I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning…

The Tea Party’s choice in the Florida Republican primary, Marco Rubio, began his address to a crowd of conservative conventioneers by taking a shot at President Obama for reading from a teleprompter. He did it while standing in front of two easily visible teleprompters.

It was unclear whether the devices were placed there for him or for other speakers at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, or CPAC, at which he was a keynote speaker. A HuffPost reporter, however, watched his speech from the front row and Rubio could clearly be seen looking intently and repeatedly at the teleprompters. He also had a stack of papers with him at the lectern and flipped through them as the speech progressed, perhaps unwilling to take any chance he would flub the swipe at Obama.

Nonetheless, he supposedly killed.

Here are some choice cuts of Rubio’s speech…

Personally, I think Rubio offers a really intellectually dishonest speech there. Democrats don’t want to abandon the free enterprise system. And what does he mean by “changing” American as opposed to “fixing” America? The great thing about democracies is their ability to change when things are broken. And folks, if you don’t think things were broken, well, I’ve got some beachfront property I’d like to sell you in Kansas.

But I suppose this gets back to my core problems with conservatism. It really doesn’t seem to have evolved since Goldwater and Buckley. If anything, they’re becoming more entrenched and out of touch with what really drives our economic engine. Say what you will about Dems, but if you ask nearly any liberal politician what they think of our place in the world as a superpower or a global economic force, nobody is looking to lose and many are just as concerned about the deficit as your average Tea Partier. But what I’m hearing from Republicans and Libertarians and Tea Partiers is that they just want to return to unchecked Friedmanism. Well, it didn’t work and even Greenspan admitted that.

Regardless, keep your eye on Rubio as he could probably be the bridge between the Tea Party and the GOP that Republican politicos desperately want…and need.

  • I continue to think of the “Tea Party” as an amorphous and evolving thing. And I am far from sure that even the folks at the convention represent more than a fraction of what’s going on.

    So I’m not going to judge the movement based on its supposed association with one kind of kooky guy. I’m sure there are plenty of fringe righty kooks involved with parts of the movement. And I don’t really like that, and I don’t ragree with such fringe kooks about most things.

    But I’m not dismissing the movement. The steady establishment and left drumbeat connecting the tea party solely with righty fringe groups keeps my determination to be open-minded QUITE strong.

  • I think the Tea Party movement challenges the establishment in a way that hasn’t been done since the anti-war movement of the 1960s. It is different from the leader-led reform movements like Ross Perot’s presidential run in 1992 (that early campaign had political reforms that resemble the Tea Party movement). When Perot faded from view, so did his party.

    The GOP has decided, at least publicly, to encourage involvement “in the primaries”. Because the Tea Parties are not a national movement but a loose coalition of many local grass roots groups, I think we could likely see a Tea Party back a fiscally conservative Democrat over a big-spending Republican incumbent. Or an Independent in a race with two big spenders squared off against each other.

    I don’t believe Republicans are just as vulnerable as Dems, but I don’t think any of them should feel “safe” in an environment where voters can find their records easily and organize quickly. I think Jefferson would approve of that.

  • steve

    These two political parties have been engaged in a fierce battle in the political arena. Is there something that could make these two to unite for the sake of their voters?