The snazzy power and gossip site Politico gives us strange coverage of Sen. Marco Rubio’s State of the Union response. In case you’d missed it, the young senator was to offer a devastating counter to the President’s lengthy and probably un-constitutional Tuesday address.
What he delivered was Mitt Romney utterly without any polish. At one point the Senator’s nerves got so bad he had to step aside for a water bottle to wet his mouth. This was the bizarre highlight of an address gorged with the same bluster and falsehoods that careened Mittmentum into the permanent ditch of early 2012.
Politico witnessed the disaster. Being a responsible and political entity, it knew it had a job to do. How bad is this for Marco Rubio?
General consensus: Rubio water flap shall pass
Maggie Haberman | Politico
…“The water moment did not bother me,” said Republican strategist Bruce Haynes, of Purple Strategies. “I thought it made him human.”
When you have to gather a “General consensus,” you really need Republicans. GOP strategists and operatives, the more the better.
Alex Castellanos, another Republican operative at Purple, said, “I think it was great first step for Marco Rubio and a great first step for the Republican party.”
It was great? Twitter convulsing in hails of derision is generally awesome. If the scenery had collapsed in on him it would have been Reaganesque.
“Whatever they wanted out of it, I’m not sure they got,” said one Republican operative.
This is nearly sane. But no, Marco didn’t want to be a punchline (‘aqualunge’). Then again given how difficult it is to speak feet from a freshwater source, I’d say he managed fairly well.
“Response to the State of the Union is always one of the most difficult speaking engagements an elected official faces, with the klieg lights hammering down and no ability to get a water break or a breath because there is no audience reaction to allow for a break in the action,” said conservative strategist Greg Mueller.
As Congress tittered at one of the President’s comments, no one noticed him urinate in a bucket onstage. But for Greg Mueller.
“While the reach for water might be fodder for some late night comedians to have some fun with as they do all key politicians, bottom line is the heart-warming delivery of the speech wins out,” Mueller added.
How in the world did Gunga Din play the bugle in a hot desert? Far smaller grudges held he than a love for his fellow man. And that’s how you end up in a Kipling poem, sniff.
The Republican operative [Castellanos] said the water sip amounts little more than a media-driven distraction. The bigger takeaway is “a new generation of Republican that walked out on the stage last night.”
Havana Mittens. He comes equipped with the new ethnic but without the decades of suit raids and spit shining. The New Bungler, without an accomplishment to his name.