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Marco in the Middle

Well, Sen. Marco Rubio today submitted himself to Fox News Channel’s Monkey in the Middle segment – officially called “Outnumbered” – where a dude is dropped in a sea of estrogen and tries to keep his thoughts straight while questioned by smart, attractive distaff Fox News anchors.

The show is supposed to feature clever and insightful takes on the news provoked by the sensation of being “outnumbered,” but as you can see in the clip below, Rubio wasn’t above launching into some of his standard campaign blather, as in, “I honestly believe the time has come for a new generation of leadership . . . ” and blah blah blah blah blah.

This line, of course, is meant for his fellow Floridian, the suddenly shrinking 800-pound GOP Primary gorilla Jeb Bush, and of course it will come in handy against Hillary Clinton should Rubio gain the nomination.

Why bash your elders, Marco? Such thinking would have excluded Ronald Reagan, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson from the presidency. Surely, having written the Declaration of Independence in 1776, it was time for a new generation of leadership in 1801 when Jefferson became president, wasn’t it?

If Rubio really is the intelligent, earnest fellow his promoters are touting, than he might want to lose some of the insincere claptrap.

One thing I noticed is that he looks a little diminutive, even among the ladies. At 5’10”, Rubio is short for a modern president.

I say it’s time for a president of stature who can help America stand tall!

And blah blah blah blah blah.

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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