VDARE — As just about everyone expected, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio formed a Gang of Two against Donald Trump tonight. Rubio drew blood, getting some good one liners in there which the Main Stream Media will be repeating nonstop over the next few days. Look for Trump to be savaged on his supposed past use of illegal immigrant labor, his tax returns, and even saying he doesn’t repeat himself (while repeating himself, though not with a scripted line the same way Rubiobot did).
Will it be enough? Late breaking voters have already shown a tendency to break to Marco Rubio so if the polls are close, this may make all the difference. Unfortunately for Rubio, the polls are not close in many of the states he needs a strong showing in. In many ways, Ted Cruz is still a bigger threat in the upcoming SEC primaries on Super Tuesday. And Cruz was not nearly as effective.
Trump also landed some strong counter-punches later in the debate, notably labeling Rubio a “choke artist” and Cruz a “liar.” He also had a strong close, drawing a distinction between himself as a man of action and the other candidates merely as politicians. The optics also favored Trump, as he stood in the center and Cruz and Rubio both sniped at him. And it seems pretty unlikely that Marco Rubio, of all people, is going to be able to marginalize Donald Trump as a bad businessman.