It started last Thursday when Rick Santorum went on television and couldn’t name a single accomplishment of Rubio’s. It sent the campaign into panic mode.
Two days later, confronted with his lack of accomplishments in the Republican debate, Rubio panicked and short-circuited, robotically pivoting to the same tired talking point.
And when a Granite Stater poignantly asked Rubio “why do you want to put me back in the closet?” – Rubio panicked and attempted to defend his anti-gay and anti-equality agenda with more canned rhetoric.
Now, with a fifth-place finish in New Hampshire after spending $13 million more on TV than Cruz and Trump combined, and a 3-2-1 strategy that’s turning into 3-5-¯\_(ツ)_/¯ , the Rubio campaign is in freefall.
Rubio said last night this loss is on him – and he’s right.
But we learned yesterday in Buzzfeed that Rubio’s panic is nothing new.
But to those who have known him longest, Rubio’s flustered performance Saturday night fit perfectly with an all-too-familiar strain of his personality, one that his handlers and image-makers have labored for years to keep out of public view. Though generally seen as cool-headed and quick on his feet, Rubio is known to friends, allies, and advisers for a kind of incurable anxiousness — and an occasional propensity to panic in moments of crisis, both real and imagined.
Now Marco Rubio is panicking because no Republican has won the nomination without winning Iowa or New Hampshire.
If Rubio panics this much under campaign pressure, how would he handle the pressure of being commander-in-chief?
Watch to see the forthcoming panic for the Rubio campaign in the coming days: