The Week In Politics: SOTU, Nuclear, Rubio

Monday, February 11, 2013

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a key voice on immigration reform. (Gage Skidmore)

Last week saw two high-profile confirmation hearings, and this week brings the State of the Union - and the GOP response from Marco Rubio. Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for the Washington Post, discusses the news from Washington.


Karen Tumulty

Comments [20]

fuva from harlemworld

...rhyme overlap, verbal dexterity...

Feb. 11 2013 02:35 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Rich, Bob -- Are YOU serious?
What's the standard? If it's presence and star quality, sure, Pac had that. If it's progressive lyrics, then, yes, Pac was def more "conscious", but he also got gully -- in lyric and life.
But by any musical standard -- which is mostly how I choose my music, lest, given the fallibility of these musicians, I listen to none of it -- it's Biggie hands down:
Flow (rhythm, versatility, emphasis, nonverbalisms, etc.), 'put' factor (as in 'how they put it', whatever the subject matter: concept, metaphor, punch line, etc.), rhyme structure (intrarhyme, rhyme overflow, etc.)...

Feb. 11 2013 02:26 PM

@Bob, I concur with your Rubio comment. The GOP thinks that obfuscating actual substance by having the same old talking points conveyed by whatever brown people they can find to promulgate it (like Jindal and Rubio) is a laudable approach to garnering the support of minorities.

Feb. 11 2013 10:59 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Down with the P E

Feb. 11 2013 10:48 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Gov. Christie's reaction to his dr's. comments is an example of his charm? To paraphrase Arthur Dent in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," this must be some new meaning of the word "charm" that I'm not familiar with.

On the other hand, doesn't the dr's. statement violate her patient's confidentiality? Maybe there's a new definition of *that*.

Feb. 11 2013 10:36 AM

...this may be a little off topic.

Does anyone know what's up with folks that carry these GIGANTIC golf umbrellas on a crowded NYC sidewalk??

Perhaps this is the one subject that our favorite paranoid zionist, Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan might have an intelligent comment for...

...on the other hand.

Feb. 11 2013 10:34 AM

@ Fuva, if you're going to go with substance in HIp Hop, you have to go with Pac over Biggie...In my opinion, Rubio would probably have given himself more credibility if he chose Public Enemy.

Feb. 11 2013 10:30 AM

Christie is ~350 pounds and is offended that someone says he's a timebomb???
Maybe Marion Barry should have been offended by the notion that smoking crack might have personal implications.

Feb. 11 2013 10:26 AM

Does it take a doctor's exam and a 8 years of medical school to say Christie is dangerously overweight? if he was a friend i would fear for him...he is a child with his reply.

Feb. 11 2013 10:24 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

For the record: No one should pay any mind to what Marco Rubio has to say about anything.

Feb. 11 2013 10:23 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

@ fuva Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Biggie over Tupac? Are you serious?

Feb. 11 2013 10:21 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Block Hagel ..... Impeach Obama.

Feb. 11 2013 10:20 AM

Last year's response to Obama's address was uneventful and just plain old GOP talk and now with Robio's wannabe actions, I expect less. What bothers me is that this Rubio clown is trying to pretend like he represents the Hispanic community, when in fact he doesn't support what we would call Hispanic immigrant friendly policies. Him talking in Spanish today bothers me the most because I do not need him to translate anything for me. We need him to get out of the way since he is not supporting Hispanics the way he should have been since the beginning. I doubt he would be trying to be COOL right now if Romney had won; I doubt it 100%.

Feb. 11 2013 10:18 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Rubio's preference for Tupac over Biggie inspires no confidence in his hip-hop literacy. Makes him even more suspect.

Feb. 11 2013 10:15 AM
john from office

The Tea party will go suicidal when Rubio speaks spanish. They are the political suicide squad of the party. They will destroy the party rather then change the party.

So, because he speaks spanish, spanish people will like the republicans, sounds a little racist, no?

Feb. 11 2013 10:15 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

HOLD ONTO YOUR WALLET ... if you are a working New Yorker ... he is going to redistribute your income in the name of “fairness.”

“My governing philosophy starts with an economy that works for everybody,” he told the group, using language refined through relentless road tests and focus groups during the election. “Throughout my campaign, we talked about this bedrock notion that our economy succeeds, and our economy grows when everybody is getting a fair shot, and everybody is getting a fair shake, and everybody is playing by the same rules.”

Read more:

Feb. 11 2013 10:12 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

President Rubio - shudder....

Feb. 11 2013 10:08 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Brennan gets confirmed and we might as well say good bye to our rights to life.

Feb. 11 2013 10:04 AM

Re the pope's resignation: see Mea Maxima Culpa.

Feb. 11 2013 10:03 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

This week? See David Sanger's newest bad news about Obama's plans for America. He now wants to "radically" slash our nuclear forces AND promise not to build a full missile defense system.

Impeach Obama Now.


Feb. 11 2013 09:55 AM

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