Rubio Has Drinking Problem

If you are a political junkie, or if you happen to enjoy the pain of watching a political speech, you watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.  If you have reached the point of subjecting yourself to punishment that may require professional intervention, you stayed tuned to what followed.

Marco Rubio, the junior Senator from Florida, followed with the Republican response, and he stole all of the attention with an act that most of us perform on a daily basis:  He paused in the middle of speaking to take a sip of water.  You would have thought, from the visceral reaction of many who don’t agree with his political views, that he had substituted vodka for spring water and loaded a semi-automatic weapon with a high-capacity clip in the middle of that speech.  Again, all he did was take a sip of water from a bottle.

Marco Rubio has a drinking problem.  Her name is Rachel Maddow.  The reaction of MSNBC to Rubio’s on-air drinking…of water…has resulted in the problem, and it will not be quenched in the immediate future.  Maddow’s clip of Rubio’s sip was run 155 times on the Wednesday following Rubio’s sip, with 105 runs of the clip on Rachel Maddow’s popular talk show.

Rubio could have ducked and run.  He didn’t.  He could have done the politically-correct thing, first denying that he had sipped that water, later admitting to it after being confronted with the facts, and then running back to Miami with his tail between his legs, shamed from engaging in politics due to…watergate.  But Rubio did none of those.  He did the right thing.  He laughed about it, and then he capitalized on it.

Rubio took his drinking problem and acquired over $150,000 in contributions to his PAC by selling water bottles in exchange for a political contribution of $25.00 or more.  I want one.  It is a part of American political history, and I am an avid student of how politicians can persevere in the face of partisan attacks and prevail.  He won, big time.

Weeks from now, the words of Barack Obama’s speech, and the words that Marco Rubio spoke, will be become a part of the dust of history.  The part that prevails, the message of the future, will be a sip of water and the legacy it creates.

Stay tuned.  Stay hydrated.  Stay informed.rubio-maddow

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