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Wonder If Republicans Wished They Had Listened To Caffeinated Politics?

November 8, 2012

I have long argued the reasons the Republican Party needs to be more inclusive, and stated the best pick for the VP slot this year was Senator Marco Rubio.  I bet there are many in the GOP wishing they had done that very thing. Had Rubio been on the ticket Florida would have landed in the Romney camp, and 4 or 5 points among Hispanics could have been shaved from the national Democrats, and that could have made a signficant change on Election Night.

4 Comments
  1. Solly permalink
    November 13, 2012 4:58 PM

    Your thinking is strengthened by the fact that Ryan didn’t help carry his own district or state for the ticket (apparently he could bring over the policy wonks that can’t add community). However, Latinos are not a monolithic voting block, and those of Mexican, Puerto Rican or Central American heritage don’t always agree with the Cubans. Rubio may have picked up the 2% and change needed to carry Florida, but I doubt it would have caused the mostly Mexican communities in Colorado or Nevada to vote for the top of the ticket whose remedy for immigration is self-deportation. And he may have done more damage to those who require ethics and experience on the ticket. You know it, I know it and the American People know it. 🙂

  2. November 12, 2012 7:36 PM

    Had Rubio skimmed 4-5% of Hispanic votes one can see where there might be reason to see Rubio as a better choice for the GOP. Just my thoughts.

  3. Solly permalink
    November 12, 2012 3:56 PM

    Would this be the same blogger who called Sarah Palin, a “smart pick” for John McCain? Rubio would have had to spend September explaining the unethical use of the Florida Republican Party (FRP) credit card for personal expenses (which he didn’t report to the IRS as income as required), his double charging of flight expenses to both the FRP AND the State of Florida, a foreclosure on an investment house he and another legislator used to stay in in Tallahassee while collecting per diems and the fabrication of his family history (that they fled Castro, instead of emigrating before the revolution) which appeared for years on his official biography. “Gee Mom and Dad, did I get that wrong?” His two years in the U.S. Senate would make John Edwards look like Strom Thurmond in experience. He would make Lyin’ Paul Ryan look like George Washington. Deke, you need to find more robust stars to hitch your blogitorial wagon to.

  4. Joanne Brown permalink
    November 10, 2012 1:49 PM

    Well, I’m glad that the Republicans didn’t listen. Mitt Romney as President would be a disaster for the country

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