Recently the media has gone into a feeding frenzy over Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s comments about President Obama not loving America. Giuliani, in a slew of recent appearances, stated his opinion (and reiterated it over and over again) that he doesn’t believe that President Obama actually LOVES America.
The media first attacked Giuliani for his comments… but they didn’t focus on him for long.
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) February 19, 2015
Instead of focusing their fire on Giuliani, the media then went around the country asking Republican’s (especially Republican Presidential hopefuls) whether or not they agreed with Giuliani’s assessment.
They quickly moved on to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), who dutifully tried to play nice and not pick sides on the issue.
“The mayor can speak for himself. I’m not going to comment on what the president thinks or not. He can speak for himself as well,” Governor Walker said on CNBC.
See, what I hear when I read that is… I’m not Rudy Giuliani and the President is old enough to defend himself. But that’s not what the media heard.
— The Hill (@thehill) February 21, 2015
Apparently, Walker’s answer was “silence.” I’m not sure how a succinct couple of sentences refusing to take sides or to question the President’s love of country is “silence”, but apparently to the liberal media his wordy and spoken response was “silence.” (Can you see why conservatives get frustrated with the main stream media’s political coverage?)
After Walker’s “silence”, the media turned their attention to others, but Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) may have given the best response (politically speaking).
I don’t feel like I’m in a position to have to answer for every person in my party that makes a claim. Democrats aren’t asked to answer every time Joe Biden says something embarrassing, so I don’t know why I should answer every time a Republican does. I’ll suffice it to say that I believe the President loves America; I think his ideas are bad. — Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Marco Rubio was just asked about Rudy Giuliani, and I'm pretty sure he nailed it. pic.twitter.com/ZY6WLmOUNZ
— Chris Moody (@moody) February 20, 2015
Aaron Blake at the Washington Post explains why Rubio’s response is an instant classic.
This is near-perfect. In one fell swoop, Rubio gets in a dig at the media, bring in another regular gaffer in Biden, places himself above the fray, says Obama loves America (as everybody should; it’s not hard, and it’s the right political move), and criticizes Obama in a very blunt way.
Yes, there are some on the right who will not like that Rubio said Obama loves America, but these were not voters Rubio was going to win.
In case you forgot — and sometimes we do — Marco Rubio is capable of being an extremely gifted messenger.
California Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) went even further and said that we should “Thank” Giuliani for his comments! (Kind of…)
“The reality is that Rudy has taken our debate — and I think we should thank him for this part of it — back to national security, to the key element that the president should be focusing on. Rudy Giuliani said he ‘didn’t believe’. He didn’t say the president ‘wasn’t,’ he said he ‘didn’t believe.’ Now the reality is that I do believe that the president believes strongly in America, I just think he views America differently.
If we wanted to get — get on top of the vice president every time he says something flip and foolish or vulgar, we could have this discussion every Sunday.”
It’s just another lesson at how careful Republicans have to be around the media… because any little statement can be blown out of proportion and turned into a national debate. Meanwhile, ISIS is conquering half of the Islamic world and Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and Hamas are killing people in the other half…
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