It’s 4:20 p.m. on a dreary Monday and Marco Rubio is pacing beside his desk, a black handset pressed to his ear. He’s on the phone with conservative talk-radio host Michael Medved. A few minutes earlier, he was on an online radio program. After he finishes with Medved, he’ll call Newsmax, a conservative news website. On Tuesday, he’ll dial Rush Limbaugh. Between calls, Rubio monitors Twitter on his laptop and phone and keeps an eye on C-SPAN, which is broadcasting Senate floor speeches. He occasionally sips from a bottle of mineral water. “Who’s next?” Rubio asks, turning toward his press
Comments: Rubio is a serious young man. He has vision, intelligence and courage. His role in this go-round of immigration reform negotiations will indicate whether he has first-rate political skills and is savvy enough to finally secure our borders and productively integrate eleven million Hispanic people into our schools and workforce without disadvantaging existing citizens or people already in our immigration pipeline.
I, for one, find his charm offensive when employed in the service of Schumer, O, McCain and Bob Menendez. Rush praised him the other day, even while not agreeing that immigration reform/amnesty is being done right. No matter how many times it is said, the borders won´t be secured "first" and all this effort will result in is the dissolution of conservatives in red states and a permanent Dem base. Rubio is earnest, intelligent and a wonderfully facile speaker, but I am not on board with him.
Rubio has shown his true career politician colors. He may look good in a suit and exchanges pleasantries with attention-starved radio talk show hosts, but some of you need to wake up and smell the coffee. Amnesty for 11 to 20 million illegal guests is not just another issue. It would be a permanent structural shift in the electorate in favor of the socialists. At that point, we all might as well give up. If you want to save the country take off the blinders of race, physical appearance, biography --all that crap -- and focus on the substance of the issues. Sad to say that many on the right have been suckered by Rubio in the same way those on the left were with Oblahma. You cannot rely on some talk show host to tell you what is right or wrong for the country.
I heard Rubio talk the other day about his legalization proposal for long-term illegal aliens. From what I heard Rubio say, his proposal is very different that what Obama and the liberal Democrats are proposing.
Rubio said that he supports a conditional immigration status for long-term illegal aliens that does not contain any sort of path to citizenship. Rubio´s proposal would allow qualified illegal aliens to stay in the US indefinitely, to work, to gain the protection of all US laws, and to travel to and from the USA as long as they obey all US laws. After an alien received a conditional immigration status, if that alien wished to later on become a permanent resident alien, he or she would have to qualify for an immigrant visa in accordance with the immigration laws, just like all legal immigrants must do now. After becoming a permanent resident that alien must complete five years residence in the USA and meet all the other requirements for citizenship that all legal immigrants must do today. The alien, if he or she wished, could then petition to be naturalized as a US citizen. Only then would that person receive US voting rights.
Obama and the liberal Democrats want all illegal aliens now in the USA to be put on a special streamlined path to citizenship, so that they could be naturalized and be given US voting rights as soon as possible. Obama and the liberal Democrats would not be doing that if the had any inkling at all that more then a small percentage of those new voters would ever have an epifinany and vote for conservative Republicans, you can safely bet on that!
Eventual citizenship is still citizenship with voting rights.
Why should anyone grant that to those whose presence here is a violation of U.S. law?
Rubio has been photographed with Schumer. No one who is serious would allow himself to be photographed with Schumer. See the article. There the two of them are. This is not going to sit well. How many people love McCain?
Hope all this "immigration reform" talk is just that -- and goes away eventually.
Electing the right enforcing president will be all the reform needed. Neither the Jebster nor the Rubester could qualify.
Rubio is now consorting with some of the lowest forms of human debris in the Senate in order to enact legislation which in ANY form would empower the dims until the end of time while dooming his own party. At best he is incredibly gullible and self-serving. I noticed that although Rush and Levin, both of whom I respect did not broach the question of electoral suicide to Rubio during their interviews, although they both have spoken at length on this subject on many occasions. Let´s have tougher interviews, please.
He says nothing will be done until the southern borders are closed. I don´t believe that will ever happen and every one of the requirements of his plan will just be smoothed over and never taken care of like always. If they can´t find 11 million to send home, how will they find them to sign them up? We were hearing the same thing a couple of years ago but people fought it down.
If he was talking to the conservative outlets, why didn´t he call Glenn Beck? Several million would have heard him there.
#8, yes. We must all remember we heard the "securing the border" garbage (appropriate word) when W was in office. Rubio rushed through that phrase in every interview about immigration. He should be pinned down. Senator, please define "securing the border first." Details. No specifics, oh I see. Well, we will be ready to listen when specifics are all spelled out. THEN ask us for our support of this plan.
The inconclusive negotiations over the weekend on Iran’s nuclear program were disappointing, but two critical points have mostly been ignored. First, diplomacy takes work, and agreements rarely flow seamlessly from beginning to end. Second, if all those inveighing against any deal — namely members of Congress, Israel and Saudi Arabia — see the weekend results as a new opportunity to sabotage it, what is the alternative?
The least dispiriting moment of another grim week in Washington was the sight of ornery veterans tearing down the Barrycades around the war memorials on the National Mall, dragging them up the street, and dumping them outside the White House. This was, as Kevin Williamson wrote at National Review, “as excellent a gesture of the American spirit as our increasingly docile nation has seen in years.” Indeed. The wounded vet with two artificial legs balancing the Barrycade on his Segway was especially impressive.
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Representative Paul D. Ryan may have temporarily receded into the Capitol shadows after his stinging vice-presidential defeat in November, but he remains a powerful presence among House Republicans, earning the respect of hard-line conservatives for his budget blueprint and the trust of anxious moderates for his pragmatism. Now, the impasse that has shuttered much of the government and steered the nation toward a default has offered the Wisconsin congressman a new opening to reassert himself — and suddenly a man who seemed in danger of being eclipsed as the face of his party has re-emerged as essential to its rescue.
Diplomacy has never witnessed anything like the dizzying and erratic sequence of events relating to Syria that began on Wednesday, August 21, and ended three and a half weeks later, on Saturday, September 14. Who won, who lost? It’s too soon for a definite answer, but Bashar Assad is in the driver’s seat, suggesting that he, Putin, and the mullahs will gain while Obama, Erdogan, and Israel will lose. (snip) Barack Obama’s foreign-policy credibility sinks and that of the United States with him, especially vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear buildup, at least until 2017.
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When it comes to reports of civilian deaths from chemical weapons in opposition-occupied Syrian towns, the Obama White House suddenly claims to be as certain of its own intelligence as the Bush White House was about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction in October 2002. But it is much easier to rush into war, without congressional or popular approval, than it is to get out. There was far more humility at the Obama White House the last time similar atrocities led the usual suspects to urge the U.S. to become militarily entangled in Syria.
How serious is John Bolton about potentially running for president? He’s about to start hiring for his political operation. The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and conservative star is ready to hit the road, play in the 2014 midterm elections, and flesh out his domestic-policy views —including his support for gay marriage — in preparation for throwing his hat in the ring in 2016. For Bolton, the path here — to the cusp of running — has been a winding one. Save for his trademark snow-white mustache, he could be mistaken for just another Washington, D.C., lawyer
A 19th-century Scottish journalist, songwriter, and poet is not an obvious guide to a 21st-century intellectual and political phenomenon, but when it comes to making sense of climate-change zealotry, there are worse choices than Charles Mackay (1812–89), the author of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841), an acerbic, often drily amusing study of the frenzies — from witch mania to the tulip bubble — that regularly possess our supposedly sophisticated species. “In reading the history of nations,” wrote Mackay, “we find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit
Barack Obama´s latest act of surrender in the war against terrorism comes in Afghanistan. Administration sources are leaking that Obama is considering withdrawing all American troops before Dec. 31, 2013, one year early, without leaving even a small, residual force in the country. Such a decision would simply accelerate an already badly misguided policy. Faster draw-downs in Afghanistan are bad enough but even worse is Obama´s inability or unwillingness to see the inevitably broader adverse consequences. The inclination toward speedier withdrawal is attributed to Obama´s deteriorating relations with Afghan President Karzai, who is apparently livid about U.S. negotiations
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he will visit Israel in October, a move that signals to the political world that he is seriously considering making another presidential run in 2016. “We will be going to Israel to bring together Arabs, Christian and Jews in an educational forum ,” Mr. Perry told The Washington Times in an interview just three days after he announced he would not seek an unprecedented fourth term as Texas governor. Many analysts interpreted that decision as evidence that he is setting the table for a White House campaign.
It looks increasingly that solving the Egyptian puzzle is going to take us all to Syria. How far the army´s coup in Egypt resets the geopolitics of the Middle East, or, conversely, whether the coup itself forms the commencement of a region-wide tectonic shift that is going to play out over time - this is the big question. The cascading events this week indicate that the latter could well be the case. To be sure, even by the standards of the Middle East, the past week has been an extraordinary one.
A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead. Ford O´Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain´s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder." Rule #1 of the political analyst´s newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it." Such a sentiment is sure to be tough to digest for a party insistent on using the 40th president´s legacy as a GOP litmus test to prove conservative credentials. "The Reagan fixation is a drag
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