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.”
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.”