According to Politico:
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Tuesday night knocked Sen. Marco Rubio’s GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union as “primitive.”
“I thought it was Tinkertoys,” Matthews said after Rubio delivered his address. “I thought it was primitive, something you would hear on a high school debating team.”…
“First of all, he went after government as some kind evil, then he admitted he had gone to school on student loans,” Matthews said. “Well, […] I mean, I’m very pro-government. And he admit he was, too. He said, I love Medicare because of how it takes care of my mother, how it took care of my father with dignity. He said, I went the student loan route, I got my education.”…
“It was almost like a YAF-er convention speech, Young Americans for Freedom speech, from the 1950s,” Matthews said. “There was no originality to it. It was basic. Again, it was Tinkertoys. It was a kid’s presentation of a philosophy reduced to maybe the 9th grade level. I’m sorry, that’s what it was.”
Politico also has video & a transcript of Rand Paul’s Tea Party rebuttal-to-the-rebuttal. It runs across four pages. Here are the first three paragraphs:
I speak to you tonight from Washington, D.C. The state of our economy is tenuous but our people remain the greatest example of freedom and prosperity the world has ever known.
People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
For the first time in history, men and women were guaranteed a chance to succeed based NOT on who your parents were but on your own initiative and desire to work….
Says the man who owes his entire career to his old man. It doesn’t get any better; don’t bother clicking over unless you need a checklist of every “bipartisan” cliche that ever brought Dancin’ Dave Gregory to estactic release. “America has much greatness left in her,” and if only enough voters were dumb enough to believe him, Rand Paul believes he could yet steal it all.
Perhaps the Republicans would have been better off to stick with the simplicity of Erick Erickson’s post-speech tweet, as relayed by Slate:
OK people, Mardi Gras is over! Stop sinning!