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Marco Rubio’s Sugar Daddy

The New York Times this weekend did a piece on Sen. Marco Rubio’s father-son, benefactor-beneciary relationship with a billionaire auto dealer named Norman Braman. I thought you might want to have a look.

From the piece:

As Mr. Rubio has ascended in the ranks of Republican politics, Mr. Braman has emerged as a remarkable and unique patron. He has bankrolled Mr. Rubio’s campaigns. He has financed Mr. Rubio’s legislative agenda. And, at the same time, he has subsidized Mr. Rubio’s personal finances, as the rising politician and his wife grappled with heavy debt and big swings in their income.

Now, with Mr. Rubio vaulting ahead of much of the Republican presidential field, Mr. Braman is poised to play an even larger part and become Mr. Rubio’s single biggest campaign donor, with an expected outlay of approximately $10 million for the senator’s pursuit of the White House.

A detailed review of their relationship shows that Mr. Braman, 82, has left few corners of Mr. Rubio’s world untouched. He hired Mr. Rubio, then a Senate candidate, as a lawyer; employed his wife to advise the Braman family’s philanthropic foundation; helped cover the cost of Mr. Rubio’s salary as an instructor at a Miami college; and gave Mr. Rubio access to his private plane.

The money has flowed both ways. Mr. Rubio has steered taxpayer funds to Mr. Braman’s favored causes, successfully pushing for an $80 million state grant to finance a genomics center at a private university and securing $5 million for cancer research at a Miami institute for which Mr. Braman is a major donor.

Even in an era dominated by super-wealthy donors, Mr. Braman stands out, given how integral he has been not only to Mr. Rubio’s political aspirations but also to his personal finances.

In an interview, Mr. Rubio described Mr. Braman as a father figure who had given him advice on everything from what books to read to how to manage a staff. After Mr. Rubio’s father died in 2010, Mr. Braman called every other day to check in.

Pressed on his financial ties to Mr. Braman, Mr. Rubio said in an interview that he saw no ethical issue. “What is the conflict?” he asked. “I don’t ever recall Norman Braman ever asking for anything for himself.”

Not sure what to make of this. Not sure I like it. What do you think?

Rubio Tries to Regain His Conservative Creds

Here he is saying he won’t vote for a continuing resolution to fund the government unless the measure also defunds Obamacare.

Whatever. He sounds kind of pissy rather than forceful. Since his role in the immigration debate, his star has fallen so far with conservatives that it will take a lot more than this to revive it. In a recent White House Dossier poll of it readers on their 2016 presidential preferences, Rubio received the support of a stunning 3 percent.

Republicans Dismiss Obama Immigration Plan

Republicans are immediately panning a proposal being drafted by the White House that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain legal status within eight years.

The proposal was described in a article by USA Today, which obtained a copy of the emerging plan from an administration official.

According to USA Today:

People would need to pass a criminal background check, submit biometric information and pay fees to qualify for the new visa. If approved, they would be allowed to legally reside in the U.S. for four years, work and leave the country for short periods of time. After the four years, they could then reapply for an extension.

The immigrants could then apply for legal permanent residence, commonly known as a green card, within eight years if they learn English and “the history and government of the United States” and pay back taxes. That would then clear the path for them to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) described the plan as “Dead on Arrival” in the Senate

It fails to follow through on previously broken promises to secure our borders, creates a special pathway that puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally, and does nothing to address guest workers or future flow, which serious immigration experts agree is critical to preventing future influxes of illegal immigrants.

Rubio criticized the White House for preparing its bill without input from Congress.

Sen Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the bill was so bad it was now clear the White House doesn’t really want to obtain immigration reform and hopes instead to use the issue to clobber Republicans.

Yes, Rubio Blew It

Sen. Marco Rubio hit a home run Tuesday night, but let’s face it, he fell on his face rounding the bases.

It’s been strange to me to hear the indignation in some quarters that the press is covering an obvious and glaring gaffe. Some of the same people who are uncontrollably amused by every bumbling error Joe Biden makes think somehow the MSM is responsible for Rubio’s dessicated tongue.

In case you just got back from a trip to the mountains, this is what we’re talking about:

What’s wrong with Republicans, can’t they stage manage anything anymore? Does it really take a genius to put a glass of water within reach of someone making a 15 minute speech?

Rubio’s water damage is not, as some maintain, a trivial distraction. If Ronald Reagan’s avuncular reassurance and perfect delivery was part of what made him great, then what was this?

Rubio seemed a little stiff, was plucking oddly at his face, and had this pleading, defensive quality that made me think he was going to break out in tears at any moment and wail, Republicans are not bad people, don’t you see? Were he more in command, Rubio would have at least excused himself to take a sip, not look like the artful dodger reaching over to steal an apple from the fruitstand.

Rubio blew it, turning just the type of explanation of conservative values the GOP has been longing for into a national punchline.

Because, what a speech it was. Unlike Mitt Romney, who was forever attempting to surgically attach principles onto his rhetoric to try to prove he was a severe conservative, Rubio delivered the type of remarks that can only come from the heart of someone who truly believes in the values of Goldwater and Reagan.

A couple of notable excerpts:

This opportunity – to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life – it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington.  It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. And when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs . . .

The truth is every problem can’t be solved by government. Many are caused by the moral breakdown in our society. And the answers to those challenges lie primarily in our families and our faiths, not our politicians . . .

More government isn’t going to help you get ahead.  It’s going to hold you back.

More government isn’t going to create more opportunities.  It’s going to limit them.

And more government isn’t going to inspire new ideas, new businesses and new private sector jobs.  It’s going to create uncertainty . . .

Our strength has never come from the White House or the Capitol.  It’s always come from our people. A people united by the American idea that, if you have a dream and you are willing to work hard, nothing should be impossible.

And finally, someone has the guts to buck the conventional wisdom and say this:

This idea – that our problems were caused by a government that was too small – it’s just not true. In fact, a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies.

This is a Reaganesque text. It can only come from a person who understands and believes conservative thought, and who, we know, can communicate effectively when he’s not having an off night.

The excuses I’ve heard from Rubio make things worse. “It’d been a long day at work, we’d already done an 18-minute recording in Spanish,” he said.

Well, this was a critical moment for him, and for conservatives. Why didn’t he spend the day at the pool relaxing up with a frozen daiquiri? And why was he giving the speech in Spanish? This isn’t a bilingual country.

Marco Rubio is a talented and thoughtful politician, and he’ll come back from this. But he screwed up a great opportunity.

There will, however, be others.

Obama Preempts Rubio SOTU Response

President Obama Tuesday night butted in to Marco Rubio’s Republican response to his State of the Union address, staging a conference call with supporters just as Rubio was making his remarks.

The call, organized for Obama’s millions-strong populist group Organizing for Action, was scheduled to begin right after Obama finished his address, which is when Rubio’s response began. The call kept untold numbers of Obama supporters from tuning in to the opposition.

OFA members – who formerly comprised the grassroots arm of the Obama 2012 campaign – were summoned to the call by emails from the group’s leadership. The email list is said to include more than 20 million people.

This is part of the text from one of the emails, this one sent by OFA Executive Director Jon Carson:

This Tuesday, after the President finishes delivering the State of the Union from the Capitol, he’d like to jump on the phone for a special online call with the folks building this organization.

You’re going to want to be a part of this. The call will start at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time — sign up here.

On the call, the President will talk about his plan for moving this country forward — and how you can help put his words into action.

While the opposition response does not hold quite the same status as the State of the Union itself, preempting it with a presidential event can be viewed as a classless and petty impingement on one of the year’s most important moments of civic discourse.

In this case, not only did Obama’s call draw people away from a chance to hear the Republican point of view, it helped reduce the audience for Rubio, who is viewed as one of the leading contenders to recapture the White House for Republicans.

H/T to Boker Tov, Boulder!

Marco Rubio All Set to Pander to Latinos

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will deliver the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

That’s fine.

He’ll deliver it in both English and Spanish.

That’s not fine.

Para Español, oprima numero dos!

Despite the prevalence of such options when you call your cable company or your bank, THIS IS NOT A BILINGUAL COUNTRY.

RubioIf Rubio and Republicans think are going to win Hispanic votes by sucking up with a little Spanish, they’re deluding themselves.

People, particularly people from cultures like those of Latin America, where machismo is serious business, are smart enough to know when they are being pandered to. And pandering, they know, is condescension.

Even worse, accommodating a failure to learn English by speaking to Latino immigrants in their native language is a setback for Latinos. Because to succeed in this nation, they need to learn English.

I’m actually impressed that Obama never tries to offer up some mangled Spanish just to be pleasing. Unlike George W. Bush, who routinely blurted out his lousy rendition of the language. Not that his English was much better.

This is not – however many Latinos arrive here – a country with a Latin culture. This is not – however many Indians arrive here – a country with a Hindu culture.

This is a nation built on Western European, largely Christian values – I’m Jewish, but I know the phrase Judeo-Christian values is largely a concoction created just to be nice. Uniquely, our nation is also infused and strengthened by values and ideas brought here by other cultures, including those of Latin America.

But this is not Latin America. This is America, and that’s why America is light years ahead of Latin America, which is comprised of countries in various states of systemic failure.

To succeed here, Latin Americans must adopt the values of their adopted nation. And nothing is more of a cornerstone of a culture, nothing a better portal to its ways, than the language.

Mr. Rubio can be an inspiration to Hispanics just by being Mr. Rubio, a son of Cuban immigrants who speaks the English language beautifully and who has achieved sublime success in his family’s new land.

He should bring conservative values to Hispanics by stating them firmly and with his typical eloquence.

And in English, por favor.

Of Course Romney is Right About “Gifts”

I checked this morning to see what planet I’m on.

I looked outside, poked around a bit. It seemed enough like planet earth.

SO IF I’M ON PLANET EARTH WHY IS IT THAT I AM APPARENTLY SHARING A PLANET WITH REPUBLICAN LEADERS WHO ARE CLEARLY ON MARS???

Mars

Martian ingrates is what they are. All of them: Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie – Big Mr. Truth Teller – and the rest of the lot who have criticized Gov. Mitt Romney for telling his donors that Obama gave politically beneficial “gifts” to various constituencies.

Because only on Mars is what Romney said untrue. Instead of governing, Obama in fact spent the last year parceling out nicely wrapped little gifts to various constituencies.

This is the same lot of Republicans who, had Romney won, would have been basking in his glow and obsequiously pawing at him for a favorable glance – not to mention, when they eventually run for president, his endorsement.

Romney deserves better than to have his political corpse stuffed in the trunk of a Buick and dumped in a New Jersey landfill by his own former group of henchmen.

“I don’t think we advance this discussion or debate by insulting folks,” said Jindal.

So it’s an insult to say people vote their interests? Please, Bobby, spare me your outrage.

Location of Bobby Jindal found on Mars

Let’s be clear, these Republicans are posturing, trying to use Romney’s statement to begin photoshopping a new Republican Party that includes people of all backgrounds – and genders. That’s a good idea, but they don’t need to kick Romney or pretend what’s true is false to do it.

And they are hoping to dissociate themselves from a loser.

I disagreed with him at times and questioned his strategy, but Romney is an honorable man who, in addition to the personal ambition every politician harbors, ran for president because he is genuinely concerned with the future of the country.

The only thing I might quibble with is Romney’s assertion that the bestowal of gifts is why Obama won. He of course already had these groups in his pocket. The gifts surely increased his share of their votes, but whether it made the difference in the election we can never really know.

But it might have.

Here are some of the gifts Obama came bearing in 2012:

A gift to gays: Obama’s position on same-sex marriage finally, in an election year, finished “evolving” to the point where he could accept it. Apparently the timing of Obama’s conversations with God on this issue couldn’t have worked out better.

A gift to Hispanics: In a probable violation of the Constitution, Obama stopped enforcing the law of the land, decreeing he would no longer deport illegal immigrants under 30 who came to the United States as children. In doing so, he basically implemented a portion of the Dream Act – creating by fiat legislation Congress refused to pass.

A gift to young voters: Obama bashed Congress into keeping student loan rates at 3.4 percent.

A gift to women: He resisted all efforts to change the Obamacare mandate that the ladies get free contraception.

And yes, Obamacare and its guarantee of health insurance is a gift to minority voters, whose incomes lag those of whites. Obama certainly believes Obamacare is the right thing to do, but he knows the political benefit as well, and to deny Romney’s contention that Obamacare helped the president with African Americans and Hispanics – as it does with other groups, like young voters who get to hang out on their parents’ health plans – is to deny reality.

The Obama people are having a good laugh over all this. They know what they did. They know Romney’s right. And they know, believe me they know, cynicism when they see it.

Christie, Rubio Given Prime Roles at Convention

Two of the Republicans’ hottest stars, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, will get prime slots at the Republican convention, with Christie giving the keynote address and Rubio offering a speech introducing Mitt Romney, according to reports. Both were supposedly considered by Romney to be his vice presidential running mate. The… Continue Reading

White House Never Discussed Immigration Plan with Rubio

In a further sign of the political motives behind the announcement, the White House Thursday acknowledged that it had not discussed President Obama’s controversial new immigration initiative with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), even though Rubio was crafting and seeking bipartisan support for a similar measure. Speaking at a Washington breakfast meeting with reporters, Rubio said… Continue Reading

Portman, Pawlenty May Top Romney VP List

UPDATE: Romney says Rubio is being fully vetted. Then again, they may not. I wouldn’t believe everything you’re reading about this now. Who at this point in 2008 was talking about Sarah Palin? But this is the gist of a Washington Post article following up on news broken by ABC that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),… Continue Reading

Romney May Not be Considering Rubio

UPDATE: Romney says Rubio is being fully vetted. Jonathan Karl of ABC News is reporting that “Republican sources” are telling him that Mitt Romney is not even vetting Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), revealing that Rubio has not been asked to provide background information or told to complete financial disclosure forms. If this is true, then Rubio… Continue Reading

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Marco Rubio’s Sugar Daddy

The New York Times this weekend did a piece on Sen. Marco Rubio’s father-son, benefactor-beneciary relationship with a billionaire auto dealer named Norman Braman. I thought you might want to have a look.

From the piece:

As Mr. Rubio has ascended in the ranks of Republican politics, Mr. Braman has emerged as a remarkable and unique patron. He has bankrolled Mr. Rubio’s campaigns. He has financed Mr. Rubio’s legislative agenda. And, at the same time, he has subsidized Mr. Rubio’s personal finances, as the rising politician and his wife grappled with heavy debt and big swings in their income.

Now, with Mr. Rubio vaulting ahead of much of the Republican presidential field, Mr. Braman is poised to play an even larger part and become Mr. Rubio’s single biggest campaign donor, with an expected outlay of approximately $10 million for the senator’s pursuit of the White House.

A detailed review of their relationship shows that Mr. Braman, 82, has left few corners of Mr. Rubio’s world untouched. He hired Mr. Rubio, then a Senate candidate, as a lawyer; employed his wife to advise the Braman family’s philanthropic foundation; helped cover the cost of Mr. Rubio’s salary as an instructor at a Miami college; and gave Mr. Rubio access to his private plane.

The money has flowed both ways. Mr. Rubio has steered taxpayer funds to Mr. Braman’s favored causes, successfully pushing for an $80 million state grant to finance a genomics center at a private university and securing $5 million for cancer research at a Miami institute for which Mr. Braman is a major donor.

Even in an era dominated by super-wealthy donors, Mr. Braman stands out, given how integral he has been not only to Mr. Rubio’s political aspirations but also to his personal finances.

In an interview, Mr. Rubio described Mr. Braman as a father figure who had given him advice on everything from what books to read to how to manage a staff. After Mr. Rubio’s father died in 2010, Mr. Braman called every other day to check in.

Pressed on his financial ties to Mr. Braman, Mr. Rubio said in an interview that he saw no ethical issue. “What is the conflict?” he asked. “I don’t ever recall Norman Braman ever asking for anything for himself.”

Not sure what to make of this. Not sure I like it. What do you think?

Rubio Tries to Regain His Conservative Creds

Here he is saying he won’t vote for a continuing resolution to fund the government unless the measure also defunds Obamacare.

Whatever. He sounds kind of pissy rather than forceful. Since his role in the immigration debate, his star has fallen so far with conservatives that it will take a lot more than this to revive it. In a recent White House Dossier poll of it readers on their 2016 presidential preferences, Rubio received the support of a stunning 3 percent.

Republicans Dismiss Obama Immigration Plan

Republicans are immediately panning a proposal being drafted by the White House that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain legal status within eight years.

The proposal was described in a article by USA Today, which obtained a copy of the emerging plan from an administration official.

According to USA Today:

People would need to pass a criminal background check, submit biometric information and pay fees to qualify for the new visa. If approved, they would be allowed to legally reside in the U.S. for four years, work and leave the country for short periods of time. After the four years, they could then reapply for an extension.

The immigrants could then apply for legal permanent residence, commonly known as a green card, within eight years if they learn English and “the history and government of the United States” and pay back taxes. That would then clear the path for them to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) described the plan as “Dead on Arrival” in the Senate

It fails to follow through on previously broken promises to secure our borders, creates a special pathway that puts those who broke our immigration laws at an advantage over those who chose to do things the right way and come here legally, and does nothing to address guest workers or future flow, which serious immigration experts agree is critical to preventing future influxes of illegal immigrants.

Rubio criticized the White House for preparing its bill without input from Congress.

Sen Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the bill was so bad it was now clear the White House doesn’t really want to obtain immigration reform and hopes instead to use the issue to clobber Republicans.

Yes, Rubio Blew It

Sen. Marco Rubio hit a home run Tuesday night, but let’s face it, he fell on his face rounding the bases.

It’s been strange to me to hear the indignation in some quarters that the press is covering an obvious and glaring gaffe. Some of the same people who are uncontrollably amused by every bumbling error Joe Biden makes think somehow the MSM is responsible for Rubio’s dessicated tongue.

In case you just got back from a trip to the mountains, this is what we’re talking about:

What’s wrong with Republicans, can’t they stage manage anything anymore? Does it really take a genius to put a glass of water within reach of someone making a 15 minute speech?

Rubio’s water damage is not, as some maintain, a trivial distraction. If Ronald Reagan’s avuncular reassurance and perfect delivery was part of what made him great, then what was this?

Rubio seemed a little stiff, was plucking oddly at his face, and had this pleading, defensive quality that made me think he was going to break out in tears at any moment and wail, Republicans are not bad people, don’t you see? Were he more in command, Rubio would have at least excused himself to take a sip, not look like the artful dodger reaching over to steal an apple from the fruitstand.

Rubio blew it, turning just the type of explanation of conservative values the GOP has been longing for into a national punchline.

Because, what a speech it was. Unlike Mitt Romney, who was forever attempting to surgically attach principles onto his rhetoric to try to prove he was a severe conservative, Rubio delivered the type of remarks that can only come from the heart of someone who truly believes in the values of Goldwater and Reagan.

A couple of notable excerpts:

This opportunity – to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life – it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington.  It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. And when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs . . .

The truth is every problem can’t be solved by government. Many are caused by the moral breakdown in our society. And the answers to those challenges lie primarily in our families and our faiths, not our politicians . . .

More government isn’t going to help you get ahead.  It’s going to hold you back.

More government isn’t going to create more opportunities.  It’s going to limit them.

And more government isn’t going to inspire new ideas, new businesses and new private sector jobs.  It’s going to create uncertainty . . .

Our strength has never come from the White House or the Capitol.  It’s always come from our people. A people united by the American idea that, if you have a dream and you are willing to work hard, nothing should be impossible.

And finally, someone has the guts to buck the conventional wisdom and say this:

This idea – that our problems were caused by a government that was too small – it’s just not true. In fact, a major cause of our recent downturn was a housing crisis created by reckless government policies.

This is a Reaganesque text. It can only come from a person who understands and believes conservative thought, and who, we know, can communicate effectively when he’s not having an off night.

The excuses I’ve heard from Rubio make things worse. “It’d been a long day at work, we’d already done an 18-minute recording in Spanish,” he said.

Well, this was a critical moment for him, and for conservatives. Why didn’t he spend the day at the pool relaxing up with a frozen daiquiri? And why was he giving the speech in Spanish? This isn’t a bilingual country.

Marco Rubio is a talented and thoughtful politician, and he’ll come back from this. But he screwed up a great opportunity.

There will, however, be others.

Obama Preempts Rubio SOTU Response

President Obama Tuesday night butted in to Marco Rubio’s Republican response to his State of the Union address, staging a conference call with supporters just as Rubio was making his remarks.

The call, organized for Obama’s millions-strong populist group Organizing for Action, was scheduled to begin right after Obama finished his address, which is when Rubio’s response began. The call kept untold numbers of Obama supporters from tuning in to the opposition.

OFA members – who formerly comprised the grassroots arm of the Obama 2012 campaign – were summoned to the call by emails from the group’s leadership. The email list is said to include more than 20 million people.

This is part of the text from one of the emails, this one sent by OFA Executive Director Jon Carson:

This Tuesday, after the President finishes delivering the State of the Union from the Capitol, he’d like to jump on the phone for a special online call with the folks building this organization.

You’re going to want to be a part of this. The call will start at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time — sign up here.

On the call, the President will talk about his plan for moving this country forward — and how you can help put his words into action.

While the opposition response does not hold quite the same status as the State of the Union itself, preempting it with a presidential event can be viewed as a classless and petty impingement on one of the year’s most important moments of civic discourse.

In this case, not only did Obama’s call draw people away from a chance to hear the Republican point of view, it helped reduce the audience for Rubio, who is viewed as one of the leading contenders to recapture the White House for Republicans.

H/T to Boker Tov, Boulder!

Marco Rubio All Set to Pander to Latinos

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will deliver the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech.

That’s fine.

He’ll deliver it in both English and Spanish.

That’s not fine.

Para Español, oprima numero dos!

Despite the prevalence of such options when you call your cable company or your bank, THIS IS NOT A BILINGUAL COUNTRY.

RubioIf Rubio and Republicans think are going to win Hispanic votes by sucking up with a little Spanish, they’re deluding themselves.

People, particularly people from cultures like those of Latin America, where machismo is serious business, are smart enough to know when they are being pandered to. And pandering, they know, is condescension.

Even worse, accommodating a failure to learn English by speaking to Latino immigrants in their native language is a setback for Latinos. Because to succeed in this nation, they need to learn English.

I’m actually impressed that Obama never tries to offer up some mangled Spanish just to be pleasing. Unlike George W. Bush, who routinely blurted out his lousy rendition of the language. Not that his English was much better.

This is not – however many Latinos arrive here – a country with a Latin culture. This is not – however many Indians arrive here – a country with a Hindu culture.

This is a nation built on Western European, largely Christian values – I’m Jewish, but I know the phrase Judeo-Christian values is largely a concoction created just to be nice. Uniquely, our nation is also infused and strengthened by values and ideas brought here by other cultures, including those of Latin America.

But this is not Latin America. This is America, and that’s why America is light years ahead of Latin America, which is comprised of countries in various states of systemic failure.

To succeed here, Latin Americans must adopt the values of their adopted nation. And nothing is more of a cornerstone of a culture, nothing a better portal to its ways, than the language.

Mr. Rubio can be an inspiration to Hispanics just by being Mr. Rubio, a son of Cuban immigrants who speaks the English language beautifully and who has achieved sublime success in his family’s new land.

He should bring conservative values to Hispanics by stating them firmly and with his typical eloquence.

And in English, por favor.

Of Course Romney is Right About “Gifts”

I checked this morning to see what planet I’m on.

I looked outside, poked around a bit. It seemed enough like planet earth.

SO IF I’M ON PLANET EARTH WHY IS IT THAT I AM APPARENTLY SHARING A PLANET WITH REPUBLICAN LEADERS WHO ARE CLEARLY ON MARS???

Mars

Martian ingrates is what they are. All of them: Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie – Big Mr. Truth Teller – and the rest of the lot who have criticized Gov. Mitt Romney for telling his donors that Obama gave politically beneficial “gifts” to various constituencies.

Because only on Mars is what Romney said untrue. Instead of governing, Obama in fact spent the last year parceling out nicely wrapped little gifts to various constituencies.

This is the same lot of Republicans who, had Romney won, would have been basking in his glow and obsequiously pawing at him for a favorable glance – not to mention, when they eventually run for president, his endorsement.

Romney deserves better than to have his political corpse stuffed in the trunk of a Buick and dumped in a New Jersey landfill by his own former group of henchmen.

“I don’t think we advance this discussion or debate by insulting folks,” said Jindal.

So it’s an insult to say people vote their interests? Please, Bobby, spare me your outrage.

Location of Bobby Jindal found on Mars

Let’s be clear, these Republicans are posturing, trying to use Romney’s statement to begin photoshopping a new Republican Party that includes people of all backgrounds – and genders. That’s a good idea, but they don’t need to kick Romney or pretend what’s true is false to do it.

And they are hoping to dissociate themselves from a loser.

I disagreed with him at times and questioned his strategy, but Romney is an honorable man who, in addition to the personal ambition every politician harbors, ran for president because he is genuinely concerned with the future of the country.

The only thing I might quibble with is Romney’s assertion that the bestowal of gifts is why Obama won. He of course already had these groups in his pocket. The gifts surely increased his share of their votes, but whether it made the difference in the election we can never really know.

But it might have.

Here are some of the gifts Obama came bearing in 2012:

A gift to gays: Obama’s position on same-sex marriage finally, in an election year, finished “evolving” to the point where he could accept it. Apparently the timing of Obama’s conversations with God on this issue couldn’t have worked out better.

A gift to Hispanics: In a probable violation of the Constitution, Obama stopped enforcing the law of the land, decreeing he would no longer deport illegal immigrants under 30 who came to the United States as children. In doing so, he basically implemented a portion of the Dream Act – creating by fiat legislation Congress refused to pass.

A gift to young voters: Obama bashed Congress into keeping student loan rates at 3.4 percent.

A gift to women: He resisted all efforts to change the Obamacare mandate that the ladies get free contraception.

And yes, Obamacare and its guarantee of health insurance is a gift to minority voters, whose incomes lag those of whites. Obama certainly believes Obamacare is the right thing to do, but he knows the political benefit as well, and to deny Romney’s contention that Obamacare helped the president with African Americans and Hispanics – as it does with other groups, like young voters who get to hang out on their parents’ health plans – is to deny reality.

The Obama people are having a good laugh over all this. They know what they did. They know Romney’s right. And they know, believe me they know, cynicism when they see it.

Christie, Rubio Given Prime Roles at Convention

Two of the Republicans’ hottest stars, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, will get prime slots at the Republican convention, with Christie giving the keynote address and Rubio offering a speech introducing Mitt Romney, according to reports. Both were supposedly considered by Romney to be his vice presidential running mate. The… Continue Reading

White House Never Discussed Immigration Plan with Rubio

In a further sign of the political motives behind the announcement, the White House Thursday acknowledged that it had not discussed President Obama’s controversial new immigration initiative with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), even though Rubio was crafting and seeking bipartisan support for a similar measure. Speaking at a Washington breakfast meeting with reporters, Rubio said… Continue Reading

Portman, Pawlenty May Top Romney VP List

UPDATE: Romney says Rubio is being fully vetted. Then again, they may not. I wouldn’t believe everything you’re reading about this now. Who at this point in 2008 was talking about Sarah Palin? But this is the gist of a Washington Post article following up on news broken by ABC that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),… Continue Reading

Romney May Not be Considering Rubio

UPDATE: Romney says Rubio is being fully vetted. Jonathan Karl of ABC News is reporting that “Republican sources” are telling him that Mitt Romney is not even vetting Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), revealing that Rubio has not been asked to provide background information or told to complete financial disclosure forms. If this is true, then Rubio… Continue Reading