If you missed it, you owe to yourself to go back and watch last night’s GOP debate for one important reason: It marks the moment when Marco Rubio went from possible contender for the Republican nomination to has-been/never-will-be automaton who had his karma leveled so publicly and painfully that I’m surprised he didn’t have to be taken off the debate stage on a stretcher.
Within the space of just a few minutes, Rubio uttered the same phrase–in one form or another–on four separate occasions, which led to Chris Christie calling him out on it and making the point that the Florida Senator is nothing more than a preprogrammed Manchurian candidate. Here’s the line:
“This notion that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing is just not true. He knows exactly what he’s doing.”
Christie, like a shark, went in for the kill:
“There it is. There it is. The memorized 25-second speech. There it is, everybody.
“You know what the shame is — you know what the shame is, Marco? The shame is that you would actually criticize somebody for showing up to work, plowing the streets, getting the trains running back on time when you’ve never been responsible for that in your entire life.”
At that point in the debate, I fully expected Marco Rubio to do one of two things:
- Cry and run off the debate stage
- Shoot fire and smoke out of his ears and repeatedly mumble, “Does not compute, does not compute…”
Rubio has been rising in the polls and was seen as some as the establishment candidate most likely to emerge from the pack and challenge Trump and Cruz. But after last night, he’s done, finished, toast. Put a fork in him; he will not be recovering from that dressing down.
So now the GOP is stuck with either Cruz or Trump. Can you imagine how sick at his stomach and hung over GOP chairman Reince Priebus was this morning? He and the party elders had just put all their chips on Golden Boy Rubio, only to watch him blow a gasket in front of millions of viewers.
The candidates running for the Democratic nomination may not be perfect, but they’re a hell of a lot better than this GOP clown car, which is now features one badly damaged animatronic Senator from Florida with a tendency to embarrass himself at the worst possible time.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.