Ted Cruz, to his credit, is attacking exactly as you would expect a candidate to do: Attack on policy, stances, and ideology. This is a strategy also used by the long-lasting campaigns of Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal, and it is a strategy that… hasn’t worked. At all. Not even once.
Marco Rubio, meanwhile, has taken virtually all of the media coverage by making fun of Donald Trump’s unnaturally stubby fingers and his wealth (he noted Donald wasn’t even on the Forbes’ list of richest Americans). In short, he was attacking the Holy Church of Donald J. Trump, which is vastly different than Candidate Donald J. Trump.
The reactions to the two men are vastly different. The #NeverTrump crowd responded with a renewed sense of vigor to Rubio’s attacks because they are the ones that we know will land. They will be the ones to force Trump to react. After the utterly terrible day Trump had yesterday – refusing on national television to disavow the KKK and David Duke, asking “What difference does it make?” in response to a question on his retweet of a Mussolini quote – Rubio’s attacks are the icing on the cake.
One of two things is happening here: Either Cruz fails to understand that you aren’t going to win a fight with Trump over policy and ideology OR Cruz and Rubio, as McKay recently suggested, are tag-teaming to hit Trump from above and below. I think, however, that Rubio comes out stronger in Super Tuesday voting as a result, and it will force Cruz to have to make a tough decision.