There was a general consensus among reporters and media types that the Marco Rubio who showed up to debate Thursday night on CNN was a different candidate than seen in previous contests.

Maybe his motivation was the overexcited cheerleader in the audience, whose piercing screams followed every comment and were literally loud enough to drown out the rest of the audience’s applause. Some believe she was a Trump super-fan, but we’re pretty sure she was shrieking whenever Rubio landed a blow on the front-runner.

We suspect the screamer was either hushed or escorted out of the state. We kind of miss her, but at least the dog isn’t shivering under the bed anymore.

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