明日発売の月刊『正論』6月号に「米大統領選候補 ヒラリーはダメ、日本が注目すべきはルビオだ」と題する一文を書きました。マーコ・ルビオ（Marco Rubio）上院議員は43才と若手ですが、ロナルド・レーガンを思わせる本格保守。法科大学院を出て27才で市会議員当選、その後、35才でフロリダ州下院議長になるなど政治経験も豊富です。
「真剣な男、強力なメッセージ（Serious man, powerful message.）。…彼は即座に好感を抱かせる。やる気を起こさせ、レーガンのごとく人を鼓舞する。…彼は偉大な伝達者（great communicator）だ。意義深き伝達者であり、保守のメッセージを持っている。…彼のレトリックは素晴らしい。彼の人となりは素晴らしい。自然なリーダーと見える」
Rush Limbaugh Show
Rubio: Serious Man, Powerful Message
April 14, 2015
RUSH: Marco Rubio is the latest to enter the Republican presidential sweep stakes. Serious man, powerful message. I wonder if with his speech last night he was able to bring back any of the Tea Party voters that had abandoned him. Only time will tell.
……But one thing we know is that Marco Rubio is a serious man, he has a serious message, and he has a very unmistakable joy in spreading that message, in informing people. He knows how to deliver it. He knows how to deliver it live. He doesn't have to announce on Twitter. He doesn'thave to announce with a series of posts on social media. He can do it live in front of real peoplewith a real camera. And he's an emotional speaker. In fact, at some point last night, a couple of points it looked to me like he almost might tear up.
Now, I know Rubio has lost a lot of luster with some people on the Tea Party side because of his flirtation with the Chuck-U Schumer gang onamnesty and immigration. You can maybe chalk it up to twothings.
Chalk it up to novice naivete, trying to get his feet wet and establish himself within the power circles of the Senate.
Or another explanation for it could have been that, given his Hispanic heritage,he almost had to, in the sense of identity politics, if he had any chance at all of securing any votes from that sector, he had to come out in favor of it. But whatever, he's walked it backnow, and we'll just see how this is all gonna play out with Tea Party people.
It looks like, as you're gonna hear in the sound bites coming up, to the extent that wecan believe it, it looks like the Clinton campaign seems to be more fearful of Rubio than anybody. Now, they are admitting that, so it is doubtful. You have to judge theiractions, not their admissions. But you'll hear it, and you judge for yourselfwhether that is the case.
The onething about Rubio, whether you disagree with him on what he did with amnestyand then walked it back or not, he does not have a likability problem. He is instantlylikable. He's motivational. He's inspirational in a Reaganesque way because he has that family story, and herelishes telling that story. He thinksit's inspirational. It was to him, andhe wants it to be for everybody.
He is a great communicator,significant communicator, has a conservative message. Just over here he has that misstep onimmigration with the Tea Party. Timewill tell if that can be overcome. Now,we will see also if his policies match his rhetoric. His rhetoric isgreat, his persona is great, his energy is great. He's a natural leader,it appears, and there will be a certain number of people who will relish andenjoy making Rubio their champion. He'snot gonna have to ask them, in other words. He's not gonna have to do what Hillary is doing (imitating Hillary),"I want to go out, I want to be your champion. I want to be your champion,everyday people."
He's notgonna walk into Chipotle.
RUSH: It's a goodthing, the timing of Hillary announcing in her invisible state-of-the-art,high-tech, supposed to be high-tech way, on social media. Nothing live, nothingbig, nothing extravagant, just a low-key rollout. And there's Rubio last night, which was astunning contrast, his announcement versus hers.
You knowsomething else? Rubio is being ripped bythe Drive-By Media for announcing at six p.m. last night, or around sixp.m. The Drive-Bys are saying nobody does that. Everybody announces during the day. Everybody announces around one or two o'clock, or sometimes three after the Limbaugh show, but nobody announces at night. And then they figured out why. Rubio announced atnight around six o'clock to make sure he was the lead or one of the lead itemson Fox News, and the Drive-Bys said that's not smart. Of course he was doing that. He's pandering to these conservatives. That's what Rubio's doing and that's cheapand it's obvious.
SoHillary, whatever she does, fine. Thisis why this stuff bores me, folks. Itactually does more than bore me. Itirritates me to no end. It justdoes. I'm reaching the point, not quitethere, but I'm reaching my saturation point on this, whatever you want to callit, unfairness, bias, whatever it is, the media being a joke, they're not eventhe media anymore. It's just the DemocratParty.
I'm kindof filled up with playing the game. I'vekind of had it with treating them as the media, rather than just flat-out Democrat operatives, which is what they allare.……
Somequotes from Rubio's speech just to highlight. He said: "This election is not just about what laws we are going topass. It is a generational choice aboutwhat kind of country we will be. ... Just yesterday, aleader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take usback to yesterday." That's a great line. He's talking about Hillary. "Yesterday is over and we are nevergoing back. ... The family, not the government, is the most importantinstitution. ... We must change the decisions we are making by changing thepeople who are making them."
His stuffwas pointedly good. "Our veryidentity as an exceptional nation is at stake, and I can make a difference aspresident." That will reverberatepositively with lots of people.……
RUSH: Okay, let's getto the audio sound bites. I know thatRubio's been using the line "America doesn't owe me anything, but I oweAmerica everything." That's histake on "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." Now, I don't know how often the Drive-Byshave heard him use that line, but I guarantee you they're gonna hear this, theyhave now, and it's just a question of what they choose to zero in on where.
For youRubio fans, I'm just giving you a little heads up here that they're gonna zeroin on all of it. I don't mean to saythey're gonna leave him unscathed, but this line, "I am humbled by therealization that America doesn't owe me anything," that's gonna be used asan attack. That's gonna be viewed as code language, dog whistle to certaintypes of mean-spirited extremist Republicans who don't care about anybodyelse. It's gonna be said to be targetedat the rich and so forth. Andparticularly the part about, "I am humbled by the realization."
Becausehe's saying two things. It's not just"America doesn't owe me anything." That's one thing. But now he'sthrowing down the gauntlet by saying "I'm humbled by therealization," because that means that a lot of other people don't have anyhumility and a lot of other people have all these selfish expectations thatthey are owed something. So he's layingdown a character marker in that statement as well as a policy belief. It's when conservatives start talkingcharacter and morality that the left gets their backs up and their red flags goup, because they know they have no defense. That's when they begin the all-out politics of personal destruction.
I'm justpredicting to you that that will be one of the early things -- well, maybe notearly -- eventual things they get to, as they begin the process ofdisqualifying Rubio in the eyes of low-information voters, which essentiallythey've already begun. But let's listento the speech itself in sound bite format. It was in Miami at the Freedom Tower, announcing he's running forpresident late in the evening, around six p.m., timed in order to make the leadnews items on Fox News all night.
RUBIO: This election is a generational choice aboutwhat kind of country we will be. Now,just yesterday a leader from yesterday (booing) began a campaign for presidentby promising to take us back to yesterday. Yesterday is over. (cheers) And we're never going back. We must change the decisions we are making,by changing the people who are making them.
RUBIO: I live in an exceptional country where theson of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future asthose who come from power and privilege. (cheers and applause). I've heardsome suggest that I should step aside and wait my turn. But I cannot. Because I believe our very identity as an exceptional nation is at stakeand I can make a difference as president. (cheers and applause)
RUSH: By the way, Ican tell you firsthand, personally, he has believed this for a while. This is not a campaign slogan. This is not something that they put togetherat the campaign headquarters that they think will resonate here. He really believesthis. He fears for the future of thecountry. He fears the whole concept ofAmerican exceptionalism is in the process of being lost.
Thebusiness about waiting your turn, I don't know where that comes from. If anybody has been waiting their turn, it'sMrs. Clinton since 1992. It was finallyher turn in 2008, and they got a big shock and a big surprise, some skinny guyfrom Illinois came along after making a great speech, people thought, in 2004,and they just swept her aside. Theyswept aside the aging female and instead chose the young, vibrant, clean andarticulate -- Joe Biden, thank you -- African-American.
TheHillary campaign slogan unstated this year is, "No surprises thistime." Talk about waiting your turn. The waiting your turn thing never worksout. Bob Dole was the nominee in '96'cause he waited his turn. McCain wasthe nominee in 2008 because he waited his turn. The worst thing that can happen is when your party decides to reward youwith a guaranteed-to-lose presidential nomination to get you out of the waybecause it's your turn, and here's payback for all you've done for us.
RUBIO: I'm humbled by the realization that Americadoesn't owe me anything. But I have adebt to America I must try to repay. This isn't just the country where I was born. America's literally the place that changed myfamily's history.
RUSH: I guarantee youthat at some point, if it hasn't happened already, critics of Rubio, primarilyDemocrats and the media, are gonna zero in on this statement of his that he'shumbled by the realization that America doesn't owe him anything. They're gonna saythat that is a swipe at the less fortunate. They're going to say that it is insensitive. They're going to say that this illustrateshow Rubio does not understand the plight of most people living in thiscountry. Liberals don't understand theconcept of humility anyway.