate answer wasn’t the problem. The problem is that it wasn’t well received and he kept circling back thinking he could make his point. It wasn’t the best judgement, but it was ultimately a stylistic error.

Anyhow, yes a lot of what we’ve seen happen over the past eight years was indeed intentional. Don’t get me wrong, there was certainly a great deal of incompetence mixed in there as well. Catastrophic foreign policy, Obama Care making health insurance far more expensive, etc etc etc. However I don’t doubt for a second that a lot of the damaging actions done over the Obama presidency were intentional, that they knew the negative consequences would be coming, and that Obama deemed these consequences acceptable since he’d be furthering his political goals.

Regardless, doubling back over and over wasn’t smart.

PS: I’m pulling for Cruz right now, but intellectual honesty is kinda important here.

WolvenOne on February 9, 2016 at 12:32 AM

No one can claim Cruz is stupid. He’s clever–in a slick way. He was big on grandstanding against funding Obamacare–when he knew beforehand the cause was hopeless. But he got all the headlines and that sucked conservatives into his orbit. Yet when the chips were down he backed the Corker bill, he voted for the fast track Obamatrade bill and he waffled on immigration. Sure he made excuses to justify his votes–but the votes were on issues crucial to conservatism and he ultimately let us down, no matter how he sugar-coated it. In other words, he’s not what he seems. His wife works for Goldman-Sachs and both she and he have borrowed heavily from that firm. He talks like a preacher to Iowans in public, then reverts to New York values when talking to Wall Street behind closed doors. I don’t trust him.

writeblock on February 9, 2016 at 12:35 AM

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/3-times-many-americans-supported-king-george-revolutionary-war-support-congress-today.html

When Congress’ approval rating was in the double-digits, polls showed that it was less popular among the American public than cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, North Korea, BP during the Gulf Oil Spill, Nixon during Watergate or King George during the American Revolution.

An October poll by Public Policy Polling showed that Congress is less popular among the American people than zombies, witches, dog poop, potholes, toenail fungus and hemorrhoids. That was when Congress’ approval rating was 8%.

A new Economist/YouGov.com poll shows that Congress has hit an all-time low: only 6% of the American public approves of Congress.

To put this in perspective, Wikipedia notes:

Historians have estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of the European-American population of the colonies were Loyalists.

In other words, around 3 times as many colonists supported King George as the 6% which support our own Congress today.

Moreover, a May 2013 poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University found that 29% of registered voters think that armed revolution may be “necessary” in the next couple of years. In other words, the number of Americans who think that armed revolution may be “needed” dwarf the number of Americans who approve of the job that Congress is doing.

Only 17% Say U.S. Government Has Consent of the Governed

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-08/overwhelming-majority-americans-believe-both-parties-are-too-corrupt-change-anything

a group of Republican and Democratic pollsters and political strategists reviewed polling data last week, and revealed some stunning results:

84% of all Americans believe political leaders are more interested in protecting their power and privilege than doing what is right

81% percent believe the power of ordinary people to control our country is getting weaker every day as politicians of both parties fight to protect their own power and privilege

80% believe the federal government is its own special interest primarily looking out for itself

79% of all voters believe we need to recruit and support more candidates for office, at all levels of government, who are ordinary citizens, rather than professional politicians and lawyers

78% believe that the Democratic and Republican Parties are essentially useless in changing anything, because both political parties are too beholden to special interests to create any meaningful change

76% of Americans agree with the statement that America cannot succeed unless we take on and defeat the corruption and crony capitalism in our government

75% believe that the US government is NOT working for the people’s best interest

75% believe that powerful interests have used campaign and lobbying money to rig the system for themselves

74% see the biased and slanted coverage of the media as part of the problem

72% of Americans believe the U.S. has a two-track economy, where most Americans struggle every day, where good jobs are hard to find, and where huge corporations get all the rewards

72% believe that the reason families in our middle class have not seen their economic condition improve for decades and economic growth is stalled is because of corruption and crony capitalism in Washington

71% believe our government is not only dysfunctional, it is collapsing right before our eyes

70% believe the government in Washington does not govern with the consent of the people

The majority – 56% – say they wish there were a third party with a chance of success to fight for their interests

Only 15% say the “values and principals of my political party are so important that I strongly prefer to vote for the candidates of my party…”

They concluded:

The country [is] in a prerevolutionary moment.

sharrukin on February 9, 2016 at 1:12 AM

Did Rush say his defense 8 times, for the 8 times Rubot made the statement or alluded to it?

If Rush only defended it once, he needs to say it 7 more times, so we can all be sure he really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really means it.

Wino on February 9, 2016 at 1:12 AM

TED CRUZ is obviously the Principled Conservative that RINOS and LIBERALS hate

They hate him not because he’s principled, but because he’s a fake. He pretends to be opposed to “the Washington cartel”–then votes for bills that show he’s just as much in Wall Street’s pocket as anybody else in Washington. He grandstands on issues he knows will never pass–like defunding Obamacare; then he votes to fast track Obamatrade. How gullible can his supporters be?

writeblock on February 9, 2016 at 1:41 AM

Trump, on the other hand, seems to be a momentary conservative in rhetoric, but shows signs of being willing to sell out his voters and cut a deal with the liberals faster than anyone else.

You mistake making deals with the opposition with caving-in to the left. That’s not what Trump means by making a deal. For him it means getting most of what you want. That’s being smart and cunning, not naive and foolish. In a democracy it’s the only way to solve problems.

writeblock on February 9, 2016 at 1:55 AM

Rubotio tells Latinos in Spanish what he really thinks about amnesty.

anotherJoe on February 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM

Rubio never denies wanting amnesty. What he says is that amnesty has no political support, so immigration reform has to be done incrementally to maneuver into a situation where it might be able to happen. Definitively, he says:

no one is advocating a plan to deport 12 million people

So Rubio says here that he isn’t advocating the deportation of illegal aliens.

The problem is that deportation of illegal aliens is required under federal law. Period.

No matter what else he says or doesn’t say, believes or doesn’t believe, does or does not, Rubio can never be President of the United States.

Rubio flat-out refuses to faithfully execute the laws under the Constitution.

Rubio is a traitor. Anyone who endorses or votes for Rubio is a traitor.

Younggod on February 9, 2016 at 3:11 AM

Anyone who endorses or votes for Rubio is a traitor.

Younggod on February 9, 2016 at 3:11 AM

Congratulations! You have won the Hotair Over-the-Top Award for February 9, 2016!

Tell him what he’s won, Johnny!

Wino on February 9, 2016 at 3:27 AM

Rubio would still be more conservative as president than the rest of his center-right competition.

Brain still spinning round and round on this one.

Don L on February 9, 2016 at 5:51 AM

Rubio is a conservative. Unfortunately, he pretended to be against amnesty just long enough to get into office, then turned on a dime.

I won’t vote for him, but it’s not because he isn’t a conservative. It’s because he can’t be trusted.

Cruz shows signs of being more conservative than Rubio in general, smarter than Rubio, and has not betrayed the people who voted for him. He voted about as you would expect him to vote.

Trump, on the other hand, seems to be a momentary conservative in rhetoric, but shows signs of being willing to sell out his voters and cut a deal with the liberals faster than anyone else. And if he were being judged on how consistently he has been against amnesty by the same standard we use for most politicians, he would be marked as just another amnesty-supporting politician. The only reason he appears to be conservative is that he held no political office before now.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 8, 2016 at 11:51 PM

This is by far the most accurate summation of the political reality yet!

Don L on February 9, 2016 at 6:06 AM

it would seem to me that the issue we as a country are going to have in the future is barack obama will act the same way as cam newton. when the deck gets reshuffled from playing obamas’ cheating solitaire unilateral progressive idiocy to trump high stakes poker, you’ll see a monstro petulent “i won” in yo face, they’re destroying my perfect america BS,unmatched since nero. barack “cam newton” obama, 2 whiney peas in a pod.

tm11999 on February 9, 2016 at 7:32 AM

The quotes and videos showing Marco Rubio saying Obama does … and doesn’t …. know what he is doing just adds to the fact that you can not trust what Rubio says.

With Rubio it’s lack of trust. Cruz is just a half a step better.

TerryW on February 9, 2016 at 9:03 AM

Anyone who endorses or votes for Rubio is a traitor.

Younggod on February 9, 2016 at 3:11 AM

Congratulations! You have won the Hotair Over-the-Top Award for February 9, 2016!

Wino on February 9, 2016 at 3:27 AM

The illegal importation of unassimilating foreign nationals is fast reaching critical mass:

Europe is living proof of how the unprecedented exponential influx of culturally-detached illegals shreds the very fabric of western society. And by the way — with all its imperfections, western society is still the most advanced culture the world has ever produced.

Despots and political mutants are funnelling illegal aliens into targeted areas of the nation with the explicit purpose of skewing elections in their favor. And their stated purpose of this tactic? To overthrow the constitutional republic and destroy the economic system that supports it.

And by indiscriminately opening the gates to all the flotsam and jetsam of the world these same nimrods threaten the safety and well-being of the peaceful citizens of this nation by letting in its sworn mortal enemies.

Here’s the kicker of it all: All of these fatally destructive activities could be abolished — every one of them — by the simple enforcement of existing federal law.

But that law is not being enforced. Selfish advantage and corrupts interests are of higher priority for those who are supposed to be the sentinels of our republic.

And then there are sheep like you. Well-intentioned idiots without the brains or vision to understand the depth of the shit through which we’re slogging — and how we’re precariously tottering on a razor’s edge. Or maybe you just don’t have the balls to do something about it.

It’s my opinion that those in positions to pull away from the crisis they’ve created should be held accountable.

It’s my opinion that no penalty is too severe for the offenses they’ve rendered for all the damage they’re doing to innocent folks.

If you think this is over the top you haven’t lived. A reckoning is coming.

Younggod on February 9, 2016 at 9:13 AM

As for the substance of Rubio’s answer, I wouldn’t go as far in claiming that “Obama knows what he’s doing.”

And that’s why it’s an important message from Rubio and Cruz. Stubborn people like you, who refuse to see it.

The Rogue Tomato on February 9, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Rubio may have some conservative thoughts but he’s first and foremost an opportunist. He joined the gang of 8 after being in DC for five minutes because he could be seen as runnin’ with the big guys. That situation blew up when they couldn’t convince America that the big wasn’t amnesty. He’s been sweeping this under a rug ever since.

Kissmygrits on February 9, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Rubio is a conservative. Unfortunately, he pretended to be against amnesty just long enough to get into office, then turned on a dime.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 8, 2016 at 11:51 PM

That makes him a liar. And Trump is to the right of Rubio because Rubio still wants amnesty.

fossten on February 9, 2016 at 12:16 AM

Yes, Rubio is a liar. Being a conservative does not necessarily make him truthful, reliable, or honest. And I have no intention of voting for him.

Trump is to the right of Rubio on immigration, and on virtually nothing else.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 9, 2016 at 4:02 PM

I said the same thing, that Rubio was right and Obama knows exactly what he is doing. That doesn’t mean for one minute that I support Rubio and it doesn’t mean Rush does either. Get a grip people, geez.

kg598301 on February 9, 2016 at 8:22 PM

What do you think Obama was talking about when he told Putin “he would have more flexibility after the election?” Obama hates America just like his daddy did, just like Soros does, just like Castro does, Just like Iran does, et al. His foreign policy is a disaster, his economic policy is a failure, his social policies weaken the fabric of our society,he craps on our Constitution, he weakens our military, he spends us into overwhelming debt. He is either stupid or a damn traitor. And he isn’t stupid. He knows exactly what he is doing.

kemojr on February 10, 2016 at 7:41 AM

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