“Simply put, he whiffed”

“Never mark your ambush with flashing lights and traffic cones. Everyone in Florida politics heard this attack was coming since the weekend, and Marco was absolutely ready for it,” said Wilson, who actually hinted at the coming dig on Twitter before the debate began. “This was not Jeb at his best.”

In the post-debate spin room, Bush’s campaign manager, Danny Diaz, acknowledged Rubio’s rhetorical skill, but used it to draw comparisons to Barack Obama circa 2008…

Asked after the debate how many phone calls from Bush donors the Rubio campaign had already fielded, Rubio’s spokesman, Alex Conant, told BuzzFeed News coyly, “I don’t have a number, but we’ve gotten calls.”