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FEBRUARY 12, 2013 1:04PM

Marco Rubio: Republican Savior?

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In today's style of bombastic magazine covers, "Time"  proclaimed Marco Rubio as "The Republican Savior."  The subhead reads "How Marco Rubio became the new voice of the GOP." 

As the 24/7 pundits babble in the background -- complete with a State of the Union speech countdown clock -- I wonder how a party that seems clueless to the real world can even find a "savior." How does a party switch from Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin's nineteenth century edicts on women and Mitt Romney's entitlement club to relevance in four months?

I might say, "Poor Rubio" with all the sarcasm and intonation of the late Ann Richards referring to Bush the Elder at the 1988 Democratic convention.  But, seriously, poor Rubio to have this curse as "savior" with a lower case "s."

Rubio, a member of the Roman Catholic faith,  tweeted February 7, "There is only one savior, and it is not me. #Jesus."

Here's a slice of what "Time" said about the Cuban-American, who is 41 and grew up in an immigrant neighborhood in Miami, one of four children born to Cuban-American immigrants.

"Now just two years after he arrived in Washington, the charismatic conservative often hailed as the Tea Party's answer to Barack Obama has emerged as the most influential voice in the national debate over immigration reform. He's also the key player in his party's efforts to make up to Hispanic voters after a disastrous 2012 campaign featuring Republican candidates who proposed electric fences and alligators along the southern border, as well as Mitt Romney's suggestion of 'self-deportation'." 

Seems everyone wants to weigh in on Rubio's future. Trolling the cloud this morning I found the following stories:

"Marco Rubio's TIME Magazine Cover Makes Him Public Enemy No. 1 for Republicans"

"Time Says Marco Rubio is the GOP  Savior; but is it so?" 

 "Time's Marco Rubio Profiler: Jesus was more of a bipartisan consensus builder" 

"Rubio on rise within Republican party on post-election vacuum" 

"Morning Joe" Joe Scarborough held the "Time" cover in his hands and suggested that Rubio might fall prey to the "Sports Illustrated jinx" (an urban legend that teams/players who appear on the SI cover will experience bad luck.)

But all eyes will be on Rubio tonight as he delivers the Republican response to the State of the Union, reportedly in Spanish and in English. One has to wonder if Bobby Jindal will be watching or will he be celebrating Mardi Gras in his home state of Louisiana?  Jindal is famous for his Republican response in 2009 when he opened with a strange, over-the-top uncomfortable demeanor and went downhill from there.

If it wasn't so damned serious and important, I would say it all makes for great television. But this isn't "Who shot JR?" this is the future of our country.

I used to be a Republican. I converted a long time ago; I deserted during the Reagan Revolution. When I saw the whites of their eyes (as the whites of their skin), I couldn't stay and be a part of the Moral Majority.

While in limbo, I volunteered at Hoosiers for John Anderson. By the time the 1984 election rolled around, I lived in a blue part of Florida and voted for Walter Mondale.

Yet, I've watched the Grand Old Party, the party of my grandparents, change and evolve even as I oppose most of what it represents.  

Until Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh figure this all out, I'm  not putting my money on Marco Rubio.  If he's the darling of the Tea Party, then why is the Tea Party having its own response after Rubio?  And why is the media legitimizing the Tea Party by offering television time for the third year in a row?  And when Michelle Bachmann watches the responses, will she look directly at the television?

Stay tuned.  As Bette Davis as Margo Channing said in "All About Eve,"  "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night."



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What's going to be interesting, especially following this exposure, is how much money he attracts from the GOP super pacs. This will signal his acceptance or rejection from the non-Latin (or shall I say non-Florida Cuban population.)

It has to be remembered how his people came to the US and who they were in Cuba--mostly the landowners and aristocracy. It's natural, more than any Spanish speaking immigrant population they would identity with the GOP, and see Democratics as the "lefties" who cost them their country.

If Obama recognizes Cuba, the equation could change, in addition to the assimilation and education of more of Cuban-Americans.
And why is the media legitimizing the Tea Party by offering television time for the third year in a row?

Apparently the media are of one mind with me on this:

Give 'em all the rope they want...and help 'em get the noose just right if they'll let ya.
This all just gets "curiouser and curiouser." Time Magazine might as well have put a bull's eye on Rubio's forehead. They (GOP) will eat him alive.

The dumbass was one of the 22 Republican MEN who voted against the Violence Against Women Act today.

I HOPE that is the kiss of death for him because he obviously doesn't give a rat's ass about 51% of his constituents.
Having lived through 25 years of Miami politics, I can say with a straight face (unless I'm reading Carl Hiaason who puts his own hysterical spin on it) nothing good ever came out of the Miami political scene.
The only "Republican Saviors" I've ever seen are Oxymorons.
the trouble with voting for a king is, he has to promise a lot. he has to promise things he can't do, promise things he doesn't want to do, and promise things he dare not do.

you wind up with a wizard of oz, just another disappointment to the people who voted for him, an endless 'toldyaso' for those that didn't.

obama didn't even close xray, and went on to expand the drone assassination program, presumably because he had to kill someone, or be 'weak,' and couldn't afford to send armies. you didn't get what you thought you voted for. you got more, much more, of the collateral muder he professed to find disturbing.

presidents don't really matter. there are large bureaucracies and larger industries that own congress and will run the nation regardless of who saves the gop, or even if it isn't saved.

the gop may just function as a scarecrow, to allow the dems to do what the plutocratic oligarchy is always going to do, while saving the nation from the greater evil. rubio can do that, anyone can do that.
I watched President Obama while I was brushing my teeth with a noisy electric toothbrush, which takes twenty minutes, because of my unfortunate periodontal condition. When he got to the gun control part of his speech, the repetition of "let them vote", I had to sit down and turn the Oral B off. So awesome. I fell asleep without listening to Mr. Rubio. No savior could possibly rebut that, and I had no interest in seeing him try.
Well said. I'm with greenheron. After Obama Rubio was just too nice.
Oh gosh. John Anderson??? What a memory you bring up.
This might be good tv: Mz Hillary Clinton vs. the tender boy Rubio with his jesus and his feeble charisma and his (look it up) family’s dabbling with the Mormon uh ‘faith’, and of course, June of 2012! Rubio was accused of spending $160,000 on a GOP party credit card for personal expenditures. Maybe travelling to shrines where they keep the bones of the martyrs, like mccarthy and bush one, and uh,herbert hoover?
I don't see where it is made clear why it is so important to make them vote. With the vast majority of Americans for gun control, including the banning of assault rifles entirely, and with a popular president who just won by a strong majority, the polls who vote against it are going to take a lot of flack, and provide their potential challengers with plenty of ammo.

A mere five per cent of the population is paranoid enough to want such weapons.

Hence: Take it to a vote.
Race is thicker than water or politics for that matter. It's the reason why Obama got and continues to get 90 percent support from the black community and race will be the reason Marco Rubio will dominate the next several election cycles eventually becomiong the POTUS.

It will be very pleasant and most humorous to watch the left twist, contort and hand wring while Rubio effortlessly piles up ethnic support simply by speaking fluent Spanish to the voting base that counts.

NAACP and others will watch in stupified horror complaining that the votes are low information votes based on bias....

They should know...they invented the process.

Martin Luther Who?

glubglub only sen cruz deserves worse

For a rising star, I find Rubio's trajectory just a bit shallow. And if his parents left Cuba to "Flee Castro" they must have had one heck of a lot of foresight, since they left 3 years before Castro gained power there.
Rubio is merely another pretty face being pimped to all get out as the Savior of the GOP by their propaganda organs. Remember all the gushy gooeyness given to Rick Perry or Herman Cain when they were the Great White Hope? Rubio, like the others will quickly fill the mantle of Great White Dope.