On Sunday Hillary, on Monday Marco. A dozen or more will soon follow.
On Monday Marco Rubio announced his Logan’s Run for president as a youthful leader straight out of Romper Room to contrast with experienced Hillary. Rubio has astounding abilities and talents which no one should discount. These astounding abilities and talents work against Rubio in the Republican nomination battle to come.
With most if not all of us our strengths are our weaknesses as well. But for Marco Rubio in a Republican primary his strengths/weaknesses make him more likely to be a VP pick than a Prez choice.
Why? What is Rubio’s problem?
Marco Rubio’s problem is not his failed and foolish support for what was termed “comprehensive immigration reform” which Republican/conservative movement leaders rightly claimed was illegal immigration amnesty.
Marco Rubio’s problem is that he deployed all his talents and abilities, all his remarkable capacities, all his promise and rhetorical skills – to sell a policy which his supporters correctly exposed as a monumental betrayal. If Marco Rubio with all his remarkable talents could do this to his supporters, supporters who made him a senator even as he ran against a Republican governor, then what other damage can Rubio do in the future to his Republican/conservative allies?
Rubio now says he is against what he was for. Rubio wanted to ingratiate himself with Big Business Chamber of Commerce types who want illegal immigration amnesty in order to keep working class wages down. All Rubio did was help Barack Obama.
Rubio has now flip-flopped on his flop Obama illegal amnesty. Rubio’s bet is that Republicans will be as stupid and unprincipled as Democrats were in 2008 when Barack Obama betrayed everyone on FISA telecommunications immunity while Hillary stood strong.
We doubt very much that Rubio will be as successful as Obama has been in his treacheries. The talented Marco Rubio is not as phony and reinvented as the Talented Mr. Obama.
Marco Rubio takes other campaign cues from Barack Obama. Rubio is wisely running as a Latino while complaining that any Hillary appeal to women is divisive identity politics and… well just read everything Obama said in 2008 about “likable enough” Hillary. Substitute “Latino male” for “Black” and you have the rationale for Rubio’s niche campaign in 2016.
Like a cardboard cutout of Barack Obama Marco Rubio is also running as the latest JFK. Barack Obama ran against Hillary in 2008 mimicking iconic JFK imagery and a generational change campaign. The bottom line result of Obama’s generational change campaign has been a shift for seniors to the Republican Party.
Generational change? Obama succeeded in changing the voting patterns of seniors from their long held loyalty to the Democratic party over to the Republican Party. Marco Rubio, if he continues on the path he trod in his campaign announcement threatens to cause a stampede of seniors in the opposite direction.
Barack Obama and Marco Rubio both pretend to be latter day JFK. Obama was aided in his JFK pretend game by the blockhead daughter of JFK. JFK’s idiot child was wrong, Obama was wrong, Rubio is wrong – if any of them think they are in any way a JFK:
John Kennedy won the presidency before passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. Kennedy was young but had a great deal of experience in political life. Kennedy toured Europe, the Soviet Union and the Middle East in the fateful year 1939. On the day before Germany invaded, John Kennedy was in Poland. Kennedy’s Harvard senior thesis completed in 1940 was “Appeasement in Munich”. Kennedy by the end of the war was a war hero. Kennedy served with regular Joes in the U.S. Navy. Kennedy saved the lives of his crew. John Kennedy from the elite schools and elite background was loved by working class whites and blacks.
The JFK campaign of The New Frontier was a sly reference, not a heavy handed attack on older Americans:
John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1960 was equally sly. His message was concise and pointed as well. His inspirational message was “The New Frontier”. This 3 word message summarized the hopes that the young future president held for just about every facet of American life. Outer space, national security, civil rights, foreign policy, the economy – all were on the threshold of a new and exciting frontier. That this soon to be very young president was replacing Eisenhower, up to then the oldest American president, was slyly referenced by the 3 word message.
JFK’s “New Frontier” is morphed by Rubio into “A New American Century”.
Marco Rubio like Obama is full of flowery speeches. We think Rubio’s speeches are effective but they are flowery nevertheless. If Rubio wants to run a generational campaign he should consider JFK’s worldwide lifetime of experience well before he became a congressman, a senator, then president. Perhaps we are old fashioned but we like experience and the lessons of life in a candidate. Rubio shares many similarities to Obama:
Already Rubio’s campaign has drawn comparisons to Obama’s 2008 bid when he was also a first-term forty-something senator with less than four years of Senate experience. [snip]
Rubio’s team has embraced the generational contrast with Clinton and dismissed concerns about his perceived youth or inexperience. He recently defended his record in a Fox News interview, saying that Obama “was a back bencher in the state legislature in Illinois and I was in leadership all nine years that I served there including two as Speaker of the House.”
Of course no one running for president today is as inexperienced as Barack Obama in 2008. And the sad reality is what resides in the White House.
Marco Rubio as a member of his generation (he’s 43 years old) is comfortable discussing Tupac Shakur and other cultural touchstones few other presidential candidates will be as knowledgeable about. That’s an asset if not used to alienate other generations. In his campaign announcement Rubio made a very culturally astute attack on Hillary (and Jeb Bush) with a reference that in one sentence spun out the Clinton years, the economy of 1999, and a big hit by the artist known as Prince. It was a sly attack and Rubio could not suppress a “gee I’m such a smart kid” smile.
Indeed the entire Rubio announcement speech reeked of self-satisfaction as barb after generational barb blasted forth. Most, if not all, of Rubio’s best lines of attack landed on Hillary but also on his long time friend and benefactor Jeb Bush:
“I know my candidacy might seem improbable to some watching from abroad. After all, in many countries, the highest office in the land is reserved for the rich and the powerful,” Rubio continued, to cheers and chants of “Marco! Marco!” “But I live in an exceptional country…I live in an exceptional country where the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege.
Marco Rubio, like Jeb Bush, should not be underestimated. Rubio’s talents are many and certainly more than the current White House occupant. Rubio has many talents and opportunities:
Marco Rubio dazzles in Miami on Monday evening, delivering a rhetorical performance that shows a national audience what political insiders have long known: The man can move a crowd. From there, it’s off to the races.
Running a lean campaign—though one flush enough with mega-donor money to keep him in the conversation—Rubio continues to wow crowds. He’s young, he’s Latino in a party lacking diversity, and his unimpeachably hawkish stances on foreign policy continue to resonate amid a flood of troubling headlines from Iraq, Iran, Russia, and Syria.
He is outspent by Jeb Bush, but money can’t buy the kind of connection Rubio is building with voters—and the front-runner’s supposed support never materializes in the way he expected. Voters see 12 years in the White House as enough for one family and are looking for a fresher alternative.
In 2008 Barack Obama and his cult promised a world of wonders and healed oceans. Obama and his cult assured us all that the troubles with the Muslim world would be over once the great Obama’s face brought us into the new Obama century. The Obama dummies were wrong. Instead in 2015 we get cartoons of an Obama beheading while Boob Obama moans ‘Mom! Dad! Jihadi John is going to slaughter me!’ before he is killed in animation:
Affiliates of the Islamic State group have released an animated video depicting a jihadist beheading US President Barack Obama.
The clip, which was uploaded and translated on Saturday by MEMRI, a US-based Middle Eastern media watchdog group, begins with the words “Message to America,” followed by a scene portraying the American president on his knees and crying profusely.
Now comes Marco Rubio with his own lofty promises minus accomplishments. What we do have from Rubio on a national level is proposed illegal immigration amnesty.
Still for all the similarities between RubiObama, the country and its elites are so debased that anything can happen. Obama’s favorite pollster in 2008 thinks the presidential race in 2016 is a 50-50 tossup.
Yes, anything can happen. Rubio could be chosen as a VP candidate. That would make sense. Rubio is a Latino in a country with Latino votes in must win states such as Colorado and Florida. Rubio is also from Florida. So Rubio as a VP to get some seasoning and experience, guided and mentored by a president who has actually accomplished something makes sense. But Rubio is running for president and after 2008 anything, however senseless, can happen.
In 2008 experienced John McCain ran for president under the crushing burden of the unpopular two term President George W. Bush. McCain improbably was ahead. Then in September the economy finished McCain off and inexperienced Obama won.
Could these same circumstances happen again? Even Obama’s pals in Big Media are noticing that the Obama economy sucks:
After years in which the popular American press sang Barack Obama’s praises for the economic recovery he engineered, the news media is finally beginning to notice that not everyone is benefiting from this supposed economic revitalization. Though it strained to express hope in the future, The New York Times was forced to concede in January that the middle class is shrinking at a terrifying rate. That report also noted that social welfare programs like Social Security and Medicare, “originally set up as safety nets to protect seniors from falling into poverty after retirement,” now serve as a backstop against absolute destitution for millions of Americans.
As Republican/conservative Charles Gasparino notes, Hillary’s greatest fear has to be the Obama economy:
Her big fear — according to the Wall Street Democrats I speak to — is being stuck with (and blamed for) her old boss’ economy.
That’s because the economy has never fully recovered from the financial collapse that President Obama faced when he took office. [snip]
Fact is, many analysts believe the economy is worse than the headline numbers, filtered through the Obamaites and their media lackeys, suggest. They point to other data that hint things could even get worse in the months ahead. [snip]
“The weaker-than-expected March jobs report finally gave way to other weak economic data points we’ve been getting,” said Joseph Fahmy, a managing director at Zor Capital.
Fahmy’s prediction: More grim data will soon appear and prompt the Federal Reserve to abandon its plan to raise interest rates in the spring or summer, lest the stock market wind up following the economy into the hole. [snip]
All told, the US economy under Obama has grown at an average seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.9 percent — the lowest in nearly 70 years. And it could get worse: The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta has cut its projected growth rate for the economy to nearly zero for the first quarter of 2015.
Sure, that is a Republican and no friend of Hillary. But there are others:
“Hillary Clinton’s challenge is going to be to come up with different plans,” Daley said after being prodded to respond to the economic failures of the Obama era. “She can’t run as the third term of Barack Obama economically.”
Anything can happen. That’s the hope of candidates. But America cannot afford another inexperienced man spinning false HOPE and cheap CHANGE.