COMMENTARY: New York Times goes after Rubio's record – his driving record

by Gregory Tomlin, |
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announces his bid for the Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election race during a speech in Miami, Florida, April 13, 2015. The New York Times recently made an issue of traffic tickets Rubio and his wife amassed over a period of 18 years. | REUTERS/Joe Skipper

NEW YORK (Christian Examiner) – The New York Times has long been known for its leftist approach to politics – shilling for Democrat candidates who find it suitable to murder children in the womb, snap and send pictures of their naked bodies, or cover up multiple affairs.

They'll mangle the truth, take statements out of context and even – I submit – create news with leading questions to divert attention from real policy issues – like, oh, let's say, just how the Clinton Foundation's slush funds became so burdened with millions of American greenbacks.

Now that there's a slew of Republican candidates running for the coveted party nomination for president, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the paper is gearing up for its once-every-four-years round of Republican bad-boy exposés.

This time they've started with a whale of an investigative piece on Marco Rubio, who attends both Catholic and Southern Baptist churches. Serial philanderer? No. Secretive practitioner of the black arts? No. Drug king pin? No.

Turns out Marco Rubio is a bad driver. Yes, a bad driver. That's the best they've got on the Florida senator now running for the highest office in the land. Marco Rubio can be careless behind the wheel. He might speed a little. He might run a stop sign here and there.

Oh, and his wife may not be such a great driver either. Evil, evil Marco and Jeanette Rubio.

According to not one, but two New York Times reporters, Alan Rappeport and Steve Eder, and a research assistant, the Rubio's have a combined 17 traffic violations on their record dating back to 1997. So in 18 years, the two miscreants have amassed quite the portfolio of little white tickets. 

Aside from the thousands the Rubios must spend on insurance, there have been no lasting consequences from their wave of traffic missteps. Buildings in Miami are still standing. School buses are still running the streets. Fire hydrants are still in working order.

Yet, it seems to the New York Times as if Mr. Rubio could be a danger to the United States if elected president and allowed to take the Beast – the presidential limo – for a spin.

Not that I believe the New York Times is listening, but we should be appealing to them to – every once in a while – commit a random act of journalism and report serious news about serious issues. Issues like how foreign money can flow unabated into a foundation and then into the private portfolios of its overseers.

Besides, everyone knows presidents don't drive anywhere – except maybe when they're in a golf cart.