Friday, June 19, 2009 at 2:36 p.m.
Warning to anyone who wants to believe MSNBC reporter Carlos Watson's recent profile of Marco Rubio, in which the former House Speaker is praised as the "GOP's Barack Obama": It's a trap!
Watson, a Miami native, proclaims,
"He's young. He's attractive. He easily connects with crowds. Remind you of anyone we know? Ten-to-one, this guy will soon be labeled the GOP's Barack Obama." Naked Politics has the transcripts of the feature
Back in his Miami days, Watson worked for then-Democratic mayor Xavier Suarez (haha, that guy) and Sen. Bob Graham. MSNBC is, of course, the noted socialist news organization that hates America. Let's not call anyone's journalist integrity into question, but c'mon, you know there is nothing more liberals want to see than Rubio top Charlie Crist in the primary. It makes the chance of Kendrick Meek winning the general election greater.
Meanwhile, lines continue to be drawn in the imaginary sandbox that is the Republican primary between a popular governor with nationwide name recognition, and Rubio, the former speaker who's base barely extends outside Miami-Dade County and the readership of various wingnut blogs.
Rubio is having a fundraising party at the Biltmore on Wednesday (individual tickets start at $500 and top out at $2,400), and boy, the leadership comittee is stacked with a bunch of local bold-face names.
Included is auto king, Madoff victim, and noted stadium hater Norman Braman, congressional spouse club member Dexter Lehtinen, sugar heir Pepe Fanjul, Jr., and Everglades Lumber president Osvaldo Vento. Also included are various state and local lawmakers like Rebeca Sosa, Steve Bovo, Renier Diaz de la Portilla, Eric Fresen, and Jorge Arrizurieta.