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Marco Rubio: Dumb as a Post? Or Clever as a Fox?

Does the Florida senator know something the rest of us don't?

by
Rick Moran

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June 15, 2013 - 12:31 am
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Florida Senator Marco Rubio almost certainly didn’t bargain for the kind of abuse he’s been taking over his leading role in shepherding the Senate version of immigration reform to the floor. As a member of the infamous “Gang of Eight” lawmakers who hammered out a compromise version of reform, it is widely believed that Rubio adopted immigration reform because he has his eye on the 2016 general election, where his credentials as a Republican who could work with Democrats to pass a major piece of legislation would make him more attractive to independents and conservative Democrats.

But Rubio has badly miscalculated the depth of anger generated against him by opponents of immigration reform in the Republican Party. The hard right is eviscerating Rubio, and it’s hard to believe that the young senator didn’t see it coming. Either he believes he can win the Republican nomination without its most passionate, engaged supporters, or he didn’t think his leadership in crafting legislation that fundamentally alters the character of the United States (and guarantees the GOP minority status for decades) would be a fatal blow to his hopes.

Writing at  American Thinker, Selwyn Duke notes:

If Marco Rubio and his fellow travelers want to hasten the death of traditional America, they are dead to me. Let’s ensure that their political careers rest in peace long before the republic does

Similar expressions of disgust and outrage directed against Rubio are common on the right these days.

It would seem that the Florida senator may be one of the dumbest politicians around if he expected a different response. Or is he? Does Rubio know something the rest of us don’t?

At the kickoff of a three-day conference for social conservatives, Marco Rubio was clearly among friends.

Rubio, the Florida Republican who has taken a significant amount of heat from conservatives for his role in helping craft a comprehensive immigration reform package, emerged from a Faith and Freedom Coalition luncheon as the clear star of the show. Rubio was the final speaker at the lunch, following Sens. Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, and Mike Lee.

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The audience peppered his speech with shouts of “Amen!” and gave him a rousing standing ovation following his speech.

“He’s the best speaker,” said Joseph Byrd, a 19 year old from Augusta Georgia. “He’s very captivating.”

Could it be that Rubio is a lot smarter than it might appear? The Florida senator tapped into the Christian value of “compassion” during his speech when explaining his support for immigration reform, and it seemed to resonate with his audience of activists:

“At the essence of our immigration reform is compassion. Is the idea that not only do we believe that people of all walks of life can succeed if given the opportunity, we actually want that,” he said. “We want to be the place where they can succeed. Now clearly through an orderly process, through a legal process, but we believe these things. And we are motivated in that regard by our compassion.”

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I will only vote for an actual Tea Party candidate in 2016. I'll never vote Republican or Democrat again. None of them are to be trusted.
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“He’s the best speaker,” said Joseph Byrd, a 19 year old from Augusta Georgia. “He’s very captivating.”

Didn't we just elect for the second time a man to the office who fit this description, and who has proven to us time after time that 'words are just words'?

Moran suggest Rubio is a wily fox, when in fact he may be a Wile E. Coyote, trying desperately to gain a foothold before he falls off the cliff.
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Oh yes, just what we need, more compassion, more caring in the style of the Bush family. We care, we're compassionate, and we're going broke because of it.

The solution to addiction, and this immigration pandering is a form of addiction as it's being practiced by the established GOP is 'tough love'. Rather than feeding that addiction with bail outs, welfare, food stamps, higher taxes, and more debt, we need to adopt a 'work or starve' philosophy. The liberals are killing us with their false kindness that leads to enslavement, they'll try to destroy us, and if we succumb to the liberal assault all hope for this country will be lost for a very long time.

Instead we need to praise and reward hard work with lower taxes and less social meddling. You work, you keep what you earn. You don't work, you won't be welcome.

Just look at Detroit, California, Illinois, Chicago. You want to live like that? Under the thumb of some midget tyrant like Bloomberg, or the Chicago machine? If you do, go live there, because 'they care more than the GOP'.
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You've got the players wrong.

The social conservatives are up in arms about the immigration bill. The libertarians and the RINOs in Florida are colluding against the social conservatives and for amnesty.

AFP and Freedomworks are in bed with Jeb and that little jerk, Rubio. They're telling Tea Partiers to shut up and sit down.

Any use of evangelical props is just that. Rubio is a deceptive little weasel who never had a job he didn't get through political patronage. His loyalties are to the Hispanic lobby and crony capitalists playing faux libertarian to keep labor costs low.

And Al Cardenas, his patron, is presuring the beltway cons to accept Grover Norquist's vision of amnesty-Democrat rule. There are many foxes in our henhouses.

The fix is in. Before the election I heard NALEO race activists crowing over having Rubio and blanket amnesty in the bag, no matter who won. They're talking about having Florida, Georiga and Texas go blue.

This is the most important thing happening in America, and thanks to AFP and Freedomworks neutering Tea Parties ( or trying to), don't count on collective resistance from them.

And these tools on the Right are using accusations of racism against dissenters with the skill of Al Sharpton.

We're about to naturalize the equivalent of one fourth of the population of Mexico, or the entire population of Canada, and even most conservative writers are playing pattycakes.

This is an existentially transformative event. Now everybody go back to chattering about something else.
43 weeks ago
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In forty years illegal aliens(mexicans) will be in the majority. They will turn the USA into another mexico; bankrupt, corrupt and crimeridden. We should ship every single illegal alien into mexico and shoot them if they return to the USA. If we don't, your grandchildren will sit behind the yellow line, and beg, in spanish, for a chance to clean mexican toilets.
43 weeks ago
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I've had it with Marco Bush and Jeb Rubio. Paging Ted Cruz. Would Ted Cruz please report to the information desk?
43 weeks ago
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Rubio = Quisling
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It seems like Mr. Moran thinks if he keeps digging in the Rubio manure, he will eventually find a pony. He won't.

If not making border security is a deal breaker for Rubio, which he tells Spanish speaking viewers of Univision it is not, his vote doesn't reflect that commitment.

Rubio had a chance to put his vote where his mouth is with the Grassley Amendment #1195 that would have required the border to be secure, really secure, for six months prior to any provisional legality being handed out. Instead, Rubio, along with his fellow sellouts (McCain, Flake and Graham) voted with the Democrats to table that amendment. How is that supporting border security first and foremost? It's not.

My question for Rubio would be this: why is it the responsibility of the United States to make life good for those that broke our laws to get here? Why do we owe them anything because their countries are rat holes and don't care about them? And the biggest question I have for Rubio is this: why are you supporting a bill that harms the U.S. but benefits Mexico beyond Mexico's wildest dreams?
43 weeks ago
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He's dumb enough to think he's being clever. He won't get re-elected Senator from Florida if my compatriots vote like I'm going to vote.
43 weeks ago
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Rubios is not that smart. He is simply going where he thinks the votes are, just like all politicians.
43 weeks ago
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he is compromised. a fraud fake conservative. (lying scumbag comes to mind)
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I will continue to support Marco Rubio as a Senator from Florida as one vote among 100, but I don't trust him with the executive power to selectively enforce laws. There are several better potential Republican presidential candidates.

The fundamental problem with this immigration bill and the whole immigration mess is that Democrats and businessmen are colluding to bring in poor people from Latin America despite opposition from most Americans. Ordinary Americans who care about the future of this country could probably put together major reforms to legal immigration that would let in the more of the most skilled immigrants while greatly increasing interior enforcement. Vigorously enforce laws against hiring illegal aliens and fewer will bother to come and stay here. With billions of potential Americans on the planet, we're doing a piss poor job of picking who we want on our team. Legalizing millions who lie and cheat to cut in front of others is like spitting in the face of legal Americans.
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You're being naive, George. There is no intention to do any of the things you wish for here. It's hardball politics with electoral racial spoils as the prize for politicians while we foot the bill for 30 million poor and poorly educated illegals-turned-citizens.

You've already been spat on. Don't you get it?

Florida went dem in the last election because of 47,000 votes. Do you know how many democrats will be minted from illegals already here? Do you realize that this ends the republican party in Florida?

It's over. None of the sane things you recommend are even on the table.
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Doesn't there seem to be an awful lot of first generation Americans in government that seem to think that generational Americans should bend over backwards to cater to foreigners? I don't think assimilation is being fully understood by immigrants. They apparently aren't willing to accept that it takes two or three generations of one bloodline to fully assimilate into America. I would like to see legislation to protect we Americans from the onslaught of pseudo Americans in state and federal government jobs. Not only ford Rubio fall into a questionable column of representatives, so Robert Menendez, Holder and Obama. Do we all see commonalities amongst these men? I'm sure there are others out there as muslims seem to be getting in on the spin. Maybe we need to subdivide the nations so that special interest groups can live amongst each other so that they don't have to leave their homelands behind, so to speak. *wink*
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