Sunday, January 31, 2016

Marco Rubio--Young Guy, Old Ideas

Substantively, Marco Rubio would not be the subject of a blog, except for one thing.  He could possibly win the Republican nomination, if not in 2016, possibly any time over the next 20 years!

And that would not be a good thing.

Also troubling is that "the Media," right left and center all tend to give him high marks in the many Republican debates.

This is mystifying.  Though, one is beginning to hear more and more his performances described as "canned" "rehearsed" and "scripted".

But that's not the worst of it.  He has run away from the issue most important to him, immigration reform, with a substantial element of amnesty for undocumented workers.  (Romney did the same thing with Romney-care, which greatly undermined his credibility).  When candidate who comes off so sanctimonious as does Rubio abandons his core issue, where does that leave him?

It gets worse for Rubio.  Of course the Base of the Republican party is greatly soothed by attacks on President Obama.  Rubio takes it to a new level as one of the most relentless Obama-bashers in the Republican field.

That's a disservice to his constituency.  With the possible exception of Chris Christie, he is the biggest offender on this point.

It gets still worse.  As the youngest candidate, one would think that he would take science into account in his assessment of issues.  Not Marco, he's one of the biggest climate deniers in the field.

And Cuba?  For him it's better to leave a 50-year old sanctions policy in place and not look to a new relationship with the home country of his parents.

I wish it didn't get even worse, but it does.  Social Security and Medicare, for Rubio, undermined the family relationship, that's all.

But then what would anyone expect from a hyper-ambitious whippersnapper bought and paid for by the Koch brothers?