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Friday, October 21, 2016

You can understand why Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is bitter.

While Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) became Tea Party rock stars this year with high-profile but legislatively inconsequential filibusters, Rubio went from right-wing hero to RINO by risking his career to back a comprehensive immigration reform bill that actually passed the Senate.

Initially, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was supportive of “the Republican Savior” as he tried to accomplish the only policy recommendation Republicans gave themselves in their 2012 election “autopsy.” But the GOP base as represented by the Tea Partiers in the House refused to let Speaker John Boehner even consider letting the Senate bill come up for a vote.

As the far right organized against what they called his “shamnesty” bill, Rubio saw his dream of locking up the 2016 GOP nomination early suddenly replaced with billboards condemning the “Rubio-Obama immigration plan.”

To try to win back the base, Rubio joined with Cruz and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) in the failed plot to defund Obamacare. When that wasn’t enough, he actually turned against his own bill.

So you can imagine how steamed Senator Rubio was when he heard Paul Ryan being praised as a “dealmaker” for putting together a budget deal that basically re-enforces the status quo.

Well, you don’t have to imagine. Rubio almost immediately went on the attack against the proposed legislation after it was announced, saying not only was he against it, he was pretty sure it would be responsible for destroying the American Dream.

Ryan heard that criticism Thursday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and fired back with a deft response.

“Read the deal and get back to me,” he said. “People are going to do what they need to do. Look, in the minority you don’t have the burden of governing.”

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  • Lynda Groom

    When your core values change according to the direction of the wind it should come as no surprise that you’ve gone from hero to troll in record time.

  • dana becker

    He was always a troll.

    • rustacus21

      … ah yes & the real question is, is there anyone who’s really surprised?! As if it’s similarly shocking to realize tigers eat their own young? Same savage concepts at work here… Indeed…

  • Connie Carnahan

    In my opinion Senator Marco Rubio is the only “Shining Star” for the Republican Party. If Marco Rubio is not on the ticket for President of the United States in the next election the GOP will fail–again. Senator Rubio was vetted for the last election, but the GOP thought a very wealthy candidate could reach the people, as though we all must worship the rich. Romney was a “stone mistake.” He had no pizazz. Politics is a dirty business. The word around the Beltway is the GOP is not a force like it used to be. Marco Rubio is well educated in Foreign Affairs, and he is a proponent of “Small Business.” Obamacare is killing “small business.” Obama campaigned on helping the “middle class.” As of this moment the “middle class” is taking it in the rear end. Marco Rubio is “middle class” personified. I want to go back to the “Old America.” When the US was governed by our Constitution. When our Culture was respected. I think Senator Rubio could turn our Country around and make us great again.

    • Duckbudder

      “I want to go back to the “Old America.” ” Pre-1860 I’ll bet.

      “Obama campaigned on helping the “middle class.” And republicans have done anything it could to hinder President Obama. American people be damned.

    • jointerjohn

      You feel that the U.S. Constitution is no longer heeded? How so?

    • Independent1

      Connie, think real hard back to Teddy Roosevelt and identify for me, one thing aside from Eisenhower pushing for the interstate highway system because he thought it would be needed in case the U.S. was ever attacked by an army (he got that from when we took over Germany and he saw how well the autobahn worked for the Germans); just one thing ANY REPUBLICAN HAS DONE TO LEAD AMERICA ANYWHERE!!

      The only thing that Republicans are good at leading America into are recessions and debt!! Since Teddy Roosevelt, GOP presidents hands down are responsible for more than 3 times the number of recessions America has experienced (and that’s not even including the Big Depression the party created). And more than 90% of our current debt is the responsibility of 4 GOP presidents: Nixon, Reagan and the 2 Bushes. So let’s hear all this great stuff that a GOP president is going to do to lead America!!

      The GOP fought tooth and nail against Social Security and Medicare. Also against unions and pension plans for company workers. And even the drug benefit Bush pushed to add to Medicare wasn’t because he wanted to help the elderly, it was a drug benefit giveaway to Big Pharma – that’s why the GOP wouldn’t pass the legislation unless it included a provision that prevented the government from negotiating drug prices – to ensure Big Pharma could make maximum profits.

      If the GOP had had it’s way over the past 80 years, America would look like Somalia, with millions upon millions of homeless because there would be no social security, no one would have ever had a pension and the GOP even tried discouraging companies from setting up 401ks for their workers. And the longevity in America would probably be less than age 70 because only the rich would be able to afford healthcare – there would be no Medicare.
      And no president has done more damage to America than Ronald Reagan, the destroyer of the very fabric of America, its workforce. He destroyed that just as surely as if he’d dictated it when he summarily fired every Air Traffic Controller and set a terrible president for America’s corporations.

      So don’t try to give us any bull about any Republican leading America anywhere – except to the garbage heap!!!!!

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    So, the son of people who emigrated to the United States before anyone in Cuba ever heard of Fidel Castro (other than as a failed rookie player for the Washington Senators), who had to change his background story when people found out his parents didn’t come here after Fidel took over, and who still hasn’t accounted for the financial improprieties associated with his tenure as Treasurer of the Florida State Republican Party, isn’t the Republican hero anymore? Wow. Support one bill that Sarah Palin doesn’t approve of and you go from Hero to RINO. Glad I’m a Democrat!

  • Buford2k11

    This guy is not a Patriot…he has not wrapped himself in the Flag, and thumped the Book…these folks know a pretender when they see one…

  • charleo1

    “Trying to be a hero, winding up a zero Can scar a man forever, right down to your soul. Living on the spot light, can kill a man out right Cause everything that glitters is not gold.” *All The Gold in California.* Larry Gatlin. Marco should have known better, than to listen to old guard Republicans, like Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner,
    or RNC Chair Reince Priebus. What they told him is, they would back him up on immigration, is what they told him. They said, look you’re just the guy to lead the Party into the future. And by being Hispanic, and leading the way on immigration reform, you’ll become the hero that put the fastest growing demographic squarely
    in the Republican camp. They said, look here. There are 5000 Latinos turning 18 in this Country every week! And our research shows, show him Reince. The majority of them want immigration laws made more fair, and more streamlined, and we also discovered, majorities of mainstream Conservatives, and even those who consider themselves very Conservative, want an eventual path to citizenship. With tougher laws for those employers hiring immigrants without the necessary papers to be in the Country in the first place. Obama promised them he’d get something done for them, and he’s failed. You are the man! What he wound up being is so much cannon fodder in the battle now beginning to rage, for the soul of the GOP. What Rubio needs to do, is figure out if he actually believes in anything more than he believes in strategically conniving, his way into a secure political future. Because having a core set of beliefs, and being guided by them, has never been Rubio’s strong suit. And that accounted in no small part for his popularity in the T-Party.
    Who after all, also believe in nothing. Advocating nothing. Talking angrily, saying
    nothing. Campaigning on the message, if you like nothing going on in Washington,
    vote for the T-Party. Whatever it is, you, our fellow Americans are opposed to, we
    promise to stop it. Stop all of it, and stop it as soon as possible, if we have to tear
    the Federal Government down board, by board. Rubio’s political blunder from the
    perspective of the T-Party, is he committed the Cardinal sin, and stood up for

  • Defend The Constitution

    Since it is impossible to know which practices will be best suited for unpredictable future circumstances, we mainly depend upon the customs and traditions that have already been proven in the fires of history’s forge.

  • frelling_cute

    The word Slimy comes to mind while thinking about Rubio. His opinions change as much as his underwear.