Marco Rubio might have made a mistake during last Saturday’s debate but why is it all the other candidates except for Rubio and Cruz are making a far more serious mistake? They are refusing to acknowledge that Obama has fundamentally transformed America but there is a reason why they won’t. Cruz has been blocking State Department appoints over the Iran deal because he does what he says he will do but where are the other Republicans? Why won’t they do anything?
Governor Christie caused Marco Rubio to fumble at last Saturday’s debate. After insinuating he was Marco Roboto, Rubio repeated the same line in seven minutes. It was a good line, however. He said that Obama is deliberately destroying the country.
This montage below gives it back to Christie because he too repeats himself with a less impressive line. He claims that governors – even ineffectual ones apparently – make better presidents, which of course leaves out some famous presidents including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and in fact only 13 were governors and they include Jimmy Carter. You don’t need to be a governor. Members of the congress have experience with foreign affairs that governors don’t have.
Here’s the montage.
Rush Limbaugh made a great point on his show two days ago, Rubio and Cruz are the only two telling the truth that Obama is purposely transforming the country. Only Rubio and Cruz have hit on the point that most Americans are concerned about and the others won’t because most of the other Republicans in Congress and running for president have worked with Obama in one way or the other.
The GOP is covering for Barack Obama.
The Republican voter has been begging the GOP to stop this and they won’t. During his most recent speech before the Heritage Foundation, Paul Ryan called for conservatives to unite behind the GOP and he further suggested they sit down, shut up and trust the GOP will do the right thing if they win in November.
It’s NOT what the majority of voters want to hear. We want them to recognize what Obama is doing and we want to hear fighting words. Hearing about the constitution, limited government, and liberty in their speeches like a Ronald Reagan would be nice. Ryan says he’s a Reagan conservative but doesn’t sound like it.
TRANSCRIPT FROM THE RUSH CLIP
Because this is important, folks. This is really, really important. There are only two people that I’m aware of that are making a consistent point of this. Rubio, actually, is atop of this. Rubio and Cruz are the only two in the entire Republican field. Carly Fiorina may have said something like this occasionally. With Rubio, it’s a theme. With Cruz, it’s close to a theme. And the real question is: Why do the other Republicans in the field disagree?
Why do they not say it themselves, that Obama is doing what he’s doing on purpose and by design? That is a brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed plan to transform America into something it was not founded to be. This is something crucially important to Republican voters. To people inside the Beltway, it’s kind of a chuckle. “There they go again, those right wingers!” To people inside the Beltway, to the elites, to the establishment, Obama’s just the latest Democrat to come along.
He’s no different than any other Democrat. “It’s just the Democrat Party, and they have a president.” They don’t see the country in crisis in any way. Not because of the economy, not because of immigration, not because of foreign policy. In no way are we in a crisis. And, as such, they don’t see what Obama’s doing as anything except maybe a young, inexperienced — this is Christie’s point — incompetent boob. Well, that’s not who Obama is. Rubio’s opponents are using it to disqualify him. “See! Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing, and Rubio’s the same kind of guy, just a few short years in the Senate running for president. We can’t afford it.
“Meanwhile, the governors! We’re the guys. We’re the tough guys. We’ve had to make tough decisions,” blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. The governors will not admit who Obama is. The governors will not admit it, and Trump does not agree that Obama is purposely doing this. Trump thinks he’s a blithering incompetent. This is crucially important. But let’s get to the audio sound bites to set this up first. Here is Christie. And by the way, I told you (and this is not a hard prediction) that Rubio was gonna be the target of this debate on Friday.
I told you Rubio was gonna be in the crosshairs of all of these other guns because of the momentum he had coming out of Iowa. And have you noticed, coming out of Iowa, the so-called Republican establishment seemed to gravitate almost immediately to Rubio? Rubio was where the donor class was gonna go, and Rubio was where the establishment was gonna go because it just doesn’t look like Jeb’s gonna get there. Kasich may have a decent showing in New Hampshire. We don’t know. But beyond that…
Now the establishment can’t wait to dump Rubio over this debate performance Saturday night. The establishment can’t wait. Now they’re struggling to find somewhere to go. They thought it was gonna be Rubio. Why did they drop Rubio like a hot potato? I don’t think it’s because of his debate performance. I don’t think so. It may be a factor, but I don’t think that’s the number one reason why the establishment all of a sudden decided to jettison Rubio. I think there’s another reason. Let’s get to the audio sound bites just to replay what’s happened here.
Here’s Christie, Saturday night, Manchester, New Hampshire. The moderator at ABC, David Muir — and this is another thing, by the way. I saw Carly Fiorina on Fox complaining she wasn’t on the main stage, and I saw some people upset that Martha Raddatz tried to nail Ted Cruz on foreign policy, which she was. You know, Ted Cruz had a great night, and the evidence of that is that nobody wanted to talk about it. If Ted Cruz had had a bad night, folks, you would still be hearing about it, everywhere. CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS.
But Cruz could barely even get a mention Saturday night, and the only mention he got was this back-and-forth with Ben Carson over the silliness talking about Iowa and supposed cheating and stealing of votes. But aside from that, Cruz got hardly any mention. Oh, yeah, when his name was brought up they said, “Yeah, he was solid. He was there. Didn’t hurt himself, didn’t help himself.” Given that none of the people we’re talking about want to see Ted Cruz anywhere near the nomination, the fact is had he done poorly like some of the conventional wisdom was, that would have been their headline.
But since he didn’t bomb and since he actually was pretty solid on everything that came his way substantively, they ignored him. That’s the best indication of the solid performance he turned in. But my point is, everybody complaining at the way Martha Raddatz went after Cruz. What…? If you’re gonna have ABC moderate your debate, what do you think is going to happen? George Stephanopoulos is a former — I actually think still an active Democrat operative. George Stephanopoulos is from the Clinton war room.
What do you think you’re gonna get when you have ABC host a debate? Stop complaining! If you’re gonna make the decision to go there you have to realize that Martha Raddatz wants Hillary Clinton to be elected and Hillary Clinton’s weakness is foreign policy. Ted Cruz comes along and happens to run rings around Hillary or anybody else in foreign policy. She’s gonna try to take him out, and she’s not gonna show any respect at all.
RUSH: Okay, so Christie gets that allegation in, and Christie decided to hit Rubio because he had to. Rubio’s ahead of him. Rubio has the momentum coming out of Iowa. So Rubio is going to be the target. David Muir says, “Thank you, Governor Christie. Senator Rubio, what’s your response to that?”
RUBIO: I think the experience is not just what you did, but how it worked out. Under Chris Christie’s governorship of New Jersey, they’ve been downgraded nine times in their credit rating.
CHRISTIE: That’s what Washington, DC, does. The drive-by shot at the beginning with incorrect and incomplete information, and then the memorized 25-second speech.
RUBIO: Chris, your state got hit by a massive snowstorm two weeks ago. You didn’t even want to go back. They had to shame you into going back.
CHRISTIE: No. No.
RUBIO: This notion that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing is just not true.
CHRISTIE: There it is!
RUBIO: He knows exactly what he’s doing.
CHRISTIE: There it is: The memorized 25-second speech.
And that’s exactly what happened. You have to know what’s gonna happen when you put your debate on ABC, or CNBC, or NBC. You have to know. Anyway, David Muir, ABC: “Governor Christie, you said, ‘Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me,’ when it comes to electing a first-term senator. You heard Senator Rubio make the case that he does have the experience. What’s your response?”
CHRISTIE: You have not been involved in a consequential decision where you had to be held accountable. You just simply haven’t. And the fact is when you talk about Hezbollah Sanctions Act that you list as one of your accomplishments and just did, you weren’t even there to vote for it. That’s not leadership. That’s truancy. … He simply does not have the experience to be president of the United States and make these decisions.
RUSH: Okay, so there is Christie. This is the second or third time that Rubio’s made the point that this notion that President Obama doesn’t do what he’s doing, he’s just… And Christie jumps in, “There it is! There it is! See? The memorized 25-second canned speech. There it is. That’s all he’s got.” And Rubio went back to it and went back to it and went back to it and kept repeating it — and hasn’t stopped, by the way, saying it. At appearances in New Hampshire all day yesterday and again this morning, he’s still out saying it.
Here we have put together a montage of Rubio repeating that Obama line four different time during the debate.
RUBIO: Let’s dispel once and for all with this fiction from a Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. … Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. … This notion that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. … Anyone who believes that Barack Obama isn’t doing what he’s doing on purpose, doesn’t understand what we’re dealing with here.
RUSH: He’s one of two people saying it. Now, folks, you go out and talk to actual Republican primary voters. You go out, outside of Washington, outside New York, go out to where these primaries and caucuses are being held, and you will find that this is exactly what has propelled Republicans to the polls in droves in 2010 and 2014. It’s not the belief, it’s not the theory, it is the knowledge that Obama’s doing this on purpose, and there isn’t and hasn’t been any push-back. And Republican voters are livid. Obama has said he’s doing it on purpose. He has said his purpose is to transform the nation. Everybody knows that Obama is an Alinskyite.
The real question is — and I was talking about this over the weekend with my good buddy, Andrew McCarthy. The real question is, why are these other guys not saying it? Why does Chris Christie make fun of it? Why does Donald Trump pooh-pooh it? Well, Trump I have to leave out of this, out of this theory. But Trump also, just for the record, said he thinks Obama’s an incompetent boob, doesn’t know what he’s doing. Christie’s point is Obama’s incompetent, he doesn’t know what he’s doing because he’s inexperienced just like Rubio doesn’t know what he’s doing ‘cause he’s experienced. It’s Barack Obama 2 in that Rubio would be inexperienced senator, elected president, we don’t want to do that again.
Rubio’s point, no, no, no, no, no. Obama’s not incompetent. He’s not inexperienced. He’s doing exactly what he wants to do. And none of these Republican moderates will go there. You want to know why? You want to know why? You want to know why they cannot agree that Obama’s doing this on purpose? Very simple. They cannot agree that Obama’s doing it on purpose. They do not dare say that Obama’s doing it on purpose because they have all worked with Barack Obama, in one way or another, every one of these governors, many of them, and even a lot of Republicans in the House and Senate have worked with Obama to advance certain elements of the agenda.
We’ve worked with Obama on the spending bills. We have worked with Obama, or we want to, on amnesty and immigration. There are some on the Republican side who want to work with Obama when it comes to issues on the so-called War on Women. But when you have worked with Obama, when you have asked Obama to come to your state, and when you have embraced Obama and done everything you can to get assistance from Obama, well, you can’t turn around and then say Obama is purposefully trying to transform the country ‘cause that makes you look like an idiot.
So you have to fall back on the idea that it’s unintentional, just incompetent, just a boob, and we can’t elect anybody else as inexperienced as Obama was ‘cause they’re gonna have the same mess. There’s not a single Republican running that wants to transform this country the way Obama is doing it, not one. Not a single one. There’s not a single Republican in this field who would, by virtue of inexperience, make the mistakes Obama is making, because Obama is not making mistakes. Obama has an agenda.
I think the real important question here to ask and answer is why won’t anybody but Rubio and Cruz say it? Because that’s essentially, if you had to encapsulate what the Republican primary is, it’s about that. Like they keep harping on, Christie — or it might have been Trump, I don’t know who it was — jumped on Rubio, maybe it was a moderator in the post-debate analysis. Why does he keep campaigning against Obama? Obama’s not on the ballot. Obama’s seven years old. Obama’s in his last year. Why does he keep running against Obama?
Because Hillary and Bernie Sanders want to continue what Obama has started, and it is the transformation of America. The Republican base is fully aware of it. The Republican primary voters have been begging the Republican Party to stop this since 2010, since 2009 when Obama took office.
Meanwhile an unknown Independent candidate is trying to make news by having both Rubio and Cruz removed from the Florida ballot because he claims they’re not Americans born naturally.Rubio’s parents weren’t citizens when he was born here and, though Cruz’s mother is American, he was born in Calgary where she was employed.
The candidate David Librace wants some publicity.