Marco Rubio: ‘Stay thirsty my friends’


Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

I am sure Sen. Marco Rubio was reminding himself not to screw up like the others who came before him had done. "Don't say 'happy Mardis Gras' like Bobby Jindal did." "Don't talk into the wrong camera like Michele Bachmann did."

And then it happened – the only thing that people will talk about and remember from his big moment in front of the cameras – comedy gold for late night comics. U.S. Senator Rubio's water break creates a flood of jokes:

During the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, Florida Senator Marco Rubio lit up social media by awkwardly reaching off-screen for a bottle of water and taking a gulp while keeping his eyes on the camera.

Mr. Rubio's clumsy attempt at refreshment – he appeared to have a dry mouth and had wiped sweat from his temples – sparked instant jokes, including this GIF showing the sip in an endless loop.

Rubio's "watergate" moment lit up Twitter. My personal favorite:

Rubio 17


UPDATE: Steve Benen is right. Putting the rube in Rubio

"[W]hile it was Rubio's dry mouth that will be remembered, I hope the political world won't completely overlook the speech itself, because the far-right senator's remarks helped prove that he's quite literally not ready for prime time, for reasons that have nothing to do with his hard-to-watch presentation.

By any sensible measure, Rubio's entire pitch was incoherent gibberish. . .

Forget ideology, subjectivity, and areas of opinion — the fact is Marco
Rubio's speech was filled with a series of claims with no meaningful
connection to reality.

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  1. While I am not a Republican and am as reluctant to defend what Marco Rubio said I will pick out some points that Steve Benin thinks worthy of comment.

    > whining about “wasting more taxpayer money on so-called ‘clean energy’ companies like Solyndra.”

    People who believe that government should not engage in using government money to subsidize private companies (some have call this concept privatizing the profit while socializing the risk) should have every right to “whine” when it turns out poorly.

    > still refusing to compromise on fiscal issues.

    Mitt Romney and the vast majority of the Republican party of 2012 in office already are in 99% agreement with the Democratic Party when it comes to government spending which some would claim is one large reason why they failed to inspire enough voters to support them in 2012.

    When voters have the choice between a big government spender with an R on his label (with the last name McCain) and big government spender with a D on his label (last name Carmona) many voters will either choose the candidate they believe seems more trustworthy or stay home entirely. Four of of 10 eligible voters weren’t motivated enough to vote in 2012.