Another pre-debate analysis
The GOPe believes that Rubio, Bush and Kasich are splitting among themselves the same group of voters, and if only two would drop out, the third would pick up all of the votes and become a challenger to Trump and Cruz. If Rubio wins third place in South Carolina (behind Trump and Cruz), the GOPe will put INTENSE PRESSURE on Bush and Kasich to drop out BEFORE Super Tuesday so that Rubio can fly free. The GOPe is starting to understand that a dominating Trump sweep of Super Tuesday will make it impossible for anyone to catch up to him.
Since everyone on the debate stage knows this, everyone is, once again, going to be gunning for Rubio. For Bush and Kasich, this debate is their LAST CHANCE to depose Rubio. They don’t care about Cruz or Trump. Trump would also like to see Rubio have a bad night to keep the GOPe confused.
Rubio still faces the same problem he faced last debate, which is that he isn’t actually that smart, he just appears smart because he’s very good at using memorized sound bites and 25-second speeches. He has also memorized a lot of policy facts from his stint in Congress, but that doesn’t make him smart. (One problem with the GOPe is that they don’t understand HBD.) Everyone on stage is itching for the opportunity take out Rubio again (except, probably, Cruz who is more focused on Trump). I don’t know if Rubio is up to the challenge. I am sure he has been practicing his debating all week, but that may not be enough to change habits he developed over the last year that have served him so well until the last debate. If Rubio says one more time “Obama knows exactly what he’s doing,” boy is he going to get it.