Wednesday, June 13, 2012

MARCO RUBIO: Romney's Best Bet

Romney's Best Bet 

My fiancé, Ann Coulter, and I don't
disagree on much. However, we
are at odds over Mitt Romney's
soon-to-be announced VP choice.

In short, Ann is gaga over New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whereas I’m passionately pulling for Florida Senator Marco Rubio. I like Christie, I just don’t believe that he’s the best choice right now.

A great VP choice may not guarantee a nominee’s victory (Joe Lieberman 2000), however, a misguided choice effectively can derail a promising candidate’s campaign (Sarah Palin 2008).

Rubio has maintained his disinterest in the #2 slot, but that’s what they all say — it’s just part of the political game.

One of the greatest criticisms thrown at Rubio is that the 41-year old lacks the on-the-job experience necessary to handle the gig. Really? C’mon, clearly qualifications and experience no longer are significant factors in American politics. Can you say, “President Obama?” But Rubio IS qualified.

So, what do we know about the Miami law school graduate? Well, before this married father of four joined the U.S. Senate in 2011, Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2009 — he was Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2009. Simply put, Rubio is a rock-solid “God, Guns and Guts” Republican — three words that scare the pants off the libs, but he’s my kinda guy! He’s a “Right to Lifer” who opposes same-sex marriage, supports mandatory life sentences for repeat sex offenders, opposes passage of Cap-and-Trade energy legislation and encourages options for student and parent choice in education.

Although his positions on the issues are pretty standard for us bigoted, right-wing, phobic wackos, Rubio stands out from the rest of the Republican pack. He’s young, wildly popular, gaining experience, impressive on the stump, and given his connection to the Cuban community, he likely will continue to endear Hispanic voters and help clinch Florida for Romney next November — which is the whole point here. The upcoming presidential election is one that my team simply MUST win.

Recent opinion polls of various conservative groups found overwhelming growing support for Romney to tap Rubio for the VP slot. And not only will Rubio likely energize the right, he is also the “golden child” who can best inspire independents — a key faction needed to ensure victory in November.

Weary of the “Palin factor,” many longtime conservatives are urging Romney to choose a more seasoned candidate. However, I’m more concerned about the “pasty old white dude factor.” Barack Obama is an iconic rock star. And we Americans just love our rock stars! So, as I’ve mentioned in previous features, if the Republicans are to triumph in 2012, we’ve got to “out-rock star” our incumbent president.

But there is a (very) long list of other qualified contenders from which Romney can choose, including Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Ohio senator Rob Portman, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Senator John Thune of South Dakota, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty — to name just a few. In fact, just about the only qualified right-wingers who haven’t been mentioned on any recent potential candidate lists have been me and my fiancé, Ann Coulter.

Even political novices realize that this is a race that Romney can win if he doesn’t blow it. C’mon dude — DON’T BLOW IT!

-Christopher Long 
(June 2012)

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