My Tuesday column. Marco Rubio and the continued Republican refusal to accept science.
You might recall how Bobby Jindal suggested that Republicans should stop dumbing themselves down. I used this quote in yesterday's column, but it bears repeating: "It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that. It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party. We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters."
Perhaps Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the first Republican to formally court Iowa in preparation for 2016, should've taken Jindal more seriously. Yesterday, GQ's Michael Hainey published an interview awith Rubio in which he asked the senator the seemingly non-sequitur question: "How old do you think the Earth is?"
Rubio's answered, "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..." [continued]