So my question to you, friends, is this the kind of thing that will help MR with the youngsters in 2016? Is there a downside--will Paul Ryan ask whether someone who loves Tupac can really represent conservatives? I don't know, but it's an intriguing dichotomy.
I think Senator Rubio (HOSS - FL) might have to watch his Randian flank in '16:
I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we'll ever be able to answer that. It's one of the great mysteries.
jk - yes, I noted that too; that's the answer of someone who knows his every word is being scrutinized from now 'til the Iowa Caucus 2016...see the nice thing is that Paul Ryan can just say that as a Catholic he accepts that there is no conflict; the Church hasn't insisted on a literal interpretation of Genesis since sometime before Darwin boarded the Beagle.
Not to deny the dirty trick: link
The more interesting version than what you excerpted was the one with scare quotes:
He said that he is “not sure” we will ever be able to fully answer the question of how old our planet is.
Heh heh. Heh heh. He like, "doesn't know."
The correct answer to the question, Mr. Rubio, is "Older than you and I are. Next question?"
"I'm not a scientist" was both a good and bad answer. It can be construed as anti-science. Like PJ's Bryan Preston who said, "Too many of us believe that science is the enemy, too, which can lead to incuriousity" such positions are ossifying.
Republicans must never consider science the "enemy." Modern science has been co-opted by actual enemies: Subjectivism, egalitarianism, and yes, altruism. All are misusing the authority of science in the name of statism.
Very frustrating that he was asked. Dems never. All the same I'm displeased with the answer. It seems neither religious enough nor scientific enough. The freedom opening is good, but your answer is better.
I'm also reluctant to place so much hope upon a single possible candidate for a race that is 4 years away. There are other good choices.
I like him, but he is in no way on the top of my list.