Yesterday, GQ published an interview with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who was just in Iowa last week, ostensibly Gov. Terry Branstad’s birthday party. Here are some of the questions from GQ’s Michael Hainey. Do any of them stand out?

“How do you balance ambition and humility?”
“Do you think you’re moving too fast?”
“We’ve seen people tend toward inspiring transformational figures. You know you had Barack Obama in 2004… Do you want to be one of those people?”
“One of the poignant moments in your book is when you’re hanging out with your grandfather on the porch. If he were with you now, what are some things you would ask him?”
“You were obviously very moved by your grandfather’s dignity and your father’s dignity. What are the qualities that would qualify for a man to have dignity?”
“How old do you think the Earth is?”

“How old do you think the Earth is??!?!?” How many voters care about that? Hainey’s entire interview appears to be a setup for a game of gotcha. And Rubio fell right into Hainey’s trap. “I’m not a scientist, man,” Rubio said before launching into a meandering explanatory paragraph that made him look like an average run-of-the-mill equivocating politician.

The left immediately pounced on Rubio’s statement, many noting, with glee, that Rubio sits on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Paul Krugman‘s response was typical, “As I like to say, the GOP doesn’t just want to roll back the New Deal; it wants to roll back the Enlightenment.”

Of course no liberal media outlet would ever ask a Democrat the same question. This despite the fact that a plurality of Democrats (yes, that’s right) believe that God created the Earth and humans all within the last 10,000 years.

But that is besides the point. No Republican should ever expect the liberal media to carry water for him the way they carry water for Obama and the Democrats. They have to be prepared to answer the most hostile questions in every interview. All yesterday’s GQ interview showed is that Rubio still isn’t quite ready for prime time. There’s time, though.

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