Robert J. Elisberg

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Robert J. Elisberg

Robert J. Elisberg
Los Angeles, California,
December 31
Robert J. Elisberg has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post since 2006. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, and Los Angeles Magazine, and served on the editorial board for the Writers Guild of America. He has contributed political writing to the anthology, "Clued in on Politics," 3rd edition (CQ Press). Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University and received his MFA from UCLA, where he was twice awarded the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. Most recently, he wrote the comedy-adventure screenplay, “The Wild Roses,” for Callahan Filmworks, and had published his comic novella, "A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge."


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FEBRUARY 11, 2013 9:35AM

Marco Rubio's High Wire Act

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Last week, a friend wrote me with the "good news" that should make me "smile," that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) would be giving the Republican Party's response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address tomrrow.  It's a platform of high visibility, but risky results.  In recent years, would-be GOP presidential hopefuls Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) is still recovering from his disastrous attempt; former-Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) is out of politics, heading up Purdue University; and Paul Ryan is back in the House, and not the White House.

The thing is, unless Mr. Rubio screws up on the high wire and does an awful, embarrassing job (like Bobby Jindal, in particular, did), no, this doesn't make me smile.  I find him sort of a "dangerous" guy - a pandering, borderline demagogue with no experience and substance, who's done nothing in the Senate, and who is clearly a hugely growing star in the GOP and a leading candidate for their nomination, because he looks reasonable (despite my friend's contention about his ears -- he obsesses about ears, including the president's...) and as an Hispanic gives off the false-impression that, see, the Republican Party cares about Hispanics and all minorities.  Forget that whole "build a fence on the Mexican border, put up barriers to keep blacks from voting in long lines, and block the Dream Act" thing.  No, the GOP has a young, Hispanic as the Fresh Face of the Republican Party!   Except they don't, they have flim-flam.

And now there's Marco Rubio on the cover of Time magazine, with the blaring headline, "The Republican Savior."  And right below, it says, "How Marco Rubio became the new voice of the GOP."  Except...he's not.  Mr. Rubio is no more the "new voice" of the GOP than Michael Phelps is the new voice of Subway.  He's a front man, a surface spokesman, a shill to get you to buy the product.  And the product of the Republican Party is still the same.  If Marco Rubio wasn't a senator, just some guy on the street, far too many in the GOP wouldn't look at him as a savior, but rather someone who they hoped might prefer to "self-deport" himself back to Mexico with all his fellow illegals.  Never mind that he's not from Mexico, his family isn't from Mexico, and he's not illegal.  That's just nitpicking.  A rose by any other name.

The new voice, indeed.  Any day now, I expect to hear us being told that Marco Rubio is mainstream and part of the "kinder, gentler" GOP.  A compassionate conservative.  Marco Rubio is kinder, gentler, compassionate and mainstream the same way George Bush was, when Karl Rove was razzle-dazzling everyone from behind.

So, no, I'm not crazy about Marco Rubio on any platform - and this is a tall one.  High enough to raise his empty-shirt, disingenuous, radical far-right profile.  Unless, he screws up.  Which is possible, though he's a fairly capable speaker, especially small bites.  We'll find out.  Maybe this is a bigger bite than he can chew, and the camera will bore in on him and reveal how much nothingness is there, falling off the edge of the deeply conservative right.

I think that Marco Rubio is the GOP's savior to many in the Republican Party.  He just isn't their new voice.  Just the same, cold-hearted, mean-spirited, empty one, filling the echo chamber with his bunko act.


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Whhoooo...don't beat around the bush or anything!! Filled with gorgeous and deliciously articulated opinion. Hate that he's being dubbed the voice of the GOP, though. J
"borderline demagogue with no experience and substance, who's done nothing in the Senate, "

Except for the "borderline," I would have sworn you're talking about Obama.
Well, he did kinda screw up and embarrass himself. Petty thing, the water business, but it was the icing on a not-ready-for-prime-time performance.
> Except for the "borderline," I would have sworn you're talking about Obama.

Thank you for taking the time to write. And for your attempt at humor. Unfortunately, I fear you've been paying too much attention to far right media.

Here's a link to an article I wrote four years that explains actual specifics about Barack Obama's supposed "non-existent" legislative record before running for President --

To save you time, this is one sentence from it:

"Barack Obama has authored or co-sponsored 579 bills in Washington. And as a state senator, he sponsored 820 laws for Illinois.

"That's 1,399 bills in all. Not bad for someone who apparently had done zero -- okay, according to his opponents."

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