I scarcely see how any of the @GOP’s top 3 contenders has a shot at beating Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders this coming fall. What I do believe is that Marco Rubio, whose campaign is all but finished, has most likely saved the Republican party from assured self-inflicted destruction this coming election cycle. He hasn’t done it by demeaning the legacy of former President Jimmy Carter, a man whose personal and professional accomplishments CAN be named, unlike Rubio’s light/nonexistent accomplishments.
Rubio hasn’t saved his party by finally figuring out the cause of global climate change (he’s not a scientist, after all). He has potentially saved his party, and Cruz’s political career, by exposing what appears to be Donald Trump’s biggest weakest. Thin skin. That is a trait that should make anyone ineligible to hold the nation’s highest office.
Say what you will about President Obama, but what you can’t say is that he ever let criticism stop him from focusing on his job while in office. President Obama inherited an economy considered so frightfully in peril that then-candidate John McCain took the unprecedented move of suspending his Presidential campaign to “deal with the crisis”. President Obama is now presiding over an economy that:
- shows continued job grow
- has rebounded (or is rebounding),
- survives in part due to a decline in the number of uninsured,
- offers a national health plan that has received praise, and not just from Ted Cruz.
Our President has continued to help push the nation forward in all areas of American life, despite dealing with an obstructionist congress that refuses to compromise and then blames him for not working with them. He has continued the push forward despite the scurrilous vicious attacks on his parents, wife, children, and extended family. He has done so despite the vicious and cruel taunts, attacks, and repeated violations into the physical space that he and his family now call home. THAT is the temperament we need in our national leader.
Has Donald J. Trump yet given a speech in which he hasn’t defended both his hand size and the size of his penis since the comment was made on Feb. 27th? Trump’s focus on Rubio’s comment was so intense that he marred the history of presidential debates to respond to it. An open defense of your member during a Presidential debate is not exactly the kind of “first” you want to be known for. Rubio has called the man a con artist and implied that the issues with Trump University are so severe that Trump might even have engaged in criminal activity. What gains traction to the point of distraction with Trump? The hand size comment. During a March 5th speech in West Palm Beach at Trump International, he faulted “someone else” for bringing up the comments about his hands, leading him to address the issue during the debate. (Personal Responsibility?) To be clear, the comment was raised to put Rubio on the defensive for engaging in personal attacks after promising that he wouldn’t. Trump was not asked to respond to it. How much more presidential would Trump have looked had he not addressed the comment at all, but let Rubio twist over a broken promise?
Trump’s focus on Rubio’s comments is so intense that he even involved the golf champions at Trump International in a discussion about his “hands”. He asks, “Do I hit the ball good?”, “Do I hit it long?”, “Is Trump Strong?”. (22:07) Again, I doubt that most voters will see that as a presidential move.
Rubio seems to have thrown Trump off of his game plan (whatever that plan was). At what point will we stop hearing about his member and more about the plans that will make a difference in the lives of the American people? If you are looking for work, or worried about your mortgage, do you care about the size of Tump’s penis? Can you imagine what would happen if Trump was in negotiations with international leaders who threw him off his game by commenting on his hand size? How would he ever survive? Trump’s ego and temperament have been called into question for some time. In a comment that ran for less than 1 minute, Rubio has been able to show the American public yet another side to Trump, and caused Trump to spend approximately a week defending something that does not require a defense. Will this win Trump voters in the general election? I doubt it. Given Cruz’s comeback Saturday, Trump’s tactics may not play well in the GOP primary, either, moving forward.
Since the comments have been repeatedly uttered, blamed on others for raising the point, and uttered, again, we learn that Trump has lost ground with later voting Republicans – while winning the early vote. We have also learned that Kasich has pulled ahead of Trump in Michigan. Will Rubio, win or lose, be heralded as true hero of the GOP this election cycle? If so, he finally has an accomplishment he and his supporters can talk about! Is this the beginning of the end for Trump ? Admittedly, Trump wasn’t supposed to make it this far, so only time will tell.