The liberal reaction to Marco Rubio's response is interesting, considering the specter surrounding his Presidential chances in 2016. Here we have a few different reactions from the Left to Marco Rubio's speech.
A typical liberal tactic when faced with a well-reasoned, articulate conservative is name-calling. This is exactly the tactic used by Chris Matthews in response to Marco Rubio's address. Matthews described the speech as “tinkertoy” and “juvenile,” “primitive,” and “something you would hear on the high school debating team.” When a liberal can't debate the issues, they resort to name-calling.
After Rubio's speech, Bill Maher went on his Facebook page to ignorantly call Marco Rubio a “shameless liar.” He wrote: “Wow, what a shameless liar this Marco Rubio guy is - Obama created more debt than Bush? Well, if you don't believe in science, why not math too?” You and I both know what an ignorant argument this is because we are armed with the facts: Under eight years of George W. Bush, our debt rose an astounding $4.899 trillion; But under four years of Barack Obama, our debt has risen an incredible $5.863 trillion and we still have four years left to go.
You know something is topsy-turvy in the political world when you have Barack Obama's former green jobs czar and self-avowed Communist Van Jones recognizing how dangerous Rubio is to the Democrats. Van Jones recognizes Rubio's dangerous combination of intellect and his ability to connect with people, Americans, voters, constituents. He tells CNN: “Let me tell you one thing about Marco Rubio. Marco Rubio is dangerous for Democrats. He is dangerous. I was so glad he picked up that water bottle because where he was going, he was getting emotional. 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.”
Extra Credit: The Downplay
While Joe Scarborough may be a conservative, that didn't stop him from declaring on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC that Rubio is not ready to be president and that Republicans who are pushing him are “making a big mistake.”
The fact that the most talked about news story to come out of everything yesterday was Marco Rubio taking a drink from his water bottle speaks volumes about the level of discourse we are currently engaged in in this country and how hard we have to fight just to keep conservative ideas in the forefront.