The Bullish and Bearish Cases for Rubio

Londonderry, N.H.
The morning after Marco Rubio’s bad debate, a crowd of perhaps 550 packed into a high school cafeteria to see the candidate in the flesh. Outside, the Democratic PAC American Bridge sent two guys dressed up as robots to capitalize on Rubio’s failure last night.
The crowd seems receptive, but not jubilant. It seems like it’s split about equally between people who are supporting the candidate and people who are shopping. And Rubio opens by referring to his debate misstep. He doesn’t make a joke out of it, though. He tries to make a larger point, doubling-down and unpacking what he was saying. Here’s the passage, in full:
Right now, after last night’s debate—oh you said the same thing three or four times. Well I’m going to say it again: The reason why these things are in trouble is because Barack Obama is the first president, at least in my lifetime, that wants to change the country. Change the country. Not fix it. Not fix its problems. He wants to make it a different kind of country. He wants to make it like other countries around the world. I don’t understand that. People come here to get away from those countries. When is the last time you read about a boatload of American refugees washing up on the shores of another country? If you want to live in another country, move to another country.
These things he’s done to America are not accidents. Obamacare is a disaster, but it’s not an accident. It is an effort to take over your healthcare. The undermining of the Second Amendment is not an accident. It is because if they could—if he could get away with it—he would ban guns. He doesn’t even want there to be a Second Amendment. He’ll never admit it, but that’s how you get a president that when he was running for president, talked about people clinging to their guns and to their religion.
That’s how you get a deal with Iran. Why do you get a deal with Iran? Because this president and this administration believes that the reason why America has troubles in the Islamic world is because we were too close to Israel. He believes that if we could just create some separation from Israel, it would make us more popular. So he cuts deals with these radical ayatollahs that have an apocalyptic vision of the future. And now they’re going to get $100 billion. And what are they going to use the $100 billion for? Let me tell you what they’re not going to use it for: They’re not going to build orphanages. They’re not going to build roads and bridges. They’re going to grown their military. They’re going to sponsor terrorism. And they’re going to build a nuclear weapon one day. Everything that makes us special is under attack.