This past Monday I almost felt bad for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). There he was, making possibly the most important announcement of his political career, and nobody cared – though, to be fair, it wasn’t really his fault. He had no way of knowing Hillary Clinton was going to announce her candidacy the day before and it’s not as if he could have changed the timing of his announcement because that would have made him look extremely weak.
That being said, like recently announced GOP presidential nominees Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, Rubio has no chance at winning his party’s nomination.
After all, it doesn’t bode well for your potential candidacy when Hillary Clinton visiting a Chipotle overshadows your presidential announcement.
That’s a point Jon Stewart poked fun at Tuesday night.
“How could Rubio have known that on the exact same day he was launching his candidacy, Hillary Clinton would eat lunch?” Stewart asked.
But perhaps the most embarrassing thing for Rubio since his big announcement came when he tried to take a jab at Hillary Clinton by referencing a song by Prince called 1999, saying, “Our leaders put us at a disadvantage by taxing and borrowing and regulating like it’s 1999.”
Yeah, I guess the Florida senator isn’t aware that 1999 was easily one of the best economic years in our nation’s history.
“Not only is the joke slightly lame, but it’s a little inaccurate,” Stewart said. “The American economy should be so lucky as to be like it was in 1999. The Clinton-era year was the peak of possibly the greatest peacetime boom in our history: budget surplus, low inflation, high employment.”
While I understand Rubio was trying to make a joke, it still makes him look like a fool.
It almost seems like a requirement to be a GOP nominee for president that you have to make an ass out of yourself right off the bat. First, we had Cruz making his “big announcement” at Liberty University during an event where students were required to attend. Following him we had Paul who couldn’t even make it through his first round of interviews without snapping at a reporter for asking him very basic questions about his stances on several issues. Now we have Rubio using one of the best economic years in our nation’s history to take a jab at his potential opponent Hillary Clinton.
The GOP presidential race is already becoming a circus and most of the candidates like Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush haven’t even officially announced yet. Add into that mix other possibilities such as Michele Bachmann or Bobby Jindal and the 2016 Republican presidential primary is shaping up to go down as one of the biggest sideshows in political history.
And I’ll be honest, I personally cannot wait to sit back and watch this train wreck happen.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: