After making a scandal of himself in opposition to health reform, Southern Baptist Convention ethics czar Richard Land has in an interview with Politico promoted former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio as a credible 2012 Republican presidential nominee who has "more experience than Obama had."
The gimlet-eyed journalists at PolitiFact poured that outLandish claim through their fact-filter and emerged with a "barely true." Even that conclusion is a stretch. It assumes, for example, Rubio is elected to the U.S. Senate and serves two years -- although he has yet to win the Aug. 24 Fla. Republican primary.
Sarah Palin benefitted from Land's dubious blessings. In 2008 he sang her praises as a potential vice presidential nominee in an interview with Brian Goldsmith of CBS, mentioning Southern Baptist Mike Huckabee only as an afterthought.
Republican presidential nominee John McCain chose Palin as his vice presidential nominee and after a brief popularity bubble, she helped sink his candidacy. Then, Palin the public servant went home to abandon the governorship of Alaska.
Palin's former prospective son-in-law Levi Johnson said at the time that she left in pursuit of cash. The dollar figures have since born Johnson out. Matthew Mosk of ABC News reported:
Since leaving office at the end of July 2009, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has brought in at least 100 times her old salary – a haul now estimated at more than $12 million -- through television and book deals and a heavy schedule of speaking appearances worth five and six figures.
When Land comes to anoint you, candidate Rubio, if you're really interested in public service, then for heaven's sake outrun him.