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on Marco Rubio, in this brief overview of the SOTU and Rubio's response:

Marco Rubio’s GOP response will be remembered for his awkward lunge for the water bottle. That’s a shame, because the speech itself was remarkable. Not in a good way.

At a moment when the Republican Party needs rebranding, Rubio offered nothing new. The thrust of his speech was “government bad, capitalism good.” Yet he recounted how beneficial government assistance has been to his own success. I expected him to resolve the contradiction, but he didn’t even try.

Someday, maybe Rubio will take the leap and begin to outline a 21st-century vision for the GOP. It would be good for the country if he did. Also if he remembered to hydrate.

Some how I had an old song running through my head, with a new lyric.  The original, Watermelon Man, was written by Herbie Hancock and was a huge hit when recorded by Mongo Santamaria in 1963.  

All I have is a new title, but I am sure we can pad out the lyrics with a continuous loop on
"Water  bottle man"  don'tcha think?

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  •  okay, so this is not much of a post (23+ / 0-)

    but I really liked Robinson's put down.

    And once that song started in my head with a new refrain, well . . .

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 05:07:19 AM PST

    •  It Was Hard To Watch (5+ / 0-)

      I wonder who they are talking to. My parents are a stable of the Republican party. Yet they don't think government is bad. I know I have mentioned this to you cause you are a teacher.

      A perfect example is public schools.

      I come from a family of PhDs. Also a family with some financial means. We could have sent our children anywhere but the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois (where I went) and LSU (where my dad and I went to grad school) were always good enough for us.

      Nobody in my family has ever said I wish I went to Harvard and not Eastern Illinois.

      This is just a case in point for me that the Republican party doesn't know who they are talking to. Folks like my parents and brother that are moderate. They believe, know they know the government isn't evil.

      Maybe Rubios speech worked for like the 12 or percent of tea party folks, but I know it turned off my family members.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 05:38:20 AM PST

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      •  You example is probably part of why Virginia (2+ / 0-)
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        Democrats urge sales of Cuccinelli book.

        It amazes me that after years of overt grandstanding, some early cases that alienated even Virginia's GOP leaders, many Virginians seem ignorant of how Cuccinelli gained nicknames such as "The Kook," "The Cooch" and some less well known and less attractive ones. People such as your parents hearing his own words and thinking just a bit are liable to begin using those terms themselves. For example, he operates on the principle that this is really the model for our country:

        Cuccinelli devotes little space to his own personal story, although he does mention a period of his boyhood when his mother became ill and the family did not have health insurance.

        His parents sought help from extended family and fought to emerge from debt, Cuccinelli writes, “but despite the hardship, the last thing my parents thought about doing was asking the government to force other people to pay our bills.”

        Cuccinelli criticizes popular programs such as Social Security and Medicare by suggesting that they make people dependent on government.
        That is the model for third world countries and part of what makes them so. It also rejects the too often forgotten sense of community dating from our Colonial times in which communities banded together to solve problems beyond individual capabilities. Even some of the emerging economies have rejected "The Kook's" extreme view. These kooks would have us join the less developed world and, in my opinion as honed by travel, we are on the way.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 07:17:46 AM PST

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  •  More of a rant than a SOTU (4+ / 0-)

    And Robinson's right he won't be remembered for all those rants at the President, just the uncomfortable sweating, the desperate drink and the Leave it to Beaver grin at the end.

    Even Democrats can be asses. Look at Rahm Emanuel.

    by Helpless on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 05:19:54 AM PST

  •  yes, the mannersims were off-putting (10+ / 0-)

    and the water-grab.... this isn't 6th grade Speech class. But - this isn't 6th grade Speech class. Untimately, I don't give a crap that he looked like a fool. I give a crap that what came out of his mouth was exactly the same bull that lost them the election last fall! So the big Republican re-branding is to say the same nutty stuff, but with a younger, ethnic guy instead of the regular old white guy?? Ooooookay.

  •  Today's GOP is not the vision party, they are give (3+ / 0-)
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    me your money and I will tell you what you want to hear, in other words the I got mine, screw you party with a following not smart enough to understand the real message.

  •  I thought it was the Gish Gallop (3+ / 0-)
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    in slo-mo.  I've never heard him speak, my expectation was based on Time's Savior notion.  Wooden and awkward was the first impression.  The second was that he lies like Mitt and this is their savior?  

    It's all good.  Another nationally televised spewing of the same old same old proves how deeply out of touch the opposition is.  Thank God they don't get it.

    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 Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 06:24:07 AM PST

  •  No there there (2+ / 0-)
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    The re-formulation of the Republican Party seems to be just adding more textured soy protein filler to their basic meatloaf of Business Good, Government Bad.

    I was DISGUSTED to hear the ignorant use of the mythical responsibility of the Community Re-Investment Act (of 1977!) for the mortgage crisis. That is such a blatant appeal to know-nothing racists and xenophobes who like to believe that the Government in the guise of Barney Frank and the Community Re-Investment Act (of 1977!) forced banks to make loans to "people" (read minorities) who didn't really qualify for loans. Marco Rubio should be completely ashamed of himself for pushing this swill.

    Same old same old although it continued the time honored tradition of turning both the Republican spokesperson and the Party into laughing stocks.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 07:15:17 AM PST

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