A ‘true policy wonk’

A ‘TRUE POLICY WONK’…. Apparently, one of the more interesting political moments of the day came when Marco Rubio spoke to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Rubio, a right-wing Senate candidate in Florida, mocked President Obama’s occasional use of teleprompters … while reading his jokes from a teleprompter.

It reminded me of a point that I’ve been meaning to emphasize: Marco Rubio is just conservative enough to make far-right activists swoon, but not quite smart enough to avoid being an embarrassment to himself.

To be sure, the right just adores him. National Review recently singled him out as someone who is “geniunely [sic] interested in nitty-gritty of public policy,” and “a true policy wonk.”

Yeah, sure he is.

In an interview with the [Tampa] Tribune on that subject Friday, Rubio called Crist “a believer in man-made global warming.”

“I don’t think there’s the scientific evidence to justify it,” Rubio said.

About a month ago, Rubio also argued against forcing TARP recipients to repay bailout money, calling the White House’s proposals “onerous and punitive” towards the financial institutions whose recklessness nearly destroyed the global economy. When Dems criticized his position, Rubio ran back to National Review to feel sorry for himself and spout mindless dogma.

This is life in Obama, Reid, and Pelosi’s America, where not only is free enterprise attacked, but so too is anyone who dares to defend it.”

Yep, a real “policy wonk” who just loves the “nitty-gritty of public policy.”

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.