Mario Piperni on the SOTU

Marco Romney

February 12, 2013 By

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Daily Kos takes a look ahead to Marco Rubio’s Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight.

Okay, so Marco Rubio will propose tax reform (just like Mitt Romney), more digging and drilling for oil and gas (just like Mitt Romney), and some sort of tax benefit for job training (just like Mitt Romney). He’ll also accuse President Obama of wanting nothing but big government and of opposing our enterprise system (just like Mitt Romney). And, finally, he’ll claim that by raising taxes on wealthy people, President Obama is trying to hurt middle-class families (just like Mitt Romney).

In other words, Mitt Romney is basically giving the Republican response to the State of the Union tonight, except this time, it’ll be translated into Spanish.

Correct. New face, same message. The Republican hope is that their current pretty-faced messenger will somehow be able to sway the masses in ways that their last one was unable to do. And to do it without changing the message much. Good luck with that.

It’s going to take a lot more than the words of a charismatic Latino to change around Republican fortunes.

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The Romney source photograph is a Creative Commons licensed image from photographer Gage Skidmore. The Rubio source photograph is a Creative Commons licensed image from Ann Marie Curling.

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