February 13, 2013, - 1:39 pm

Marco Rubio Did What? (Nope, Not the Drink of Water)

By Debbie Schlussel

While everyone is talking about Marco Rubio’s conspicuous drink of water during his Republican response, last night, to Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, I noticed something else very obtrusive. Very obtrusive by its absence. Since Marco Rubio has been pimping the Senate Gangbang of Eight’s illegal alien amnesty program for over a month, it’s odd that he didn’t mention it in the Republican response. Yes, he talked a lot about being the son of immigrants and his lofty, fantasy-filled story of why all immigrants come to America. But he never mentioned the amnesty bill.

Why not?



Well, as you may have noticed, Barack Obama also laid very low on illegal alien amnesty, last night. He mentioned it very briefly and in passing, and he noted the “bi-partisan” group of Senators and Congressmen, including Rubio, who are working for amnesty and have come to agreement on it.

Rubio is taking the same tack. They know that the majority of Americans do NOT support amnesty, despite what prognosticators and other conventional wisdom fools told us was the message of the November 2012 elections. They know that Republican voters don’t support amnesty and that the average American struggling to find a job or keep one doesn’t want or need 30 million illegal aliens to be suddenly thrust on the legal job market (as they will be) to compete against them while on their “pathway to citizenship.”

And so Rubio is a fraud (which isn’t news to the Florida GOP, from which he embezzled more than $100,000). If he supports the Senate Gangbang of Eight amnesty package, and he does (he’s their pimp/kapo in the right for amnesty), then he should have embraced it like that bottle of water, last night. He’s trying to play it both ways, by citing immigrants and not mentioning what he wants to do to America with the tens of millions of illegal immigrants.

And, now, the water. Apparently, the Republicans still don’t get it with regard to TV. Lights can get hot in a studio, much more so than they are at the podium of the House of Representatives, from where the President always gets to deliver his speech. So Rubio should have been well-hydrated. But even if he was not, which was apparently the case, the bottle of water should have been level with Rubio’s arm or hand, so he could easily grab the bottle and take a quick sip, without awkwardly bending down with the camera following him, emphasizing the event. When he first bent down to reach for something, I thought it was going to be a chart or graph. When he then stood up and took a heavy drink, it was not only awkward, but a reminder that the GOP forgot the lessons of the Nixon-Kennedy debate, in which Nixon sweated, affecting the vote.

Yes, we know that humans sweat, they get heated up, and they get thirsty. It’s natural, and there’s nothing wrong with it. But that doesn’t mean you don’t make every attempt to avoid this in a major speech on live national television.

If only Marco Rubio and the GOP paid as much attention to this small set of details as they did to avoiding mentioning the amnesty they are trying to ram down our throats–an amnesty that will have disastrous effects even worse than the taxing and spending for which Rubio rightfully criticized Obama.

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I don’t see the amnesty proposal gaining steam – its enormously unpopular. If the country really wanted it, both the Prez and Rubio would have given it high profile treatment last night.

We’re not going to cure the disease but leaving it alone is better than trying to treat it – and absent immigration law enforcement, no real cure exists.

NormanF on February 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm

He did get emotional during that speech, the swig of water was
awkward. I don’t like this stance on Amnesty either. He is a good looking guy and thatz gotta count for something. He’s better than Barry. i’m out

Steve Epps on February 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Marco Rubio is not a strong link in the chain, despite Republican fantasies to the contrary. Republican voters, as a whole, are not thrilled with letting roughly 20-30 million new job seekers into the country when unemployment is at such a high level. Even Blacks, apart from their leadership, are not thrilled by the fact that these new green cardholders will swamp the unskilled and semi-skilled job markets. Workers in lower end jobs have little to bargain with in seeking living wages and tolerable conditions from an employer. This new influx of Hispanics will certainly push lower income Americans further underwater.

Worry01 on February 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Great points, Debbie. And let’s not forget that Marco Rubio’s already present voting record is not very good in securing freedom for citizens, either. He has voted TWICE for the NDAA which gives the government powers of arrest and detention similar to Castro’s Cuba which Rubio’s parents fled.

The sheer hypocrisy of citing his parents’ coming to America for freedom while voting for a law that could incarcerate anyone whom the government determined to be a threat simply by designating them to be so is not lost on some of us.

NDAA is an attack on the 1st Amendment in that it can be used to stifle free speech, and it is a direct assault on the 5th Amendment in that it can be used to deprive citizens of access to Article III courts.

“No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process.” – 5th Amendment

Greg Howard on February 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Its Americans who would lose their jobs and any politician pushing amnesty had better start preparing for a pink slip from the voters.

NormanF on February 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

What a wuss, big surprise. What is frustrating is how these politicians constantly try to bamboozle us with distractions to the real issue. In this case, they’ve made it a Mexican racists issue. When in fact it is a criminal issue. While I’d prefer not to have all the extra competition in the job market, I can’t really argue against someone wanting to leave their absolute dump of a country to make a better living – but the solution isn’t to just let everyone through with no filter because it is easier that way. That would be like going to the airport and expecting to not have to go through security, because the security is there for the criminals, and I’m not a criminal.

America has an interest and the right to check out who you are and what you’re doing before you get to roam around the place. Americans are being killed on our side of the border by the drug cartels for pete’s sake. If you’re a sheriff in the Rio Grande Valley, you probably have a bounty on your head. And don’t think for a second that these criminals won’t or haven’t worked with muslim terrorists.

So the solution isn’t to just flip a switch and say, “okay, everyone’s legal, and keep ’em coming while you’re at it!” The solution is to 1)lock down the borders 2) document every person that comes in with who they are, what they are doing, and how long they staying (I have never been able to enter another country or re-enter the States without answering such questions) and 3) instead of sending a billion dollars to places like Egypt, let’s send our boys down to Mexico to finally kick the shit out of these criminal scumbags that have taken over the country and who are absolutely a real and imminent threat to America.

Hopewell on February 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm

All the adulation about Rubio has probably afffected him, and given him delusions of grandeur. He probably felt that he could do no wrong, and everything he touched turned to (embezzled) gold. So why should such a perfect person bother about little administrative details like water, when he is destined for such high and mighty things?

Little Al on February 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm

“If only Marco Rubio and the GOP paid as much attention to this small set of details as they did to avoiding mentioning the amnesty they are trying to ram down our throats”


DS_ROCKS! on February 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Rubio is just being himself – Clintonesque.

He gives different speeches to different audiences, depending on the occasion. He has taken ALL stances on immigration.

Most of all, he has appealed to both the Republican Establishment, and the Tea Party – can this guy really be taken seriously?

Frank Zavisca on February 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm

The media is making too much of Rubio’s water sip. Obama has the luxury of a break, while the circus seals clap their hands, to take his sip. The attention is sophomoric although Rubio was unprepared by not having a glass of water nearby. As far as the immigration stuff is concerned, there are more than 11 or 30 million illegal persons in the US. Surreptitious estimates as they are, if someone cuts in front of the line, you don’t reward them with a bow. The republican party needs to take their role as the opposition party seriously and oppose such nonsense or they will become irrelevant in the future.

Gino on February 13, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Rubio is a rube and the Republican and Democrats each have their own immigration agendas. The Dems want those at the lower end of the economic scale, future voters, and Republicans those at the upper end of the economic scale. Case in point, Steve Case (former AOL chair), Bill Gates, and other Silicon Valley execs are pushing for immigration reform to allow more “high tech” workers into the country. They cite a shortage of these type of workers. This is all a sham to drive salaries for technical workers down. They post highly technical jobs for $60K salaries and than claim that there are no “Americans” applying for the positions allowing them to bring in foreigners that will work for those depressed salaries. I know many Americans that have been displaced by foreigners with the added indignity of training them before they are cut loose.

Screw them both, the Democrats and Republicans.

Just remember, the “virtual” fence between the US and Mexico is only intended to keep out Mexican mimes.

Mitch on February 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

What bothers me most about the love affair with Rubio is the frequent bringing up of the possibility of his running for president. If he were a real conservative and a real patriot he would say no thanks, I’m not a natural born citizen under the Constitution. But the Republicans as well as the Democrats and as well as the courts are all complicit in destroying our Constitution.

Jerry G on February 14, 2013 at 9:18 am

Peopel with dry mouths are lying Any questions?

Bill Ford on February 14, 2013 at 9:19 am

I’ll never vote for anyone that supports illegal amnesty. Rubio is not only a liar and traitor, he’s an obnoxious prick and rumored to have stolen $100k while a crappy FL Congress crook. TParty will run someone against this prick and kick his greasy tail out. Maybe he will go back to Cuba with his Castro loving family.

westie on February 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm

thanks for pounding this issue. The DC crowd misleads by omission. They tell the truth…not the whole truth but the part of the truth that supports their policy.

bobguzzardi on February 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I know Rubio talks about his family coming to America so how is it he is expected to run for president? Does he have two natural born American citizen parents? Wondering if I’m missing something here.

Michael Barber on February 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

It is time for a pro-America, anti-elite constitutional party. Democratsand Republicans are too close for comfort.

nomobama on February 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Your new share feature precludes sharing on Facebook with BlackBerry.

Lance on February 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Mark Rubik’s idiot that is all he is Debbie

Clinton on February 15, 2013 at 1:20 am

I just got to respond to the “Rubio is better than Barry” comment because to me it is the ballgame. I voted for McCain in 2008 and I now regret it because I have come to firmly believe that the source of the left’s power is a Big Tent. I can see the situation forming with a politician like Rubio, right now there are Republican voters thinking he’s no good on this amnesty but if he’s the nominee I’d vote for him, and if the polls show he’s leading in the primaries people go with a winner. And this to me is the country’s biggest political problem in a nutshell, it is not a question of who is better, the individual RINO or Democrat, but rather that the Conservative Movement is giving their approval to big government every time they vote for a RINO, regardless of the Democrat opposition. Every vote for the Boehner leadership, every vote for Romney was really a vote for Obama’s policies done maybe slower, but in the same direction. A vote for a RINO is conceding the entire purpose the conservative movement, it is a vote to neuter ourselves, it is a vote that elevates Obama into a disease rather than what he really is, a ruling class symptom. Politicians come and go, but what is really disturbing is what the leaders in the Republican party has become, a feckless, theatrical opposition in name only that stands for nothing but staying in office, yet somehow they stand for it fiercely. What I am getting at is that in order to change things Big Tent Politicians like Rubio and Romney must be rejected not only in primaries but in generals even the Democrat wins. I am saying that making the conservative movement strong is more important than the results of any given election. Because right now we are weak; right now the results of too many pyrrhic victories are coming home to roost. Because John Boehner might be Speaker of the house but for all intents and purposes conservatives have no real representation whatsoever. And that will be born out again next week when the current Kabuki ends and the pubbies fold and Hagel is confirmed.

Stephen Schochet on February 15, 2013 at 2:44 am

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