Lagniappe for All!

cartoon marco rubio vp gopThere was something for every one in the State of the Union Speech tonight.  Even the Republicans clapped and stood up for the idea of comprehensive immigration reform. But, what about raising the minimum wage or climate change or universal preschool?  Will they go for that?

We’ll find out shortly when Rubio and Paul rebut SOTU. It’s a Republican Grudge Match!!!

Republicans will offer not one, but two responses to the president’s speech. The first will come from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who will aim to offer an alternative vision to Obama’s agenda. The second will come from tea party-favorite Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who will offer an alternative to the alternative. Confused? Welcome to the GOP.

Rubio, of course, is on the unofficial short list of presidential candidates for 2016. (Time magazine last week dubbed him the savior of his party.) The affable 41-year-old will represent what is presumably the mainstream wing of the fragmented GOP, which, as no shortage of pundits have pointed out, is suffering from a serious public-relations crisis. Rubio — young, charismatic, well-spoken — will aim to change America’s perception of the party on Tuesday evening, taking advantage of his time on the national stage. He will respond to the president’s stance on jobs, the federal debt, immigration and gun control, and his overall demeanor will depend largely on the type of ammunition given to him by Obama himself.

Obama Care!!  Climate Change!! Gun Control OH MY!!!!!!

“Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy. The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs. And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security. So Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.”


31 Comments on “Lagniappe for All!”

  1. RalphB says:

    The “After the SOTU” at your earlier link is pretty darn good. Policy people answering questions.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Mario Rubio sounds like a high school kid.

  3. RalphB says:

    Did everyone forget Rubio is a crook. In the summer of 2012, it was conventional wisdom inside the Beltway that Mitt Romney would not select Marco Rubio as his running mate for the simple reason that Marco Rubio is a crook. To be less concise:

    Rubio charged more than $100,000 to state GOP credit cards, had racked up nearly $1 million in personal debt, and nearly had his home foreclosed on. No doubt that Rubio has plenty of assets (young, Latino, from Florida). But he also carries a lot of risk for the usually risk-averse Romney.

    • dakinikat says:

      Steve Benen ‏@stevebenen

      If this dimwitted rehash of Romney’s stump speech is intended to promote the party’s “savior,” GOP is in deep trouble #rubio

      • RalphB says:

        Josh Barro: This Is the Republican Party’s Savior?

        Time magazine says Senator Marco Rubio is going to save the Republican Party. It’s wrong.

        The response Rubio gave to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech offered little that was new or interesting. It consisted mostly of lines that could have come from any Republican politician, at any time in the last four years.

    • bostonboomer says:

      That’s right. I did forget that.

  4. Fannie says:

    WTF…………sounds like Rubio has been in a coma for the last 12 months………………oh yeah, let’s segerate special needs children………………
    RRRR………………..means ReRun Repblicans Runnings for President, last year……………..

  5. Fannie says:

    What………….he’s still living in the poor middle class neighborhood, but he has managed to pay off more $100,000 in student loans………………up your nose.

  6. Fannie says:

    Rubio Re Run of Republicans Running for President 2012……………………..

  7. bostonboomer says:

    TBogg ‏@tbogg
    Rubio’s speech would have been better if he had brought out his zany red-headed wife Lucy.

  8. Fannie says:

    There’s Paul Ryan telling us what THEY want…………….HEY Dude, you lost, you ain’t getting nothing.

  9. dakinikat says:

    For those of you that missed that incredible moment of zen or RUBIO gulping water while looking like a deer caught in the headlights.

    rubio sucks it in

  10. bostonboomer says:

    Is anyone watching Rand Paul’s response? MSNBC isn’t covering it….

  11. Fannie says:

    Robert Gibbs…………….same thing I said, Rubio ReRun of Republicans running during the campaign speeches…………come together…

    Ralph… you’re funny

  12. RalphB says:

  13. RalphB says:

    Rubio Water Bottle twitter feed

  14. RalphB says:

    I saw Julian Castro on MSNBC and he makes Rubio look like a real hack.

  15. RalphB says:

    Why can’t we have a better news media? Dorner not found yet.

    Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Tuesday night that reports a body was found in the burned-down cabin near Big Bear, Calif., were false.

    “No body has been identified and no body has been located,” Smith said during a news conference, providing updates on the stand-off with a man suspected of being fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

    Smith said the cabin was too hot for investigators to even enter it yet. Multiple news outlets had reported that a body had been recovered in the cabin.