CNN took Marco Rubio's “watergate” (non) scandal to a new level yesterday when Wolf Blitzer asked the following: "So can a drink of water make or break a political career? A U.S. Senator, possible presidential candidate. We're going to find out, whether he likes it or not."
CNN has since come out and said that Blitzer's tease was a “joke.” That's for you to decide whether they were joking or if they were serious in questioning whether or not Rubio's sip of water could end, or at least restrain, his career trajectory. But CNN did manage to play the clip yesterday 34 times, 20 of which happened during Wolf Blitzer's discussion of the incident. While I myself played the clip on Hannity, the discussion was based on the media's obsession of the clip and not the sip's negative effect on Rubio's career.
If a sip of water could truly stand the chance to end the career of a bright, young politician, then how are people like Joe Biden and Barack Obama in office? It seems that every other day we have some sort of outrageous remark from the Vice President on everything from Indian accents at 7-Elevens to questioning the parents of a former Navy SEAL killed in the terrorist attack in Benghazi as to the size of their deceased son's “cue balls.” Then we have Barack Obama who began his political career in the living room of domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Only one person has even asked Barack Obama about this, let alone pontificated that it could spell the end of his political career.
Let's get serious here, folks. Thousands of stories have now been written about Rubio's infamous sip or his water bottle. How many of these same journalists or writers or pundits were as concerned about the details of the terrorist attack in Benghazi or the Fast and Furious scandal? I suppose that focusing on these stories doesn't sit well with the Obama-Mania Media.
I guarantee that if and when Rubio runs for President, the mainstream media will couch his run as the following: “Can he overcome that awkward moment years ago when he reached for a sip of water during his response to the State of the Union?” Or how about this: “If Rubio wins the presidency, can we expect more awkward moments out of him like we saw during his response to the State of the Union in 2013?”
This will forever be used by the mainstream media when talking about Marco Rubio, and this is because of one thing: fear. They know that they can't compete with his ideas, they know that they can't strip him of his authentic connection with voters and they know that he is capable of of clearly communicating conservative principles when his messages aren't bent through the prism of mainstream media coverage. This scares them. So they will hang on to this water bottle because, frankly, that's all they've got.