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One of the Many Actual Reasons to be Contemptuous of Marco Rubio


He voted against the VAWA. And, needless to say, his pretext for voting against it is a really terrible reason in its own right.

It also seems worth noting that no woman in Senate voted against the bill.


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  • People are not finding Rubio’s flop-sweat-filled SOTU response performance to have been contemptuous. People are finding it to have been amusing. The substance of Rubio’s SOTU response, to me, was often contemptuous. His performance, on the other hand, was pretty darn amusing.

    Contempt and amusement are two different things.

    • T. Paine

      Both of which are toxic to someone trying to become a big-name politician. Better luck next time, GOP!

      • Exactly. Rubio puffed himself up (with a big media assist) as the young and hip new “Savior of the GOP.” Under scrutiny, he’s just a retread of Romney/Ryan, but not as slick (I thought that wasn’t even possible!).

        • JKTHs

          Since the definition of “Savior of the GOP” includes pretty much anyone in the party who isn’t white and is under the age of 50, it seems easy to disappoint.

          • david mizner

            Speaking of, didn’t Jindal also blow a SOTU response?

            • spencer

              Oh yes. Talking about how the federal government was wasting money on volcano monitoring and suchlike.

              • drkrick

                Two weeks before a significant eruption in Alaska.

                • swearyanthony

                  Not to mention the eruption in Iceland that fucked up air travel for a significant length of time

                • The Dark Avenger

                  Even the initial impression left by the response wasn’t very flattering, to say the least.

                  OLBERMANN: There was, however, the element of style, which is part of politics. And one criticism that was so prevalent that it now has its own Facebook group is titled “Bobby Jindal is Kenneth the Page.” And there are more than 2,800 members here. Is that, I mean, serious bad news for somebody who might be hoping to look presidential to cultivate some sort of measure of gravitas?

    • Vance Maverick

      I think you mean “contemptible”. Rubio may contemn all sorts of things, but he’s politic enough not to show it (except, as Scott notes, through his votes).

      • Yes, contemptible.

        • Joel

          Pedants make me nauseous.

          • md rackham

            I suspect you mean “nauseated.”

            • rea

              That’s not quite as clear as contemptible/contemptuous, although funny in context.

            • Nice.

            • Tybalt

              That’s the joke

          • Davis X. Machina

            + several…

          • Halloween Jack

            Q: What did the Pink Panther say to the boring lecturer?

            A: Pedant, pedant, pedant pedant pedant pedant pe-daaaaaaaaaaant… pedant pedant!

            Tip the veal, etc.

      • rea

        He’s contemptible, so I’m contemptuous of him.

        • Davis X. Machina

          Me, I loath pedants.

          • expatchad


            • expatchad

              Feel intense dislike or disgust for.
              detest – abhor – abominate – execrate – dislike

  • sharculese

    He might as well have just explained himself by asking where’s the Violence Against Men Act.

  • spencer

    It also seems worth noting that no woman in Senate voted against the bill.

    Yes, but see, that just proves that female Senators are only voting for things they personally benefit from, and are therefore rent-seeking bloodsuckers. Whereas the fact that a disinterested party like Saint Marco Rubio studiously considered it and then voted against it objectively demonstrates the arbitrary castratey-ness of the bill.

    Or something.

    • Davis X. Machina

      “…rent-seeking bloodsuckers.”

      Any birder worth his or her salt has that one on their bucket list. I had to drive to Nogales to see the only one I ever say.

      • Stag Party Palin

        I don’t suppose you also caught the Red-necked Border Tyrant on that trip?

    • efgoldman

      Whereas the fact that a disinterested party like Saint Marco Rubio…

      There is only one GOBP saint, and his name will be hallowed forever: Sanctus Ronaldus Magnus.

  • Halloween Jack

    Huh. I thought that Deb Fischer had voted against it.

  • david mizner

    I’m not going to jump on the Thirst-Gate pile-on. As a bleeding heart who once bombed a public speaking performance, I felt bad for him and had to turn it off.

    Nor, though, am I going to scold Democratic partisans for trying to brand him as Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time lightweight. Which btw seems pretty accurate. As much as I’d like elections to hinge solely on issues like violence against women, that ain’t the way it works.

    • DrDick

      I saw somewhere that Rubio is calling that water thing a “message from God.” Obviously the message was, “You are not ready for prime time.”

      • Lacking Moral Fiber aka Useless Muthfucka frmly Nemesis

        gawd has a Dasani franchise.

      • Halloween Jack

        “Choke on it” also works.

      • DocAmazing

        Too many holes in his holy water.

        • expatchad

          As long as they match the holes in his aspergillium…

  • catclub

    I just want start calling him Marco Rubio Polio

  • “Oh no, police on Indian land are allowed to arrest non-Indians if they commit crimes! This is terrrrrible!”

    • rea

      And of course, we wouldn’t need to give tribal courts jurisdiction, if we’d just pony up enough money for federal law enforcement to prosecute misdemeanor assaults on reservations. But of course, that’s not going to happen . . .

      • Joe

        Seems to me that locals would be appropriate for this sort of thing anyhow. The courts also have the power over locals generally speaking. Why not this too? The legislation requires the non-Natives to have a connection to the tribes.

    • efgoldman

      “Oh no, police on Indian land American soil are allowed to arrest non-Indians non-Americans if they commit crimes! This is terrrrrible!”

      I think I’ll go to Germany and rob a 7-11, see what happens.

  • The Republican Party can’t seem to grasp that it has no good ideas, and that this is why they are unpopular. Indeed, their present plan seems to amount to saying, “If we get brown people to express our bad ideas for us maybe more people will like us.” This is, of course, a terrible idea, but we shouldn’t be surprised by that.

    • chris

      Indeed, their present plan seems to amount to saying, “If we get brown people to express our bad ideas for us maybe more people will like us.”

      This may be a bit of a sensitive issue, but does anyone know how seriously *actually* brown Hispanics take the technical Hispanic-ness of someone like Rubio? He’s as pale as I am.

      The descendants of Native Americans and the descendants of Europeans may both speak Spanish today, but that doesn’t make them one race. (Or does it? Race is pretty much a social construct anyway, so I guess if they think of themselves as one race, then they are.)

      • blondie

        I understand the point about race, culture and social constructs, but to the GOP, Obama and Rubio are both people of color, despite the “white” in their ancestry.

  • Loud Liberal

    It is pathetic that the GOP thinks that Hispanic voters are so shallow that they would vote for an extreme, right-wing, fascist, Cuban, refugee (I dispute the existence of a Cuban “exile”), just because he happens to be Hispanic. Michael Steele anyone?

    This GOP attitude is no different than the GOP’s declamation that it lost the election, again, because of poor “messaging” and “branding.” GOP messaging and branding are the epitome of putting lipstick on a pig. It doesn’t occur to GOP clowns that the majority of voters have figure out that failed and corrupt GOP policies are bad for 99.9% of Americans.

    As for Marco Rubio, he knows absolutely nothing about economics and is about as out of touch with the middle class as any wannabe fascist dictator. He fails to acknowledge that his refugee parents benefited from what was left of the New Deal America that liberals created, and that corporate fascists like him are trying to dismantle. Marco Rubio is middle class enemy #1, and he must be called out for his Medieval attitude about women and backward public policy. That is Marco Rubio’s brand.

  • penpen

    I think Steve M. has it right, this is no Jindal redux.


    • Halloween Jack

      Comparing either Jindal or Rubio to Bill Clinton is a bad comparison, simply because neither of them is Big Dog with his nigh-supernatural affability; put either or both of them in a room with him and they would simply seem to melt into the background. The bit where Rubio is now hawking his own branded water bottles seems more like a page from Sarah Palin’s playbook of cultivating and monetizing resentment; it may be lucrative (at least in the short run; Palin is well past her sell-by date), but in the end, nobody really likes a whiner.

      • Clinton’s performance at the ’88 DNC was criticized for being too long, not for being delivered incompetently. At the time, nobody was doubting that Clinton had skills and brains. The Rubio SOTU response made him look like an “empty suit.”

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