Former White House Advisor Van Jones warned his fellow Democrats on Wednesday not to laugh too hard at Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) water drinking moment during his Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Jones warned that Rubio is “dangerous” for Democrats because of his ability to connect emotionally with his audience. “I think people can chuckle today – they’re going to be worried about him tomorrow,” Jones said. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat said on CNN Tuesday that, regardless of how Rubio’s water drinking moment may overshadow his address, the Republican Party wants to
There is no one serving in the Senate or the House that I would support or vote for if they ran for President, including Mr. Rubio. Too many of the idiots who have broken it still are serving in DC, and I don´t trust any of them to be able to fix it (as they prove daily).
The left has their demonization starting way too early.
I´m not sold yet, and it is too soon to back one single person yet anyway, but it´s obvious the left thinks they need to destroy Rubio now. Marco Rubio does have that certain something that tells you he means what he says, and he uses some real terms to describe things, so unlike the doublespeak gobbledygook that runs out of most politicans´ mouths.
Besides the water moment, I thought his constant hand motions were a little distracting. I don´t know what else I would have him do, but I thought that was a little too much. Overall, I thought he did a good job.
What is wrong with you people? Here is a man speaking from his heart with real solutions. He wants to cut spending, he wants to reduce the deficit, he has a clear message, and all you guys can talk about is his "water moment" and his hand gestures. With people like you having the vote, we are surely doomed.
So Van Jones is admitting Paul Ryan is smart? Amazing.
All these new "superstars" are under a lot of pressure to appeal to everyone -- the establishment as well as the base -- and I guess that´s necessary in this over-politicized world.
The problem is, we aren´t going to win an election the Dems don´t want us to win again until the Republicans can reverse the devil´s pact they made that makes it illegal for them to accuse Dems of election fraud. So appeal is pointless. The Dems have the theft option in their back pocket and they have no incentive not to use it.
I have a vote, and it will not be cast for anyone that is pushing for amnesty for illegal aliens who broke our laws to be in this country.
In my opinion, anyone who is FOR amnesty for illegals, does not have the best interests of this country or its citizens, at heart.
The amnesty that the gang of eight (that senator Rubio is a member of) is working on pushing down our throats, will, on the first day it is enacted, effectively provide amnesty for all illegals in this country, and BEFORE any upgrades to our border security take place.
That doesn´t sound like a very patriotic thing to do. It sounds like a dem thing to do, since dems get the hispanic vote overwhelmingly, and will continue to get that vote overwhelmingly.
So, what is it? Naive? Stupid? Call it what you will, but this guy is NOT a conservative. He is a pure bred, dyed in the wool, compromiser with the left, with no room for sticking to principles.
Some seem to be in favor of deporting teenagers who have never spent enough time in Mexico to even learn the language. I don´t think that is decent. As to deporting the other 12 million, that is impractical. A cunundrum. I will wait to see what is proposed before judgement.
Boy, have I had my fill of preening Senators out hawking their parent´s biography! Looks like all the Stupid Party can muster is to mimic the DNC. Trouble is, Dear Rubio is obviously not ready for prime time. How about a Governor. Any Governor.
#4 - it is not the voters. It is the candidates. If candidates turn off voters enough that they don´t vote, then shame on them. until the Republican party gets it through their thick skulls that it is NOT THE FAULT OF THE VOTERS, they are destined for Groundhog Day over and over again.
Our government has made the problem of illegals a problem for all of us. The solution is to no perpetuate what has already been done. It is unfortunate if there are children here who have been made rogue by their parents. There is already a path to citizenship for these people. It is called go back to where you came from, and get in line with the 1,000,000´s of people willing to be here legally.
As far as I´m concerned, anyone who supports amnesty for the lawbreakers, is not representing my or my countries best interests. It can´t start to be solved until you tighten the border, and eliminate the incentives to break our laws. Will we catch and deport all. Of course not. But we can make it harder to stay, and incent self-deportation. Or do we just every 30 or 40 years grant amnesty to the masses who have managed to avoid be caught breaking our laws.
We are either a nation of laws, or we´re not. It´s time the legal taxpayers here start having our represenatives represent us, not illegals.
The comments on here are disturbing for lucianne readers. Rubio is ready for anything the party needs. He is heads above any drmocrap. Is he not supposed to tell his parents story. What bull. He has my vote. Right now and he will only get better.
In other words, statist guru VanJones is sending out the message to the dems´ media/alphabets/hollyweird and leftist radicals everywhere to use their usual shtic against Sen. Rubio in order to marginalize his voice and bring him down politically just as they have done so many times in the past against merited Republicans. ...Sarah Palin comes to mind.
That VJ message apparently got around quickly as evidenced by the flack they are already making about Sen. Rubio´s dring of water during his speech last night.
2013 dem pols are all alike: they have no shame, no respect for others
I am sick about people lying about Rubio. He does NOT support "amnesty". He does think that there needs to be a fair way for children who were brought here by their parents very young (through no fault of their own) and who have NEVER KNOWN any other culture but ours to legally find a path to citizenship. It is stupid to expect someone who has never lived anywhere but here (except maybe the first year of their life--which I am sure they were totally unaware of) to go "back to their native country" in order to apply to come back here. That would be like essentially dropping someone off into some unknown foreign land and telling them to find their way back.
Either President Obama needs a new speechwriter, or he needs a new set of economic policies. Actually, he needs both. Can anyone think of a more boring, banal, irrelevant, or stale speech than the one he gave this Thursday in Washington DC? The speech was allegedly on the economy, but more likely it was to divert attention from the Obamacare catastrophe. Whatever the motive, his idea that the defining challenge of our time is to reduce income inequality is completely wrong. In truth, the defining challenge is to restore more rapid economic growth, create substantially more jobs, and significantly reduce
President Obama on Thursday said that Republicans should be “embarrassed” that they have not done more on Capitol Hill, blaming them for Washington gridlock. “They´ve got to be embarrassed,” the president said in an interview on MSNBC’s "Hardball with Chris Matthews." “Because the truth of the matter is that they´ve now been in charge of the House of Representatives, one branch of, or one chamber in one branch of government, for a couple of years now and they just don´t have a lot to show for it.” Obama said that congressional Republicans were too fearful of offending their conservative base to
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Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) has proposed legislation that would require federal officials and others who use ObamaCare data to commit identify theft to serve a five-year prison term. His No Identify Theft in Health Care Act, H.R. 3652, is yet another response to the troubled ObamaCare rollout. Over the last week, reports have surfaced quoting computer security experts who said HealthCare.gov has virtually no data security measures in place. Under Holding´s bill, healthcare "navigators" or anyone else guilty of using ObamaCare data for an identify theft scheme would face prison time. Many bills amending criminal statutes set maximum prison sentences,
A new Gallup poll has President Obama’s job approval rating among Hispanics has declined 23 points since the end of last year. The drop is the largest of any subgroup surveyed and about double the decline for all respondents. Obama’s approval rating with Hispanics in November 2013 is 52 percent. In December 2012 it was 75 percent, down 23 points in 12 months. The president’s overall approval rating was 41 percent in November 2013, down from 53 percent in November of 2012.
Did you hear the one about the U.S. Post Office and the Statue of Liberty? So the Postal Service decides to issue a stamp commemorating perhaps the single most iconic image around the world representing the United States of America, the country that the post office serves so faithfully — rain, snow, or shine. (Photo)They get a nice picture of Lady Liberty, her greenish copper gaze across New York Harbor welcoming the masses to a new land of hope and promise and opportunity. They print it up First Class at the rate of “Forever,” as in a timeless promise that
Nobody is coming for your guns, they said. Nobody is taking away your rights, they said. This is all about public safety, they said. Nearly a year ago, the New York legislature passed the toughest gun control law in the country known as the S.A.F.E. Act. It was rushed through in the middle of the night and as soon as it landed on Governor Cuomo´s desk, he signed it without asking questions. Now, local and state government are taking the opportunity to crack down on regulations already on the books which means for many, turn in your guns or leave.
An academic was the first to cross the invisible line. “The ultimate check on presidential lawlessness is elections and, in extreme cases, impeachment,” Georgetown law professor Nicholas Rosenkranz told Representative Darrell Issa at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on the president’s duty to uphold the law. With that first mention of the “i word,” leaks began springing from the dam that had been holding back the House GOP lawmakers united by frustration with President Obama’s executive abuses. Republicans have been watching impotently as Obama has walked all over the law, with increasing brazenness the further he gets into his tenure.
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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