Presented for your approval: Marco Rubio and Rand Paul school Barack Obama

Posted by: Phineas on February 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

So, last night was the State of the Union address. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t watch. First off, Obama’s a tedious, hackneyed speaker, and listening to him for an hour would be painful. If you did, you’re made of sterner stuff than I.

Second, we know what he’s going to say. As I posted on Twitter yesterday morning:

And, from what I can see in the transcript, he mostly lived down to my expectations. (1)

But I was interested in the Republican response. For one, prior response speeches have ranged from indifferent to outright flops, but, as this was the first speech of Obama’s second term, there was a chance to begin anew and to lay the first paving stones on the road to 2014 and 2016. Also, the speakers were two men whose careers I’ve followed with interest: Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fl) and Rand Paul (R-Ky). Both, I think, gave very good responses, concentrating on philosophy over wonky policy details and providing an excellent contrast between our vision of limited government, liberty, and free markets, on the one hand, and Obama’s progressive dream of limitless government, statism, and dependency on the other.

First, Marco Rubio (2):

And then Rand Paul:

While I have points of disagreement with both men, I could comfortably, happily vote for either for president. Along with Governor Jindal of Louisiana, I think we have at least three strong candidates for 2016, and a great improvement over the last group.

(1) About that proposed $9 per hour minimum wage, indexed to inflation. I suggest anyone who thinks that’s a good idea look up the words “inflationary spiral.” Government should have no role in setting prices or wages, period. It’s just bad policy.
(2) You probably noticed the awkward moment when Rubio reached for a bottle of water. According to actor Adam Baldwin on Twitter last night, that was a sign that the producers screwed up and left the room too warm, which, when combined with the hot lights, left Rubio dying of thirst. He handled it well that night and this morning, though, making jokes about it and disarming the inevitable “OMG!! He drank water!” attacks from the Left. (Really, guys. Is that the best you’ve got?)

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Presented for your approval: Marco Rubio and Rand Paul school Barack Obama”


  1. Nate says:

    I, too, have disagreements with Paul and Rubio; I, too, would more than likely vote for either of them for President (short of Reagan coming back to life, that is). As for the water-bottle incident, of COURSE that’s all the Lefties have in their arsenal. They’re down to water-balloons.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    Nate’s right. If the leftists and statists had anything substantive to counter Rubio’s comments, they’d have used it. If they’re down to complaining that he took a drink of water, then they have nothing.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    Last night’s episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles” was more entertaining, Obhammud’s oratorical skills having deteriorated from the trite crap of which we have all grown tired. Rubio’s self-deprecating humor on “Fox & Friends” this a.m. was refreshing; he said he was thirsty from already having delivered the rebuttal in Spanish.

  4. Carlos says:

    Aw, he was just proving that the EVIL!!!!! Republicans and conservatives (not the same thing, as most of you are aware) haven’t completed their drive to poison all our water supplies and make the skies completely murky with cancer-causing chemicals. They still have a long way to go, too, getting the local schools out of the sex-trade business and enslaving all women.

    But they’re the kings of RAAACIIIISM!!!! Just ask any Democrap race-baiter or thug group like the NAACP or LaRaza.

    Or the Prez, as far as that goes. He seems to know everything about everything.

    Didn’t waste my time listening to Duh-1, either. If I wanted juvenile reaction to personal screw-ups I’d get my younger grandkids and talk to them and their friends, and probably have a much saner conversation to boot!

  5. Great White Rat says:

    Of all people, one who apparently understands Rubio best is Obama’s old Marxist buddy, Van Jones:

    Marco Rubio is dangerous for Democrats….Marco Rubio is to the heart what Paul Ryan is to the head. Paul Ryan is dangerous because the strength of his intellect. This is a smart guy, Marco Rubio, but when he connects, that last 90 seconds, Marco Rubio, he’s dangerous.

    Exactly so. When you listen to Rubio speak, you hear a deep and unwavering love of America, its people, and the systems that have brought us freedom and prosperity for so long. In short, he is an unabashed believer in American exceptionalism, unlike Obama. Obama has contempt for the average American “bitter clinger”; Rubio knows that We The People are what make America great, not the government bureaucracies. And he communicates that belief superbly, which is why Jones fears him so much.

    As Ive said here before, the last political figure who could express that much love for America that well was Ronald Reagan.