Last week Marco Rubio sat down to talk to a conservative women’s group called the “Kitchen Cabinet.” As painful as it was, I listened to the entire interview. For the most part, it was just the same speech we’ve heard ad nauseam. Lots of words and phrases tossed together with just a little more articulation than Sarah Palin’s “word salad.” While Sarah Palin offers, say coleslaw, Rubio’s is more like a tossed salad.
His favored phrase in this interview? That he offers “clear choices,” without ever really saying what those choices are.
But there was one new thing he said that actually spoke volumes. Not just about himself, but the Republican-Tea Party as a whole.
The interviewer, a media consultant and the founder of the group, Sonja Eddings Brown, asked Rubio for his views on other candidates who were less experienced. She asked specifically about “Christine O’Connell.” (That’s “O’Donnell, dear. An “experienced” media consultant would have probably looked that up.)
She said: “We actually have some people running that are not particularly experienced or maybe as skilled as some, in Delaware for instance, where there are some real questions about Christine O’Connell (O’Donnell).”
“The republic works and isn’t designed to elect a bunch of experts,” Rubio responded.
The LAST thing Rubio thinks we need in Washington are experts? Finally he makes perfect sense. Why wouldn’t he say that? He’s the perfect example! Among his jargon favorites is “fiscal conservatism.” He spits that one out almost every time he opens his mouth. And as more evidence comes out every day, he is clearly not an expert on spending or budgets. His use of his Republican Party credit card is one example, which the IRS is investigating. How about that “Taj Mahal“ courthouse in Tallahassee he helped secure funding for?
Rubio also seems to be speaking down to the interviewer. Much like Sarah Palin was the mindless GOP alternative to Hillary Clinton, just because she was a woman. Here, Rubio offers another. Never mind that Christine O’Donnell doesn’t believe in evolution simply because she doesn’t see a monkey transforming itself instantly into a person, well like herself, right before her very eyes. Clearly she’s no expert, but hey, she’s a woman! What’s not to love? You almost expect Rubio offer to throw in a free vacuum cleaner for every vote from a Kitchen Cabinet member.
The “clear choice” in Rubio? “Elect me, because I’m no expert!”
If you’ve been paying attention to Washington lately, this isn’t really news. The GOP don’t have so much to offer in the “expert” department. It’s just that now they are starting to admit it to voters. As if it’s a good thing.
Take John Boehner, for instance. He appeared on FOX over the weekend to discuss the “newly recycled” GOP “Pledge To America.” Even with the help of Chris Wallace, who practically begged Boehner to pretend he had some ideas to fix the absolute mess the GOP created over eight years, he didn’t.
Chris, it’s time for us as americans to have an adult conversation with each other about the serious challenges our country faces. And we can’t have that serious conversation until we lay out the size of the problem. Once Americans understand how big the problem is, then we can begin to talk about potential solutions….
….Let’s not get to the potential solutions. Let’s make sure americans understand how big the problem is. Then we can talk about possible solutions and then work ourselves into those solutions that are doable.
They’re not about solutions. They’re more about creating a disaster, and then pointing at it and saying:
“Now THERE’S a disaster!”
The GOP is not big on solutions. They’ve got nothing.
Finally there’s something both parties can agree on
Who said bipartisanship is dead?