This is your GOP.
He was aggressively confronted by Chris Christie who went right up in his face and Rubio’s stump speech became a sort of nervous tic that he momentarily could not control.
It’s doubtful this means anything important about him except that he’s not ready for the presidency which is to say the least a nerve wracking job.
Rubio unexpectedly came close to knocking of Trump for second place in Iowa and was on the rise in New Hampshire. Establishment endorsers were coming out of he woodwork assuming they’d finally found their standard bearer.
But his performance on Saturday night is now infamous and not in a good way.
Mistakes like that are lethal.
Think of James Stockdale saying ‘Who am I? Why am I here?’ Or Dan Quayle being zinged by Lloyd Bentsen for comparing himself to JFK.
This may be worse than those.
We’ll soon find out.
Meanwhile the rest of the debate was notable for its return to enthusiastic bloodlust and torture.
The real GOP frontrunner Donald Trump went for it.
When asked about waterboarding he eagerly endorsed it and more:
MUIR: … Mr. Trump you said not only does it work but that you’d bring it back.
TRUMP: Well I’ll tell you what. In the Middle East we have people chopping the heads off Christians – we have people chopping the heads off many other people. We have things that we have never seen before — as a group we have never seen before what’s happening right now.
The medieval times — I mean we studied medieval times — not since medieval times have people seen what’s going on. I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.
This was greeted with ecstatic applause from the audience.