Rubio Gets The Call

08 February 2013 |permalink | email article

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, will deliver the Republican response to the president’s State of the Union address on Feb. 12. It’s now clear that the nation is in the midst of a Rubio moment, raising intense speculation about a 2016 presidential bid even as Republicans consider how to broaden their appeal to Hispanic voters. On Thursday he was the subject of a Time Magazine cover treatment with the headline that reads, “The Republican Savior” During the day Rubio responded to the newest burst of attention on Twitter One issue that will not endear him to Republican moderates, and certainly not Democrats, is that he is a Tea Party stalwart.

Women and Guns

From a historical prospective women don’t usually vote in midterm elections—the same women who generally drive Democratic victories—will turn out in 2014 over the issue of guns, according to a recent poll. The survey released by Women Donor’s Network, a self-described progressive “community of women philanthropists,” found that a subset of women voters who usually don’t vote in mid-tern elections are more likely to vote in 2014 on the issue of gun violence. A former Republican congressman from Ohio, now a militant moderate leader in the Republican Party, cautioned his party against sticking too close to the National Rifle Association in the post Newtown legislative push to reduce gun violence. The survey by a Democratic and Republican pollster using live phonecalls to 1,500 women, found that “women who may not ordinarily vote in non-presidential years are among those must engaged with issues of gun violence. Democratic pollster Diane Feldman said “You’re not talking about older white men being the electorate who drops off in off-years, she said. “We have far more capacity to motivate our base to participate in an unusual way than they do, she said.


Poster Boy No More

Dick Morris opened up about his departure from Fox News in an interview with CNN Wednesday night, telling Piers Morgan, “I was wrong and I was wrong at the top of my lungs.” Morris said he doesn’t resent the decision for Fox News to terminate him. “Look, Fox has given me the opportunity of a lifetime. Fifteen years, 3000 interviews, and at some point a great marriage has come to an end.” Morris, a former Democrat, was a former adviser to Bill Clinton on his road to the White House. Today, he’s a sad, burnt out political case who no longer has to pretend that he’s a poster boy..

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