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  •  Living in Florida, and the Rubio noise is loud (23+ / 0-)

    Seems every day the Tampa Bay Times has another fluff piece about him.  So it seems the supposed "left wing" paper has got their instructions to push Rubio hard.

    A good friend, a naturalized Columbian, told me what we all know:  most Latino's will not take an instant liking to Rubio just because he's "latino".  There is a serious dislike of Cubans, especially right wing Cubans, in most of the Latino community.  And given the deterioration in Republican support from the Cuban vote itself in Florida over the last few cycles, it seems that maybe the Republican are doing what they do best:  knee jerk opposition to anything the President says, and over-playing what they perciece as a strong hand, which in reality is not that strong.

    One caveat - another friend, a white man, was talking to me and could only latch on to the criticism of Rubio about the water bottle.  When I mentioned that the substantive criticism points out his speech was nothing more than warmed over Romney/McCain campaign talking points the reaction I got was "I don't follow it that closely".  So that's what we're up against.  We have to be very careful in our criticisms of Rubio, as it appears the main stream media is being told to present him in a favorable a light , and many people are only going to hear the silly stuff, not the important stuff.

    •  Of course they are going to fluff him... (17+ / 0-)

      He's a republican.  The media ADORES republicans and fluff them at every opportunity.

      And elections have almost never been won on policy.  Yes, we have to be very careful of their marketing tricks.  That was their bread and butter for 30 years--marketing gimmicks.

      GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

      by LordMike on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:46:59 AM PST

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    •  Totally agree with this comment (14+ / 0-)

      Cubans are the only Hispanics who have voted predominantly Republican in the past.  Their issue(s) have been much different than those of other people of Hispanic background. The main reason Cubans have voted Republican is due to their anger toward the Democratic party over the failed Bay of Pigs.  That is no longer relevant to most younger people of Cuban descent. The younger Cubans are becoming more independent and many are moving away from the Republican party.

      The Republicans think they can put a guy of Cuban descent and all Hispanics are going to flock to him simply because of his name.  Hispanics are much smarter than that.  Rubio is simply a pretty face with a Hispanic name, but he does not stand on the correct side of most issues that the majority of Hispanics are interested in.  

      Republican party is still thinking they can win with superficialities.  They are woefully out of touch with the electorate.

      "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

      by gulfgal98 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 07:32:39 AM PST

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    •  Your comment reminds me of the good old (3+ / 0-)
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      days when W didn't grasp the difference between Sunnis and Shi'as.  

      (Item from Newsweek sometime in the summer of 2002:  he had a meeting in London with Iraqis in exile and they had to spend a chunk of time explaining the difference.).

      Also, now that I think of it, many right wing Republicans don't seem to understand the differences amongst Israelis.  It's as though in their minds all Israelis are Likudniks.  

      We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

      by Observerinvancouver on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 11:58:22 AM PST

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