Last night’s debate was Marco Rubio’s first real stinker. Up to now, he’s been my favorite candidate, and I think he’s generally done the best in debate. But last night, he was everyone’s punching bag, and he had only cliches to fall back on.
It should have been obvious this would happen, but Rubio was taken by surprise.
Why obvious? Because at this stage, the only way to beat Cruz and Trump is to be the last guy left running against them. Christie, Kasich and Jeb know their ONLY hope is to be the last remaining alternative to Trump and Cruz, and to rally all the Republicans who are neither hard right nor kooks.
That means their target in the debate was NEVER Trump or Cruz, but the guy who was CURRENTLY the choice of the rational conservatives.
So, the rational conservatives have formed a predictable circular firing squad, because they ALL want to be the last alternative to Trump.