It’s the bane of computer programmers and the address of Apple’s corporate headquarters. It also appears to be Marco Rubio’s biggest problem (other than his stance on most issues and the fact that he has no personality). It’s the “infinite loop.”
Chris Christie hammered Rubio during the last Republican debate, saying that the boyish Florida senator had a “memorized speech” that he repeats instead of addressing the issues at hand. The remark refers to a line that Rubio used over and over in his disastrous debate performance:
Let’s dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s trying to change this country.
When you’re president of the United States, when you’re governor of a state, the memorized 30-second speech where you talk about how great America is at the end of it doesn’t solve one problem for one person.
You’re almost inclined to give Rubio a pass for repeating the same line four times during the debate. He seemed to be trying to drive home a claim about President Obama that he felt the others on stage weren’t getting. Plus, he was under the pressure of a debate, and as we have seen before, Rubio doesn’t seem to be comfortable under pressure. Remember the famous “water bottle” incident when he delivered the GOP response to President Obama’s 2013 State Of the Union address? (Just what we need in today’s world, a president who folds under pressure, right?)
But there was no pressure on Rubio on Monday evening. He was among “friends” at a campaign stop when he said this:
We are taking our message to families that are struggling to raise their children in the 21st century because, as you saw, Jeanette and I are raising our four children in the 21st century, and we know how hard it’s become to instill our values in our kids instead of the values they try to ram down our throats.
In the 21st century, it’s becoming harder than ever to instill in your children the values they teach in our homes and in our church instead of the values that they try to ram down our throats in the movies, in music, in popular culture.
When you watch the video, notice that Rubio catches himself, and hesitates slightly as he says the word “throats” for a second time. But then, his head obviously empty of any other ideas, he plows ahead.
MSNBC’s Steve Benin reports that some journalists questioned whether the clip had been altered by Rubio’s opponents to make fun of him following his debate performance. But Benin says that the authenticity of the clip has been verified.
You really start to wonder. Is Marco Rubio simply over rehearsed and over scripted, or is he hoping to become America’s first cyborg president? Maybe we should see his birth certificate.
Here’s video of Rubio’s latest slip up, via YouTube:
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