Stateside,  Vote 2016

What a party

The day isn’t over yet, but so far:

• Marco Rubio called Donald Trump a “con artist,” mocked his spelling errors on Twitter and suggested that Trump wet his pants during Thursday’s Republican presidential debate.

• Trump replied in kind, calling Rubio a “nervous basket case,” a “nasty guy” and a “baby,” and saying that before the debate Rubio “was putting on makeup with a trowel.” (Oh, Donald, you bitch.) Trump also mocked Mitt Romney– the Republican candidate for president 2012– for walking like a penguin and said he wouldn’t accept an endorsement from Romney even if he offered it.

• New Jersey Governor (and former presidential candidate) Chris Christie endorsed Trump for president, despite previously ridiculing Trump’s signature positions in favor of banning Muslims from entering the US and building a wall along the Mexican border for which Mexico will somehow be made to pay. Which raises the question: what position is Christie angling for in a hypothetical Trump administration?

A reminder that Christie once had a touch of integrity: here he is in 2011 defending against “the crazies” his appointment of a Muslim to be a state judge:

• Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, another former candidate for president, is as conservative as they come, and he sums it up as well as anyone could.

“My party has gone batshit crazy.”

Update: It only gets wilder.

“Donald Trump likes to sue people,” Rubio riffed, as the crowd laughed. “He should sue whoever did that to his face.”

Imagine this sort of exchange of views going on for the next two weeks, and maybe longer.