Tuesday News Links and General Repartee

Today is Tea Party Day in TrendPo Chatter — get your Earl Grey and biscuits ready!


Marco Rubio (TR-12) says he’s not a scientist in a recent GQ spread:

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?

Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

And Juliet Lapidos calls him out on it in the NYT Opinion Pages:

Mr. Rubio surely knows that, according to Gallup, 46 percent of Americans and 58 percent of Republicans believe in creationism, or more specifically that “God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years.” Mr. Rubio probably figured that these same Republicans have no truck with geologists, and so there was no advantage to stating clearly that the earth is 4.54 billion years old.

But if his response was more proof of cunning than idiocy, it was still ludicrous. There’s “a dispute among theologians” and “there are multiple theories.” It follows that the truth is unknowable (it’s “one of the great mysteries.”)  Therefore we should throw up our hands and “teach them all.” Conservatives often accuse liberals of relativism, but Mr. Rubio grabbed that mantle by arguing that all viewpoints are equally valid.

I don’t know exactly Ms. Lapidos is getting so mad about personally. Rubio’s answer is perfect for the new-age Republican party who need the moderate and independent votes in the middle to win. If she wanted Rubio to come out blazing with God-fearing creationism quotes, well, she probably should look to these guys.

Speaking of Rubio, he still has the best interview I’ve ever seen on the Daily Show. You should watch all of it, but if you want to skip the boring parts just watch extended interview part 3 starting at 9:30 where he goes off on the old people in the Senate. Hilarious stuff.


Just down the hall, Rubio’s Senate colleague from Kentucky Rand Paul (TR-94) says he’s “not going to deny he’s interested” in a 2016 run. He also says, “I’m not going to deny that I think we have to go a different direction because we’re not winning.” Rand Paul, of course, is the son of Republican (and Libertarian) Presidential Candidate Ron Paul (TR-23).

Ron Paul stated on Monday that secession from the union (i.e. America) is a very American principle:

“Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession. Some felt it was treasonous to secede from England, but those ‘traitors’ became our country’s greatest patriots,” the former presidential candidate wrote in a post on his House website. “There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents.”

He continued: “If the possibility of secession is completely off the table there is nothing to stop the federal government from continuing to encroach on our liberties and no recourse for those who are sick and tired of it.”

So, I get it. Rand Paul is going to run for prez in 2016 and then break up the country when he wins!

Those crazy Tea Partiers! Finally, figured out their agenda!

In other Tea Party news, Allen West (TR-13) finally conceded his race in Florida. Best of luck to Colonel West. I think he had the vitality, spirit, and gusto to be a rising star — but he just put his foot in mouth way too often.



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