Many, maybe most, of those who watched last night’s GOP presidential debate say Sen. Marco Rubio won. I say Sen. Rubio and [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] were both the winners. Everyone agrees that the losers were Jeb Bush and the CNBC so-called moderators. I say so-called because they made it abundantly clear that their sole purpose was to try and take down all of the Republican presidential candidates. They failed in that wrong-headed effort, and did so miserably. What the “moderators” did accomplish was to reveal their membership in the biased media-wing of the Democrats’ Party.
The self-outing of the CNBC “moderators” began with a “question” asked by Carl Quintanilla:
QUINTANILLA: This one is for [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ]. You’ve been a young man in a hurry ever since you won your first election in your 20s. You’ve had a big accomplishment in the Senate, an immigration bill providing a path to citizenship the conservatives in your party hate, and even you don’t support anymore. Now, you’re skipping more votes than any senator to run for president. Why not slow down, get a few more things done first or least finish what you start?
As you can see in the following the video clip, it wasn’t just a question. Quintanilla badgered Rubio three times during the Senator’s response. Before another question can be asked, at the 2:20 mark, Jeb Bush jumps in and picks his fight.
Jeb’s attack was obviously planned. Hurting financially, and unable to stop his decline in the polls despite the relatively heavy ad spending by a supporting super pac, the Bush campaign has been going after Rubio all month. Rubio’s response to Bush’s unwarranted and petty debate attack was polite, positive and devastating. The result of the unnecessary exchange fight Bush sought with Rubio was that Bush lost the debate. After his failed attack on Rubio, Bush was too quiet during the rest of debate. According to the New York Times, Bush had the least amount of speaking time during the debate.
I agree with Erick, it’s time for Jeb to contemplate that even though he was a great governor — in pre-iPhone days, he apparently is not a great 2016 presidential candidate.