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Monday, November 19, 2012

Marco Rubio emerges as early front-runner for '16

by Clifford F. Thies

While Democrats are busy convincing themselves being elected with 50.5 percent of the vote is a mandate, some people are already looking ahead to 2016 (and the mid-terms and other elections prior to then).

One such person is U.S. Senator Marco Rubio from Florida.

As the feature speaker at a birthday fundraiser for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, just eleven days after the election, he signaled his interest in the top spot when, word has it, he might have had the second spot this time out.

With his own personal Horatio Alger story, dynamic speaking ability, ethnic appeal, and coming from a must-win battleground state, he has the potential to be a great candidate.

And, did I mention his wife and their family?

Photo credit - India Times

19 comments:

Eric Dondero said...
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Chuck said...

I like Rubio, but I think he's wildly overrated. That's not a swipe at him, but the irrational zeal some people have for the guy seems rooted in some desire to make him into some sort of Republican Mexican. He ain't that.

Charlie said...

I like Rubio, but I think he's wildly overrated - Chuck

Overrated in ability and political clout, probably. But he's underrated as far as electability goes. He is EXACTLY what the Republican Party needs right now. In 2008 the left ran an empty suit they knew could win and waited until after the election to sort out the agenda. The GOP would be following the winning formula.

The Right Guy said...

They are looking for the great latino hope. Talk about identity politics. While some minorities will vote based on identity, what I think matters more to voters are ideas and delivering on them. The GOP has been lousy with that. I'd prefer someone that is ideologically sound, sticks to their guns, someone with integrity and conviction. I haven't seen that since Reagan.

Chuck said...

Offense is what the republican party needs. No one is saying that.

Mitt Romney ran on competence, but he didn't answer the lies of his opponents. When you don't attack the people telling lies about you, you leave passive observers with the impression there must be truth in their lies. The democrats are showing republicans how to win, but republicans are falling for this demographic bullshit.

When is the last time you heard a republican ask some leftist piece of shit what's wrong with being white? Never. There is naked bigotry afoot and republicans could capitalize on it, but they won't.

Attack the democrat party. They're the party of the Klan. They're the party of Jim Crow. They're the party of segregation. They're the party of Communism. They're the party of treason. They're the party of death.

Republicans will when when they begin to accurately describe their opponents. You can bet your ass I'll be doing my part.

The Right Guy said...

And it takes integrity, conviction and a pair of balls to do that. We haven't had a candidate like that in a while. It takes someone that takes a position that not everyone will like. I think it's a mistake to try to be everything to everyone. Reagan never apologized or denied his beliefs. The only person that I see like that has been so marginalized she couldn't get elected dog catcher.

Chuck said...

It can't be one guy. It has to be a party-wide attitude. Reince Priebus knows how to do this. He's awesome, but he's one guy. I'm not one of these echo chamber guys who bemoan the "establishment", but everyone in the republican party needs to adopt the public position that the democrat party is a gaggle of perverted shitbags. Not worthy adversaries. Not people with a different point of view. The fucking enemy. Not the other softball team. The spawn of Satan.

Wanna see the base turn out? Call democrat voters a bunch of fucking parasites. Do it every time you have a chance.

The Right Guy said...

And they don't do that either.

Eric Dondero said...

Guys, the Washington Times article on me is out. It's 5 pages long. It's excellent. The reporter was 100% accurate. Comments so far in WT comments section 90% supportive.

Chuck said...

No link?

Ran / SVP said...

Yup. Pretty fair.

One thing you ain't, Eric, is a wuss. Proud of that, I hope.

Cheers.

Ran / SVP said...

LINK

mitsukurina said...

"While Mr. Dondero’s manifesto itself sounds like talk-radio hyperbole — the election night equivalent of an angry, heartbroken 3 a.m. drunk dial, to be sheepishly shrugged off the next morning — he insists his boycott is both real and ongoing"

Ouch.

Chuck said...

Not even a flesh wound.

Eric Dondero said...

I didn't see anything wrong with that line. It's accurate. He then goes on to show how I'm totally committed to this.

jgeleff said...

Two things:

One, isn't it too early to start talking about 2016?
Two, GREAT ARTICLE from WT. Good for you, Eric. Your message is getting out. It's been a brilliant marketing plan.

Ran / SVP said...

Two things, Jerry:

One: It's not to early to discuss anything in the future. Buy a plot.

Two: Eric's post isn't an attention stunt nor a "marketing plan." It was an honest venting with no ulterior motive. Eric isn't a fraud like you, so don't "praise" him for being disingenuous.

For the record.

The Right Guy said...

But it ended up working out really well.

Eric Dondero said...

Thanks Jerr...