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Friday, September 30, 2016

The GOP is launching its secret weapon.

The one with an ethnic persona and an assumed comfort level with a coveted demographic, along with boyish good looks and tea party credentials for added charm.

Good luck, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. You will need it.

Talk is turning to November, to Mitt Romney’s future. It’s the math, the math.

Sorry, Newt and Rick, but he’s the nominee. And already the talk is turning to who will be his copilot. Those conversations always include Marco Rubio as a possibility, although Rubio himself is quick to demur to any such suggestion.

In nearly the same breath that Rubio endorsed Romney for the nomination, the Cuban-American senator confirmed that he is drafting a GOP-friendly version of the long exiled DREAM Act.

Ay, caramba! Who do you think Republicans are trying to court with that maneuver?

The 21 million Latinos eligible to vote?

DREAM stands for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The federal DREAM Act has had several iterations over the years, and there have been state bills as well. The main objective has been to allow immigrant children, most of whom have grown up in the United States believing themselves to be American, the opportunity to go to college or enter the military as a means to legal status.

No word yet on exactly what Rubio’s version would propose. He has discussed a version of the DREAM Act that would allow legalization, but not a path to citizenship.

That’s a recipe for permanent limbo for these immigrant kids. And it’s not likely to fly with Democrats. According to The Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke to Hispanic business leaders recently, warning them not to be fooled by shallow outreach efforts by Republicans, specifically mentioning the possibility of a weakened DREAM Act.

“While you’re here in town, don’t take the bait that will be given to you by my Republican friends,” Reid reportedly said.

Used to be, back before the GOP threw common sense to the wind and adopted a harsh view on anything tinged by immigration, many Republicans backed the DREAM Act. They realized that these children didn’t uproot themselves from native lands and enter the U.S. without legal paperwork. Their parents made those choices. Why punish the children when they are eager to be college-educated, tax-paying additions to the U.S. economy?

That’s no longer a rhetorical question. The answer is: because the tea party says you should.

So Rubio, in his first task to prove what he can do for the GOP, is going to set this ship upright? Good luck, senator. You will need it.

  • js121

    Rubio is just another mouthpiece for the Oligarchist movement.

  • ObozoMustGo

    DISTRACTIONS —– DISTRACTIONS —– DISTRACTIONS

    Did Obozo call you and all the radical leftist nutjobs in the press asking to step up your hyperbole and fear attacks on conservatives becuase he took a public shellacking on the issues last week? All of this is designed as a fog to distract people from Obozo’s failed record. Here’s just a few to ponder:

    1) Had complete control of the government for 2 year. NO BUDGET PASSED WITH COMPLETE CONTROL, just continuing resolutions to jack up spending to way over TRILLION dollar deficits.
    2) His only crowning achievement in his first 2 years was Obozocare, which was bitterly opposed by at least 60% of Americans. AND STILL IS, YOU DOPES!!!
    3) A RECORD DEFEAT of his ideas in the 2010 mid-terms.
    4) Gasoline prices are more than DOUBLE since the day he took office, yet he denies the Keystone Pipeline that would increase supply. He has denied or delayed permits allowing offshore and onshore drilling that would increase supply. KNOW THIS —> YOU IDIOTS ON THE LEFT THAT THINK INCREASING SUPPLY WOULD DO NOTHING TO GAS PRICES BECAUSE WE ARE IN A GLOBAL MARKET ARE EATING YOUR OWN VOMIT ON THAT RATIONALE. WITNESS…. A GALLON OF GAS IN SUADI ARABIA IS $0.91 PER GALLON.
    5) Unemployment would NOT go above 8% if they passed his money laundering… errr… Stimulus Package… Sure, sure… How’s that worked out? In truth, America has lost a net 6 MILLION JOBS under this loser-in-chief’s management. They keep lowering unemployment because they are making the denominator of the equation smaller. Dont believe me, look it up. Real unemployment is around 12 %- 15% if you look at the U6 number. BLS has the info.
    6) Obozo comes into office $9T in debt. 3 years later, $16T in debt
    7) Promises to close Gitmo…. instead, he spends $750K on a soccer field for terrorists.
    8) Real inflation rates are close to 8% or higher. Who measures inflation without food and fuel??????? Obozo does!
    9) SOLYNDRA!!!!!!!! need I say more?
    10) Fast and Furious!!!!! If this was a Republican Admin, all of you nutjobs that write on this web site would be going justifiably ballistic!! It would be the lead story on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSLSD, CNN, etc. etc.

    I’ll continue to refocus the discussion on what is important and not these foolish smokescreens the left throws up to obfuscate Obozo’s true failure as a socialist in the White House.

    Have a nice day!

    • merl1

      idiot

      • ObozoMustGo

        I agree merl1… Barack Hussein Obozo IS an idiot. You’ve hit the mark with your wonderful insight! Keep up the good work. Now get back to your bong!

        • You wouldn’t know an actual leftist if you found one in your shorts.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Renfield.. you are very clever……………….. for a 10 year old!

    • Joe Conason

      I love the Saudi gas price reference. Having been to that part of the world, I can assure this moron that prices of all goods and commodities — not just fuel — are strictly controlled by the Saudi government. So yes, if the US government produced our oil and gas and sold it at an internally controlled price, we could pay 91 cents a gallon too…

      • ObozoMustGo

        Joe, glad to see that you read comments and participate. Thank you.

        For you to suggest that the price of gasoline in Saudi Arabia is 91 cents and has NOTHING to do with supply and demand is patently foolish and false, regardless of the ownership. Of course it does. The country is awash in oil.

        By the way… you want to talk about “moron”? Have you actually read your own blogs?

        Have a nice day!

  • From my experience Latinos as a group are not the most sophisticated people and don’t pay close attention to the real meaning behind what politicians say. Thus Rubio will likely benefit just from his name alone as far as this group is concerned. Witness the disproportionate number of Latinos who became victims of the mortgage game and have lost their homes thru foreclosure. They simply trusted what they were told without bothering to do the research which would have warned them of impending danger. Certainly others fell into the same trap but Latinos were confused in substantial numbers. Latinos pay attention to their common every day problems but don’t see the larger picture generally. As such it won’t be surprising to see many Latinos voting republican again this year in complete and utter ignorance of what’s in their own, and this nation’s, best interest.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Brian Holland…. you are a racist bigot! Talk about judging people negatively based upon their race???? sheeesh… you leftist nutjobs see everything through the prism of race, dont you? disgusting!!

      Have a nice day!

  • howa4x

    Rubio will not be the VP. He is too conservative and Romney needs to shore up the center not the right wing who will vote for him anyway. Rubio with his Tea party creedentials will not make a dent with women and the younger voters who favor gay marriage and access to contraceptives. If Rubio is named it will work against efforts to woo these groups and counter anything mr flip/flop says because of his voting record. Besides Latinos don’t trust the Republicans anyway

  • Rubio’s family were immigrants, not exiles. They came here as did many others hoping to make a new life for themselves. They arrived while Batista was still in charge, before the Castro Brothers were sent by the CIA to destabalize the government to force them to seek more aid from us.

  • Caryn Bellavia

    We need to update our citizen laws aligning it with our other industrialized brothers and sisters. Citizenship should be applied for and granted our refused based on clear set of objective rules, not where you happen to be born. We should not chase “illegal immigrants” down like criminals, but on the other hand there should be no public funds spent on non-citizens.

    What would this look like? Someone comes to this country for a better life- fine. Get a job and apply for citizenship. But in the mean time you will need to fully support yourself and your family. This is closer to the American dream that our forefather invisioned and what our own ancestors had to do to establish themselves in this country.

  • rustacus21

    B/c so many Americans are ‘ignorant’ of how the politics of race & culture are ‘played’ on/thru the American public, it’s perfectly ‘normal’ (if such an oxymoron is applicable here!) for some Americans to completely dismiss this exploration in the functioning capacity of racism. The absolute bottom line is – any person of color (no matter the ‘hue’s’ & ‘tint’s’) supporting any ‘thing’ Conservative, is automatically in the ‘tool’ category. Similarly, as was the case in the murder of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman assumed he was doing a noble public service, irregardless the fact he was engaged in clear-cut profiling. The divisions injected w/in cultures is now so wide-spread, it’s hard to sort out the ‘noble’ & ‘virtuous’ (Robert Menendez-Sen/CO; Lucille Roybal-Allard-Cong/CA; Loretta Sanchez-Cong/CA; Charles Gonzalez-Cong/TX) from the unaware & self-serving (Rubio; William Flores-Cong/TX; Raúl Labrador-Cong/Idaho), as politics is now a division between those who support the concerns & initiatives beneficial to ALL the nations citizens (Liberal/Progressive) & support of only rich elites & corporate interests (Conservatives). The records all speak for themselves, but the obligations which dictate to the representative, now revolving exclusively around $$$, makes voters interests’ ‘expendable’ (Conservative) or create a greater determination to submit to the people will (Liberal/Progressives), irregardless the $$$ involved. W/out a doubt, there’s nothing ‘heroic’ about exploiting a relatively unsophisticated voter base, w/rosey promises & unrealistic guarantees, that the candidate both knows & doesn’t care if untrue & inevitably will reneg on at the earliest convenience! Talking points & prevarications (or simply put – bold face LIES) about how we went from absolute prosperity, full employment & peace (1993-2001) & utter ruin & devastation (2001-2009) is something Conservatives will have to live down, but that, as the ‘thebozo’ itemized, is the mania of Conservatives in fully avoiding talk of 2001-2009 & putting the blame on the ‘victim’ – a successful tactic of the most vile criminal minds. The flirtations w/Rubio will continue, but Romney’s bi-lingual skills make Rubio expendable as well, once he’s outlived his usefulness. Window dress-prop is the best he can hope for…

  • tutidiez1

    I live in Miami and the People from this Community don’t have any idea who really is Marco Rubio specially the Cubans, they believe that he is going to be their Savior from Castro and their food stamps are going to be double as well as their wellfare check, all we hear in the Spanish News Channels is how wonderfull he will be if he ever becomes President, poor people they don’t know how wrong they are about the true Marco Rubio, who is probably one of the most Radicals Tea Party believers, one thing is what he says here in Miami and another is what he says in English when he is in Washington, he is all about getting rid of all the Social benefits including Social Security, but when he is ask here he respods “I wouldn’t touch Social Security no matter how bad thing are, remember my parents suppor themselves from Social Security, how can anyone ever said that I would even think of touching Social Security, that is completely a lie”, but I have heard Marco Rubio said that the Social Security is the main Cause of the economic embezzlement, Even I do agree that Miami is the capital of the Medicare and Social Services Fraud that should be firmly controlled.