The press will continue to fawn on him because money and “electability” and because, apparently, Marco is cute or something (he’s actually a bit of a douche, albeit a smooth one), but his debate crash and burn will sting for a long time because of a simple fact: The American public has no interest in seeing their POTUS pantsed like that by anyone, under any circumstances. A pantsing like the dorky nerd in the locker room with all the asshole jocks. Coupled with total brain freeze. It’s a tough image to shake, and it’s going to come up again and again. Few voters will have missed it should he secure the nomination.
He’s a clever politician taking responsibility like he demonstrates in the first link, I think that sells, but he’s a couple of days late on it, since he’s spent the last (and only two days he had) saying he was going to keep repeating what he said.
But I don’t think his do-over is going to help. That’s the second time he’s clearly choked on a national stage.
The Republicans want a big-swinging-dick type this year, that much is obvious. This year a humiliation like Rubio suffered is going to be very hard to overcome.
Update: This was a mistake, IMO. He’s really under pressure now and there is a long road ahead. Another sign of poor judgement and inexperience, if you ask me.