Worst Kept Secret

The makings of a president. From Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins

But to those who have known him longest, Rubio’s flustered performance Saturday night fit perfectly with an all-too-familiar strain of his personality, one that his handlers and image-makers have labored for years to keep out of public view. Though generally seen as cool-headed and quick on his feet, Rubio is known to friends, allies, and advisers for a kind of incurable anxiousness — and an occasional propensity to panic in moments of crisis, both real and imagined.

It’s hard to think of a better quality for a president than to lose your cool and panic at clutch moments.