Marco Rubio shows some much-needed fight

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Maybe it was the polls showing him losing his home state of Florida, and the knowledge that a home loss at the hands of Donald Trump would doom his campaign and his party. Maybe he had simply had enough of the bullying. Whatever the reason, Marco Rubio finally found his voice and his footing at the 10th of 13 scheduled GOP debates.

It wasn’t exactly presidential, but at times it was entertaining in a reality-show kind of way. Rubio attacked Trump effectively; he mocked and flustered Trump, at times leaving him muttering and sputtering. He found the frontrunner’s weak spots and hit them, repeatedly.  In boxing terminology, he didn’t floor Trump, but he finally won a round decisively. He showed himself and political world that it could be done.

The question is whether the counter-attack has come too late in the process to shift its narrative arc. The tenth debate, five days before Super Tuesday, makes a much smaller impression on voters than the first or third or fifth debate, when candidates are still blank canvasses. And to his followers, Trump has become a folk hero, and people don’t give up on folk heroes easily.

Ted Cruz, playing on his home turf of Houston, lost the debate. He performed adequately but was much less effective than Rubio in confronting Trump. And at this point, that’s all that matters. The race is evolving toward a two-person competition, and Cruz is increasingly the odd man out. And maybe it’s just me, but I also don’t think that his excruciatingly ingratiating personality wears well over time.

And Trump? Trump is Trump. He got roughed up a little last night, but he’s so far ahead on points that it probably won’t hurt him. And if you guessed that his wounded pride would drive him to respond with petty, juvenile assaults on Rubio, well …

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CASmith01
CASmith01

There is no way I want either of them as our President.  Still it did me good to see Trump on the defensive.  He is such an arrogant SOB, I am glad someone gave him what he dishes out.  

NWGAL
NWGAL

The Cuban Dan Quayle must have gotten a new writer for his debate prep team.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Yummy yummy yummy I got Christie Kreme SHEETZ

gotalife
gotalife

Scalia Took Dozens of Trips Funded by Private Sponsors

By ERIC LIPTON

Some argue that the trips taken by Justice Antonin Scalia could create the appearance of a conflict of interest.

It is called corruption, Dow chemical was forced to settle after they lost their judge.

Our government needs a reckoning not trump.

gotalife
gotalife

The President had to tell the media to cover the gun slaughters.


That is the State of our media.


Worse than ever.

TBS
TBS

All that round and round yet td has not even come close to proving his original assertion

Anyone surprised?

Thought so

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@TBS  Hey - it was proven in a PDF that TD linked - some pinko, liberal deleted it before anyone could read it.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@TBS  I don't get it either.  We all make howlers from time to time.

TBS
TBS

Regardless of political leanings I don't get the mindset of doubling and tripling down on nothing

No of us are above making an incorrect assertion

But how many wrong ones does any given individual make then double and triple down on nothing before saying it is me .. Not the ones calling out my bs

gotalife
gotalife

If the gop campaigns did not vet trump they all should be fired but Hillary will step up with the dirt. I have no doubt.

gotalife
gotalife

Looks like rubio is finally having some fun.


Unfortunately, both rubio and cruz will win just one State.


Their home States.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

did he sell his house I wonder? I've been saying they need some happy clowns

gotalife
gotalife

@St Simons he-ne-ha trump said he got a kick back for selling his house to a lobbyist and then passed the lobbyist bill. The corruption starts with a few hundred thousand and turns into millions.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

The IRS announced that (as we all already knew) trump is free to release his tax returns if he wants to.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

It looks as if I am going to have to explain some simple arithmetic to our resident History scholar - the man who posted that 30 - 40% of FL's population came from NY and NJ. 

Florida has a population of 19.89 MM.  30% of that would be 5,967,000.  Meanwhile, in the article posted by the History scholar we have migration to FL from NY of 90,837 (2005-7), 61,146 (8-10) and 60,237 (11-14) for a grand total of 215,220.  In the same time frame from NJ we have 31,822 + 25,262 + 27,313 - for a grand total of 84,397.  Both states combined give 299,617. 

I won't get into the "Florida is God's waiting room" discussion, but we seem to be just a little bit off on our numbers.

td1234
td1234

@PaulinNH Look at the second  PDF link I posted that shows the history of migration patterns from other states to FL from the 1950's to now. 



Kamchak
Kamchak

@PaulinNH 

5,967,000 - 299,617 = 5,667,383.

So, our boy td was only off by 5 and a half million or so.


td1234
td1234

@TBS I know you will not look at (probably do not have the intellectual capacity to understand the data and do a little deductive reasoning) the second set of data I found that goes back to the 1950's or 60's. 


Proven correct once again and proven that all you and your fellow kooks are doing (not all the progressives) is nothing more than an attempted personal attack that made you all look like a fool once again. 


Have fun

TBS
TBS

Going to take a lot of years to get to 30 to 40 percent

Maybe we can check the trends once a year for the next 15 years or so to see if the magic numbers come to fruition

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

the second set of data I found that goes back to the 1950's or 60's.

Going back 50 and 60 years ago to prove that 30-40% of Florida's current population are former residents of NY and NJ? 

td1234
td1234

@PaulinNH The data was empirical taking a small snap shot of a 3 year period. Now go to the second post with more long term conclusive data. Remember the statement was talking about state to state migration patterns over a period of time so that means the children of the original migrates must be deducted from the states total population growth to come to an appropriate pattern of % of the population that has migrated from NJ and NY to FL over time.  


td1234
td1234

@TBS That is nothing new that you do not have the intellectual capacity to actually comprehend the data laid out. 


I am the one having fun making you and your other back rub boys look like fools. 

td1234
td1234

@Kamchak @td1234 I see you do not have a clue as to how migration patterns are completed but hey I can expect that from a general laborer. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Nick_Danger 

Yep.

The original transplants from 50-60 years ago are in their 70s or 80s.

CommonSenseisntCommon
CommonSenseisntCommon

@Kamchak @td1234 well I had an aunt and uncle move to FL from Mass in the 60s but they decided to move BACK NORTH so they would probably be included in those type of statistics LOL

stefpe
stefpe

@PaulinNH "God's waiting room"

Where thousands and thousands of Jews are sent every year to DIE! (h/t the Daily Show crew)

TBS
TBS

Oops

But but migration trends since 2005

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 @TBS 

Imaginary conclusions from imaginary data?  I'm really starting to worry about you, td...

TBS
TBS

Desperation is all over him

He seemed anxious for awhile but he flew past anxious

TBS
TBS

Yet you have posted not one shred of evidence to back up your assertion

And yes at your expense I'm having fun

Thanks for the laughs

Kamchak
Kamchak

@PaulinNH 

Well, if we repeal the 14th amendment, they would no longer be Floridians.

PurdueTone
PurdueTone

Just waiting for TD to move the goalposts again......sigh..

TBS
TBS

Rounding error like on those 2000 caseworker posted as 6000

Have to watch those rounding errors

Get you everytime

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 @PaulinNH 

What do you think "empirical' means, td?  Just curious... 

BTW, the technical term for the children of those immigrants is "Floridians" (if they were born there), and they need to be counted as such.

TBS
TBS

The numbers are what they are

You can keep pretending you are extrapolating this number or that percentage to come to the conclusion that meets your original assertion but the numbers don't add up

It is what it is

It's ok

It isn't like making incorrect assertions then running around deflecting and moving goalpost is new for you