A funny thing happened when Marco Rubio recently decided to start hitting back at Donald Trump personally. Crowds at his rallies at it up, and many reporters who have been covering Rubio were surprised he was pretty good at insult comedy. People have been making fun of Trump’s hair for years, but suddenly Rubio was joking about Trump having “the worst spray tan in America” and the hands of a man who’s 5-foot-2. (For his part, Trump has slammed Rubio for his big ears and tendency to sweat.)
Many fully endorse Rubio’s new strategy, as the insults, he says, are the only thing the press pays attention to. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush, who declared to Trump over and over that “you can’t insult your way to the presidency,” has dropped out, only to watch Trump insult his way to the presidency.
National Review contributing editor Jim Geraghty warns that Rubio has placed himself in a “lose-lose” scenario.
It's lose-lose. If Rubio beats Trump, insult-style gave him the win. If he loses, he couldn't win at Trump's game. https://t.co/2L1eo07ult
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) February 29, 2016
Geraghty’s followers largely disagree.
@jimgeraghty Rubio is better at this than Trump is- he makes insults with a winning smile!
— Victoria Balfour (@VickiBalfour) February 29, 2016
— Ernie Myers (@PastorErnie) February 29, 2016
@jimgeraghty You obviously didn't watch Rubio and Halley today. 97% of all of his speeches are not insults. Trump will be a distant memory!
— Joe Casanu (@realescondido) February 29, 2016
@jimgeraghty A son of a Cuban bartender and maid didn't graduate law school Cum Laude, then be Fla Spkr. And US Senator by being passive!
— Mrs.Nikki (@rtchixpolitix) February 29, 2016
@jimgeraghty I'll take door #1. Marco will then discard the insults for the general, slamming the door shut.
— Gracchus (@Gracchus7) February 29, 2016
— Marty Daymude (@martyfromdc) February 29, 2016
— GAGirl1967e#NoHate (@Tamaraw68415067) February 29, 2016
— Durward Casteel (@TruckingDefense) February 29, 2016
— Daniel McDowell (@realdjmcdowell) February 29, 2016
— Melissa Amour (@MelissaAmour72) February 29, 2016
— CJ (@Blanksf16) February 29, 2016
@jimgeraghty you will be shocked tomorrow
— #NeverTrumpCruz SMJ (@janiczek_m) February 29, 2016