Is Rubio Using a Marketing 101 Strategy?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It has been said it simply wasn’t Marco Rubio’s night on Saturday. It’s been said he stumbled and was tripped up causing him to revert back to a canned and practiced statement about how Obama has known all along what he wanted to do after he was elected. Rubio repeatedly insisted that Obama is not incompetent, he’s a radical. He didn’t say radical – he said Obama knows exactly what he’s doing – the radical is implied.

As has been widely reported, Marco Rubio repeated four times, essentially that same canned talking point during Saturday’s debate, for which he was called out by blowhard Chris Christie – and now the media and pundit class. For this many have taken to calling him Marco Robot and Marco Roboto.

But look at Trump’s slogan: “Make America Great Again.” How many times has he repeated that? By this time, who doesn’t know it? Of course we have no idea of what it really means other than Trump says we’re going to “Make America Great Again.” He did what any good marketing agent would do – keep hammering it until it sticks.

It’s no different than “15 minutes can save you 15%,” or the old and highly successful Miller Lite ad, “Tastes Great – Less Filling.” Does anyone really know if spending 15 minutes on a Geico website will actually save 15%? Of course not and who cares? They don’t. All they care about is that everyone knows the slogan, equates it with Geico and if it’s repeated often enough it becomes some sort of quasi-fact. read more

End the Republican Freedom Project

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The republican “Democracy Project” was on full display in Tuesday night’s debate.

The establishment candidates from Bush to Kasich and Christie all espoused virtually identical views on the Middle East and particularly the handling of Bashir al-Assad in Syria.

But now you count newly crowned establishment wunderkind, Marco Rubio as having the same policy preference. It appears the moderates have all but given up on Jeb and are beginning to line up behind Marco. I’d like to say that Rubio has just recently succumbed to the dark side but I think he’s been there for years.

At first I thought he was towing the establishment line on just immigration, but his foreign policy, at least in regard to the Middle East, has an establishment taste to it.

Save for Israel, there has never been a single democracy in that region’s several thousand year history. Middle Eastern nations have always been a monarchy, a theocracy or dictatorship – nothing even resembling a democracy, let alone a representative republic. read more

Cruz Bested Rubio In The Debate

by: the Common Constitutionalist

If you are a Ted Cruz supporter like me, you thought he won the debate. The same goes for Trump and Rubio supporters. To supporters of all others – Rots-a-Ruck.

This time around it seems more people are talking about the Cruz v Rubio battles than anyone else, including the Trumpster, concentrating on their immigration back and forth.

Cruz said during the debate that he is against the amnesty Rubio was pushing for and then added that, “I have never supported legalization, and I do not intend to support legalization.”

Many have jumped on this as some sort of “Gotcha” moment – like – now we have him – he’s waffling! He refuses to commit to a definitive statement. Well, only a stupid person, a politician or liar (usually redundant) would ever be that definitive. A smart person would never say never.

Yesterday Glen Beck used the analogy of a president saying he would NEVER raise taxes – ever. Well, that’s a great sound bite and it may garner a few votes, but what if we were to find ourselves in the next great war, without the additional funds needed and taxes had to be raised, even temporarily, to pay for the war effort? There goes the President’s grand definitive pledge. Does this now make the president a liar? Cruz is far too intelligent to make that type of mistake. read more

It’s Nice to be Friends


By John Hayward at Human Events:

When President Obama, who is normally a great proponent of “infrastructure” projects, made his bizarre decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline project, I wondered if he might have been induced to create those thousands of American jobs if the oil could be moved by his beloved high-speed rail.

As it turns out, oil is already moved from northern latitudes, such as the booming oil fields of North Dakota, down to the Gulf of Mexico by rail of the old, low-speed variety. Fortunately, as Newt Gingrich pointed out during the Monday night Republican debate in Florida, the oil is on private land, so Obama can’t shut production down.

Shipping the oil with a pipeline would have significantly reduced costs, as an Associated Press report explains:

Billions of dollars of infrastructure improvements have been made in recent years to allow North Dakota’s oil shipping capacity to keep pace with the skyrocketing production. North Dakota is the nation’s fourth-biggest oil producer and is expected to trail only Texas in crude output within the next year.

Alison Ritter, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Mineral Resources, said the state’s so-called takeaway capacity is adequate, though producers and the state were counting on the on the Keystone XL to move North Dakota crude.

Shipping crude by pipeline in North Dakota adds up to $1.50 to its cost, compared to $2 or more a barrel for rail shipments, producers say.

“Oil that would have moved by the Keystone XL is now going to shift to rail transportation,” Ritter said.

Amusingly, a spokesman for the Sierra Club admitted “there is no question that [transporting] oil by rail or truck is much more dangerous than a pipeline,” but that didn’t stop the zero-growth eco-fanatics from calling in their chips with President Downgrade to kill that pipeline.

Those rail shipments are expected to “increase exponentially with increased oil production and the shortage of pipelines,” according to Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority. That’s going to be quite a windfall for the railroad companies, isn’t it?

I hereby dub thee, Friend of Obama.

As it happens, 75 percent of the oil currently shipped by rail out of North Dakota is handled by Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC… which just happens to be a unit of Warren Buffett’s company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. What a coincidence!

For some reason, nobody from BNSF or Berkshire Hathaway would return the AP’s telephone calls, but oilman Harold Hamm told them he was sure this was just a wonderful “lucky break” for Barack Obama’s favorite billionaire, who is “certainly favored by this decision.” I’ve heard Buffett’s famously overtaxed secretary will be a guest at the State of the Union address tonight. Maybe someone could ask her about it.

The “tax me more” refrain from liberal billionaires is one of the oldest sucker games in the book. For the well-connected, the money that can be made through government power – whether by influencing corrupt politicians, or merely predicting what they’re going to do – dwarfs whatever income they offer to cough up.