Sen. Marco Rubio took a water break during his State of the Union rebuttal speech Tuesday night, and the Poland Spring sip debacle -- dubbed "Watergate" shortly after it took place -- went viral immediately.
And @JasonFarkas and was mostly impressed that Poland Spring was lucky enough to get its brand flashed on live TV during one of the most-watched political speeches of the year. The term "Poland Spring" even went on to trend nationally on Twitter, along with "Water Break" and "Watergate":
"Pure comedy... My aunt (speech pathologist) is sitting here saying, 'I could hear #rubio choking, and wondering...WHERE's his water?'" she tweeted.
Tuesday wasn't the first time in recent memory that a Republican's State of the Union address rebuttal had a major hiccup. In 2009, when Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal offered remarks of his own in yet another rebuttal speech that was cast as the launch-pad for a rising GOP star's career, he was lambasted for weeks.
Rather than boosting his political ascendancy, he appears to have dug his own grave as a national candidate by coming off as an ill-prepared amateur standing in an odd foyer-looking space. The performance has gone down as one of the worst political speeches of the past decade. It was so bad in fact that pundits, Democrats and even Republicans panned it equally.
Water break-gate is nowhere near as egregious a sin as the oddness of Jindal's rebuttal remarks, but it definitely distracted viewers from the messages Rubio was trying to push just minutes after Obama stepped down from the podium.
Check out TPM's Youtube video of Rubio's sneaky sip by clicking play below: