In Florida, the sheen has worn off Marco Rubio

It’s WAAAAYYYY too early to put much credence in polling for the 2016 presidential race, but I did find a new Quinnipiac poll out of Florida intriguing for another reason.

The headline number out of the poll puts Hillary Clinton well ahead of Florida native sons Jeb Bush (51-40) and Marco Rubio (52-41), which adds to the thought that the presidential race would be Clinton’s to lose, should she choose to run. But again, a lot can change between now and then.

The real number that drew my attention was Rubio’s favorability rating. Just 41 percent of Florida voters told Quinnipiac that they approve of his performance as senator, which would be a deeply troubling number for a politician merely trying to win re-election. For someone eying a run for president or being mentioned as his party’s next great hope, it’s downright startling. I don’t know what Barack Obama’s numbers were in Illinois in 2006, but I bet they were a lot higher than that.

(Public Policy Polling produces similar results, with just 37 percent of Floridians backing a Rubio run for president and 53 percent opposing it.)

Last month, a similar poll in Louisiana found Bobby Jindal with a 37 percent job-approval number. In blue New Jersey, Chris Christie has a 78 percent approval rating, but since he’s not really conservative, I guess there’s no reason to bring him up.

– Jay Bookman

525 comments Add your comment

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
5:11 pm

Did I miss something?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 21st, 2013
5:12 pm

Just 41 percent of Florida voters told Quinnipiac that they approve of his performance as senator, which would be a deeply troubling number for a politician merely trying to win re-election.

Maybe another sip or two of water will do the trick.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 21st, 2013
5:14 pm

Did I miss something?

The call on the Valpo/ Mich St. game.

LUCIFER

March 21st, 2013
5:16 pm

Marco Rubio? Isn’t he the guy who is science challenged?

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
5:18 pm

Kam; I HAD to make that one bro. But what I meant is did I miss something where the party of stupid would actually do something intelligent?

Soothsayer

March 21st, 2013
5:21 pm

Jay: “eyeing” instead of “eying.” Just thought you might like to know.

Soothsayer

March 21st, 2013
5:23 pm

Sorry. “Eying” is actually a correct usage. Just never seen it used before.

JKL2

March 21st, 2013
5:24 pm

Jay- It’s WAAAAYYYY too early

Still holding my breath waiting for your glowing endorsement of a candidate you will never vote for.

Good to see your still campaigning like our president…

hwih

March 21st, 2013
5:27 pm

“But again, a lot can change between now and then.”

Yep, those cankles will be 70 years old in 2016

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
5:28 pm

Rubio’s history is fascinating. Apparently his parents fled the Stalin regime in Cuba in 1944.

No wait, that can’t be right.

Maybe it was the Pol Pot regime in Cuba in 1975.

No that doesn’t seem right, either.

Let me get back to you on this…

Paul

March 21st, 2013
5:31 pm

Looks like the pattern we saw in the primaries of “oooooh, look at the shiny new toy!!” hasn’t worn off. But this also shows the disconnect between the CPAC types and the mainstream. So I’ll hazard a guess that the conservosphere will still oooh and aaaah over Rubio and he’ll get a lot of attention. But then another shiny new towy will come along.

JKL2

“Still holding my breath waiting for your glowing endorsement of a candidate you will never vote for.”

Have you really forgotten what Jay wrote about Romney early on?

Or do you just choose to ignore it because it conflicts with your repetitious comments?

DannyX

March 21st, 2013
5:32 pm

Well those polls are biased liberal polls.

I just went to unskewedpolls.com and found unbiased results.

Florida, Clinton vs Rubio
Rubio 111%
Clinton 10%

Florida, Bush vs Clinton
Bush 107%
Clinton 9%

clem

March 21st, 2013
5:32 pm

is rubio cuban for rube?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 21st, 2013
5:33 pm

Cue the “Jay is scared of Rubio” comments in 3…2…1….

Paul

March 21st, 2013
5:34 pm

JamVet

What I wanna know is, when Rubio’s in Miami and he’s hungry, does he support tyrants and enemies by ordering a Cuban sandwich, or does he show his patriotism and love of America and order a Freedom sandwich?

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
5:35 pm

DannyX, that’s funny. (Love the new GOP math!)

guy

March 21st, 2013
5:37 pm

At least we will know all about Rubio if he runs for president. All we know about obama is his mentors were Rev.Wright and Bill Ayers. Great folks! Wow!

getalife

March 21st, 2013
5:38 pm

rubio is a rookie and not too bright.

There are no leaders from the right.

Just Americans that bow down for the wealthy donors.

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
5:40 pm

Paul, patriotism is now out of vogue in the GOP.

Corporations Uber Alles…

getalife

March 21st, 2013
5:40 pm

Hillary Clinton 16!

8 more years!

getalife

March 21st, 2013
5:41 pm

I demand to see his birth certificate to be fair and balanced.

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
5:43 pm

I have a theory. Anyone who brags about how smart and wonderful they are because they guess correctly who is going to win a game between the 8 and 9 seeds in the NCAA tourny is probably a Republican…………

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
5:44 pm

getalife, we’ll get Donnie Combover and Oily Taints right on that!

getalife

March 21st, 2013
5:44 pm

Jam,

Thank you.

Lets check his preacher too .

tireofit

March 21st, 2013
5:46 pm

He is very unimpressive, just the GOP type.

Brosephus™

March 21st, 2013
5:48 pm

That 41% that approves of Rubio are the “REAL” conservatives in Florida. Nothing else matters. ;)

Paul

March 21st, 2013
5:51 pm

getalife

“Lets check his preacher too .”

Cut the new pope some slack, okay? He just got the job….

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
5:51 pm

Nothing else matters.

You finally filled in a bracket. Nothing else matters…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAsA00-5KoI

TM

March 21st, 2013
5:52 pm

If its “WAAAAYYYY too early” way give it props unless you want to pound your chest?

YouLibs

March 21st, 2013
5:52 pm

JKL2

I’m still waiting for you to admit that with the hand he was dealt, the obstructions that he has had to deal with every single day of his presidency, the whisper campaigns leveled aqainst him by the right-wing noise machine and the dirty tricks used by “think tanks” set up by the plutocrats, our president has gotten a lot done for the people of the United States.

When you do, I promise that every time I write Rubio’s name, I’ll dot the “i” with a little heart.

Paul

March 21st, 2013
5:52 pm

Hey Brosephus, welcome back!

Had this for you earlier:

Too bad Brosephus and DebbieDoRight aren’t here. Not a Georgia or Alabama school on the list…

“Brains and beauty: Business Insider ranks BYU as ‘hottest’ university”

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865576347/Brains-and-beauty-Business-Insider-ranks-BYU-as-hottest-university.html?pg=all

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
5:54 pm

When you do, I promise that every time I write Rubio’s name, I’ll dot the “i” with a little heart.

PAUSE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNS6M_E4RuU

getalife

March 21st, 2013
5:59 pm

“Cut the new pope some slack, okay? He just got the job…”

The new Pope is bringing back helping the poor and disabled.

rubio does not do that.

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
5:59 pm

Damn. Davidson lost to Marquette by ONE LOUSY POINT!!!!!!!!!! That was my underdog bracket buster too……

Paul

March 21st, 2013
6:03 pm

“The Big Bang Theory: The Alien Parasite Hypothesis (#4.10)” (2010)

YouLibs

“I promise that every time I write Rubio’s name, I’ll dot the “i” with a little heart.”

Amy Farrah Fowler: Did you know that the iconic Valentine’s heart shape is not actually based on the shape of a human heart, but rather on the shape of the buttocks of a female bending over?
Penny: So I spent seventh grade dotting my I’s with little asses?
[Amy nods]
Penny: Cool.

Brosephus™

March 21st, 2013
6:03 pm

You finally filled in a bracket. Nothing else matters…..

I was busy filling in a bunch of other things. :)

————————

Paul @ 5:52

That’s because “True” Conservative values can’t be measured by beauty and/or brains. :lol: :lol:

Paul

March 21st, 2013
6:04 pm

Brosephus

Well, I saw plenty of pretty coeds in Ala and Ga.

The fact they didn’t give me the time of day showed they really did have brains -

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:04 pm

The new Pope is going back to basics for the church:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/pope-francis-disabled-man_n_2907234.html

He is a good choice for the church.

the red herring

March 21st, 2013
6:05 pm

Interesting that jay always wants to cut down republican/tea party/independent candidates rather than focus on the lousy job obama is doing. Sorta makes you wonder why jay doesn’t want to talk about all the problems cropping up with obamacare—how the taxpayers are being bled to death by a tax and spend liberal in the white house. Mr. “i’ll cut the deficit in half in my first term” only to raise it by 6 trillion. He is a worse spendaholic than GW was and that is saying something. Maybe J. Carter and obama can sit in the presidents old folks home one day and hug their nobel peace prizes and laugh about how they screwed the usa.

Paul

March 21st, 2013
6:06 pm

getalife

Looks like Rubio’s gonna look for a new church.

Again.

Cherokee

March 21st, 2013
6:09 pm

JKL why would he endorse a candidate that he wouldn’t vote for?

TBS

March 21st, 2013
6:09 pm

JKL2

Weren’t you supposed to post the substantiated crimes that Obama has committed and subsequently have him in jail?

I know that you were not posting your usual rhetoric and hyperbole. I just know it.

Maybe you became busy and forgot.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:09 pm

No chemical weapons used in Syria.

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
6:09 pm

Interesting that jay always wants to cut down republican/tea party/independent candidates rather than focus on the lousy job obama is doing. Sorta makes you wonder why jay doesn’t want to talk about all the problems cropping up with obamacare—how the taxpayers are being bled to death by a tax and spend liberal in the white house. Mr. “i’ll cut the deficit in half in my first term” only to raise it by 6 trillion. He is a worse spendaholic than GW was and that is saying something. Maybe J. Carter and obama can sit in the presidents old folks home one day and hug their nobel peace prizes and laugh about how they screwed the usa.

Foxbot morons are so cute. They let us know what’s on fox and talk radio everyday. Who needs to listen with these little sock puppets hanging around……..

Paul

March 21st, 2013
6:10 pm

the red herring

” He is a worse spendaholic than GW was and that is saying something.”

Yeah, something inaccurate that’s been repeatedly debunked.

Then again, many cons here aren’t noted for their accurate grasp of facts.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Historicals

Table 1-3, constant FY2005 dollars.

Cherokee

March 21st, 2013
6:10 pm

good job parroting the wingnut talking points, there, red herring….

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:10 pm

Paul,

Yes, it does fit his ideology.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:11 pm

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 21st, 2013
6:11 pm

Man, I hate being 100% right in my bracket. It’s just awful, I tell you.

Anyhow, I’m kinda suprized this Rubio ain’t ahead even in his own state. It must be awful to be a young punk that wants to starve old people and maybe take away the toys from little kids. I don’t know why more people don’t see him as the Lord Savior Almighty. Beats me.

Have a good night, losers.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 21st, 2013
6:12 pm

Brosephus™

March 21st, 2013
6:12 pm

The fact they didn’t give me the time of day showed they really did have brains

:lol: :lol: :lol:

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:12 pm

red,

That was a pathetic pack of lies.

Self deport.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:15 pm

All the cons have are lies and ignoring facts.

They are dying in American politics.

This is great for our country because they fail when they try to govern.

The future is looking good and the Dow is correct.

indigo

March 21st, 2013
6:15 pm

Finally!! Someone who thinks about religion as it should be and who people may actually listen to.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/failing-americas-faithful-kathleen-kennedy-townsend/1102338888

F. Sinkwich

March 21st, 2013
6:16 pm

Hey red, maybe you’re new here but O’bozo can do no wrong, at least among the lefties on this blog.

And even those conservatives who demonstrate a willingness to compromise on something like immigration reform, like Rubio, are acknowledged as “seeing the light” one day only to be trashed shortly thereafter.

The moral to the story is that to compromise with those who hate you and whose only objective is to destroy you is a fool’s errand.

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
6:17 pm

LOL I just thought of something. As “group manager” I can give JAY the boot for a change……………

I’d do it except he would look at it as a mercy killing. Me and him and Larry are bringing up the rear of the pack……….

indigo

March 21st, 2013
6:18 pm

Looks are everything in America.

What will Hillary look like four years from now.

If she comes across as a tired old hag, no amount of intelligence and political savvy will matter.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:18 pm

Thanks for proving my point but it is not the President that is crushing rubio.

It is Hillary Clinton for 8 more years.

curious

March 21st, 2013
6:19 pm

On the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war, let’s reflect on the Bush administration’s claim that the war would be:

A cakewalk
We would be greeted as liberaters
The Iraqis would be throwing flowers at our feet.
Their oil would pay for the war
We’ll have a future base of operations in the ME

and most of all: Mission Accomplished.

That’s great work compared to Obama’s screw-ups.

Brosephus™

March 21st, 2013
6:19 pm

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:20 pm

Indigo,

She is a real woman so I doubt he will get a facelift for you.

Cherokee

March 21st, 2013
6:21 pm

Sink I don’t know who Obozo is, but if you think ‘lefties’ think Obama can do no wrong, you’re just not paying attention.

Paul

March 21st, 2013
6:21 pm

“Hey red, maybe you’re new here but O’bozo can do no wrong, at least among the lefties on this blog.”

Actually, red, when people make uninformed comments some here present these things called facts. Cons take this as support of Obama, probably because in their world facts equals ’support Obama.’ When the facts are presented, they usually leave, divert, or use terms like ‘O’bozo.”

Don’t be like the cons here. Get the facts, consider changing your opinions so they’re grounded in reality.

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
6:21 pm

Hey red, maybe you’re new here but O’bozo can do no wrong, at least among the lefties on this blog.

Are you Crazy? Did you see his bracket? Kam was raising hell about that earlier. He said there ain’t no WAY he couldn’t believe that the President picked Indiana to win it all……..

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:21 pm

Assault weapons ban will get a vote.

TBS

March 21st, 2013
6:21 pm

Fred

Lots of bbal to be played. Day one probably will not break anyone unless they picked all of the underdogs.

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
6:22 pm

LOL I just looked at your bracket Kam. Did you just copy paste Obama’s? :mrgreen:

Brosephus™

March 21st, 2013
6:24 pm

Actually, red, when people make uninformed comments some here present these things called facts. Cons take this as support of Obama, probably because in their world facts equals ’support Obama.’ When the facts are presented, they usually leave, divert, or use terms like ‘O’bozo.”

That made me LOL!!!

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:24 pm

fily gave up on America so he is depressed.

I tried to get him to see a doctor because I am concerned about his well being.

He reads like a American that needs help. ASAP.

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
6:26 pm

TBS: So far Davidson is the only one to “screw” me. I had them to upset Marquette (and they almost did) AND Butler, so I get a goose egg there in the next round as well. The others? I had them as one (win) and done anyway so no big loss.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 21st, 2013
6:27 pm

LOL I just looked at your bracket Kam. Did you just copy paste Obama’s?

Nah, in fact I had the dickens of a time getting to work, so some of my picks might have got changed from the first time I went through that damn thing.

Brosephus™

March 21st, 2013
6:29 pm

btw…

I don’t think red herring is a new poster as I recall that name being used before in exactly the same manner… Bash Jay and bash Jay often without a smidget of anything resembling factual research to back his/her position. Sounds like the typical conservative poster here though. There are a few who will provide proof, even if it comes from Heritage-dot-org or WND.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:29 pm

Who is winning the bracket thingie Fred?

TBS

March 21st, 2013
6:29 pm

Get

If you spent most of your time “cruising” behind shopping centers and obsessed with who is each other’s but buddy, you would need help just like Sink

Be glad you do not do what he has posted that he does….

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:31 pm

“cruising” behind shopping centers.

Dumpster diving?

Fred ™

March 21st, 2013
6:31 pm

get: So far Redneck, Brocephus, Jamvet, and flagboy are all perfect.

josef

March 21st, 2013
6:33 pm

Dang, Big Daddy’s as bad with the Republican bash as indigo is with the Christian bash!

PAUL

I’ll cut il Papa some slack when he responds properly to his actions in the Dirty War…of course, he’s already made it quite clear what he thinks of me and my kind…and G-d may be an Argentine, but not this one…

TBS

March 21st, 2013
6:34 pm

Bro

I’m not sure if red herring is a member of the School of Puppetry Arts under the toolage of that puppeteer but if one of two topics comes up, I will know for sure.

Isn’t that right, TC?

Scrivener

March 21st, 2013
6:35 pm

TravelGate – where Hillary got the entire nonpartisan travel staff fired over trumped-up allegations which were proven untrue.
Whitewater – where Hillary had lots of her friends go to jail, some because they refused to turn evidence against her and Bill, and where subpoenaed documents that were never turned over were located in Hillary’s personal living quarters.
Vince Foster incident – where Hillary’s personal secretary was seen removing files from Foster’s office before investigators could get there after his suspicious death.
Filegate – where 800 FBI files mysteriously were found illegally in the Clintons’ possession, and strangely enough, their director of security disappeared, and nobody seemed to know who hired him in the first place.
Yep, Hillary would make a great president (sarcasm on)

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:36 pm

“Yep, Hillary would make a great President”

8 more years!

F. Sinkwich

March 21st, 2013
6:36 pm

F. Sinkwich:

“Hey red, maybe you’re new here but O’bozo can do no wrong, at least among the lefties on this blog.”

Based on feedback, I must amend my otherwise erudite observation. To wit:

O’bozo may from time to time appear to eff up, but the learned among Jay’s amen chorus will gleefully point out one of two circumstances excusing him from all culpability: it’s Bush’s fault, or Bush was worse.

Brosephus™

March 21st, 2013
6:36 pm

TBS

Only time will tell. All puppets have their own “tell” that gives them away. Our conservative puppets are a pretty arrogant breed too, and that’s always their tripping point. The ego rules all.

DoggoneGA

March 21st, 2013
6:38 pm

“Then again, many cons here aren’t noted for their accurate grasp of facts.”

Grasp of facts? Heck, they can’t even keep accurate track of their lies!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 21st, 2013
6:38 pm

Ahhh, the GOP “team” is going to be looking to a shallow bench of unfavorable. :lol:

On a side note but emblematic of the problem, I did a radio show earlier and while I sat in the lobby, I had to listen to some blowhard who claimed to be some mucky muck head of a local NAZI youths GOP young republicans. In a matter of 15 minutes I heard “teleprompter”, “Chicago”, “community organizer” and some other fav conned stupidity. Not a single substantive point the entire time. He did mention twice about how he lived in a county with 77% Dems with a sneer in his voice. The GOP farm team is weak, if nonexistent

Brosephus™

March 21st, 2013
6:40 pm

Is Southern U trying to blow everybody’s bracket out of the water????

indigo

March 21st, 2013
6:41 pm

F. Sinkwich

And for you and all the other cons, Bush and Cheney could not and did not do anything wrong.

Erwin's cat

March 21st, 2013
6:44 pm

If i had the time and gumption to fill out a bracket I would have been finished before i finished

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
6:44 pm

Andy, grow up and quit crying about W.

You voted for him twice, so it sucks to be you.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
6:44 pm

“And for you and all the other cons, Bush and Cheney could not and did not do anything wrong.”

Which is total bs.

Pizzaman

March 21st, 2013
6:46 pm

Jay! Did you err? jeb’s texan.

Erwin's cat

March 21st, 2013
6:46 pm

Bush and Cheney could not and did not do anything wrong right

can’t leave the diehard libs out…it wouldn’t be fair.

Latrina

March 21st, 2013
6:47 pm

Looked at Hillary lately? She was a fairly attractive woman in the Bil ‘n Hill days but she’s really let herself go. Being telegenic is everything in politics, and four years from now she’ll make Janet Reno look like Miss Universe.

Paul

March 21st, 2013
6:48 pm

josef

That episode was troubling. I hope there’s more information that would cast it in a different light, but who knows? Regardless, I’d like to hear a public acknowledgement and apology. But my experience with such large organizations, regardless of the values they espouse, is they prefer to move quietly on, not reignite the past controversy, even if they want to take the institution in a different direction.

As to the second, I did a quick search. You may be interested in this writer’s thoughts.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelangelo-signorile/is-pope-francis-secretly_b_2924954.html

I understand what he said in the past and possibly what the constraints were. But, as Sarah Connor said in The Terminator, the future hasn’t been written. ‘course, Doc said the same thing in Back to the Future so it’s gotta be true!

josef

March 21st, 2013
6:49 pm

PIZZAMAN

Jeb’s a Texan? Okay, sure…

Just because the cat had kittens in the oven don’t make ‘em biscuits…

td

March 21st, 2013
6:49 pm

4-2 in my bracket. Not bad considering I have not watched a complete game this entire year. Pitt and NMSU let me down. lol

Erwin's cat

March 21st, 2013
6:49 pm

Being telegenic is everything in politics,…

Sarah Palin says WHAT?

Brosephus™

March 21st, 2013
6:49 pm

Looked at Hillary lately? She was a fairly attractive woman in the Bil ‘n Hill days but she’s really let herself go. Being telegenic is everything in politics, and four years from now she’ll make Janet Reno look like Miss Universe.

Crab in the barrel mentality… Why would a woman want to knock another woman just because of her looks? Last time I checked, the President of the US was not part of the Miss America or Miss USA pageant circuit. If someone votes on a candidate just because of looks, that explains why our political system is so f**ked up.

DoggoneGA

March 21st, 2013
6:49 pm

“Being telegenic is everything in politics, and four years from now she’ll make Janet Reno look like Miss Universe”

No kidding, Madeline Albright was just SUCH a classic beauty.

JohnnyReb

March 21st, 2013
6:51 pm

“…a lot can change between now and then.”

Yep. Sound bites of her Benghazi – what does it matter – aside. Hillary will get older, fatter, and uglier. Her as POTUS, never happen.

Pop-Culture helped get Obama reelected. You really think they will vote in a 70 year old woman?

Erwin's cat

March 21st, 2013
6:51 pm

Just because the cat had kittens in the oven don’t make ‘em biscuits…,

do i talk about what you do behind closed doors? :lol: