It's one thing for me to say that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is completely empty and egregiously unqualified to run for President of the United States. It's another though when a former Republican senator endorses Mr. Rubio and can't explain one single thing that Marco Rubio has done to justify that endorsement.
Here is Rick Santorum on MSNBC's Morning Joe looking almost like a deer in the headlights when asked that very simple question and not having an answer. To host Joe Scarborough's credit, he doesn't let Mr. Santorum off the hook and keeps asking -- for just a single accomplishment. In fact, he and co-host Mika Brzezinski make it even easier when it's clear that their guest is unable to reply, suggesting that anything that Marco Rubio has done, even just writing a bill regardless of whether or not it passed, would qualify as an answer. And again, remember, this is a former Republican senator who has just given his endorsement to Marco Rubio to be President of the United States. The studio laughter in the background is problematic all on its own.
My only disappointment with this appearance is that whenever Rick Santorum attempts to justify his inability to have an answer, he spouts out for the hosts to name one thing that President Obama has accomplished in the past year. I just wish one of the hosts would have replied either that they're not the one's making an endorsement, or that "Okay, here is one accomplishment off the top of my head" and named normalizing relations with Cuba, or getting a nuclear treaty with Iran, or signing an executive order on gun control, or...oh, sorry, that's three.
But still it's a damning interview, and one I'm sure will be brought up on the campaign trail by Marco Rubio's opponents (most notably Chris Christie, who has been going after the Florida senator aggressively this week), and likely even a clip that will be used in the general election if Marco Rubio becomes the GOP nominee.
And once more, it's important to repeat and make as clear as possible -- this is a major national Republican figure who has just endorsed Marco Rubio for president, and despite numerous attempts to get an answer from him, can't name one, single accomplishment by the man he just endorsed to be leader of the free world and Commander-in-Chief of U.S. armed forces.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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