MSNBC's Martin Bashir on Friday played one heck of a disgusting race card.
In the final segment of the show bearing his name, Bashir made the case without specifically saying it that the Republican Party is too racist for Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) to be its vice presidential candidate (video follows with transcript and commentary):
MARTIN BASHIR: It’s not difficult to understand why poor old Sen. Marco Rubio has lost his bearings over the last few days. After all, he was invited to address the major CPAC conference yesterday knowing that one of the plenary sessions was entitled “The End of Multiculturism.” Still, he forged ahead desperately trying to impress the baying crowd despite being a Cuban-American attacking the president for using a teleprompter.
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SENATOR MARCO RUBIO (R-FLORIDA): I wrote a little speech here. I brought it. I apologize. It's hard to get a teleprompter in this town. There's a guy that uses a lot of them.
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BASHIR: Well done, Mr. Rubio, but don't be deceived by the applause because you're going to have to go an awful lot further if you want to be on this Republican ticket as vice president.
Mr. Rubio has already displayed some flare in rewriting his personal history for the sake of political progress. You may remember that in his official biography, he said that his parents came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover. If this were true, it would clearly add grit to Mr. Rubio’s compelling life story, fleeing a communist dictator for the freedom and true liberty offered by the United States. But unfortunately, official documents suggest that Mr. Rubio’s parents left Cuba more than two and a half years before Castro took power in 1959.
And just two years ago, in fact at CPAC 2010, Mr. Rubio described how his father left Cuba after suffering many hardships, including the loss of his mother when he was just six years old. But just seven months later, Mr. Rubio said that his father lost his mother when he was just shy of his ninth birthday.
Now, I'm not picking fights over tiny details, but it does reveal the enormous challenge that confronts this young politician who wants to make progress in a party that says multiculturalism is dead. He's already had to embellish his personal history. One wonders what else he'll have to do to make himself acceptable to perhaps the most selective incarnation of the Republican Party that we’ve seen in a very, very long time.
As you can see in the video and transcript, Bashir never used the word racist or racism. But is there any other conclusion to be drawn from this segment, especially ending it with "the most selective incarnation of the Republican Party that we’ve seen in a very, very long time?"
What do you think Bashir meant by "most selective?"
But what makes this even more absurd is that Rubio is now one of the darlings of the Republican Party.
He so wowed the audience at CPAC 2010 that he shot directly to victory in his senatorial election that November placing him immediately on everyone's vice presidential lists whether he likes it or not.
The fact is that Rubio would be dearly welcomed on the ticket by the vast majority of Republicans.
It's only Democrats and their liberal media minions that are scared of this Cuban-American.
As such, maybe Bashir ought to point that accusatory finger at himself.