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I’m asking a lot of my politicians, I know, but I don’t really care about what they did in their youth or whether they were absolute straight arrows. In fact, I prefer that they had at least a little bit of a rebel streak in their teens. They didn’t have to get great grades in high school either.
But I do expect them to have a certain level of common sense and an ability to address silly notions, and here is where Marco Rubio has shown some incompetence.
Rubio explained that his decision not to answer the question [of whether he’s ever used marijuana] goes back to an encounter he had after publishing his memoir, “American Son.” In the book, Rubio reveals that he was not a disciplined student in his youth and had a 2.1 GPA in high school.
“Someone came up to me and said, ‘You know, I enjoyed your book, but I want you to know, my son came up to me and said he doesn’t have to get good grades in high school, because look at Marco Rubio, he didn’t do well in high school and look how successful he’s been,'” Rubio recalled.
“And that impacted me,” he said of the encounter.
Well, it shouldn’t. There is a response to the young man’s adolescent logic. I’ll let the Ricochetti weigh in on what form the rebuttal should take, but if your kid is using that kind of argument, then he’s probably not going to get very good grades anyway (and perhaps the lack of intelligence is genetic, because it seems that the dad was stumped by his son’s airtight case for slacking). By the way, dads and moms, if you find yourself arguing with your high-school-aged child about why he/she should get better grades, that’s a sign that you have already failed in some crucial aspect already.
I don’t know what Rubio could have done differently. Should he have omitted his high school record, so this young man (and others) couldn’t have thrown this damning piece of evidence in his dad’s face? And wouldn’t it be newsworthy if it had come out that Rubio had left out unflattering incidents and grades — under which circumstances the high school slacker would find out anyway?
Rubio told that story as an example of why he won’t answer the ‘pot’ question.
The Florida Republican, who maintains a strict stance against the legalization of marijuana, refuses to answer whether he’s ever personally smoked it. Rubio told “Politics Confidential” that his silence on the matter is based on his belief that there is no “responsible way to recreationally use marijuana.”
“If you say that you did, then suddenly there are people out there saying, ‘Well, it’s not a big deal,'” Rubio said. “On the other side of it is if you tell people that you didn’t, they won’t believe you.”
Suddenly? People have been saying “it’s not a big deal” for decades. The last three presidents, many senators and members of congress, business titans Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and countless other successful ‘ordinary’ people have used pot, so I fail to see where Rubio is going to single-handedly uphold the drug-free banner for young people and have any influence as an example. Remember, by Rubio’s own example, all the adolescent needs is one case of a successful pot smoker and the Ivy League educated US Senator just lost the debate by the terms he’s accepted.
The second part, “they won’t believe you”, is even more odd. If it’s true that Rubio never smoked ganja, then he should say so. If people don’t believe him, that’s their problem. This just doesn’t make sense to me. I mean, what about the people who will think this convenient and convoluted reasoning is his way of avoiding answering this question? I don’t know whether he did or didn’t, but somehow I feel like I’m being misled anyway! Good job, Marco!Published in