Riding a media generated wave of cresting momentum into Saturday’s GOP debate Marco Rubio wiped out spectacularly. Exposed as a talking point spewing William Kristol programmed automaton the disinterested in representing his home state of Florida senator was the clear loser of last debate before the New Hampshire primary on this week. The establishment may want to think twice before throwing it’s full backing and ample resources behind the ambitious but sweaty young Cubano because he is an empty suit who will be made into mincemeat by Hillary Clinton in the general election. The “Kennedyesque” Rubio was badly rattled when pounded on by New Jersey Governor Tony Soprano Chris Christie and as a result got knocked off of his impeccably rehearsed message discipline in front of a national television audience.

Politico reports on Rubio’s belated implosion in the article “Rubio Chokes”:

Marco Rubio knew exactly what he was doing on Saturday night.

Marco Rubio knew exactly what he was doing on Saturday night.

Marco Rubio knew exactly what he was doing on Saturday night.

The problem was he flubbed it.

Rubio awkwardly pivoted four times to a well-rehearsed line that President Barack Obama “knows exactly what he’s doing” as he tried to drill home the idea that he’s the inevitable general election candidate – an unforced error that his rivals pounced on and that quickly went viral.

“There it is. There it is. The memorized 25-second speech. There it is, everybody,” Chris Christie charged.

It was a defining moment as Rubio’s opponents successfully turned two of his greatest strengths — his eloquence and message discipline — against him in the final debate before the New Hampshire primary, casting the Florida senator as a lightweight leader who has been lifted by little more than lofty and canned rhetoric.

Christie led the charge on stage, and rival campaigns joined in, gleefully tweeted out a new “Marco Rubio Glitch” Twitter account that captured the robotic repeats and gained more than 1,000 followers quickly after the debate wrapped up.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was representing Jeb Bush in the spin room, told reporters that Rubio only reinforced the doubts about his readiness for the White House. “He’s really good at talking points and sound bites but he was off his game tonight,” he said. “I think the case for Marco being ready to be commander in chief took a hit tonight.”

The debate’s sustained attacks forced Rubio into a defensive crouch most of the night, as the third-place Iowa finisher turned in his shakiest performance on the national stage. By the evening’s end, sweat was visible on his brow.

Rubio’s neocon handlers must have crapped themselves when all of that momentum built up after the most celebrated third place caucus finish in history was fumbled away well short of the goal line. Whether Chris Christie will be able to eat into Rubio’s lead after the big wedgie remains to be seen and many conservatives have never forgiven him for practically giving Barry a hand job in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy so it’s probably doubtful. He may however have earned a spot on Donald Trump’s list of potential running mates though. Whether the obviously phony cabana boy from Miami’s flameout will be as ruinous as Rick Perry’s forgetting the name of that third government agency that he would abolish remains to be seen but it will be all hands on deck for the neocons today trying to polish Rubio’s turd of a performance before the polls open on Tuesday.