Monday, February 29, 2016

First Read: A Republican Party on the Brink of Coming Apart

In the last 72 hours, the Republican presidential contest no longer resembles that final scene in Reservoir Dogs we wrote about a month ago. Instead, it has become Mad Max: Fury Road — chaotic, brutal, disturbing, and still mesmerizing. (Discuss amongst yourselves who in the GOP field is Immortan JoeImperator Furioisa, or the dude playing the fire-spewing guitar.) Just consider the rhetoric on the campaign trail and on the Sunday morning shows 

  • Donald Trump on Marco Rubio: "I go back and I see him with makeup. And it's like he's putting it on with a trowel."
  • Rubio on Trump: "The guy with the worst spray tan in America is attacking me for putting on makeup. Donald Trump likes to sue people. He should sue whoever did that to his face."
  • Trump on Rubio: "He has really large ears, the biggest ears I've ever seen."
  • Rubio on Trump: "And you know what they say about guys with small hands."
  • Ted Cruz on Trump: "Multiple news reports have reported about his dealings with, for example, S&A Construction, which was owned by "Fat Tony" Salerno, who is a mobster who is in jail. It is owned by two of the major New York crime families."
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