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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) addresses the final session of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 30, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
Marco Rubio, the "new" GOP.
Congressional Republicans are boldly forging a new anti-Obama path that sounds depressingly familiar to the anti-Obama path they've been on since retaking the House in 2010. But now it'll be done in Spanish.
In the Senate, the Republicans’ minority status could force them to play defense in an effort to respond to an agenda that is controlled by the Democrats and usually an extension of policies being pushed by the White House. But in the House, where Republicans run the floor, the party plans to shift gears, spearheading a series of bills designed less to land on the president’s desk than to communicate to Americans what the GOP stands for.

Given the outcome of the 2012 elections and the increasing importance of Hispanic and younger voters, it also is likely no accident that Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky selected the 41-year-old Rubio, an ethnic Cuban, to deliver this particular Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union address. Rubio is not just a rising GOP star and potential 2016 presidential contender, but a key Republican leader on immigration changes.

“Marco Rubio is the right guy to talk to Hispanics about work ethic and economic growth as a counter to deficit spending,” said a Republican lobbyist with relationships on Capitol Hill. The implicit suggestion of many Republican operatives is that Rubio is an important GOP messenger to spotlight in the aftermath of the party nominating a 2012 presidential candidate who garnered a mere 27 percent of the Hispanic vote.

This new "voter-focused" agenda was previewed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his big, rebranding speech last week. That was the speech presented the same old Republican ideas on the budget, on education, and on health care, but with a smile. And now, apparently, in Spanish.

So to recap: the GOP still hates Obama; they aren't changing any of their policies; they're still going to focus on legislation that will never go anywhere; and they think having Rubio deliver this message will solve all their problems with Hispanic voters.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 09:21 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 09:21:23 AM PST

  •  I imagine they think that if Rubio delivers (4+ / 0-)
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    Joan McCarter, hnichols, lgmcp, IreGyre

    the message that they just need to work harder, hate on the people with no papers a little more and be more like those Republican Americans, they, too, can have a piece of the American Pie.

    That's the piece that gets left over from the party and can be divvied up among the staff.

    •  Excerpts from Rubio's planned text (1+ / 0-)
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      real world chick

      Here you go kids. Enjoy.

      http://abcnews.go.com/...

      “This opportunity – to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life – it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington.  It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. And when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs.  Presidents in both parties – from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan – have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle class prosperity.  But President Obama?  He believes it’s the cause of our problems.”

      *

      “Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.  The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs.  And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security.  So Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.”

      *

      “Economic growth is the best way to help the middle class.  Unfortunately, our economy actually shrank during the last three months of 2012.  But if we can get the economy to grow at just 4 percent a year, it would create millions of middle class jobs. And it could reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion dollars over the next decade.  Tax increases can’t do this.Raising taxes won’t create private sector jobs. And there’s no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. That’s why I hope the President will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy.”  

      *

      “The real cause of our debt is that our government has been spending 1 trillion dollars more than it takes in every year. That’s why we need a balanced budget amendment.  The biggest obstacles to balancing the budget are programs where spending is already locked in. One of these programs, Medicare, is especially important to me. It provided my father the care he needed to battle cancer and ultimately die with dignity. And it pays for the care my mother receives now.  I would never support any changes to Medicare that would hurt seniors like my mother. But anyone who is in favor of leaving Medicare exactly the way it is right now, is in favor of bankrupting it.”

      *

      “Despite our differences, I know that both Republicans and Democrats love America. I pray we can come together to solve our problems, because the choices before us could not be more important.  If we can get our economy healthy again, our children will be the most prosperous Americans ever.  And if we do not, we will forever be known as the generation responsible for America’s decline.”

      "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

      by greendem on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:21:55 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  No es la lengua que se importa (4+ / 0-)
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    es el corazon.

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:05:14 AM PST

  •  Yes, Rubio is just the guy (7+ / 0-)

    to get those lazy Hispanics off their asses and get them to start working. I'm sure his message will inspire thousands to start voting Republican because everyone wants to hear how lazy they are.

  •  How can we best communicate the (4+ / 0-)

    Supremacy of White People in a way that lesser races can appreciate it?

    How do we convince these people that working for nothing is the greatest thing under the sun?

    Do these non-whites also believe in Al Gores Global warming hoax? How can we convince them science is worthless?

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:33:05 PM PST

  •  In order to reach the Lation population that (2+ / 0-)
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    will believe the GOP ripe horseshit, I suggest they continue to misspell words. that seems to attract numerous republican supporters.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:36:32 PM PST

  •  Someone on the teevee said last night that the GOP (3+ / 0-)

    lost Blacks forever in 1964........these guys WILL fuck up a ham sandwich.

    •  I initially misread your statement about what (3+ / 0-)

      they would do to a ham sandwich, and oddly, my misinterpretation wasn't incorrect.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:53:50 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  They didn't even have to (1+ / 0-)
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      Republicans voted in greater numbers than Democrats to pass the Civil Rights Act -- both parties were hamstrung by the southerners in their party, but Democrats had more (and more vocal) southerners to contend with.

      Both parties had a chance to essentially write off racists as regional outliers and move on with the 20th century. But Republicans decided instead to make a deal with the devil and become full-throated racists themselves in order to gain a now-vanished electoral college advantage.

      ad astra per alia porci

      by harrije on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 04:13:39 PM PST

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  •  No mas! Isn't this the same Republican (7+ / 0-)

    party that howls about any bilingual programs or services?

    "Forever is composed of nows." Emily Dickinson

    by Leftovers on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:39:13 PM PST

  •  Next election we'll see Republican ads (1+ / 0-)
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    featuring the Frito Bandito.

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:39:37 PM PST

  •  Front page (1+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp

    becoming very Rubiesque.

    It's about time I changed my signature.

    by Khun David on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:41:23 PM PST

  •  GOP flavor of the month (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, VirginiaBlue

    Marco Rubio-a salsa vanilla swirl whipped up by Mitch McConnell. What happened to Bobby Jingle? Tom Scott can't be far behind.

  •  I'm Sure that will Work (0+ / 0-)

    Just like trying to turn a Shit Sandwich into a Gourmet
    Meal by using a Different kind of Bread.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:46:16 PM PST

  •  Cantor seems to be all theater, no action... (0+ / 0-)

    Isn't that what TV is for?

    Isn't government about accomplishing things that increase safety, strengthen the economy, and improve health and education for everyone?

    Isn't it about fairness, opportunity, and support for families? Isn't it about caring for our environment here and working toward a better future?

    "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

    by fhcec on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:50:42 PM PST

  •  Of course the crucial problem for them (3+ / 0-)
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    is that if any NON-Spanish-speaking Republicans (and hear there's quite a few of those)  ever see or hear Rubio speaking Spanish to anyone for any reason ... they'll hate him forever.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:51:28 PM PST

  •  As a psychotherapist, I gotta tell you (4+ / 0-)
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    I am MUCH amused by and interested in this GOP 'rebranding itself'.

    They clearly know how badly they are perceived and are trying to change their presentation without changing the root issues.

    This is why they talk about 'messaging problems' - see, people aren't voting for us because they just haven't heard our message correctly.

    The problem is part entrenched racism and white supremacy and part dogma. They have an agenda that has not changed since Reagan was elected: They have largely accomplished it.

    And they are unphased by any setback - the mission has to be accomplished and they will lie, cheat, steal, and kill to do it.

    Rebranding is lying.

    Flat out deceit.

    They want to seem like something they aren't in order to trick people who don't trust them into trusting them to aid in that agenda, which is not in the best interests of the people they are deceiving.

     

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:52:20 PM PST

    •  They are counting on our Spanish speaking voters (1+ / 0-)
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      to succumb to their agenda the way the evangelicals and the rural population did.  Rubio got a four-point at the Snake Oil Sales Academy and is going forth on the promise that everyone will be pouring snake oil into their crankcases by 2016.  

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:17:00 PM PST

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  •  Why does the GOP keep thinking (1+ / 0-)
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    that they can experience electoral success simply by repackaging the same ugly, society-killing policy ideas that got them blown away in 2008 and 2012 in a slightly younger and/or prettier and/or browner package than their usual moldy white bread model?

    First Sarah, then Paul, then Marco...when will they ever learn?  When will they ever learn?

  •  2016 Bumper sticker? "Rubes for Rubio"? nt (3+ / 0-)

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:54:05 PM PST

  •  The one winning strategy for Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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    is to simply lie.  They realize nobody likes their policies, and that leaves them two strategies.  One - brazen it out.  Two - promise the opposite of their real policies.

    Guess which one wins elections?  Compassionate conservatism.  Yea, that one.  Fortunately for all of us, it seems like they're going with the brazen one for this cycle, and that should pick us up some House seats.

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:59:52 PM PST

  •  Sounds like they are a day late and a dollar (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    short to me.

    When are they going to own up to the fact that is is the Message, not the Messenger?

    •  They have had quite a bit of success with (2+ / 0-)
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      packaging their lies in slick talking points.  Look at OH, WI, MI, or PA where GOP state governments are wrecking havoc on their states.  They are just testing various messages to discover the next big lie.

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:06:25 PM PST

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  •  Let me get this straight (3+ / 0-)
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    IN an effort to reach out to Hispanics and to make inroads with them on issues like immigration they are trotting out a guy whose family and ethnic group (Cubans) got preferential treatment as far as immigration is concerned.  

    WOW what a great idea.  Right up there with their effort to do outreach with the African American Community by appointing an African American to head the party.  Actually it's worse because Cubans aren't particularly liked by the other Hispanic groups.  It's not even good pandering

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:04:26 PM PST

    •  Typical Republicanism (1+ / 0-)
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      In 2008, they saw the run that Hillary Clinton had, narrowly missing the nomination for the Democrats. Republicans moved to capitalize on what they figured would be female discouragement following Clinton's near miss. "Hey, one chick is just like another! And Sarah Palin's younger and better-looking than Hillary!" And a vice presidential nominee was chosen, as well as the birth of the miniscule and short-lived PUMA movement (remember that?).

      Strangely enough, one woman was not interchangeable with another, and a barely literate walking word salad of buzzwords and paper-thin policies didn't compare with an accomplished professional. Who could have known?

      Now we get Marco Rubio to represent the Hispanic wing of the Republican party. And for the exact reasons DisNoir36 enumerates, their tone-deaf pandering will once again leave Republicans scratching their pointy little heads, wondering why their message doesn't resonate with "those people."

      •  You would think (1+ / 0-)
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        a2nite

        they would learn their lesson.  Palin bombed spectacularly.  Michael Steele bombed badly in his effort to reach out to African Americans.  Fortunately for us he was booted out for the Rancid Penis.  Under Steele the GOP won back the house and many governorships.  Not so sure he was directly responsible for that 2010 wave but he was booted while Rancid Penis was re-elected as the head of the RNC despite getting shellacked in 2012.  But the GOP gave up any pretense whatsoever of trying to woo the African Americans after Steele.  They all but gave up any pretense of trying to woo women after Palin.  Now they're pathetically trying to pander to Latinos.   Next up they'll try to woo Asian Americans by getting Jerry Lewis up there.

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 04:20:57 PM PST

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  •  Being namby-pamby over climate change's (1+ / 0-)
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    ..existence, or whether or not it's anthropomorphic  should shoot him down big-time if they're dumb enough to run him for the White House.

    There's always a subset or people at war with reality, but nowhere near 50% of American voters.

    "Savior," my ass.

  •  Wow, I see how: 'you're illegal get out' would (0+ / 0-)

    Really resonate with Latinos.
    TGOPers keep doing what you're doing.

  •  Rethuglicans talking work ethic? HaHaHaHaHa! (0+ / 0-)

    To Hispanics no less, please spare me.....

    "A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Yo Bubba on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:28:11 PM PST

  •  So now Latinos can really understand (0+ / 0-)

    how backwards the GOP is? I don't get it.

    "Onward through the fog!" - Oat Willie

    by rocksout on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 03:38:25 PM PST

  •  I don't think (1+ / 0-)
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    "Here's your shit sandwich" really sounds better in Spanish.  Maybe more musical?  Is that the point?

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 04:00:09 PM PST

  •  Why is it (0+ / 0-)

    that republicans only became concerned about deficit spending and the debt after Obama took office?  For 8 years under Bush there were huge budget deficits and trillions added to the debt.  But no republican said a peep about the debt during the Bush years.  Why do democrats let them get away with this hypocrisy?

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