Monday, February 8, 2016

Why Marco Rubio will not be the GOP candidate

Or, I should say, should not be their candidate.

Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog) mines the transcript of the Saturday Republican debate to reveal Rubio as a soulless robot. The word for word repetition is truly stunning. Benen lists the examples, and here they are (see Benen's article for more context).

  • "[L]et’s dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country….”
  • “Let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is trying to change this country.”
  • “Here’s the bottom line. This notion that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing is just not true. He knows exactly what he’s doing.”
  • And soon after, mocked by Chris Christie for repeating his talking points, Rubio once again said:“We are not facing a president that doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows what he is doing.”

But this was anticipated long ago.

I’m reminded once more of a piece Erik Eisele, a reporter for the Conway Daily Sun in New Hampshire, wrote in December after a 20-minute interview with the Republican candidate. “It was like watching a computer algorithm designed to cover talking points,” the reporter said. “He said a lot, but at the same time said nothing. It was like someone wound him up, pointed him towards the doors and pushed play. If there was a human side to senator, a soul, it didn’t come across.

Several years earlier, Jon Chait wrote, “Do you get the feeling that ‘Marco Rubio’ is not an actual human being at all but some kind of computer program designed by the Republican Party? Imagine they had the technical know-how to create a candidate like this. What would they come up with? They’d come up with Marco Rubio, a cinematically handsome Latino from Florida who hews to the Tea Party line while spitting out patriotic cliches that sound as if they were programmed like a computer. I’m not saying I’m sure Rubio is a robot. I’m just saying that I want to watch him walk through a metal detector.”

I don't know who will be the GOP candidate, but this performance by Rubio is disqualifying.

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