It’s fair to wonder what’s actually more scripted: Marco Rubio’s repeating talking points or Chris Christie’s canned attacks on Marco Rubio.
No matter, Christie is sure to be gleeful over the assistance he’s getting from the partisan democrat media right now at taking down one of the republican’s stars. If they are successful, there will be someone else soon enough. For many republican voters though, there is something unseemly about coordinating long knives from the likes of the anointed named Bush and Christie.
Respected FOXNews media pundit Howie Kurtz finds there’s more to Rubio’s appearances:
..the Florida lawmaker also leavened his speech, and the Q & A, with humor and personality. He was amused by protestors dressed as Spider-Man and Batman and kept coming back to that, saying he would even cut their taxes. He joked that he wasn’t wearing his infamous high-heeled boots.
When Rubio spoke of the economy, he said he had “lived paycheck to paycheck.” When he spoke of student debt, he recalled having struggled with more than $100,000 in student loans. When he spoke of protecting Social Security, he said that people like his mother deserved their benefits—but that the program would go bankrupt if it wasn’t reformed for retirees a decade from now.
And he was capable of surprising. When asked about the criminal justice system, he owned up to a Washington Post report about being arrested at 18 for drinking beer in a park. While Rubio joked that he wasn’t condoning such behavior, he said he wasn’t prosecuted, but some kid who stole a belt at Macy’s could end up with a permanent record that would ruin his ability to get a job.
Rubio, along with younger generation senatorial GOP candidates Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have long been advocating for sentencing reform and badly wanted to work with President Obama on the issue. Why he didn’t is anyone’s guess, but any new republican president would certainly sign such legislation.
Kurtz points out that reporters following Rubio know his stump speeches, but fails to point out that reporters following other candidates will tel you the same thing. Christie repeats the same lines about Rubio and never fails to mention that he was a federal prosecutor and is a governor that it reminds of John Kerry’s line that he, oh, by the way, served in Viet Nam.
For the time being, thanks to a notorious, confrontational bully in Chrsitie, Rubio will get the “there he goes again” treatment where other candidates won’t. Thankfully, there are journalists like Kurtz who are part of the partisan democrat media. Voters who have been showing up to see Rubio this past week in New Jersey are coming away with the same impression as Kurtz.