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Is NYT campaigning for Rubio?

As Redstate readers are well aware by this time, this morning the NYT published an article hit piece campaign ad on the driving habits of [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] and his wife.

Someone over there must really hate Hillary Clinton.

How’s that? Glad you asked!

The answer lies in the exit polling from 2012. Readers of this site will no doubt recall this much-discussed question:

Which ONE of these four candidate qualities mattered most in deciding how you voted for president?

Which ONE of these four candidate qualities mattered most in deciding how you voted for president?

  • Shares my values: Obama (42%); Romney (55%)
  • Is a strong leader: Obama (38%); Romney (61%)
  • Cares about people like me: Obama (81%); Romney (18%)
  • Has a vision for the future: Obama (45%); Romney (54%)

Romney ate Obama’s lunch on three of the four qualities, but Obama’s advantage was so overwhelming on the fourth that it overcame all the rest. That quality: “Cares about people like me.”

Enter the Rubios. The Senator, according to the report, has received four tickets in the past 20 years of driving, for offenses that include speeding and failing to stop at a stoplight. I’d wager an average of four tickets in 20 years is fairly typical of a normal American driver. Personally, I’ve been driving for 18 years and have had five tickets in that time. By contrast, in that same 20 year span, Hillary Clinton has zero moving violations . . . because she hasn’t been behind the wheel of a car since 1996.

In other words, should he receive the nomination, NYT just handed Rubio the “cares about people like me” question on a big silver platter among the audience – NYT readers and Obama voters (but I repeat myself) – who most value that quality.

This piece, combined with the paper’s uncharacteristically tough reportage on her email travails, has me seriously wondering if someone on NYT’s editorial staff has Hillary in their sights.