Marco Rubio's biggest weakness, according to pundits, is his flip-flop on immigration reform. It's certainly a problem, but Rubio is so good at memorizing the script and delivering it on demand that he largely gets a pass on it from the base.
About that script, though. During Thursday's debate, Marco was delivering the lines just like he'd practiced. He's that musician who plays the notes but has no soul, to quote John Amato. But you always know nothing is spontaneous with him. It's all scripted, all memorized ahead of time, and delivered the way he's told to deliver it.
Play angry? Okay. Thursday's performance was Marco GRRRRubio.
Be a happy warrior? Okay. He can do that too.
It's all an act. So here's what I want to know. Who wrote this script?
First and foremost, this issue has to be more than anything else about keeping America safe.
And here's why, there's a radical jihadist group manipulating our immigration system, and not just green cards, they're recruiting people that enter as doctors, and engineers, and even fiancees.
Got that? A radical jihadist group is manipulating our immigration system! The one St. Ronnie built!
They understand the vulnerabilities we have on the southern border, they're looking to manipulate the Visa waiver countries to get people into the United States.
So our number one priority must now become ensuring that ISIS not get killers into the United States. Whether it's green cards or any other form of entry into America, when I'm president, if we do not know who you are or why you are coming, you are not going to get into the United States of America.
Could someone tell Marco it's not really necessary to worry about sneaky ISIS operatives abusing our visa waiver system to enter the country when we've got ISIS sympathizers hanging out with the goons in Oregon using government computers to build goon websites?
Not one word about those Bundy Boys, but we've got ISIS infiltrating our visa waiver system. Alrighty then.
The issue is a dramatically different issue than 24 months ago. 24 months ago, 36 months ago, you did not have a group of radical crazies named ISIS burning people in cages and recruiting people to enter our country legally. They have a sophisticated understanding of our legal immigration system, and we now have an obligation to ensure that they are not able to use that system against us.
Here's the crux of the thing. Rubio's campaign advisors must have called up Alex Jones and asked him for some words about ISIS infiltrators and then they put together some sentences for Rubio to say in the debate, and use as an excuse for flip-flopping on immigration reform.
Whatever that rant was, it was certainly not presidential. Might I recommend that Marco give up the Red Bull and caffeine pills ahead of the debate?