I’m Not Surprised

Jennifer Rubin loved Marco’s SOTU response:

Rubio responds and shines

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) did not disappoint tonight, showing a fresher face and more dynamic brand of conservatism –- presented by a fresher and more dynamic face. He appeared relaxed and jovial throughout, hardly the stereotype of the angry Republican. Standing in front of the window was a helpful framing — making him “fill up” the screen, if you will. As a TV communicator he did the best job of any State of the Union respondent I can recall. His delivery was briefly marred by grabbing for a swig of water, which depending on your view was either a “real moment” or a rookie error.

His story was, as we expected, told from an immigrant’s perspective. (“My parents immigrated here in pursuit of the opportunity to improve their life and give their children the chance at an even better one. They made it to the middle class, my dad working as a bartender and my mother as a cashier and a maid. I didn’t inherit any money from them. But I inherited something far better -– the real opportunity to accomplish my dreams.”) He is unquestionably an appealing person with a great story.

…Most impressive was his ability to explain why conservatives oppose liberal policies:

More government isn’t going to help you get ahead. It’s going to hold you back. More government isn’t going to create more opportunities. It’s going to limit them. And more government isn’t going to inspire new ideas, new businesses and new private-sector jobs. It’s going to create uncertainty. Because more government breeds complicated rules and laws that a small business can’t afford to follow. Because more government raises taxes on employers, who then pass the costs on to their employees through fewer hours, lower pay and even layoffs. And because many government programs that claim to help the middle class, often end up hurting them instead.

What’s GREAT is when someone like Van Jones does too…

Take a look at the other panel member to his left (literally and figuratively, I guess) just about going apoplectic trying to correct his obviously erroneous impression of my senator.


6 Responses to “I’m Not Surprised”

  1. Syd B. says:

    He was good. He was on target and he kept to conservative values. I hope he stays this way. Others have faltered.

  2. tree hugging sister says:

    He’s been that way as long as I’ve known him, Syd. Never faltered or changed his tune once. It was something I always tried to impress on my volunteers ~ see him in person at least ONCE, because he’s something else.

    And the answer he gives you to a question in Pensacola will be the same answer in Tampa, or Orlando, or D.C.. He’s never tempered a speech to match an audience, bless his heart.

    That guy on the screen last night was the same one in the hotdog shop here three years ago, and the breakfast joint almost four years ago.

    It’s quite a cool thing.

  3. Syd B. says:

    THS, that’s great to hear. After seeing so many promising Republicans lose their way, I am holding out hope for the likes of Rubio and a handful of others. Someone has to step up to the plate and stand up to the tactics of the left. In Florida, Rubio must be the antidote to Debbie Wasserman Schultz. What a state.

  4. Kathy Kinsley says:

    And my Senator too. Good work. But Rubio NEEDS to get creds out of the Senate. We need a Governor. Rick Scott can’t get to Pres. Rubio may – but he needs exec. creds. Senators rarely get elected (Our Present President is an exception, not a rule.)

    And he does need the experience. Gonna have to find someone else in 2016 (But never fear – the RNC will decide whose turn it is – and it won’t be Rubio anyway – just someone else who is unelectable.)

  5. Yojimbo says:

    The RNC will not have a voice in the matter this time. Rand Paul is shaping up as a contender as well. No, he is nothing like his nutcake father.

  6. Kathy Kinsley says:

    One may hope – but many said the same about RNC this time around. And Mr. His Turn got it anyway.

    (Mind you, Romney was somewhat better – politically – than the opposition. But only somewhat.)

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