February 13, 2013

Thirsty Rubio And More Republicans Behaving Badly

Time Magazine cover featuring Senator Marco Rubio the thirsty Republican

Senator Rubio: Not ready for prime time


Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivered a lackluster Republican response to the State of the Union address last night. In a speech that sounded like a Romney campaign speech that was short on substance and specifics, and long on hyperbole, Rubio’s appearance on national television will be remembered for his Poland Spring moment, rather than the contents of his prepared remarks.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers the GOP response to the State of the Union 2-12-2013
Quite frankly Senator Rubio acted like a deer caught in the headlights, and seemed to be very nervous.

I will admit that I laughed out loud as Rubio ducked down to the left, and briefly disappeared from view, as he reached for a bottle of water. It was a funny moment for anyone watching at home, though Rubio supporters were probably mortified.

Time Magazine has Rubio on the cover this week, and they call him “the Republican savior.” I don’t know where they got the “savior” part, because I don’t see it. And what exactly is Rubio saving the Republican party from?

Senator Rubio is very young and inexperienced, and not a good public speaker. If we learned anything from his speech, it was the fact that he’s not ready for prime time or the presidency. Maybe in 2020?

Speaker John Boehner Dissed A 102 Year Old Woman

Floridian Desiline Victor, 102 and a seated Speaker Boehner 2-12-2013
I watched the members of Congress pretty closely during the State of the Union speech. I didn’t expect Republicans to applaud the President at the same time that Democrats clapped, and I also know that in the past - at least 50% of the time - that the GOP and Democrats did applaud in unison during many speeches.

When the president mentioned the Violence Against Women Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act, the GOP members (including women) sat on their hands. 


In the most egregious display of being lazy and disrespectful, after President Obama introduced Desilene Victor, and the entire chamber rose to their feet to cheer on the 102 year old Florida resident, Speaker John Boehner sat on his butt and didn’t stand or applaud to honor Ms. Victor, and that’s very petty and disrespectful (and despicable) in my view.


Can Ted Nugent Suck On Your Machine Gun?

Ted Nugent, the tea party rocker and gun enthusiast, sat in the gallery to hear the president’s speech, as the guest of Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) a fellow teabagger.

Nugent was investigated by the Secret Service last year after he made remarks that appeared to threaten the safety of the president. While he was addressing an NRA rally he said that he would be “dead or in jail by this time next year” if President Obama was reelected. He’s not in jail and is very much alive unfortunately.

I don’t understand why any member of Congress would invite such a reprehensible individual to the State of the Union address.

According to politico.com’s Kate Nocera, People for the American Way contacted Speaker Boehner to object to Nugent’s invitation.

A liberal group called on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to “disinvite” Nugent from Tuesday’s speech, saying inviting the rocker is “unconscionable.”
 “This so-called ‘patriot’ has repeatedly threatened the life of the president,” People For The American Way President Michael Keegan wrote in a letter to Boehner. “With a gun in each hand, Ted Nugent once publicly called Obama a ‘piece of s***,’ saying he ‘told him [Obama] to suck on my machine gun.’”
Senator Rubio is NOT a savior, and Speaker Boehner needs to learn manners, so that he could set an example for people like Ted Nugent.

Just like yesterday, Republicans are still behaving badly. I have no doubt that they will keep it up - while our tolerance for the GOP’s misdeeds will be greatly diminished.




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