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“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing”

CPAC speeches! These guys, at least, understand what’s wrong with America – namely, Big Government – and the corresponding importance of liberty and small government:

  • Rick Perry on why Red States do better than Blue States.
  • Ted Cruz (scroll down). “If you were to sit down and try to design an agenda to hammer the living daylights out of young people, you couldn’t do better than the Obama economic agenda.”
  • Marco Rubio. “They love to sell Big Government as a way to help those who are trying to make it. What they don’t tell you is that they actually hurt the people who are trying to make it.”
  • Rand Paul. “You may think I’m talking about electing Republicans. I’m not. I’m talking about electing lovers of liberty. It isn’t good enough to pick the lesser of two evils.” And it gets better from there.
  • Sarah Palin. “There’s no free ride. Someone always pays. And if you don’t know who that someone is, it’s probably you.” – And too many other zingers to count. I love this woman!

That’s all I could watch in one sitting, while fighting my cold. Here is the full playlist; if you have a favorite, call it out in the comments!

Thoughts on Rubio’s Rationale for pushing the Schumer Bill

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:09 pm - June 28, 2013.
Filed under: Marco Rubio,Random Thoughts

Should the Senate immigration bill (or something similar) pass the House and be signed into law by President Obama, Marco Rubio’s political career will likely end with the 2016 elections. Conservatives in the party will be upset and will likely put up a candidate to oppose him the 2016 GOP primary (for the charismatic incumbent’s U.S. Senate seat).

Should Congress fail to pass comprehensive immigration reform, by the time the 2016 elections roll around, most people will have forgotten the past few months of negotiations and debate (on this issue) and will remember Senator Rubio for his conservative record and his Reaganesque manner of speaking.

My sense (and this is just a sense) is that Rubio is banking on the House to hold the line and not pass an immigration bill as sweeping as that he championed in the Senate.  (Watch him in the coming weeks; if he puts pressure on the House to move, then it will show that there is little substance to this sense.)

He championed this issue not so much because he wanted to see the Schumer bill pass, but to break ranks, on a major issue, with the conservatives who have embraced him  He wanted to present an image of a politician willing to work in a bipartisan manner, one who does not march in lockstep with his party.

And the man whom the Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media recently (ridiculously) derided for drinking water has now earned respect in their circles.  Oh, they’ll pull out the knives again as soon as the Floridian points out flaws in Obamcare or challegnes the administration on its foreign policy (or lack thereof).

But, for now these purveyors of public opinion see him as a principled reformer willing to buck his party.

And Marco, bear in mind, what happened to the media’s favorite Republican when he secured his party’s presidential nomination back in 2008. (more…)

Betting on Illegal Immigration

President Obama was in Las Vegas yesterday, pitching his plan for “comprehensive immigration reform” and claiming credit for Monday’s “bipartisan” proposals on that matter.  Although it cost a fortune for him to make what is essentially a campaign stop in Nevada just to make a speech that he could have made in Washington, the implications of the speech having been given in Las Vegas, a city best known for gambling, were not lost on me.

The more I think about it, the whole idea of “comprehensive immigration reform” as a way of addressing the problem of illegal immigration is really the consequence of a number of bets made by members of both political parties and by the illegal immigrants themselves.

Here’s a summary of a few of them, along with a quick assessment of some of the odds involved in each.

Obama is betting that he can snooker enough Republicans into going along with what is essentially a ploy to secure a large voting bloc for the Democrats, a bloc that will partake of many government services and will continue to vote for the expansion of government power.  He is betting that with enough illegal immigrants rewarded with legal status and placed on a path to citizenship, he will be able to turn “swing states” such as Nevada and Florida into reliable states for Democrats and that he may even be able to chip away at Republican margins in strongholds such as Arizona and Texas.   And if he gets everything he’s asking for (and the way the current reports sound, he just might), his odds of achieving all of those things seem pretty good, indeed.

He is also betting, though, that if he doesn’t get everything he wants, or even if he gets some of it, he and the Democrats will have another issue with which to bludgeon the Republicans.  The odds of this happening are excellent.  Any Republican attempts to oppose his proposals will be branded as racist and xenophobic, and Democrats and their allies in the media will be able to attack Republicans over this issue for years and years to come.  In fact, I’d say that the president has already won this side of the issue, just by getting a few Republican lawmakers to come to any sort of “bi-partisan” agreement concerning immigration reform.

Then there are those Republican lawmakers who were part of this agreement.  Their motives are mixed, but at least a few of them are betting that if the “bi-partisan” proposal passes both houses of Congress and illegal immigrants are granted some form of amnesty and some are put on a path to citizenship, then suddenly, out of the blue, a large block of these new voters will start voting Republican for reasons that no logical or well-informed person could rationally believe.  Furthermore, some of them appear to believe that if Republicans compromise with Obama and enact “bi-partisan immigration reform,” then suddenly the Democrats and the media will stop saying so many bad things about Republicans.

Do I even need to explain why both of these are bad bets and why any Republican who goes along with any “bi-partisan” “comprehensive immigration” proposal endorsed by Obama is going to regret it down the line?

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Finally, there are the illegal immigrants themselves.

A few years back, I rented a film called The Visitor on DVD. The film is intended to be a parable about illegal immigration. A college professor from Connecticut goes to his apartment in New York to find an illegal immigrant couple squatting there without his knowledge. At first he asks them to leave, but then when he realizes they have nowhere to go, he invites them to stay.

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After Ames….Now What?!?

I’m headed to Boston for work this morning, and good fortune has given me a few extra minutes before boarding my flight. So you lucky people get the benefit of my random post-Ames GOP nomination thoughts.

First, I’m not surprised that T-Paw dropped out. He was boring and completely boorish in his very personal attacks on Michele Bachmann during last week’s FOX News debate. Second, I am NOT a Bachmann supporter, but I’m pretty pissed off about how she is being treated by the press — liberal and conservative alike. Yes, Byron York — I’m lookin’ at you.

With regard to Bachmann, I see a major flame-out coming for her campaign. That’s all I’ll say about that…

I’m still a Herman Cain fan, I’ve given his campaign some of my hard-earned money, but I just don’t see him catching on as I hoped by now. I hope I’m wrong and he turns it on soon.

I’m told I should be flocking now behind Rick Perry. Sorry, I don’t see “it” yet. Someone please educate me.

In a week from today, I’ll be a South Carolina voter. So hopefully I’ll get a firsthand chance to meet my potential future President. I’m still holding out hope that Marco Rubio & Paul Ryan hear the desperate call of their fellow Americans to defeat Barack Milhous Obama.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Warming up to Keynote the 2012 RNC Convention

Via the Corner.

Where’s the president’s plan (to solve debt crisis)?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:18 pm - July 18, 2011.
Filed under: Bush-hatred,Democratic demagoguery,Marco Rubio

As Democrats continue to demagogue the debt ceiling debate, we need to do things to see exactly where the president’s party is coming from.

First, we should bear in mind that when Congress considered the debt ceiling in 2006 with a Mr. George W. Bush was in the White House, not one single Senate Democrat (yes, you read that right), not one single Senate Democrat voted to raise the debt limit.  Guess having the federal government default is just jim-dandy (and also possibly peachy-keen) when a Republican is in the White House.

Oh, and, a Mr. B.H. Obama was then a member of the Senate’s Democratic caucus.

The second thing we need do is to ask a simple question. And for this question (via Gateway Pundit), I turn to the junior Senator from the Sunshine State, a Mr. M. Rubio:

OK, so where’s the plan? Where’s the president’s plan? I’ve never seen a piece of paper with the president’s name on it that’s his plan to solve this crisis. I’ve seen press conferences. I’ve seen lectures that he’s given to the Congress. I’ve seen these press avails where the camera comes in and takes a bunch of pictures. I haven’t seen a plan. Where is the president’s plan?“

Oh, and remember that 36-hour deadline the president was giving House Republicans to come up with a plan, a deadline which they wisely did not meet? Why did the president not come up with his own plan in that timeframe?

He was asking Republicans to do something that he himself refused to do. Guess that’s what you call leading from behind?

Unpopular Democratic Leader Lectures Popular Florida Republican on how to do a better job for the people he represents

Can you imagine the reaction if a Republican leader said a Latino Democrat shouldn’t forget who he is, lecturing him that “he has to understand who he is and who he represents” and then expressing the hope that he’ll “do a better job than he has been.”  Well, here we’ve got the Senate Democratic leader, a man who just won reelection not with an uplifting message , but instead by trashing his opponent, lecturing Marco Rubio, a man who won election with a much more upbeat appeal, on how to do his job:

Meanwhile Marco Rubio enjoys stellar ratings among, as Harry Reid might put it, the people he represents:

Marco Rubio is the more popular of Florida’s two Senators less than three months into his first term in office. Senator Rubio’s job approval rating stands at 61%, with only 30% of likely voters giving him a negative review. Just 48% of Democrats said they disapproved of the Republican Senator Rubio, while 83% of Republicans graded Rubio favorably.

At the same time, 25% of the American people have a favorable rating of Reid, with more than twice that number, 51%, having an unfavorable view.  That is, more Americans have an unfavorable view of Harry Reid than Florida Democrats disapprove of Marco Rubio.

Rush: ‘I Wish Rubio Would Run For Prez’

That makes two of us….

From HotAir.com:

Rush Limbaugh offered that off-hand endorsement of Marco Rubio after Florida’s newest Senator announced that he would oppose any more short-term spending bills in Congress.

Meanwhile, Rubio has a few other ideas as well, notably to cut off the EPA’s efforts to expand its regulatory reach. His office announced earlier today that Rubio would attach an amendment to “every major bill” in the Senate to cut off funding for EPA enforcement of “job-destroying numeric nutrients regulations,” as well as rescind authority for spending of any unused stimulus funding.

One could argue that Rubio is too “inexperienced” to be a serious Presidential contender.  Well, I don’t recall the current Oval Office occupant sticking in any job longer than two years.  Rubio has him up on that by a mile.  And, Rubio was the Speaker of the House in the Florida Legislature.  Those two facts are just off the top of my head.

I’ve been wondering when Rubio would begin to flex his leadership muscles in the Senate.  Mark this week as the beginning of the rise of Marco Rubio.

[RELATEDHouse Budget Chmn. Paul Ryan explains how America is screwed by our debt problem.]

-Bruce (GayPatriot) 

Giving Thanks from Palin & Rubio

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:44 am - November 25, 2010.
Filed under: Marco Rubio,Sarah Palin,Thanksgiving

Via National Review:

SARAH PALIN
I am giving thanks for so much this Thanksgiving. I’m grateful that we enjoy the “blessings of liberty” secured by our Constitution. I’m grateful for the protection of America’s finest, our men and women in uniform — many of whom will spend Thanksgiving far from their loved ones so that we might celebrate with our families in peace and security.

I’m grateful that America’s children can look forward to a hopeful future because their mothers and fathers will make the sacrifices generations of American parents have made to safeguard freedom and opportunity.

I’m grateful that our land is rich in resources — all that we need to sustain ourselves and secure our prosperity.

I’m grateful that all Americans have the equal opportunity to earn, contribute, create, produce, perform, and succeed by our own merits and through the application of a sincere work ethic. I’m grateful for the ingenuity, innovation, and optimism that still animate the American spirit.

Most of all, I’m grateful that the steadying hand of Providence that guided the Pilgrims to Plymouth Rock continues to guide us toward a better future.

Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and Republican vice-presidential nominee, is author of the new book, America by Heart.

MARCO RUBIO
Every Thanksgiving, Americans give thanks to God for all the blessings we have. And there are no people in the world who should be more grateful than the American people.

What we’ve had for over 200 years is unparalleled in human history — a free and prosperous society where generation after generation has been able to leave the next better off.

We’re thankful for the blessings of our country, and we’re also cognizant of the responsibilities that come with those blessings. On this Thanksgiving holiday, let’s take a moment to remember how special a country we share, how exceptional it is in human history, and how important it is that we secure its blessings for the next generation of Americans.

My wife Jeanette and I are also thankful for the friendship and support we’ve been blessed with. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to travel throughout Florida for the better part of the past two years, meeting many extraordinary people and hearing many inspirational stories about the talent, drive, and hard work that make our state and country special.

From my family to yours, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

Marco Rubio is a U.S. senatorelect from Florida.

Two great Americans celebrating the great American holiday.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Sen-Elect Rubio Gets It: Elections Gave GOP a 2nd Chance

Thanks to Jim Hoft for reminding us that “Senator-Elect Marco Rubio [R-Fla] delivered this week’s GOP Weekly Address.”  That fine and fetching Floridian reminded us of the greatness of America and the tasks ahead of the GOP:

This election the American people said enough is enough. That message was loud and clear. We Republicans would be mistaken if we misread these results as simply an embrace of the Republican party. This Election is a second chance. A second chance for Republicans to be what we said we were going to be.

America is the single greatest nation on earth, a place without equal in the history of all mankind. A place built on free enterprise, where the employee can become the employer. Where small businesses are started every day in a spare bedroom and where someone like me, the son of a bartender and a maid, can become a United States Senator.

I know about the unique exceptionalism of our country. Not because I read about it in a book, I’ve seen it through my own eyes. You see, I was raised in a community of exiles, by people who lost their country, people who once had dreams like we do today, but had to come to a foreign shore to find them.

Emphasis added.  Jim emphasized different things than I did.  There is so much in this short address to enjoy and appreciate — and consider.  It is indeed a second chance fro the GOP to stand true to the principles of Ronald Reagan — and 1994.

Republicans can’t just pay lip service to the ideas of small government and individual liberty; they have to act on them.  Do hope Republicans take heed to what this fine — and fetching —  Floridian is saying:

If Marco Rubio is not the GOP Vice Presidential nominee in ’12 . . .

. . . he will deliver the keynote address at the GOP’s 2012 convention which will, after all, be held in the state he will soon represent in the United States Senate.

(Just a prediction.)

A Theory on the Florida Senate Race

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:47 pm - September 14, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Marco Rubio

Charlie Crist’s gambit is not paying off.

The latest FoxNews poll shows Republican Marco Rubio opening up a “16-point lead over” the outgoing Florida governor.  Democrat Kendrick Meek trails Crist by a much smaller margin, only 6 points.

This continues a pattern begun in August, with Rubio surging, Crist tumbling and Meek languishing:


Via Pollster.

Last month, the Washington Examiner’s John McCormack charted Crist’s “Crist’s most plausible path to victory“:

The weekend before the the November 2 election, Crist is trailing Rubio by single digits, while Meek is trailing by double digits–say it’s Rubio 39 percent, Crist 34 percent, and Meek 25 percent. At that point, some Meek supporters logically start moving to Crist as the only one who can beat Rubio…

With Crist now trailing by double digits, that path seems less plausible.  Let me offer an alternative.  With some signs Florida Democrats are coming home to Meek, that Democrat should increase his share of the vote as Crist fades.  Crist, seeing his fortunes diminish, could (perhaps with a wink and a nod from national Democrats) drop out at the last minute and endorse Meek, hoping to secure a cabinet (or ambassadorial) appointment from the president.

Still, that may not be enough to propel Meek to victory as the former Republican’s name would still be on the ballot.

If Crist continues his current trajectory, this race will no longer be a contest between Rubio and Crist, but between Rubio and Meek.  And that does give the Democrats a slim chance of flipping the seat, but with a real Democrat and not an opportunistic ex-Republican.

In uncontested race, Marco Rubio wins more votes than both Democratic candidates combined

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:46 pm - August 24, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Marco Rubio

. . . and those Democrats had a fiercely contested primary, with one man dumping millions in the race while his opponent earned the endorsement of the incumbent Democratic President and a campaign visit from the immediate past Democratic president.

With 1,053,447 votes against two nuisance candidates, Marco Rubio bested the combined vote total of Kendrick Meek (513,648) and Jeff Greene (280,326) or 793,974. And even if we add in the Democratic nuisance candidates for a total of 897,015 and exclude the Republican, Rubio still wins.

In a two-candidate race, Rubio wins with 54%.

(H/t for the idea:  Jim Geraghty.)

Charlie Crist could not be reached for comment, but we could expect him to take the 192,539 votes won by the Republican nuisance candidate and how many of defeated Democrat Jeff Greene?

Political Self-Interest Made Charlie Do It

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:36 am - April 30, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Marco Rubio

I don’t much care for opportunists.  When New York Mayor MIchael Bloomberg left the GOP and became an independent, I wrote:

Except for the people who are deliberately mean and hateful, seeking to harm others — and those who are inconsiderate, indifferent to the feelings of others, I find opportunists to be the most irritating sort of human being. They don’t seem to believe in anything but their own advancement.

With his announcement yesterday, Florida Governor Charlie Crist showed himself to be just an individual, putting himself above all else.  His erstwhile rival for the GOP nomination (and current rival for the U.S. Senate) Marco Rubio nailed it when he told ABC’s Terry Moran that the switch

. . . has nothing to do with ideas or principles or ideology; it’s about, quite frankly, political convenience. It’s about someone who wants to continue his career in politics and doesn’t believe he can do that this year within the Republican Party.

Former Florida Jeb Bush agrees, “This decision is not about policy or principles.  It is about what he believes is in his political self-interest.


And I don’t think his opportunism is going to pay off.  With video clips showing the Governor saying he has no intention of leaving the GOP, declaring  to support his then-party’s nominee, he’s going to be hard pressed to justify his move as a matter of principle.  Republican policy has shifted significantly in the past three weeks.

If anyone’s changed, it’s Charlie, suddenly vetoing bills he once supported, calling a political system “broken” that once nurtured him.  (According to Daniel Foster that was “the one billionth time an American political candidate has used that particular phrase to justify the pursuit of a personal ambition.“) (more…)

Ol’ Opportunistic Charlie

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:14 pm - April 29, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Marco Rubio

“Nobody,” Jim Geraghty writes in this morning’s Jolt, “switches parties when they’re a winner.”

The outgoing Florida governor’s decision to bolt the GOP, as Nick put it yesterday, has everything to do with ambition and little to do with the best interests of the Sunshine State.  Oh, well, except in the mind of Charlie Crist who somehow believes that he and he alone has the capacity to represent Florida in the United States Senate.

The one-time Republican has already, tin cup in hand, reached out for support the one of the most partisan members of this Administration. Rahm Emanuel didn’t pick up.

Expect him to lose the endorsements of prominent Republicans who have previously backed him.  Expect previously fence-sitting Republicans in the state, like the popular former Governor (and future presidential contender?) Jeb Bush to come out for Marcio Rubio.  Crist’s fundraising was already slowing down.  It may well start drying up.  And some Republicans who supported the candidate when he was making a bid for the GOP nomination will be asking for their money back.

It didn’t have to come to this; Jim Geraghty looks at all the mistakes this once-popular politician made in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

With most Florida Republicans likely to rally around Rubio, it’s hard to see where Crist will draw his support. To be sure, he may still have a reservoir of good will among certain Sunshine State voters.  But, will they stay with him if Marco  Rubio surges in the general election matchups as he has in the Republican primary?   Charlie’s only real path to victory is to push the Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek out of the race — or somehow make him irrelevant and pick up the slack among center-left voters.

A year ago, Charlie Crist was in many ways the future of the GOP, a handsome man with a winning smile and a knack for getting things done, elected on the Republican ticket in a swing state in a Democratic year.  Unless he manages to eke out a victory this fall (a possibility, to be sure, but one I wouldn’t bet on), a year hence, he’ll be little more than a footnote in Florida history, a one-term governor with little prospect for higher office or national prominence.

UPDATE:  Peter Wehner doesn’t mince words when commenting on Crist’s decision:

People like Charlie Crist, consumed by personal ambition and devoid of scruples about breaking their word, make the public cynical about politics. Crist will, I suspect, pay a high price for what he has done, since his motivations are so transparent and unprincipled.

Rudy To Endorse Rubio
(OR: Paybacks Are A Bitch, Charlie)

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 8:08 pm - April 2, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Marco Rubio

Yeeehaw.