In a recent GOP debate, Marco Rubio called it “fiction” to believe that “Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing.” This is in response to charges that Rubio is too inexperience to be president, and would only be a Republican Barack Obama. Obama, too, faced charges of “inexperience.”
The standard GOP line, in essence, is that Obama messed up the country because of incompetence stemming from lack of experience. The lead pitbull against Rubio was New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
NJ Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine covered Christie’s Attack on Rubio, which Mulshine said “knocked out” Rubio. Mulshine writes of the Rubio/Christie exchange in the debate:
You could see this one coming a mile away.
But Marco Rubio never knew what hit him.
Christie's attack on the Florida senator in the debate Saturday night has to rank among the most effective hit jobs in recent political history.
After that performance, Rubio has nowhere to go but back to Florida.
He's done. Cooked. Finished.
Mulshine says "Rubio's appearances are heavily scripted. He often stumbles and bumbles whenever he has to address a question he hasn't heard before. Christie pounded that point home." He goes on to quote Christie, who ridicules Rubio as "the boy in the bubble" and asserts "This election cannot be handed to a guy who memorizes a good 60-second answer and can read a Teleprompter better than anyone." Mulshine continues:
Rubio fell right into the trap. The TV clips that will finish off his candidacy show him repeating three times his stage-managed attack on President Obama.
That was his line about "this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing" – a fiction that certainly didn't come up in the questions he was asked.
Each time Rubio followed that robotically with the line "He knows exactly what he's doing."
I don’t think Rubio is finished by a long shot. In fact, I think many people agree with the substance of Rubio’s assessment of Obama, and will look past his bumbling and Christie’s slander.
I left these comments:
I’m not sure how exactly Rubio means it. But, scripted or not, I think Rubio is absolutely correct on the broader point. Obama came into office with little experience but a solid collectivist ideology. And, on the basis of that ideology, Obama has had significant success at “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” as he promised in 2008.
Obama’s political agenda, including Dodd-Frank, ObamaCare, and his climate change agenda—including the assault on the coal industry—have pushed the country a long way toward statism and away from liberty. But that agenda is really a continuation of the statist trend of the past hundred years, and particularly of the past 15 years.
The worst damage was his legitimization of moocherism. This he has largely accomplished through his anti-economic inequality campaign, which is built on the premise that no one is responsible for his economic status. The wealth of the nation is not the product of individual ability and initiative operating in the free market, and belonging to those who earned it. Wealth is some collective “pie” created by this mysterious entity called “society.” If the next guy has more wealth or earnings than you, it’s because that guy took more than his “fair share” of society’s pie by cheating you. Nobody actually builds anything (“you didn’t build that”). “Success” is a matter of luck or cheating, not individual productiveness. There is no such thing as achievement. There’s only “privilege.”
This egalitarian view of wealth production was not invented by Obama. But he has shown to be a great salesman for it. Consequently, he has severely undermined a lot of Americans’ respect for individual achievement. In doing so, it has given legitimization to the entitlement mentality. To the extent people accept it—and too many people do—Obama has paved the way for an accelerated descent into socialism.
Experience is overblown. An “inexperienced” president can always surround himself with qualified people to guide him in implementing his policies. Much more important in a president is his philosophy and vision for where he wants to take the country. Obama came into office with a vision, and largely accomplished it. Yes, Obama “knows exactly what he's doing."
Obama's Sugar-Coated Poison
Atlas Shrugged—Ayn Rand