Marco Rubio, “a man in a field of mice”

May 26, 2011


"I have been in the Senate just long enough to be disgusted by the reality that Washington has too many people who think their personal political careers are more important than our country’s future," says GOP rising star Marco Rubio, upstaging the Democrats and their media fellow travelers in the "MediScare" drama with a virtuoso solo performance that's bringing the twitterspere to their feet in a virtual standing ovation. Listen here.

By Sissy Willis of sisu

"THIS is how it's done … a man in a field of mice … take the fight to the Dems," twittered ecstatic Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin this morning, joining the throng of us narrative chasers out here in cyberspace retweeting and blogging about newly-minted Florida Senator Marco Rubio's response to the Democrats' "Mediscare" spin. In "Looking for Medicare Solutions, Not Politics As Usual" the first-generation Cuban American hottie uses the example of his immigrant parents to disarm opponents …

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  1. barfo says:

    Let’s hope Rubio keeps pushing Ryan’s plan to gut Medicare right up to the election.

  2. Ragspierre says:

    Doesn’t Ryan’s plan put MORE $$$ into Mediscare than Obama…????
    Just a YES or a NO, please.

  3. barfo says:


  4. Sissy Willis says:

    Thank you, barfo. :)

  5. barfo says:

    Thank you Ryan and Rubio :)

  6. A man in a field of mice is nice. A terrier in that barn of rats would be better.

  7. Tennwriter says:

    When Conservatism is ran with a smile, it wins, so you and I are united in our support for R&R.
    They are uniters, not dividers unlike Obama.
    Brings tears to me eyes, it does, laddie.
    Well said.

  8. barfo says:

    “When Conservatism is ran with a smile, it wins.”
    That was Mussolini’s motto.

  9. Ragspierre says:

    But Benito was YOUR guy, barfo.
    Markets provide innovation, choice, and raise the standard of living.

  10. Ragspierre says:

    Elderly patients dying of thirst: Doctors forced to prescribe drinking water to keep the old alive, reveals devastating report on hospital care
    Read more:
    And we know that Obama is the MOST pro-death person ever to occupy the White House.

  11. Susan says:

    I am so thankful Marco Rubio went rogue by running as an insurgent Conservative in the Republican Party.In the next election I hope more insurgent Conservatives overwhelm the Republican Party; it is time for the Ruling Class Establishment to leave the room.
    My only suggest to Liberal Hawk Jennifer Rubin-warning, if you continue killing off other insurgent Conservatives in the Republican Party to spite your snobbish arrogance there won’t be anyone around to come to the defense of Israel; not the Libertarians, not the Liberals, not the Moderates, the Greenies nor the Ruling Class.

  12. Ragspierre says:

    Republicans need to ‘man up’ on Medicare reform
    By Jennifer Rubin
    Bill Kristol, appearing on Bill Bennett’s radio show, put it best: Those Republicans running from Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plan are “pathetic.” A loss of a single House seat in a special election in New York has some of the mice on Capitol Hill and the hysterics in the right blogosphere predicting disaster in 2012 and/or the end of Ryan’s political career. One is tempted to tell them to “man up.”
    Timidity is not a rare commodity among political insiders. It’s the mentality that says Charlie Crist is a safer candidate than Marco Rubio. It’s the hand-wringing that caused some Republicans to urge we forgo the surge in Iraq, lest the Republicans lose the House.
    Just FYI…

  13. HTW says:

    Rubio could be an excellent candidate in 2016, especially if the Obama manages to win in 2012. A strong campaign (preferably victory) from him could even bring the growing Hispanic demographic into the conservative camp.

  14. barfo says:

    “But Benito was YOUR guy, barfo.”
    Haha, at least according to the dumbest nepotism hire on the internet.
    I remember when conservatives used to be for open competition.
    Now it seems like every conservative gas bag is the mediocre offspring of some Republican elder.

  15. deals says:

    The conservatives realtions w with republican elders have been know for sometime but as Barfo mentioned the links seem alot stronger now than I’ve noticed in the past be they related by blood or not.

  16. Ragspierre says:

    Collectivist Mussolini, barfo. You know, the Socialist who invented Fascism?
    Like the other Collectivist notions–Communism, et al.
    Own it. Love it.

  17. barfo says:

    “Own it. Love it. ”
    Haha, Rags/drags,
    All normal people know Mussolini was a right winger.
    The fairy tale told inside the fringe right cocoon that he was a Lefty is strictly for the shallow end of the gene pool.

  18. Ragspierre says:

    barfo, you are…again and always…just a stupid liar.
    Conservatives HATE BIG GOVERNMENT…or the Collective.
    By now, he was considered to be one of Italy’s most prominent Socialists. In September 1911, Mussolini participated in a riot, led by Socialists, against the Italian war in Libya. He bitterly denounced Italy’s “imperialist war” to capture the Libyan capital city of Tripoli, an action that earned him a five-month jail term.[19] After his release he helped expel from the ranks of the Socialist party two “revisionists” who had supported the war, Ivanoe Bonomi, and Leonida Bissolati. As a result, he was rewarded the editorship of the Socialist Party newspaper Avanti! Under his leadership, its circulation soon rose from 20,000 to 100,000.[20]
    In 1913, he published Giovanni Hus, il veridico (Jan Hus, true prophet), an historical and political biography about the life and mission of the Czech ecclesiastic reformer Jan Hus, and his militant followers, the Hussites. During this socialist period of his life Mussolini sometimes used the pen name “Vero Eretico” (sincere misbeliever).
    While Mussolini was associated with socialism, he also was supportive of figures who opposed egalitarianism. For instance Mussolini was influenced by Nietszche’s anti-Christian ideas and negation of God’s existence.[21] Mussolini saw Nietzsche as similar to Jean-Marie Guyau, who advocated a philosophy of action.[21] Mussolini’s use of Nietzsche made him a highly unorthodox socialist, due to Nietzsche’s promotion of elitism and anti-egalitarian views.[21] Mussolini felt that socialism had faltered due to the failures of Marxist determinism and social democratic reformism, and believed that Nietzsche’s ideas would strengthen socialism.[21] While associated with socialism, Mussolini’s writings eventually indicated that he had abandoned Marxism and egalitarianism in favour of Nietzsche’s übermensch concept and anti-egalitarianism.[22]
    While that is from Wikipedia, you can (or could if you could read at that level) check out the plush references provided.
    There is MUCH more.
    Benito was YOUR kinda guy, after all. “Totalitarianism” was, I think, coined by him to reference the power of the nice, benevolent state which folded all in its tender embrace.
    Not a Conservative notion.

  19. barfo says:

    Haha, rags/drags,
    I like how you block quote from Wikipedia like that does anything put prove how lazy you are.
    Mussolini is considered a socialist just like Ronald Reagan is considered a Democrat.

  20. Ragspierre says:

    Take the references, one by one, liar.
    Refute them with your own citations, you moronic, lying POS.
    Here is more for you to hide your empty head from:
    Mussolini continued to promote the need of a revolutionary vanguard elite to lead society, but he no longer advocated a proletarian vanguard but instead a vanguard led by dynamic and revolutionary people of any social class.[36]
    ***Sounds JUST like a certain community organizer we all know, yes?***
    Though he denounced orthodox socialism and class conflict, he maintained at the time that he was a nationalist socialist and a supporter of the legacy of nationalist socialists in Italy’s history, such as Giuseppe Garibaldi, Giuseppe Mazzini, and Carlo Pisacane.[37] As for the Italian Socialist Party and its support of orthodox socialism, he claimed that his failure as a member of the party to revitalize and transform it to recognize the contemporary reality revealed the hopelessness of orthodox socialism as outdated and a failure.[37] This perception of the failure of orthodox socialism in the light of the outbreak of World War I was not solely held by Mussolini, other pro-interventionist Italian socialists such as Filippo Corridoni and Sergio Panunzio had also denounced classical Marxism in favour of intervention.[38]
    These basic political views and principles formed the basis of Mussolini’s newly formed political movement, the Fasci Rivoluzionari d’Azione Internazionalista in 1914, who called themselves Fascisti (Fascists).[39] At this time, the Fascists did not have an integrated set of policies and the movement was very small, ineffective in its attempts to hold mass meetings, and was regularly harassed by government authorities and orthodox socialists.[40] Antagonism between the interventionists, including the Fascists, versus the anti-interventionist orthodox socialists resulted in violence between the Fascists and socialists.[41] The opposition and attacks by the anti-interventionist revolutionary socialists against the Fascists and other interventionists were so violent that even democratic socialists who opposed the war such as Anna Kulliscioff said that the Italian Socialist Party had gone too far in a campaign of silencing the freedom of speech of supporters of the war.[41] These early hostilities between the Fascists and the revolutionary socialists shaped Mussolini’s conception of the nature of Fascism in its support of political violence.[41]
    You were saying something about a cocoon, you poor, stupid, lying, phuc…

  21. barfo says:

    “Refute them with your own citations”
    Lazy Rags/Drags,
    I should just stop here and leave your intellectual shame frozen here.
    But, since you’re using wikipedia, let’s use that…god knows it’s better that using that intellectual slob Jonah Goldbrick.
    Scroll down from where you cut and pasted your Mussolini wisdom from and you’ll see this:
    “By the time Mussolini returned from Allied service in World War I, he had decided that socialism as a doctrine had largely been a failure.”
    Scroll down a little more and you’ll find this:
    “As Prime Minister, the first years of Mussolini’s rule were characterized by a right-wing coalition government composed of Fascists, nationalists, liberals, and two Catholic clerics from the Popular Party.”
    Now understand how wrong you are and strive to read more, so you aren’t shown to be a fool

  22. Ragspierre says:

    This is evidence…further evidence…of your stupidity and lack of reading comprehension.
    The whole “right-wing” meme came directly from Stalinist Russia, you stupid moron. It was applied to the Soviet’s erstwhile BFF, the Nazis, who a short time before were being fed and supplied by Soviets as they waged war against Poland
    Look. It. Up.
    But I can keep this up all night. After all, I am merely reciting history.
    Mussolini pushed for government control of business: by 1935, Mussolini claimed that three quarters of Italian businesses were under state control. That same year, he issued several edicts to further control the economy, including forcing all banks, businesses, and private citizens to give up all their foreign-issued stocks and bonds to the Bank of Italy. In 1938, he also instituted wage and price controls.[65][citation needed] He also attempted to turn Italy into a self-sufficient autarky, instituting high barriers on trade with most countries except Germany.
    In 1943 he proposed the theory of economic socialization.
    So. Not a conservative. Rather, a Collectivist. Like barfo/liar/coward/racist. And his MEEEEsiah.

  23. Ragspierre says:

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced this evening the Senate will meet in a pro forma session next week, rather than adjourn for recess. The move enables Reid to evade budget-related pressure.
    Yep. Gutsy Harry.
    Chicken guts.

  24. When Conservatism is ran with a smile, it wins, so you and I are united in our support for R&R.

  25. Drago says:

    barfo the helpless: “All normal people know Mussolini was a right winger.”
    Yes, of course you “know” this, so this next question will be very very easy for you to answer:
    What specific policies, advocated and/or implemented by Mussolini made him a “right winger”?
    We’ll wait.
    We’ll be laughing at you, but we’ll wait…..
    BTW, did you see that obambi’s policies have dropped us right back into the housing bubble?
    And what is GDP now? 1.8%?
    No wonder barfo is desperate to talk about something else! (LOL, like barfo is capable of actual non-cut-and-paste discourse!!)

  26. itsMike2Cents says:

    I’m going to save Social Security.
    I will do so by re-making Social Security into a program where everyone, when they turn 65 (oh, ok…67) gets sent a handbook* on how to grow your own vegetables.
    This will remove the financial burden from the American taxpayer while at the same time stimulating growth (and some trickle down jobs!) is seeds and fertilizer industries (Go Burpee!).
    Just saved Social Security.
    *The will be handled by a private company.
    We need to get rid of the US Postal Service – down with Socialized Mailing!!

  27. Ragspierre says:

    I reckon barfo also feels the need to deflect from this little farce…
    Oh, and the FACT we are buying about 70-80% of our own debt now.
    Which means everybody now considers us too great a risk.

  28. Drago says:

    mikey, where is the dems budget plan?
    Why did the senate vote 97-0 for obambi’s laughable “budget”?
    What is the dems plan to save medicare?
    Why did obambi’s unicorn-pixie-dust driven health care bill take $500 Billion away from medicare?
    Why is GDP only 1.8%?
    Why are housing foreclosures at record levels?
    Why is obambi encouraging Brazil to deep water drill in the Atlantic and Gulf and telling them we will be their biggest customer but won’t let the US do the same?
    Gee, it’s almost like you are trying to avoid these subjects.
    I also notice that barfo is still feverishly looking for all those “right-wing” mussolini policies that will “prove” mussolini was a “right-winger”.
    Google away barfo, google away!

  29. Drago says:

    Drago: “Why did the senate vote 97-0 for obambi’s laughable “budget”?”
    Uh, the “0″ was the vote FOR obambi’s plan!!
    Mikey, why can’t the dems come up with an actual budget in the Senate? It’s been about 760 days now since their last budget, which violates federal law.
    mikey, how much more time should we give these “brave” and “courageous” dem legislators in the Senate to do their basic jobs before we say, “hey, you’re not even doing your basic job!!”?
    Hey, did you happen to notice that we are still in Libya? Did the president who can’t remember what year it is or how many states we have just get confused about what it actually meant when he said “days, not weeks” in terms of our involvment there?
    Prezidentin’ is hard when your teleprompter is turned off……

  30. Ragspierre says:

    Which Obama budget…?
    I mean, as always, you get a chinese menu with the Collectivist Thug in an expensive suit ™.
    Never mind that his second “budget” was just a speech.

  31. Ragspierre says:

    I’m worried about mikey.
    I think he has Barfo’s Decline. That last post had NOTHING…
    well, a total detachment from reality. That was there.

  32. itsMike2Cents says:

    “What is the dems plan to save medicare?”
    To not allow the republicans to destroy it.
    Look, if you are indeed opposed to medicare – that just oppose it.
    Don’t claim you have a plan to ‘save it’ but fundamentally altering it to the point where it’s a ghost of it’s former self.
    Ragspierre might not be able to follow such a point – but most can.
    What you guys call ‘mediscare’ is when people are actually informed about what is proposed in Ryan’s plan. Plain’s ‘death panel’ mantra was pure fiction. But telling people that their coverage will be replaced by a voucher system is just giving them the facts…and the details.
    So, do the Repubs or Ryan actually have a plan to ‘save’ Medicare?
    No. And they’re not even talking about that as an agenda.
    And what the NY race has shown, is that even their base isn’t with them here.
    So if you want to argue against Medicare – the idea of it or the impossibility of it – do that.
    But don’t think folks are so dumb as to not understand what’s really being proposed.
    Or do think that.

  33. Ragspierre says:

    barfo is always chanting the projection there’s a “cocoon” on the right…
    The truth is the opposite.
    WASHINGTON—Former President Bill Clinton retracted comments that the U.S. government could default on its debt for a few days without “calamitous” consequences, after being urged to do so by top White House officials, people familiar with the events said Thursday.
    After hearing Mr. Clinton’s comments on Wednesday, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, spoke with aides to Mr. Clinton and advised that he clarify his thinking, two people said. The former president did so that afternoon.
    Talking points have to be homogenized.

  34. Ragspierre says:

    “What you guys call ‘mediscare’ is when people are actually informed about what is proposed in Ryan’s plan.”
    A blatant, laughable LIE.
    The choice is between rational change and chaotic change.
    mikey will kill people…as the Collective has done always.

  35. Drago says:

    If it weren’t for the strawmen, mikey’s vacuous responses would be absolutely empty.
    I’m still waiting to hear from mikey why the dems haven’t produced a budget in the Senate in over 750 days.
    I wonder why that is…….
    BTW, did you happen to catch the latest moronic uttering of DWS?

  36. Ragspierre says:

    “Don’t claim you have a plan to ‘save it’ but fundamentally altering it to the point where it’s a ghost of it’s former self.”
    Better get the memo out to GM and Chrysler…

  37. Ragspierre says:

    “BTW, did you happen to catch the latest moronic uttering of Debbie WS?”
    If THE LAW had been followed, and GM and Chrysler had gone INTO bankruptcy, the chances are they’d be OUT of bankruptcy now. (I mean REAL…legal…bankruptcy).
    They would have EMERGED from a rational, well-understood, and very rule-driven process.
    That WOULD have happened, except for the fact we live in the Obamabanana Republic. Those cronies HAVE to be protected (or privileged), and the law be damned.
    Now, Wassername Schultz COULD have bought a GM or Chrysler product…or even one of several Japanese name-plates or a BMW made here in the US…
    but Collectivism NEVER applies to Collectivists.

  38. itsMike2Cents says:

    “A blatant, laughable LIE.
    The choice is between rational change and chaotic change.”
    Ha. Yea, isn’t everything for you…even the weather.
    I think what’d really help sink Ryan’s plan would be for House Page Ragspierre to be the guy explaining it.
    But perhaps I’m wong…Go for it dude.
    Where is the lie here:
    ‘Coverage will be replaced by a voucher system’
    And also let me hear you best pitch for how effin’ awesome a system that will be?
    Ryan et al could use some serious help on selling this b.s.

  39. Ragspierre says:

    Why on earth would I waste time on you, mikey???
    I mean, for anything BUT a punching bag…???
    The argument is NOT about “how effin’ awesome” it would be, stupid.
    It is about VIABILITY. (Look it up)

  40. itsMike2Cents says:

    Not an answer, of course – and not a surprise.
    Share how viable it would be then?
    Bottom line…in Ryan’s plan, Medicare ends.
    You’re free to make a pitch for ‘VoucherCare’ or ‘Dyin’ with Ryan’.
    As Ragspierre unlikely to address anything in Ryan’s plan directly (‘That’s a LIE!’),
    then let’s just stick with the political.
    How can this be spun winningly for the repubs – to a public that does not like or support their goal to end (oh sorry…’redefine’, ‘adjust’…?) Medicare?

  41. Ragspierre says:

    “Bottom line…in Ryan’s plan, Medicare ends.”
    See? You really seem incapable of NOT lying.
    Why do you roll up in a fetal position over the term “voucher”? Was mommy scared by a coupon?

  42. man_in_tx says:

    In my book, Rubio is among the VERY best of the best — honest, gutsy, truly conservative.
    However, fair is fair — and as is the case with President Obama — to the best of my understanding, neither Rubio nor Jindal meet the “natural born citizen” requirement to be President.
    If you don’t like the requirement, then get the Constitution amended, but — for now, at least — it is what it is.

  43. Ha. Yea, isn’t everything for you…even the weather.
    I think what’d really help sink Ryan’s plan would be for House Page Ragspierre to be the guy explaining it.
    But perhaps I’m wong…Go for it dude.

  44. MiamiDiva says:

    last time I checked, Miami is still in the US. Marco is a Miami native, such as myself, a rarity and proud of it.