Dec 6, 2012

Marco Rubio lied like a sack of Palin

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?

MARCO RUBIO: I'm not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I'm not a scientist. I don't think I'm qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I'm not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries.

That was a couple of weeks ago. Rubio was asked this question in an interview by a men's glamour magazine, and his response to a well-known scientific fact was long-winded bullshit.

Of course, he tried weaseling out of it, but outside of the Tea Party everybody was laughing.

So he came clean and issued a clarification at a Politico Playbook breakfast.

MARCO RUBIO: Science says it’s about four and a half billion years old, and my faith teaches that that’s not inconsistent, the answer I gave was actually trying to make the same point the president made a few years ago, and that is there is no scientific debate on the age of the Earth. I mean, it’s established pretty definitively as at least four and a half billion years old … I was referring to a theological debate and which is a pretty healthy debate.

LIE #1: He said he is not a scientist, and is not qualified to answer a question like that, but then, he did answer it. No one was mistaking him for a scientist. Scientific facts that are well known do not require a qualified scientist to be repeated. Like whether oil is denser than water, or is it the other way around? Besides, he is not an economist either, so why is he talking about the GDP and the economy in a theological debate?

LIE #2: He said he was referring to a theological debate, but all one has to do is look at the interview.  It was with GQ, a place as close to theology as Palin is to the Presidency. Worse, he did throw in a non sequitur about the economy and the GDP. In a theological debate, Rubio? Do they often ask "Is there a song you play to psych you up before a vote in the Senate?" in a theological debate?

LIE #3: He tried to make Obama look as bad by tying a response by him years ago.  Except, Obama was not asked that question, and his was in a theological setting.  The sad part though is that most of the corporate media believed it.

BARACK OBAMA (in 2008): What I've said to them is that I believe that God created the universe and that the six days in the Bible may not be six days as we understand it .…it may not be 24-hour days, and that’s what I believe. I know there’s always a debate between those who read the Bible literally and those who don’t, and I think it’s a legitimate debate within the Christian community of which I’m a part. My belief is that the story that the Bible tells about God creating this magnificent Earth on which we live—that is essentially true, that is fundamentally true. Now, whether it happened exactly as we might understand it reading the text of the Bible: That, I don’t presume to know.

Now, the two responses may appear to be similar in some parts, even if the words are different, right?

Yes, but here is where the media bungled big time. The question that was posed to Obama was

INTERVIEWER: Senator, if one of your daughters asked youand maybe they already have'Daddy, did god really create the world in 6 days?,' what would you say?

The question was not "Senator, how old do you think the Earth is?" It was a question about the myth in the Bible in a religious context. So other than the two douche bag politicians claiming that there was a sky pixie who created the Earth, there is nothing in common between the two answers. 

For a simple reason. The questions were different. Obama was not asked the same question.

Oh, and Obama added one more thing after his statement.

BARACK OBAMA: Let me add though, I do believe in evolution.

Now, in any context that is completely at odds with Rubio's version of George the Younger's "teach 'em both" position.

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