Thursday, February 07, 2013

"If someone asks you if you're a god..."

The publication Time put Marco Rubio on the cover this week, titled "The Republican Savior".

Marco Rubio went to Twitter and said, "There is only one savior, and it is not me. "

I'm not sure if this means that Rubio only thinks of the word "savior" as being related to "Savior".  His tweet is patently false: anyone who saves anything from anything is a savior.  The capital S denotes a particular savior, in the same way that a capital G indicates a particular god.  That's how our language works.

Or maybe he's just got Jesus on the brain. If you're a prospective upcoming presidential candidate, perhaps it is incumbent upon you that you should mention Jesus at any opportunity.

AIDE:  "Senator, if you'll just step this way..."

RUBIO:  "Jesus."

AIDE:  "I beg your pardon?"

RUBIO:  "We should all step the way Jesus did."

AIDE:  "Yes, sir.  But what I meant was..."

RUBIO: "We should mean Jesus."

AIDE: "I don't think that..."

RUBIO:  "Not Jesus."

AIDE:  "What?"

RUBIO:  "If we don't think something, it should be not Jesus."

AIDE:  "Won't you lie down, sir?"

Or maybe he thinks that the savior of the Republican Party *is* Jesus.  Not in the religious sense (though probably that as well), but in the fortunes of electoral politics.  The metaphor is often used about Republicans "being in the wilderness" when they lose yearly elections.

The editors of Time had the best response to his knee-jerk answer:  "Point taken, but we just said you’re the ‘Republican savior.'"


  1. In his defense, it is difficult to tell if they capitalized 'savior' or not, since it appears to be in all caps...

  2. True, but Rubio didn't capitalize it in his return tweet.