...Asked about the Treasury Department’s report that the federal government has officially reached the record debt level, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama’s predecessor, Mr. Bush, enacted tax cuts that mainly benefited the wealthy and “launched a ground war in the Middle East, all without paying for it.”
Rubio tossed out one line that did warrant unpacking. Early in the speech, the 46-year-old self-exiled senator irately declared, "This generation of leadership is the most selfish generation of leadership we've ever had in DC." This seemed to be another dig at Obama. But Rubio went on to assert that for 15 to 20 years, this gang of lousy leaders has "done nothing about the national debt."
Twenty years? That would mean that the "most selfish generation" included the entire George W. Bush presidency. The folks in the crowd nodded, as Rubio issued this denunciation. Did they realize he was indicting the last Republican administration? And coincidentally—or not—this dig was a harsh assault on the brother of his mentor-turned-rival Jeb Bush.