The fourth-idiot theory

So how about this Marco Rubio dude? The Z Man is not overly impressed:

After eight years of Obama, the GOP is convinced they must have a non-white at the top of their ticket. So much so Jeb Bush is ready to change his name to Juan Eduardo Arbusto. Since that’s not likely to fly, the GOP has Marco Rubio warming in the bullpen, ready to step in as their man for the nomination. Rubio has the added benefit of the immigrant’s back story. He’s a meat head, but charming with a good narrative to sell.

That’s the thing with Rubio. He’s basically a Cuban Sarah Palin. He’s not stupid, but he is not sitting around working physics problems in his free time either. He’s also a man of pedestrian tastes and sensibilities. Unlike Palin, he has the brown force field around him so no one dare call him stupid or even hint at it, for fear of being called a racist.

A good argument for None of the Above? Not as good as this is:

The last 25 years seem to prove that we could just do away with the office entirely. After all, if the last three idiots could not bring down the nation, the office must hold no power at all, relative to the rest of the country.

But watch that next step: it’s a doozy.


  1. fillyjonk »

    21 April 2015 · 7:39 am

    Make it like the monarch in so many European countries: a figurehead role, someone to go to state funerals and be at the opening of parks.

    I’ve also thought from time to time that we could and maybe should replace the President with a foreign minister and a domestic minister. Elected positions. Because so many people I see that have good foreign policy experience aren’t that great at domestic stuff and vice versa. (Also, you could split your vote, if you wanted to, between parties)

  2. mushroom »

    21 April 2015 · 7:59 am

    The presidency is no longer relevant — neither is the federal government. I’m still going for the wall around D.C., like “Escape from New York” — a sort of Roach Motel for politicians. Run all their comms back on themselves so none of their idiocy gets beyond the wall, but it lets them think they are in charge.

    “No, sir, you can’t go back to your state. Your work is far too vital, and you would be at too much risk outside. People are so violent these days. You are only safe here.”

    The key part would probably be hacking the IRS so they think everybody in America is filing electronically but all the taxpayers and bank accounts are bogus.

  3. McGehee »

    21 April 2015 · 8:16 am

    The first responsibility of a President is to manage the Executive branch of the United States government and to do so in the national interests of the American people.

    Oh, did I say “first” responsibility? There isn’t a second one.

    Foreign policy is too important to be left to diplomats who, without a firmly pro-American hand on their leash, are too likely to go native and argue the interests of whatever other country they think they’re experts about.

  4. backwoods conservative »

    21 April 2015 · 8:45 am

    I thought the first responsibility of a President was to play golf.

  5. Jay »

    21 April 2015 · 11:31 am

    “He’s not stupid, but he is not sitting around working physics problems in his free time either.”
    Having had the (mis)fortune of working around physicists on and off over the past 30+ years, please believe me when I say you don’t want them anywhere near any position of responsibility, however slight.

    Having been a nuclear engineer, Jimmy Carter was (at the time) clearly the better choice over Gerald Ford. Look how well that turned out. Can we please get away from the idea that ‘brilliance’ in some unrelated area equals leadership?

  6. backwoods conservative »

    21 April 2015 · 11:35 am

    The peanut farmer was elected by the women’s vote. He promised them bigger and better goobers.

  7. McGehee »

    21 April 2015 · 11:40 am

    To anyone who thinks a physicist would make a good President, I reply with two words: “Sheldon Cooper,” who is “one lab accident away from becoming a supervillain.”

  8. Bill Jones »

    21 April 2015 · 4:18 pm

    “After all, if the last three idiots could not bring down the nation, the office must hold no power at all, relative to the rest of the country. ”

    Allow me to point out the blindingly obvious: The last three idiots have destroyed the country.

  9. fillyjonk »

    21 April 2015 · 5:41 pm

    Hoover was a mining engineer.
    Depending on who you talk to, he was awful or kind of okay.

  10. backwoods conservative »

    21 April 2015 · 6:04 pm

    I’m not sure how good Hoover was, but he had a ball.

  11. McGehee »

    21 April 2015 · 8:53 pm

    Hoover was a disaster. He tried to fix the economy after the ’29 crash the way an engineer would fix a machine.

    Then he lost to FDR because he didn’t do his damage hard enough, and we’ve now been treated to 83 years of being told he didn’t do any of what he did, that FDR did all of it, and it only took him 12 years to fix an economy that tried and failed to recover several times in spite of him.

    What finally did fix the economy was, ironically, a massive government program we call WW2.

  12. CGHill »

    21 April 2015 · 9:49 pm

    Which took the participation of several governments, in fact.

  13. Tatyana »

    22 April 2015 · 8:04 pm

    Mr. Jones made my comment for me.
    Except I’d say “last one” instead of “three”.

  14. Roger Green »

    23 April 2015 · 4:13 am

    I always thought Reagan should have been king, a nice, avuncular guy with quick wit.

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