One of the young bucks in the wingnut bullpen, Senator Marco Rubio, gets an early start on his 2016 debacle with a GQ interview:
How old do you think the Earth is?
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…
So, in less than one question’s answer, Rubio has
- sidestepped the question in order to talk about what he wants to talk about
- ignored mountains of verifiable scientific facts
- paid homage to his billionaire conservative
- backed the notion of teaching creationism in science classes
- shuffled off any responsibility for the non-answer he gave
Oh, aside from his wife, Rubio’s best friend is Jim DeMint.
Did Rubio and Rmoney change bodies sometime over the weekend? And would you want someone who’s not qualified to read a high-school geology text running your country?