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Friday, April 24, 2015

Gail Collins, "Presidential Primary Book Club": Is It Wrong for Rubio to Write About God?

Whereas uber-liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus is obviously troubled by donations received by the Clinton Foundation (remarkably, she manages not to mention Uranium One in her latest WaPo opinion piece entitled "Foreign donations leave Hillary in a cloud"), New York Times columnist Gail Collins would have us turn our attention elsewhere. In her latest Times op-ed entitled "Presidential Primary Book Club," Collins begins:

"Concerned citizens bear many great burdens, one of which is trying to follow a presidential race in which virtually every candidate has written one or more books about their lives, hopes, dreams, theories — and, in the case of Mike Huckabee, diets.

You cannot possibly read them all. It is very likely you don’t want to read any. That’s what we are here for. Today: Marco Rubio.

Rubio is 43, and he has already written an autobiography ('An American Son') and a book on policy ('American Dreams'). Do not feel compelled to go back and look at '100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future.'"

"That’s what we are here for"? Who is "we"? Does Collins write her cutesy essays with a team of little helpers, or has Collins become an intellectual and/or physical heavyweight who must refer to herself in the plural?

Be that as it may, Collins proceeds to jab at Rubio's "antipathy for taxation according to the ability to pay," seeming indifference to global warming, and multiple references to God in his autobiography.

Well, at least Collins is not claiming that Rubio made use of "composites," as did Barack Obama in his 1995 memoir, "Dreams From My Father," published when the president was 34 years old and readying his campaign for the Illinois Senate.

But more to the point, is Collins's op-ed an acknowledgement that Rubio has leapt to the front of the Republican pack and could pose problems for Hillary in 2016 - if Hillary is not dragged down long before then by Uranium One and whatever other scandals emerge in the interim?

Regrettably for Collins, but fortunately for the rest of us, she was unable to weave Seamus, Romney's dog, into her column.

1 comment:

  1. It is not unreasonable to infer that the Democratic Party's addiction to Identity Politics can not long endure any GOP candidate who is Hispanic, albeit of Cuban descent. Marco Rubio, unlike Ted Cruz, has broad appeal (and no weak chin). Best to start the slime-machine now...

    Too bad Ileana Ros-Lehtinen can not run for the GOP nomination. She is so NOT-Hillary, yet fulfills that same Identity Politics slot without the baggage.

    As for Uranium One? If enough Americans hear 'Russia + Uranium', that will have an impact. Half of us still remember the nuclear drills during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, and the other half gets to watch the film version "13 Days" once a week on cable.
    (or the Fox News special that aired last night - a very clear primer on the Clintons and Uranium One .)