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This Is How You Own a Politician

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) asks a question as FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers testify before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. The intelligence heads testified to the committee about cyber threats to the United States and fielded questions about effects of Russian government hacking on the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Two weeks ago, failed presidential candidate and repeated target of Trump’s mockery Sen. Marco Rubio generated all kinds of positive headlines for appearing to grill Rex Tillerson, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, over the former Exxon CEO’s cozy relationship with Russia. “I’m prepared to do what’s right,” Rubio told reporters at the time when asked whether he’d vote against the nomination.

As it turns out, “what’s right” for Rubio is getting headlines for acting tough on camera and then voting for Tillerson anyway. The silver lining to the senator’s apparent change in heart is that it lead to him getting thoroughly owned by someone at his press conference today.

Good job, friend.