According to my source, former Democrat and registered Independent, Pat Riccio (who attended the event), Rubio spoke at least forty minutes before Governor Palin's headline speech. I'm not too sure how Ben Smith gauges his time, but in my world forty minutes is a lot longer than a "few." Smith also doesn't note that there were four other speakers in between Rubio and Governor Palin. According to Mr. Riccio, Rubio left right after delivering his short speech and "didn't sit down for one second" afterward. So, essentially Rubio 'avoided' taking pictures with all of the other speakers as well. Marco Rubio is busy running a campaign for the Florida Senate seat. I'm pretty sure Ben Smith isn't familiar with all the logistics that go into planning every minute of the day by his people.
Marco Rubio and Sarah Palin appeared on the same stage at an RNC rally in Orlando today, but Rubio — who spoke shortly before Palin — did not appear onstage with her, Beth Reinhard notes:
"Rubio leaves stage before Palin — no pictures. Campaign says he's preparing for tmrw's debate."
If he'd wanted the picture, debate prep could have waited a few minutes.
Once again, the media is guilty of trying to spread the meme that Governor Palin is "too polarizing" and is someone who fellow Republicans are trying to "distance" themselves from. Must I point out how foolish the LSM looks trying to push this stuff considering Governor Palin is headlining GOP events? Another thing Mr. Riccio told me when I spoke with him by phone (take note Jonathan Martin on how to validate your coverage through honest sourcing) is that the crowd was "there to see Palin." They were selling 'Palin 2012' T-shirts in the parking lot and many in attendance were not just Republicans, but Independents as well as some Democrats. You see, Governor Palin actually appeals to a vast group of voters - which is something the LSM will never write about.
The funny thing about all of this is the fact the man the media spends their time shilling for, Barack Obama, is actually polling much worse in states like Florida than Governor Palin. According to the most recent Sunshine State News commissioned poll from Florida, Governor "Palin's net favorable rating in Florida" are "stronger than Obama's by eleven points." With Obama's numbers continuing their downward spiral, maybe Ben Smith should have posted a story about all the people who left the Democrat rally in Minnesota before the president gave his speech.