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Smearing Rubio - There are questions only conservative Republicans are asked.
American Spectator ^ | 11.26.12 | PAUL KENGOR

Posted on 11/27/2012 12:06:25 AM PST by neverdem

In a recent interview, Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican front-runner for 2016, was asked, "How old do you think the Earth is?" . It's a ridiculous question of utter irrelevance to the status of the country and whether Marco Rubio would be a good president. Rubio's answer was excellent: "I'm not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I'm not a scientist. I don't think I'm qualified to answer a question like that."

To any sensible person, this was a perfect response.

--snip--

A writer at the liberal Slate, who no doubt Googled before crafting his analysis, claimed authoritatively: "Our planet was formed 4.54 billion years ago. If Rubio suggested otherwise, it's because he's uninformed or stupid."

--snip--

Nonetheless, his answer might be the same: "Sorry, man, I'm not playing God."

In fact, here's a further response Rubio might consider more generally: "Look, Mr. NAME, let's be honest: We both know what you're trying to do. You're trying to trip me up, and I'm not going to fall for the trap. I'm not a theologian. I'm not a minister. I don't want to be one, and the American public doesn't want me to be one. Let's stick to the issues that concern people. And one more thing: Are you asking these same questions to any Democrats? Are you? Answer me. Which ones? Give me one example."

Say it calmly, gently, and with a smile -- but emphatically. Be strong. Be truthful...

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: florida; marcorubio
After the Tea Party movement stressed the left's fiscal foolery, the left decided to attack on cultural issues. After the last election, the left thinks they can attack on cultural issues with impunity. All conservatives should be forewarned. We can't afford more Todd Akins in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana who can't speak without giving offense on sensitive topics, not when limp wristed Romney won both states.
1 posted on 11/27/2012 12:06:27 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

After 40 years of this lame game, any Christian or pro-life politician that can’t handle routine questions about his faith or his pro-life position, is clearly not qualified for the field of politics.


2 posted on 11/27/2012 12:23:10 AM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischers successful run in Nebraska)
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3 posted on 11/27/2012 12:42:27 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: wardaddy; Joe Brower; Cannoneer No. 4; Criminal Number 18F; Dan from Michigan; Eaker; Jeff Head; ...
The Other Tragic Foreign Story

Iran’s Death Spiral – II

New study shows gun violence down in Virginia

2 men sentenced in Fast and Furious gun case

Some noteworthy articles about politics, foreign or military affairs, IMHO, FReepmail me if you want on or off my list.

4 posted on 11/27/2012 12:43:23 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: wardaddy; Joe Brower; Cannoneer No. 4; Criminal Number 18F; Dan from Michigan; Eaker; Jeff Head; ...
The Other Tragic Foreign Story

Iran’s Death Spiral – II

New study shows gun violence down in Virginia

2 men sentenced in Fast and Furious gun case

Some noteworthy articles about politics, foreign or military affairs, IMHO, FReepmail me if you want on or off my list.

5 posted on 11/27/2012 12:44:25 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

An appropriate response might be...

- How many horizontal pixels on your network’s broadcast format?

- What’s the circulation of the newspaper paying your salary?

BTW, Rubio gave a response in that interview.


6 posted on 11/27/2012 1:12:00 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Gene Eric

Now this I like.

Where did you go to school? Did you graduate? What was your GPA? Have you ever had sex out of wedlock? Are you gay?

These are the kind of questions which the media should be asked. It helps to establish the slant they are going to put on the story?


7 posted on 11/27/2012 2:06:20 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: neverdem

Does the press “protest too much” about Rubio? Is it a coincidence that Rubio also has problems with the “natural-born citizen” requirement in Article III?


8 posted on 11/27/2012 2:34:14 AM PST by David Isaac
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To: neverdem

Republican front-runner????


9 posted on 11/27/2012 3:03:17 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
Oh, yeah.

He's the darling of the GOP, although a battle will be him against Rand Paul.

I'm pulling for Rand.

10 posted on 11/27/2012 3:11:49 AM PST by Pomosapien (Buck Religion)
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To: Pomosapien; sickoflibs; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

Rubio versus Rand Paul is not a matchup that particularly tickles my fancy.


11 posted on 11/27/2012 3:25:57 AM PST by Impy (Boehner for President - 2013)
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To: Pomosapien

He should have threw it right back in the liberal’s face and gave the standard LIBERAL response. “That’s above my pay grade”. Grinned and moved on.


12 posted on 11/27/2012 3:32:07 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: neverdem
This paragraph:

In fact, here's a further response Rubio might consider more generally: "Look, Mr. NAME, let's be honest: We both know what you're trying to do. You're trying to trip me up, and I'm not going to fall for the trap. I'm not a theologian. I'm not a minister. I don't want to be one, and the American public doesn't want me to be one. Let's stick to the issues that concern people. And one more thing: Are you asking these same questions to any Democrats? Are you? Answer me. Which ones? Give me one example."
is very similar in approach to some of the ideas Bill Whittle put forth in his excellent post-election speech at Restoration Weekend. If you haven't seen it, take the 15 minutes, well worth it. Whittle needs to be a speechwriter/ "message coach" for the next Republican/Conservative President.

Bill Whittle at David Horowitz's Restoration Weekend 2012

We MUST have candidates who can punch through the media's propagandizing, and that is what Whittle and Paul Kengor in this article are saying.

13 posted on 11/27/2012 3:32:51 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Smearing Rubio?!? Heavens to Betsy!

What are their FR nicks?

Thanks neverdem.


14 posted on 11/27/2012 3:35:16 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ansel12

It is far from limited to just Christianity. See the Whittle speech in my post above for some examples. Really it is any conservative, free market, or traditional Constitutional belief.


15 posted on 11/27/2012 3:36:14 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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...a further response Rubio might consider more generally: "Look, Mr. NAME, let's be honest: We both know what you're trying to do. You're trying to trip me up, and I'm not going to fall for the trap. I'm not a theologian. I'm not a minister. I don't want to be one, and the American public doesn't want me to be one. Let's stick to the issues that concern people. And one more thing: Are you asking these same questions to any Democrats? Are you? Answer me. Which ones? Give me one example."


16 posted on 11/27/2012 3:37:59 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: neverdem
Let's cut to the chase.

His parents were not U.S. citizens when he was born.

17 posted on 11/27/2012 3:40:53 AM PST by SMM48
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To: neverdem

Rubio is not a Natural Born Citizen.


18 posted on 11/27/2012 4:06:46 AM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a baby girl's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
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To: neverdem

We already got one Lord and Savior in the White House....ASK HIM!


19 posted on 11/27/2012 4:30:32 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: neverdem

If there were any honesty in the MSM, they’d ask all prominent Dims where they stand on the abortion of almost full term babies just prior to normal birth, or where they stand on medical aid to babies who surivive an abortion.

Of course, those questions are never asked, but we do hear the quesitons about pregnancy as a result of rape, or how old the earth is...


20 posted on 11/27/2012 5:15:42 AM PST by Will88
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To: ansel12

Kengor’s excellent point is that a conservative pol shouldn’t even walk into the trap, but throw the trap-question right back into the MSM reporter’s biased and agenda-driven face.

We need to stop being “Mitt Loser Niceguy,” and start playing bare-knuckles. The “reporter” was a hostile agent of the left. Time to get smart, and act like we have figured that fact out.


21 posted on 11/27/2012 5:34:41 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SunkenCiv

The worst example ever was George Snuffleuppagus at the debate almost a year ago, tossing in the birth-control “War on Women” meme.

I wrote this about it at the time.

Most viewers were bewildered at the Republican primary debate in New Hampshire on January 7, when moderator George Stephanopoulos of ABC News asked, and continued to ask, seemingly off-topic questions about the candidates’ views on, of all possible subjects, birth control.

We now understand that current White House War Room “General” Valerie Jarrett has been conducting weekly planning meetings with representatives from the hard-left Media Matters, for the purpose of delivering the latest administration “talking points” and strategic memes to their cooperating friends in the elite media and thereby to the public at large. Then lo and behold, the original Clinton White House War Room “General” George Stephanopoulos just happened to pick debate questions not about Operation Fast And Furious, but, of all things, the birth control meme that the Obama White House wanted to float, as a diversion from discussing the perilous state of the economy. And wildly successful it has been, this meme-making machine, at keeping the Republican candidates off-message and off-balance.

A horribly biased media that will not even investigate Operation Fast And Furious will certainly not investigate this grossly transparent act of political prostitution by “journalist” George Stephanopoulos. In graphic terms, this was not merely discreet political sex for a quiet off-camera payoff; this was naked, grunting copulation at high noon, on the public square. Even so, today almost nobody will say aloud what needs to be said: George Stephanopoulos has now proven himself a political whore of the lowest stripe, but even worse than that, he has shown himself to be a serving member in good standing of Gangster Government, Inc. And his colleagues in the elite liberal media establishment are fine with that, because they are also complicit, either knowingly or unknowingly.

George Stephanopoulos does the political bidding of Valerie Jarrett and Media Matters, making him a willing stooge and a critical cog in Gangster Government, Inc., thereby disgracing both his family name and the occupation of journalist. He will go down in history as a dishonorable scoundrel, who put his shared liberal political agendas ahead of any bare pretense at making an honest search for the truth concerning deadly scandals such as Operation Fast and Furious, which by objective measures is the worst political scandal of the modern era.

[Current note: Worst scandal until Benghazi.]


22 posted on 11/27/2012 5:37:29 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: David Isaac

Cue up the “birthers.”


23 posted on 11/27/2012 5:40:01 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: neverdem
Senator Marco Rubio, ... was asked, "How old do you think the Earth is?"
The, or a, correct answer to the Libtard reporter would have been: "Which Earth? Earth version 1.0 or Earth version 2.0?"

(we currently reside on Earth V2.0)

24 posted on 11/27/2012 6:12:52 AM PST by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


25 posted on 11/27/2012 8:47:10 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Arthur McGowan

You are absolutely correct.

IF we are going to invalidate all of Obama’s signatures when this news finally gets out of the closet, then we cannot support a Republican being vuilty of the same trespass.


26 posted on 11/27/2012 9:03:09 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Pomosapien
He's the darling of the GOP, although a battle will be him against Rand Paul.

I think it would be a huge mistake to leave Jindal out of this future equation. He is definitely going to be a key player.

27 posted on 11/27/2012 10:58:55 AM PST by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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To: neverdem

I wish this love affair with Marco Rubio would come to an end.

He’s Jeb Bush’s sock puppet.

Another ‘amnesty by another name’ Republican.

A sob sister for illegal aliens, as long as they are hispanic.

Let him run for President of Mexico. Although Mexicans wouldn’t vote for him because he’s Cuban, and unlike the treason lobby wing of the GOP, Mexicans don’t think that all latinos are the same.


28 posted on 11/27/2012 9:43:40 PM PST by Pelham (America, 1775-2012)
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To: ExSoldier
I live in Louisiana and I can tell you that Jindal is a dictator, cut from the same cloth as Huey P. Long.

We're in massive debt and he can't make the tough decisions. There's even a revolt in the GOP here against him.

I would NEVER vote for Jindal. He's a fast talking douchebag.

29 posted on 11/28/2012 3:23:41 AM PST by Pomosapien (Buck Religion)
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To: Pomosapien
Bookmark
30 posted on 11/28/2012 10:04:51 AM PST by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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