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Kaleberg

Politics may reveal character, but that's not superficial enough for the press. I always gathered that the press uses the term "character" to express their bias about someone. At least that's the way they use the term.

Fiddlin Bill

I watched a long interview with Ryan Grim on MSNBC this past week, which centered on the "speedboat" thing. What I got from the interview--which I think was with Chris Hayes--was that Rubio's boat is NOT a speedboat at all. They showed pics of speedboats, and then of Rubio's boat. His boat is a pretty typical coast waters boat, fiberglass it looked like, good for fishing, not big enough to go "outside" unless you have a guarantee on the weather. It had two outboard motors, so it had some speed, but that rig is not particularly unusual. And as Grim noted, Rubio does live in Florida, which is pretty much all coastline. Having a boat down there isn't a sign of much of anything about your character. And this particular boat wasn't, as boats go, all that expensive. Grim seemed to be making all these points, by the way (I haven't read his Huff article). The short of it was, Rubio's boat is not much different that Kerry's wind sail rig. I'll add, finally, that I wouldn't vote for Rubio or any other of what passes now for Republican in a million years. They're all liars and hypocrites and most of them are, indeed, assholes of the first order. But not because of boat ownership.

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