The candidate: Marco Rubio
The gaffe: It’s a classic political question: Which candidate would voters want to have a beer with? But when someone turned the question on Marco Rubio, the Republican came up with an odd answer.
Rubio asked who he'd want to have a beer with who's not a politician. He says Malala. Is that legal yet?— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) November 4, 2015
Yes, that’s right: He wants to have a beer with a practicing Muslim who is not yet of drinking age.
The defense: Malala is pretty darn cool.
Why it matters (or doesn’t): Look, Marco Rubio is the most dudely candidate in the race, right? Is there a bigger bro in the field? Martin O’Malley, maybe, but he always seems to be trying too hard. It comes naturally to Rubio. This is a guy who can’t help but talk about the Dolphins constantly, even when they are 3-4. And yet the answer he comes up with isn’t Marino but Malala. Is this just awkward pandering, or is it the new masculinity?