Rubio’s anti-Trump strategy: If you can’t beat him…

Sen. Marco Rubio’s Senate term is up this year and in order to run for president, he pledged not to seek another term in the Senate. He has bet the farm on becoming president and he’s still technically alive in the race for the Republican nomination. But he surely never imagined what he would be up against or that he would be losing to a candidate who apparently studied political science under Don Rickles.

As his hopes begin to flicker, Rubio has decided to follow the old adage: “If you can’t beat him, join him.” The “him” is, of course, The Donald (not Rickles, Donald Trump, but really Rickles, too). And joining him amounts to embracing a campaign of utterly irrelevant personal insults. He started at Thursday’s debate, but at least then he was mostly insisting that Trump actually explain his health-care plan, which Trump was unable to do.

Now he’s fully embraced the new normal in the Republican race for president. At a Saturday campaign event, Rubio continued making fun of Trump’s effort to insult him on Twitter, first mocking Trump for spelling errors in the tweets, then showing a picture that Trump had tweeted out to prove that Rubio was getting makeup applied during one of the breaks in the debate, commenting on the important makeup issue facing America, thus (from a Saturday piece in The Hill):

“So here’s the one tweet he put out, he put out a picture of me having makeup put on me at the debate,” Rubio said, referring to another Trump tweet from Friday. “Which is amazing to me, that the guy with the worst spray tan in America is attacking me for putting on makeup.”

The kicker: “Donald Trump likes to sue people; he should sue whoever did that to his face.”

Barump bump.

In case you missed it, another of the Trump’s vanquished former rivals, Sen. Lindsey Graham, likewise embraced some of the new standards of politically acceptable rhetoric, saying over a microphone at a public event sponsored by the Washington Press Club Foundation: “My party has gone bats–t crazy.”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 02/28/2016 - 07:47 am.

    Political Science…

    the great oxymoron.

    If only Rodney Dangerfield were still alive…

    One of his jokes most appropriate for this year: “I remember I was so depressed I was going to jump out a window on the tenth floor. They sent a priest up to talk to me. He said, ‘On your mark…’

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/28/2016 - 12:59 pm.

    The real problem is

    that it seems to work.

  3. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 02/29/2016 - 07:38 am.

    Is the George Lincoln Rockwell posthumous endorsement hanging in the balance?

  4. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/29/2016 - 08:27 am.

    One of the few times

    …I’ve agreed with Lindsey Graham…

  5. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 02/29/2016 - 09:06 am.

    I guess they have been right all along….

    The end of the Republican Right is in biblical prophesy:

    GALATIANS 6:7

    7: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

    If only Lee Atwater could see the fruits of his labor today…

    • Submitted by Jim Million on 02/29/2016 - 12:12 pm.

      Very NIce

      Does the Bible offer a conjunction of locusts and Democrats, perhaps? Not a partisan shot, at all, just wondering if you might find an intriguing match to center the topic.

      [I’d completely forgotten Lee Atwater, by the way.]

      This is a good and rather rare MinnPost day: many displays of intellect throughout.

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