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Ignorance Trumps Hypocrisy -- Just As Marco Rubio

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Well, the Rube that roared is trying anything to keep him relevant in the 2016 GOP Presidential campaign that's looking at him with longer and longer odds. He's fallen from poster child for the New GOP to dimwitted doormat as other nationally unelectable Republicans like Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz zoom past him in early polls.

When in trouble, punt. And that's what the junior Florida senator has done. While the rest of the world is applauding the CVS move to stop selling cancer sticks, AKA cigarettes, Rubio is not. The pharmacy chain justifies their move because  they feel it's hypocritical to sell the cause of illness and sickness while they pride themselves on being a healthy place. They're a one-stop shopping site for cures and potions for what ails you.

WAPO and Sarah Kliff:

CVS, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, said Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes at its 7,600 locations in an expensive but calculated bid to boost its image as a full-fledged health-care provider rather than a simple purveyor of greeting cards and shampoo.

Almost unanimous praise has been heaped on CVS for taking this stand. I say almost unanimous because not even world peace would be unanimous if the GOP had their way. So out of the darkness of ignorance and void of any human compassion come this Marco Rubio tweet--

 Many of the same people applauding #CVS for not selling tobacco are ok with making it easier to buy and smoke pot. #makesnosense

Hashtag: makesnosense. Really?

So the Metrosexual Latin Lothario doesn't get it and is angered that CVC won't be selling cigarettes because he doesn't see the connection to cigarettes causing illness/death and drug stores curing/preventing it. Yet, he makes the leap to condemning those who approve the decision by lumping them together into a pro-pot grouping. That he understands.

This is quite a leap, even for a child, let along a serving senator. But even if you take that leap with him, there's a certain rationale that could be made. Twenty states currently allow for legal MEDICAL marijuana. Medical. For medicinal reasons.

If CVS wanted to become a legal distributor for cannabis, a better case could be made than for selling cigarettes. There's an apparent benefit for some to smoke weed. And the death rate hovers annually around zero for grass where it's thousands for cigarette use.

Via NYTimes:

“We have about 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners helping patients manage chronic problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease, all of which are linked to smoking,” said Larry J. Merlo, chief executive of CVS. “We came to the decision that cigarettes and providing health care just don’t go together in the same setting.”

So serving the public's best interest, despite rather large estimated losses in cigarette sales has been deemed worth it to CVS. Again, from WAPO:

Executives said the move will cost the company $2 billion a year in lost sales. But they are gambling that abandoning smokers will help them strike more profitable deals with hospitals and health insurers — and appeal to growing ranks of customers newly insured under the Affordable Care Act.

Isn't it strange that a large company would be willing to make this move to protect the public and to serve the newly insured under the ACA yet an elected official from Florida with eyes on running this entire country would find this a bad move? It's not like Rubio has a stake in this, or maybe he does. Us.

Rubio is the same senator who put his name on a senate immigration bill that passed, and then immediately came out against it. Is this a man who would say or do anything just to get heard? Sounds like it to me. And that's not a presidential quality -- not in the least.

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Look Who The GOP Favors In New Hampshire For 2016 Presidential Race

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Does this sound familiar? Courtesy of elyrics.net:

If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call?
(Ghostbusters!)

If it's somethin' weird an' it don't look good
Who ya gonna call?
(Ghostbusters!)

I ain't afraid o' no ghost
I ain't afraid o' no ghost

Now rejigger or reconcile this with the latest findings of the Purple Strategies Poll reported by the BOSTON GLOBE on January 30, 2014:

Romney Ghost

In a hypothetical 2016 presidential field, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would be the front-runner in the Granite State GOP primary field, with 25 percent of the vote. Behind Romney are Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, at 18 percent, then New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, at 17 percent, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, at 13 percent.

At first I had to laugh, then I took a few minutes to digest this and think it through. Mitt's high rating might just be a result of him being a former Massachusetts governor and his familiarity in the region. Add to that his two presidential campaigns in the state in 2008 and 2012. He's spent time there and people know him. Just as they know him all across the country based on his presidential run in 2012 nationally. Whether a punchline to a joke or a Jeopardy answer, "Who blew his election on his 47% comment?", people know who you're talking about.

So what can we read from these tea leaves? In second place is Rand Paul. He's the acorn that didn't fall too far from his father's tree. If Ron Paul couldn't win over his party with some very outrageous contentions and claims, it's unlikely that the Ayn Rand-worshiping Kentucky senator will gain much national attention. Could he gain enough traction to grab the nomination from the right wing conservative or evangelical Republicans who seem to control the GOP's ultimate nomination? Highly unlikely.

Coming in third on this list with plummeting approval ratings is scandal-plagued Chris Christie. With more and more revelations about the New Jersey governor's leadership coming out daily, his chances are fleeting. Either you believe his associates were wreaking havoc without his knowledge which makes him a poor executive or he was actively involved in the scandal, which isn't the quality a party looks for in it's standard bearer. Day by day, the likelihood of a successful Christie run are diminishing.

Then with roughly half the popularity of Romney you find Jeb Bush. He's been out of politics long enough that he can hope that people have forgotten that he's one of "those" Bushes. The big problem for Jeb is he's just a wishy-washy guy. He came out with a book where he proclaims he's all for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented residents and then he does the famous flip-flop and denies that stand despite it being printed in his book. He has nothing but family name to run on and I'm not sure the Republicans are ready to want to defend another Bush presidency. He'll be running away from his family's disastrous tenures in office. It just doesn't seem to be logical, but these are the Republicans I'm writing about. Logic is far down the road of qualifications for doing or saying anything.

So that leaves the hind titty. Those are Sen. Rubio, Gov. Walker, Sen. Cruz and... that's just it. There doesn't seem to be an 'and'.

What makes this most interesting is that New Hampshire is very important -- it's the first presidential primary in the nation . It follows closely on the heels of the Iowa caucuses. Not to cast aspersions on Iowa, but that's a bought and paid for caucus state. It's hardly a bellwether predictor of the ultimate winner of the nomination. Yet New Hampshire has had some success as a forecaster. Romney won there in 2012 and he ended up with his party's nomination. In 2008 McCain won and went on to get the nod. 

Will Mitt make another run for President? He's just rich enough and foolish enough to think he could win this time, "third time's the charm."

So while the Republican party, the party that took four different responses to President Obama's State of the Union speech, continues being a fractured party, there is one constant that they might unite behind. He'll be a bit more conservative this time around, and he's seasoned enough for those GOP voters to consider him viable. He's got the name and face recognition. And he's already putting out feelers. Just last week he was on Jimmy Fallon slow jammin' the news. He wasn't doing that because he loves Jimmy Fallon (or even knew what slow jammin' meant). He's just positioning himself. He's meeting with big investors. He's giving interviews. And his new documentary "Mitt" was just released on Netflix. It was the attempt to make him appear human. I saw it. And surprisingly, it does.

He's ready, willing and able. He's got the infrastructure from the last campaign. And it may just turn out that he gets his third try at the POTUS brass ring. Just sayin'...

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The GOP Explains Globalization In Three Words

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h/t Andrew Meyers.

A Republican and a Democratic congressman were dining together inside the beltway. The GOP-er was excited about his party's chances for the 2016 Presidential election. “I’ll put up Cruz, Paul, even Christie against anyone you've got.”

The Democrat looked up from his vegetarian plate and just smiled. The Republican offered, “the problem with you Democrats is you don’t understand globalization.”

“Globalization? You, the party of no favored-trade agreements? Do tell,” muttered the bemused Democrat.

The Republican nodded, “I’ll put it in easy terms, so even a bleeding heart liberal like you can understand. Three words: Princess Diana’s death.”

The stunned Democrat looked at him. “How do you figure Princess Diana’s death defines globalization?

“Actually, it’s the perfect example. Start with an English princess. She has an Egyptian boyfriend. Together they crash in a French tunnel, riding in a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian who was drunk on Scottish whisky. They were followed closely by Italian Paparazzi, on Japanese motorcycles, treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines.

The stunned Democrat could only shake his head.

“I’m not done yet,” replied the Republican. “All this, I learned using American Bill Gates' technology, on material downloaded off Australian Rupert Murdock’s Fox News feed on my computer, that uses Taiwanese chips, and a Korean monitor, assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant, transported by Indian truck drivers, hijacked by Indonesians, unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen, and trucked to you by Mexican UPS drivers... So, in 2016, tell me how you're going to beat that," boasted the proud Republican?"

I will, and like you, in three words-- Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

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Fags, Baby-Killers, Wetbacks and Rubio

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no human rights

If you're trying to figure out which of those four -- Fags, Baby-killers, Wetbacks or Rubio is most offensive, let me help. The last one.

Why? Because Marco Rubio is anti-LGBT, anti-abortion and anti-immigration. It's worth repeating. Marco Rubio is anti-LGBT, anti-abortion and anti-immigration.

For a man with his lofty political ambitions, to become the president of the United States, he's tossed away any realistic chance to get his party's nomination with his stance. But that's not the biggest concern.

To be competitive in the Republican Party today -- that's combining the Tea Party faction with the conservatives and the moderates (a silent minority) -- you have to race to the right. Way right. Like off the map, right. You have to out conservative the most extreme elements that the GOP can muster. And therein lies the rub.

What we will see is not the party taking a shift toward common sense and human respect. They will go as hard as they can for regression. They really do want to see Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians "put in their place." Women having babies and not asking any questions. And stopping all immigration, legal or otherwise. They want us armed, uneducated and letting Wall Street and Big Banks have their way. They don't want the rich to be taxed and they don't care to uphold human rights. If you're not straight, there's no place for you here. Homosexuality is to them, a jail-able offense.

HuffPo has this headline:

MARCO RUBIO TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ANTI-GAY GROUPS ANNUAL EVENT

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is scheduled to serve as the keynote speaker at the "conservative dinner event of the year": the Florida Family Policy Council’s 8th Annual Policy Awards Dinner on Nov. 16.

The FFPC, a staunchly conservative nonprofit dedicated to promoting anti-gay and pro-life policies, is run by John Stemberger, an outspoken anti-gay activist who supports banning gays from participating in the Boy Scouts.

That's some company Rubio is keeping. And it gets worse. Marco is actually going back against a bill that has his name on it, the senate immigration bill. The junior senator from Florida is accusing Obama of being a liar on keeping your health care plan if you want. Well Marco's no less a liar when he pushes through a bill, votes for it, then pulls his support once it passes.

He strongly opposes all LGBT rights while he supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He doesn't seem to care that the Supreme Court has made rulings which indicate that ain't gonna happen. Just this week Illinois passed a bill to legalize same sex marriage and Hawaii is poised to do so as any day now.

Look at some other issues this Party of No member has recently recently cast support to. He voted to keep the government shut down as well as voting against the Employment non-discrimination act.

So LGBTer's, women, immigrants, Jews, poor, young, old -- if you want or need a champion, this is not your man.

He's setting the bar way to the right and sadly, I fear we're going to see the other GOP candidates tack even further to his starboard side. Watch out America. The racists and haters aren't just coming. They've already arrived.

Rubio, Paul, Cruz

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Gang Of 8 Now Down To 7

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What's a two word phrase, both words five letters, that means GOP hypocrite? Try M-A-R-C-O  R-U-B-I-O. Yep, Marco Rubio. The junior senator from Florida.

When Rubio got elected, many in the GOP thought they had found their savior. He was the bright shining beacon that would cause the South to rise up again. The damaged Phoenix would take flight on his back. Atlas would lift up the Republican world. Oh, happy day.

It didn't take the heralded right wing Tea Party savior long to make a name for himself. One of his first tasks in putting an inviting face on his aging white, old man's, party was to deliver the official response to Obama's state of the union speech. You all remember Marco's Gulp-gate speech. I think it was cotton-mouth's finest moment.

But after that fiasco, the Tea Party wasn't going to jettison him. So he took his shot of confidence and embarrassment and was determined to carry the banner. Waiting in the wings, in case he failed was another freshman, Rafael Cruz, and though only partially Latino and foreign born, Raffy was ready to pounce. He was just waiting for his moment.

And it came. With POTUS eyes, Rubio calculated a risk -- he and the GOP need Latino votes. With his seemingly Italian surname he knew he wasn't guaranteed to bring in the desired Latin demographic, so he joined seven other senators and wrote a bill that became known as the Rubio Immigration Bill. He gave it that name, until he started to get backlash from his own conservative followers. What the hell was he doing giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship?

Oops. He hadn't calculated that. But what was he to do. Turn his back on his Latino heritage or turn his back on the old white men of his party? The one's who had the money. Here he was with the Rubio Immigration bill. He was stuck.

Or was he? He immediately went to the press and hammered over and over again that this was the Senate immigration bill, not his. And for a while, he pulled the wool over the eyes of the voracious Fox News talkers and Rush Limbaugh-type radio jawboners. He convinced them that his name shouldn't be associated with this bill. It was the Gang of Eight's bill or even better, the Senate bill. And soon people forgot in who's name the bill was really branded. Rubio.

Now, seeing a little daylight and a chance to pounce, Cruz who's name sounds more Latino but in reality he's only half, jumped in and took on even more right wing Tea Party issues -- shutting down the government. That left Marco battered and bruised. Though he's tried to hold onto Rafael's coattails, he's falling farther and farther behind. Now, most in the party have pretty much given up on him. He's too liberal.

Leave it to Chris Hayes to put it all in perspective. Marco, you can hide, but here's a hint-- you're hiding in plain sight.

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The Perfect Candidate For President 2016

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Campaign 2016

Talk of the 2016 Presidential candidates is open and clear, despite the fact that Rachel Maddow has banned it from discussion on her show until after the mid-term election in 2014. It really can be silly talking about it so soon after we've just completed our last general election.

But I'm with a lot of pundits and am impatient. I like listening to all of the chatter and blathering. Already some names have exploded on the scene and some have already started to fizzle. Burnout and sharper observation have begun to winnow the list. It started with these kinds of names:

Democrat: Clinton. Biden.

Republican: Cruz, Rubio, Bush, Lee, Paul, Christie, Cantor and Ryan. Even a resurgence by Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, possibly McConnell just bring me to tears.

It's obvious the Republicans have a void in finding people American can get behind.

So I did a little unscientific survey to see who would people like to have leading us. Who is that man or woman who can inspire us to be the best that we can be? There must be someone.

And there is. Look at a partial his list of accomplishments:

He has won the lifetime achievement award, twice.

His business card simply says “I’ll call you.”

Cuba imports cigars from him. 

Mosquitos refuse to bite him purely out of respect. 

Once while sailing around the world, he discovered a short cut.

When he drives a new car off the lot, it increases in value.

 He is fluent in all languages, including three that only he speaks.

His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man’s entire body.

On every continent in the world, there is a sandwich named after him.

 He lives vicariously through himself.

If he were to punch you in the face, you would have to fight off the urge to thank him.

 He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels.

When it is raining, it is because he is thinking of something sad.

You know the guy. He's the Most Interesting Man in The World. See for yourself:

There is no doubt he would win hands down, taking a majority of both parties. There's only one problem; he's too smart to be a Republican.

Don't let the accent fool you. He's more American that Rafael Ted Cruz. This man was born in the US, but he's a citizen of the world.

If Hillary decides to run, it'll be because he told her to. And if she asked him to be in his cabinet, he'd be named, Secretary of Everything. What else would call the Most Interesting Man In The World?!

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Rubio Redundancy - He's Stupid, He's Stupid

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Government is full of redundancies, back-up systems to back-up systems. Despite all the problems with the Obamacare rollout of enrollment, there are in place rules to cover the exigencies of a breakdown. Of course there are. This is the government after all.

You would think a potential presidential candidate and outspoken opponent of the LAW would have read the document. But alas, Marco Rubio hasn't had time since it was signed into law a few years ago. But he shouldn't feel bad. He's not alone. Even some White House correspondents haven't taken the time to read it either as Lawrence O'Donnell points out with some glee.

In a segment called, Are You Smarter Than A White House Correspondent a reporter asked about the possibility of a delay in the individual mandate -- a penalty that would be assessed to anyone who did not sign up for health insurance by the end of March, 2014. Jay Carney gave the answer, but as usual, it was meandering and tangentially touched upon the factual answer. (Caution: it's a tad long, so if you can fast forward to the 6:33 mark and watch the final two minutes)

The bottom line is "No." Nobody will be ever be fined for two reasons. First, the provision of the Affordable Care Act Law -- yes Republicans, Obamacare is a law, not a bill -- and it says:

(A) Waiver of Criminal Penalties

In the case of any failure of a taxpayer to timely pay any penalty imposed by this section, such taxpayer shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty with respect to such failure.

B. Limitations on liens and levies. The Secretary shall not (i) file notice of lien with respect to any property of a taxpayer by reason of any failure to pay the penalty imposed by this section or (ii) levy on any such property with respect to such failure.

Also, as Lawrence points out, there is no mechanism to collect these penalties:

(2) Special rules :

Notwithstanding any other provision of law—

(A) Waiver of criminal penalties
In the case of any failure by a taxpayer to timely pay any penalty imposed by this section, such taxpayer shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty with respect to such failure.

(B) Limitations on liens and levies
The Secretary shall not—

(i) file notice of lien with respect to any property of a taxpayer by reason of any failure to pay the penalty imposed by this section, or

(ii) levy on any such property with respect to such failure.

So, with no penalties in place, what does Marco Rubio do to waste more time in the Senate? He comes up with a bill to suspend penalties for not being able to sign up for Obamacare because of glitches in the system.

How mighty nice of him. But perhaps if Rubio had taken the time while the government was shut down to read the ACA, he might have realized that the penalties don't even actually exist. But, that's not the Rubio method:

HUFFPO:

Marco Rubio

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio says he'll introduce legislation to delay the penalty that can be assessed on individuals who don't buy insurance under the government's new health care law.

The Florida Republican says people should not be punished for not buying the insurance when major technical problems have plagued the online sign-up process. Uninsured Americans have until about mid-February to sign up for coverage if they are to meet the law's requirement that they be insured by the end of March. If they don't, they will face a penalty.

Well, actually Marco, you're wrong -- again. So stupid is as stupid does. Today's moment of insanity and wasted public taxpayer money is brought to you by the senator from Florida, Markdown Rubio.

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