Delivering the opposition response to the State of the Union isn't an enviable task. The address is written before the State of the Union is delivered and often resembles a hostage video. Marco Rubio got off to a decent start tonight, especially since Bobby Jindal set the bar so low, but as the speech wore on, Rubio grew increasingly sweaty and fidgety. Then, any hope that his nervousness would only be noted in a few mean-spirited tweets was undone when he reached off-screen, grabbed a bottle of Poland Spring, and took a swig. Proving that he isn't a GOP talking points–delivering robot might seem like a good thing, but this all too human need for life-sustaining H2O might have undone the party's newly anointed savior.
Here's Rubio in action. You can see what's going through his head: Just maintain strong eye contact. Nobody will notice!
Afterward, Rubio tried to prove that he's in on the joke with a shot of his answer to Clint Eastwood's chair:
Unfortunately, his self-aware tweet couldn't prevent Twitter from exploding over the revelation that sometimes people's mouths get dry when they deliver a speech:
Product placement for Poland Spring?— Matt O'Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) February 13, 2013
No Rubio drinking water parody account. Faith in Twitter restored.— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) February 13, 2013
With Rubio following Ryan's watery lead, maybe a new Republican slogan: "The party that hydrates."— Frank Bruni (@FrankBruni) February 13, 2013
"Welcome to the deposition Mr. Rubio. Please take your time with your answers. You'll notice there is some water to your left if necessary."— Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) February 13, 2013
People accuse me of trashing everything Republicans say but I agreed with Marco Rubio's statement that GLURRGGSLURP.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 13, 2013
Do you think SuperStorm Sandy and the dryness of Marco Rubio's mouth aren't examples of climate change?— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) February 13, 2013
Watershed speech by Marco Rubio— Neal Brennan (@nealbrennan) February 13, 2013
RT @alexparkerdc: Rubio made a huge gaffe by drinking water, indicating he is a carbon-based human life form requiring H2O for sustenance.— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) February 13, 2013
Now, if Rubio reached for a mojito that would have been awesome.— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) February 13, 2013
What will Rubio do when that 3am phone call comes and he doesn't have any water? #Watergate— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) February 13, 2013
Marco Rubio: the man you want to have a desperate gulp of water with.— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) February 13, 2013
You can take a look at the long string of words that got Rubio into trouble, but this video sums up everything you need to know about the speech.