Marco

Below, in case you missed it live, Sen. Marco Rubio’s reply to President Obama’s State of the Union Address.  (The tape runs about 14 minutes.)

Well?  What think?  How’d Marco do?

  1. Bereket Kelile

    During Obama’s SOTU I was thinking that Dr. Ben Carson should have been tapped to give the GOP response. Better yet, maybe they could have just played the video of his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast as the response. 

  2. BrentB67

    I think if the some of the best things we can say is that he didn’t fail then it is hard to call the speech a success. That isn’t Senator Rubio’s fault. I don’t think anyone hits a home run doing these rebuttals. 

  3. La Tapada

    I liked his point that poor immigrants come to the U.S. because the opportunities in their own country have been killed by the government there being too big and bureaucratic (my paraphrase). This is a very short (and maybe simple to understand) bullet point that Republicans could repeat and repeat and repeat and it might get through.

  4. Chris Campion
    KeystoneStater:  Why couldn’t he say we want a country where all can strive to be rich and hated by the president. 

    Now that would be my American dream. · 4 hours ago

    This is my new favorite saying.  “Let’s all strive to be rich and hated by the President.”

    The corollary being “Let’s all strive to be poor and loved by the President”.

    If you get to pick either of those two lives, which one would you pick?

  5. Johnny Dubya

    I like the idea of having a non-politician deliver the SOTU response. Why the heck not? The GOP could have capitalized on the sudden notoriety of Dr. Carson. It would have the added benefit of not putting an actual officeholder at risk for ridicule, as the GOP is now amassing a track record of awkwardness in the rebuttal.

  6. Joan of Ark La Tex
    BrentB67: I think if the some of the best things we can say is that he didn’t fail then it is hard to call the speech a success. That isn’t Senator Rubio’s fault. I don’t think anyone hits a home run doing these rebuttals.  · 2 hours ago

    I agree. It sounds very much like reruns of the election speeches. Which we already know won less than half the country. Then again, it’s a response speech, it’s defensive by nature. 

    If the GOP was awake, they would have weaved in Carson somewhere in this speech. That would really increase Carson’s spotlight and lead more people to his visionary message. 

  7. DrewInWisconsin

    The speech was good and he said all the right things. But folks, we’ve been saying these same things for over four years, and nobody’s listening. I doubt Rubio convinced anyone who wasn’t already eager to be shut of Obama and his marauding pack of statists. But did he convince the fence-sitters? The low-information voters who gave us for more years of Obama? 

    The people he needed to convince weren’t even listening. Seems to me that Step One is to get people to pay attention. Step Two — a speech like Rubio’s — happens after you achieve Step One.

    So, good speech, good response, that won’t move the needle an inch. Sadly.

  8. Joan of Ark La Tex
    DrewInWisconsin: The speech was good and he said all the right things. But folks, we’ve been saying these same things for over four years, and nobody’s listening. I doubt Rubio convinced anyone who wasn’t already eager to be shut of Obama and his marauding pack of statists. But did he convince the fence-sitters? The low-information voters who gave us for more years of Obama? 

    The people he needed to convince weren’t even listening. Seems to me that Step One is to get people to pay attention. Step Two — a speech like Rubio’s — happens after you achieve Step One.

    So, good speech, good response, that won’t move the needle an inch. Sadly. · 10 minutes ago

    Yeap, when we conservatives are yawning too. Well, maybe it’s time to reinvent? 

  9. TheSophist

    “middle class” is the new “for the children”

    Gah.

  10. Merina Smith

    Isn’t the point of being a conservative that we have some basic tried and true principles?  We aren’t trying to invent anything–we’re using our principles to fix current problems.  We need a spokesman who understands our prinicples and can commnicate them effectively in terms people can relate to when making their voting choices.  Rubio does this very effectively IMHO.

  11. Don Tillman

    Um, this water bottle thing seems to be sweeping the interwebs.

    This could be a tremendous unintentional promotion for his speech.  Who’d a’thunk?

  12. curtmilr

    The Rubio speech itself was decently delivered, formulaic, and substantially what was expected.

    The flop sweat was off-putting. Most speakers sip water, but it should have been in easy reach, not out of frame.

    The rebuttals are designed to be diminished in appearance to the SOTU.

    Overall, pretty good.

    I liked Sen. Paul’s speech about principles better!

  13. Joe Escalante
    C

    Some may criticize the move to do this in Spanish as well, but on Spanish language radio today it’s ALL they were talking about. He had some supporters and some haters, but he was the ENTIRE conversation. He’s on the average Spanish speaker’s radar in a new way now.

  14. Peter Robinson
    C
    Joe Escalante: Some may criticize the move to do this in Spanish as well, but on Spanish language radio today it’s ALL they were talking about. He had some supporters and some haters, but he was the ENTIRE conversation. He’s on the average Spanish speaker’s radar in a new way now. · 3 minutes ago

    Bueno!

  15. JHM

    Muy bueno!

  16. Blue Yeti
    C

    He just put this photo up on Twitter

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  17. Joe Escalante
    C

    Considering all Huffpo can talk about is Rubio actually drinking water, I’d say it was a success.

  18. Merina Smith

    He is at once eloquent and sensible, an intellectual with the common touch.  Bravissimo!

  19. Pencilvania

    Know what would have been great?  If Dr. Ben Carson had handed him the water.

  20. Joe

    Marco Rubio was a solid warm-up act – decent, but left you wanting more so that the main attraction blew the Marshalls out. Rand Paul 2016!