Van Jones Delivers Stern Warning to Laughing Democrats
The Marco Rubio Factor2016 is closer than many politicians imagine.
There is one Democrat who is aware of the Marco Rubio factor in the early race for the White House in 2016. Former White House adviser and confidant of the president, Van Jones, raised the warning flag to his constituents and compliant media that a new Ronald Reagan may be taking shape.
Sen. Marco Rubio delivered the Tuesday GOP response to the State of the Union. All that seemed to be reported about his speech was his awkward pause to reach for a bottle of water. It was shown 151 times on MSNBC alone.
Marco Rubio State Of The Union Response
This sort of behavior by the mainstream media is nothing new, as the Romney campaign can attest to. But Jones noticed that this new face is not so easily dismissed as the son of Cuban refugees, an articulate speaker and most of all, a fighter.
A Force Democrats Must Reckon With
"He's a force the Democrats must reckon with," Jones warned. "The Florida Republican poses a 'dangerous' political threat to Democrats because of his keen ability to emotionally connect with voters." He told CNN in an interview shortly after Rubio's presidential rebuttal speech that "People can chuckle today. But they're going to be worried about him tomorrow."
From the Rev. Al Sharpton to Chris Matthews, the liberal community took delight in poking fun at Rubio's pause to sip the water. It is obvious to Jones that the usual bashing of any possible threat early will not work this time around.
Sen. Rubio is a different candidate than the Democrats have encountered since Obama has been president.
Democrats "Dodged a Bullet"
Jones told CNN anchor Carol Costello the water incident merely helped the Democrats to escape the actual message Rubio sent. They (Democrats) "dodged a bullet," Jones observed. "I'm so glad we're talking about him and we're joking about him because right when he reached for that water bottle, he was reaching an emotional part of the speech which he stepped on."
Jones is a keen strategist for Obama and his words did not go unnoticed by a gleeful media. The somber warning he made was a reminder to many of the comical approach they took to a one-time movie actor who challenged an incumbent president 33-years-ago.
The "Comical" Politician
This time, the "comical" politician will be vying for the most powerful job in the world against another candidate, not an incumbent. This is not the Republican primaries of 2011-12.
Rubio is quickly emerging as the man to beat in the Republican sweepstakes and he has all the qualifications to do just that.
Jones is well aware the cheap shots and major distortions of Mitt Romney's record will not work on this middle-class son of refugees who just recently paid off $100,000 dollars in student loans.
That's not Romney.
Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. His BS in journalism from University of Oregon with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing. Read more stories by Dwight L. Schwab Jr..
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