Bold Names Line Up Behind Rubio, a.k.a. "The GOP's Barack Obama"

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. 

But the real star of the leadership comittee is Jeb Bush, Jr., the same guy who helped lead the Rudy Giuliani campaign to its historic victory in Florida back in 2008. 

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