Marco Rubio and the simple politics of a sense of humor

posted at 9:31 pm on February 20, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

The water bottle goes global.

Netanyahu Rubio

This is the way Republicans must learn to do battle, with a wink, and a social IQ, and a sense of humor. The media will never treat Rubio with anything near the deference they treat President Obama, and he knows it. Sometimes there’s no sense in wishing for a media that doesn’t exist. Stamping his feet about the terrible unfairness of his “career-ender” being shown on loop 200 times in a day would have done Rubio absolutely no good, even though the sentiment would certainly have been justified. It is indeed very hard to imagine a political press frenzy being any dumber (but just wait for 2016!).

But Rubio has been poking fun at himself for a week and a half, and the “career-ender” has been effectively neutralized. He let the rest of us rage about the stupidity of it, and that’s fine. We can handle that bit, and sometimes it’s better to delegate.

It sounds incredibly silly to even analyze how he did it, but this is the media and cultural environment we live in. The memeification of politics will only get more hostile to Republicans and conservatives if they don’t learn when and how to play along.

First, Rubio noticed a forming meme when he saw it. Shortly after his SOTU response, and his horrifically embarrassing sip of water, he and his staff had already figured out it was destined to be a “thing.” He tweeted a picture of the Poland Springs bottle destined to get so much airtime. Next, he embraced his new claim to social-media fame by ostentatiously drinking from a bottle of water on his morning news show appearances after the SOTU response.

Today, a picture of his water-bottle bump with Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu went crazy on Twitter, worldwide. And, thus, “career-ending” blooper in the SOTU response becomes a shared joke, which then becomes a light-hearted moment with an international leader. Message: Yes, I drink water, and I also have a sense of humor, and by the way, I’m an internationally recognized political leader demonstrably very friendly with our most important allies, unlike someone else I know. And, aren’t all the people who think drinking from a bottle of water is a “career-ender” blowhards? Let’s all laugh at that together.

On one hand, it all seems pretty obvious, but it must not be because there’s a distinct dearth of people on our side who can do it. There are some who will say Rubio is feeding the beast, that submitting to a Buzzfeed interview, for instance, perpetuates the problem. There are some who say even thinking about the likeability factor is a betrayal of policy and intellect. But this is politics. Going through the pop-culture wringer and coming out the other side looking like someone people might like to know is a huge part of the battle.

There are times to rage and there are times to joke, and Rubio seems to know when to do what. He should teach a few classes.

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Genius!

WTG fellas!

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Agreed. Well said.

changer1701 on February 20, 2013 at 9:35 PM

That’s part of what’s needed. Reagan of course was known as the Great Communicator.

Some say he would be tweeting now. Some folks forget he was the successful governor of California with a proven record of accomplishment before he ever ran for the presidency.

Drained Brain on February 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

sometimes you have to illuminate absurdity with the absurd….and do it with a smile.

nice work

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

…something progressives lack!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Message: Yes, I drink water, and I also have a sense of humor, and by the way, I’m an internationally recognized political leader demonstrably very friendly with our most important allies, unlike someone else I know.

oh yes, and the hell with all of you h8ers.
love,
marco

ted c on February 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

This is what I do like about Rubio, he shoves the leftist monkey-people hyperventilating right back in their faces with extreme prejudice.

Bishop on February 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Marco Rubio and the simple politics of a sense of humor pandering to illegals and supporting obama’s ‘amnesty plan’ … Oh, wait a minute, that’s another story.

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I think this was a message from Bibi as much as it was from Rubio. He made it very clear who he has his trust in. And it’s not Obama.

ButterflyDragon on February 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Well, at least he is carrying his own water, unlike Obama, who has the MSM to carry his.

ProfShadow on February 20, 2013 at 9:38 PM

He’s pretty savvy and has good instincts. I like it.

MikeknaJ on February 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Shopping list:

Poland Spring Water! Check!

Nice one there young fella…

Still am pissed at you for your stance on Illegals, and I don’t care what YOU call it…

Le Soupir…

Scrumpy on February 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Well, at least he is carrying his own water, unlike Obama, who has the MSM to carry his.

ProfShadow on February 20, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Nicely done!!

KCB on February 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Hey, if it turns out to be a “career ender” he should be solid as a spokesman for Poland Spring.

mbecker908 on February 20, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Well, at least he is carrying his own water, unlike Obama, who has the MSM to carry his.

ProfShadow on February 20, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Well that and the American Taxpayer, and their kids, and their kids and their kids…………..

CW on February 20, 2013 at 9:56 PM

“Message: Yes, I drink water, and I also have a sense of humor, and by the way, I’m an internationally recognized political leader demonstrably very friendly with our most important allies, unlike someone else I know.”

I’ll drink to that…!

*clink!*

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Sense of humor and mockery of the press is going to help. If all republican politicians go into an interview with that attitude and it will start sucking the wind out of the media arm of the DNC.

AZfederalist on February 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I’ll drink to that…!

*clink!*

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM

*clink*

Electrongod on February 20, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Rubio did good here. People are still (unfairly) mocking Jindal for his camera-unfriendly 2009 SOTU rebuttal. And they still (trivially) ridicule Palin for rolling her eyes with Couric. He cleverly dodged a bullet, and the only reason he was able to accomplish this is that he has plenty of charm and smarts and talent and got out in front of this before it became a negative meme.

We don’t need any more of our better talent pushed into early graves.

Rubio did no harm in laughing at himself. Indirectly, his self-deprecating humor was a criticism of the Lamestream Media (and that would include Yahoo news) that placed such an overblown emphasis on that unimportant act. That’s a twofer.

Rubio makes it look effortless, but it’s really not.

Burke on February 20, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Democrats are terrified of Rubio, and they should be. Give them something to cry about.

Philly on February 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

thanks for letting us know marco has a sense of humor. i can only imagine what types of articles we have in store for us in the future
1. rubios pants legs are creased
2. rubio loves children (picture of rubio kissing baby inserted)
3. rubio in flannel shirt and jeans
4. rubio helping an illegal immigrant over the fence

you could actually come up with political ad of rubio doing all of the above 4 simultaneously.

renalin on February 20, 2013 at 10:03 PM

This water bottle schtick will also help Rubio to ingratiate himself with his target demographic, illegal immigrants from Mexico, by reminding them of the non-potable water they left their homeland to escape. ¡Genio de mercadeo! Or something.

steebo77 on February 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

In all fairness, well played, Sen. Rubio.

steebo77 on February 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Now if this could happen enough so that we don’t find ourselves giddy from the experience.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

:) awesome

thebrokenrattle on February 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Now if this could happen enough so that we don’t find ourselves giddy from the experience.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 10:04 PM

What she said.

1nolibgal on February 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM

President Ford should have fell every time he exited Air Force One…

equanimous on February 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM

I like it, but no more. Don’t overplay it. There’s plenty to jump on.

wolly4321 on February 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Agreed. Rubio has excellent political skills. His media and social network savviness is rare in a pub politician nowadays. His charm offensive, sunlight personality and cheerful attitude shines through. Although I’d never vote for him except if he is the nominee (and no, amnesty is not my grouse), I can’t deny his positives.

tommy71 on February 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

…the media would piss in the bottle!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM

President Ford should have fell every time he exited Air Force One…

equanimous on February 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM

That was awesome.

steebo77 on February 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM

So..
If I buy the HotAir tee shirt..

will the popups stop?

Electrongod on February 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

This was great. Way to go gentlemen.

gophergirl on February 20, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Marco Rubio and the simple politics of a sense of humor pandering to illegals and supporting obama’s ‘amnesty plan’ … Oh, wait a minute, that’s another story.

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Yes, it is. I think most of us here are capable of holding more than one thought in our heads.

Just because we’re thoroughly enjoying his taking every opportunity to rub the media’s faces in their steaming pile of “OMG, HE TOOK A DRINK IN THE MIDDLE OF A SPEECH!” doesn’t mean we support his candidacy for president, vaporware though it may be at present.

CurtZHP on February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

The political skills in this one are strong. I’ve been on and off about Rubio.. For instance, I wasn’t certain that the Twitter feed made him all that serious; he can be a bit fluffy; and his four year plan is eyerollingly obvious. But gosh is he a savvy communicator, especially in new media. I hate to bring up she who must not be named, but I think that Palin’s sense of persecution about everything perpetuated her problems. Mr. Sunshine is all like yep, I looked silly. I’ll laugh with you. And there is a great sense of sincerity about it as if he does sincerely think that this is funny or he should be winning Academy Award for acting.

Illinidiva on February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Hey, if it turns out to be a “career ender” he should be solid as a spokesman for Poland Spring.

mbecker908 on February 20, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Fine with me. Most Socialists are probably Perrier drinkers (Kerry, anyone?), so the effect on Poland Spring would be negligible.

Myron Falwell on February 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Now if Rubio would only use his vaunted political skills and sense of humor to take down Obama and the Dems instead of building himself up.

INC on February 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

This is the way Republicans must learn to do battle, with a wink, and a social IQ, and a sense of humor. The media will never treat Rubio with anything near the deference they treat President Obama, and he knows it. Sometimes there’s no sense in wishing for a media that doesn’t exist

Rubio’s handling of “watergate 2013″ reminds me of Tom Delay’s booking photo. The left wanted the perp walk. He was arrested on bogus charges by a commie prosecutor and his booking photos are worthy of any campaign poster. Google it.

The best ways of dealing with these non-scandals is to mock them. Rubio gets points for understanding that. Personally, I think Mitt Romney (and Bob Dole for that matter) would have won the election if they were more willing to mock this idiocy.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Now if Rubio would only use his vaunted political skills and sense of humor to take down Obama and the Dems instead of building himself up.

INC on February 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

He’s actually using his vaunted political skills to take down the GOP and the country with his love of amnesty. I find no humor in anything he does.

TxAnn56 on February 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

That’s part of what’s needed. Reagan of course was known as the Great Communicator.

Drained Brain on February 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Reagan had a marvelous self-deprecation that made him endearing as well. We could take the most viscious attacks and turn them on their ear, the most famous being his age. In the second debate with Mondale, if age would be an issue, he said he promised not to make an issue of “his opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

The next Republican candidate must not show a chip on his shoulder to feed the beasts. Rubio’s embracing of the water bottle, and showing it again and again, has enhanced his resume’ instead of dooming it.

itsspideyman on February 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

He’s actually using his vaunted political skills to take down the GOP and the country with his love of amnesty. I find no humor in anything he does.

TxAnn56 on February 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

With people like BOHICA Bohenor, Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove, the GOP really doesn’t need much to be taken down to begin with.

Myron Falwell on February 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

The political skills in this one are strong. I’ve been on and off about Rubio.. For instance, I wasn’t certain that the Twitter feed made him all that serious; he can be a bit fluffy; and his four year plan is eyerollingly obvious. But gosh is he a savvy communicator, especially in new media. I hate to bring up she who must not be named, but I think that Palin’s sense of persecution about everything perpetuated her problems. Mr. Sunshine is all like yep, I looked silly. I’ll laugh with you. And there is a great sense of sincerity about it as if he does sincerely think that this is funny or he should be winning Academy Award for acting.

Illinidiva on February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Exactly right. His political skills are second to none in my opinion.

GOPRanknFile on February 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM

TxAnn56 on February 20, 2013 at 10:55 PM

I agree.

INC on February 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Marco Rubio
John McCain
Mitt Romney
Grhamnesty

Four of a kind.

All lie to get elected then go full RINO.

Steveangell on February 20, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Great Photo…

Bibi Rocks!

workingclass artist on February 20, 2013 at 11:29 PM

The political skills in this one are strong. I’ve been on and off about Rubio.. For instance, I wasn’t certain that the Twitter feed made him all that serious; he can be a bit fluffy; and his four year plan is eyerollingly obvious. But gosh is he a savvy communicator, especially in new media. I hate to bring up she who must not be named, but I think that Palin’s sense of persecution about everything perpetuated her problems. Mr. Sunshine is all like yep, I looked silly. I’ll laugh with you. And there is a great sense of sincerity about it as if he does sincerely think that this is funny or he should be winning Academy Award for acting.

Illinidiva on February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Agreed. You can’t teach this.

terryannonline on February 20, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Marco Rubio and the simple politics of a sense of humor pandering to illegals and supporting obama’s ‘amnesty plan’ … Oh, wait a minute, that’s another story.

Pork-Chop on February 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Give Rubio a chance folks. He clearly understands politics and understands that by getting in front of story allows you to somewhat control a story. Yes he is pushing for immigration reform, but let this play out and let him show his cards. We have no idea what hand he is about to play.

Also ignore the story coming from the MSM about Rubio and Obama working together. That is just MSM’s way of getting conservatives to attack Rubio. They are desperate to tear this man down. The democrat party has put all their cards into the Obama coalition. If they lose anyone from that coalition their little thousand year Reich will be over in eight years. Rubio does have that potential, with not just Latinos, but with younger voters, women, etc. He is one of the first GOP leaders we have had in long time who understands social media and image. I hate to tell this to conservatives who believe in the ivory tower versions of this nation’s history, but our greatest leaders sometimes had to play games to win. Style does matter, otherwise George Washington never would have worn his military uniform to congress….

An over dramatic artistic version of that day: Click Link

William Eaton on February 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

It wasn’t Rubio bolting across the stage to get a drink of water that bothered me. Rubio lost bearing and poise but he remembered himself and regained those easily enough. So no, it wasn’t Rubio. It was the absolutely shoddy production quality of the response in toto: the set, the lighting, the overall lack of media savvy on display. I found myself strangely fixated on Rubio’s sweaty, shiny forehead, knew my reaction was being replicated nationwide, and that should never happen. It was as if a team of super-secret DNC operatives had somehow shanghaied the real film crew and deliberately set out to make it look as if Rubio was speaking from my mother’s basement.

If the GOP wants to stay competitive, it needs to step up its game. The American public is accustomed to quality viewing, for lack of a better term. Yes, it sounds shallow to bring it up, but details matter in the big leagues. Whoever put together that media debacle needs to be fired and replaced immediately.

troyriser_gopftw on February 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Doesn’t even do any good to say double standard. There are two sets of rules. What Rubio did was excellent. Reminds me of Ronnie.

hestrold on February 21, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Give Rubio a chance folks. He clearly understands politics and understands that by getting in front of story allows you to somewhat control a story. Yes he is pushing for immigration reform, but let this play out and let him show his cards. We have no idea what hand he is about to play.

William Eaton on February 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Rubio said he never knew an illegal that wanted benefits.

Come on now does he never go to a Grocery Store and see them use their Food Stamp cards? Some even acting like they won the lottery.

He does not believe in anchor babies used to get all these benefits either.

Had he run on free benefits for illegals and amnesty he would have lost. He is little better than Charly Christ at this point IMHO. Give him a few years and he just might follow Charly to the DNC.

Steveangell on February 21, 2013 at 12:24 AM

If the GOP wants to stay competitive, it needs to step up its game. The American public is accustomed to quality viewing, for lack of a better term. Yes, it sounds shallow to bring it up, but details matter in the big leagues. Whoever put together that media debacle needs to be fired and replaced immediately.

troyriser_gopftw on February 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

The
GOP was highly competitive in 2010 then we listened to
Rove and Romney.

All the GOP need do is be Conservative.

Steveangell on February 21, 2013 at 12:27 AM

All the GOP need do is be Conservative.

Steveangell on February 21, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Uh-huh, yeah. Okay. Not my job to dissuade you of your position, so by all means, run with it.

troyriser_gopftw on February 21, 2013 at 12:34 AM

The best ways of dealing with these non-scandals is to mock them. Rubio gets points for understanding that. Personally, I think Mitt Romney (and Bob Dole for that matter) would have won the election if they were more willing to mock this idiocy.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Romney’s best moment in the campaign was his appearance at the Al Smith dinner when he made fun of himself, but also made fun of Obama.

Some people here act like it’s a new thing that winning politicians have a sense of humor and sparkly personality. But ever since television arrived, all elections have been won by the candidate that is the most personable and relatable.

rockmom on February 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM

So..
If I buy the HotAir tee shirt..

will the popups stop?

Electrongod on February 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Don’t encourage them.

Cleombrotus on February 21, 2013 at 1:05 AM

There are some who will say Rubio is feeding the beast, that submitting to a Buzzfeed interview, for instance, perpetuates the problem.

Yeah. On a number of levels:

- Buzzfeed are hacks and will stab cons in the back first chance they get. Same with Politico, CNN, MSDNC, etc. The sooner all right-leaning pols realize that they AREN’T friendlies the sooner we can get on with actually educating the public.

- Why are we giving these people ratings? They should be shunned and hopefully fail. Let’s stop watching.

- Start training the media to be honest. Stop laughing. Think about it. If no one goes on their show and no one watches eventually it will tank. Reward the ones who will give a fair shake with eyeballs and guests. They will learn. They are like particularly slow children. It will be painful and slow at first, but eventually behavior changes.

The media are not our friends. All we need to remember is Benghazi. They covered up the death of four Americans for that “their candidate” could get elected.

Think about it. Why are we still playing with them?

kim roy on February 21, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Social media is the perfect place to tease the media. Don’t harangue them. Mock them.

Palin is good at this. Rubio is good at this. Boomers are not good at this. It may very well be a generational thing.

alwaysfiredup on February 21, 2013 at 3:15 AM

This is the way Republicans must learn to do battle, with a wink, and a social IQ, and a sense of humor. The media will never treat Rubio with anything near the deference they treat President Obama, and he knows it.

Common. We already know that from Palin since 2008.

Move along. There’s nothing knew here.

TheAlamos on February 21, 2013 at 4:01 AM

Reality check: Rubio is unpopular. He has a net negative popularity rating (-2). That’s not much better than Chuck Hagel (-6).

But we’re supposed to overlook Rubio selling out on amnesty because he’s such a fabulous communicator and the “savior” of the GOP.

Jon0815 on February 21, 2013 at 4:26 AM

Reality check: Rubio is unpopular. He has a net negative popularity rating (-2). That’s not much better than Chuck Hagel (-6).

Where’s Sarah Palin on this “Reality check”?

Marcus on February 21, 2013 at 5:23 AM

Let me guess, this “Reality check” is from the Conservatives4Palin page. If it’s the general voting public you’re polling if Marco Rubio is (-2) than Palin has got to be (-20) and you know it.

Marcus on February 21, 2013 at 5:26 AM

Let me guess, this “Reality check” is from the Conservatives4Palin page. If it’s the general voting public you’re polling if Marco Rubio is (-2) than Palin has got to be (-20) and you know it.

It’s from Pew.

http://www.people-press.org/2013/02/20/hagel-better-known-viewed-more-negatively/

Yes, I’m sure that Palin is more unpopular than Rubio. Why do you assume that if you question the Rubio hype you must be a Palin cultist?

Jon0815 on February 21, 2013 at 6:21 AM

Rubio’s awkward water moment wouldn’t be a “career-ender” by any stretch of the imagination. Heck Bobby “Kenneth the Page” Jindal was worse.

Still, at least Rubio has the good sense to play along and laugh it off; a lesson from which The Quitter would have greatly benefitted.

chumpThreads on February 21, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Why do you assume that if you question the Rubio hype you must be a Palin cultist?

Jon0815 on February 21, 2013 at 6:21 AM

Oh, maybe because they’re green-pea with envy and hand-pick negative Rubio stats from “Pew” pieces and leave out this:

Rubio has a strong image among Republicans and receives particularly high ratings among those who agree with the Tea Party.

Marcus on February 21, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Of course it’s not career-ending but the whole desperate grab for the O2 is inexplicable to me. Goofy! Not cool!

Sherman1864 on February 21, 2013 at 6:47 AM

Jeb’s Waterboy!

Jayrae on February 21, 2013 at 7:05 AM

will we see different water bottlers fighting to get their particular brand of bottled water into Rubio’s hands at his next public function? With the sponsor $$ possibly going to charity? Cool marketing idea, IMO…

Darvin Dowdy on February 21, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Jon0815 on February 21, 2013 at 6:21 AM

The thing I got from that poll is that a large majority of people are reserving judgment. I think that Rubio is personable and winning, but he is also young. He has to find some way to convey that it is okay for the American public to trust him as CinC. Hence the I want to be President trip to Israel this week and the immigration bill. I think that Rubio is very committed to getting an immigration deal because it provides him with gravitas and a huge legislative accomplishment.

Illinidiva on February 21, 2013 at 7:23 AM

We can all laugh and joke about the water bottle incident but Rubio’s speech delivery was on a 7th grade level filled with odd quirks and gestures. It was beyond amateurism and shown he isn’t ready for prime time.

trs on February 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Romney’s best moment in the campaign was his appearance at the Al Smith dinner when he made fun of himself, but also made fun of Obama.

Some people here act like it’s a new thing that winning politicians have a sense of humor and sparkly personality. But ever since television arrived, all elections have been won by the candidate that is the most personable and relatable.

rockmom on February 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM

The best thing about that dinner was that the rat-eared wonder was clearly seething at being mocked! And Romney had great material and delivery. The rat-eared one was his usual pompous self.

I don’t like the American Idol aspect of politics in a media age but it truly is something that can’t be ignored. Part of the reason (a very small part) of why McCain lost in 2008 is you don’t put up an old white guy with a creepy laugh against a young hipster minority and expect to win with the stupid class (aka low information voters). The stupid class wants to be entertained and not hear about the economy. You don’t get there with a cranky old bastard.

Happy Nomad on February 21, 2013 at 8:06 AM

We can all laugh and joke about the water bottle incident but Rubio’s speech delivery was on a 7th grade level filled with odd quirks and gestures. It was beyond amateurism and shown he isn’t ready for prime time.

trs on February 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM

If Rubio talking about concern for his neighbors was on a 7th grade level then the rat-eared bastard’s State of the Union speech with all its pointing fingers, name calling, and empty rhetoric was 2nd grade at best.

Happy Nomad on February 21, 2013 at 8:08 AM

trs on February 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Anything above 6th grade level risks losing the casual voter. &th might be too high – need to bring it down.

WE will need to get over our thirst for hardcore issue discussions – the voters don’t want it, and won’t vote for it.

You need to be conservatve – and you cannot be too rich – and the conservative base needs to beleive you are serious about shrinking Washington – but then you have to drop it, you need to go on silly radio shows and find some closet conservative at E! to do puff piece interviews. That is how you shave off votes from the next Obama.

WE may be right in our opinions – and generally I believe we are in part because the dems believe in nothing but getting elected – but being right won’t get you elected.

Zomcon JEM on February 21, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Drained Brain on February 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

+1

GT on February 21, 2013 at 8:38 AM

will we see different water bottlers fighting to get their particular brand of bottled water into Rubio’s hands at his next public function? With the sponsor $$ possibly going to charity? Cool marketing idea, IMO…

Darvin Dowdy on February 21, 2013 at 7:21 AM

I think that the “water bottle” will be auctioned off for charity.

I don’t like the American Idol aspect of politics in a media age but it truly is something that can’t be ignored. Part of the reason (a very small part) of why McCain lost in 2008 is you don’t put up an old white guy with a creepy laugh against a young hipster minority and expect to win with the stupid class (aka low information voters). The stupid class wants to be entertained and not hear about the economy. You don’t get there with a cranky old bastard.

Happy Nomad on February 21, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Bread and circuses.

Illinidiva on February 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

CurtZHP on February 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Thank you – well said.

GWB on February 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM

longest thread ever about a bottle of water, ridiculous…

burserker on February 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

We can all laugh and joke about the water bottle incident but Rubio’s speech delivery was on a 7th grade level filled with odd quirks and gestures. It was beyond amateurism and shown he isn’t ready for prime time.

trs on February 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM

considering most Americans read at a 6th grade level or less, finally the GOP is targeting dumbed down average voters that need to be courted in order to win national elections

burserker on February 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Marco Rubio is young. He gets it. He, I and many others realize the GOP’s current trajectory has an endpoint in oblivion.

I am a little sad for his hairline. He does not have a head for shaving or close-cropping.

President Ford should have fell every time he exited Air Force One…

equanimous on February 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM

That was awesome.

steebo77 on February 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM

“Should have fell,” really?

Bobby Jindal may have something to say about this.

Capitalist Hog on February 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

….The Quitter…

chumpThreads on February 21, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Folks, what sort of loser lets a quitter live in his head rent free.

CurtZHP on February 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Folks, what sort of loser lets a quitter live in his head rent free.

CurtZHP on February 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Oh the irony.

Capitalist Hog on February 21, 2013 at 11:39 AM

“Should have fell,” really?

Capitalist Hog on February 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

I can do that… I have a sense of humour.

equanimous on February 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Sunny optimism.

John the Libertarian on February 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM