Sunday, February 07, 2016
Once Impervious, Marco Rubio Is Diminished by a Caustic Chris Christie - The New York Times
Mr. Christie accomplished something that the rest of the Republican field has repeatedly tried but failed to do so far: diminish and even embarrass Mr. Rubio, whose rapid rise in the polls, broad appeal and seeming imperviousness to attack have made impeding him his rivals’ most urgent mission.
Mr. Christie, who as a presidential candidate has frequently suppressed his most pugilistic instincts, cast off any restraint and did what he does best: slice and slash.
He derisively called Mr. Rubio nothing more than a programmed deliverer of polished-sounding lines.
Seconds later, Mr. Rubio seemed to prove Mr. Christie right.
Mr. Rubio was already on the defensive. Pressed to prove that, despite his short time and lack of major accomplishment in the Senate, he had the experience and skills to be president, Mr. Rubio instead pivoted quickly to a well-rehearsed argument about President Obama’s liberal agenda.