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Marco Rubio, Republican savior? Please. First, the man didn't say anything last night that Paul Ryan hasn't already said, and we all know how things turned out for Ryan in 2012. Second, when it comes to the one thing that truly separates these guys—handling their water—it's no competition.

Compare Ryan's poise when reaching for a glass of water during the 2012 vice presidential debate...

Paul Ryan reaches for water during the 2012 vice presidential debate
...with Marco Rubio's hilarious lunge for a bottle of Poland Springs during his 2013 State of the Union response:
Marco Rubio reaches for water during the 2013 GOP SOTU response
And when it came to actually taking a swig, Ryan knew not to take a gulp in the middle of the sentence. Instead, he raised the glass to his lips with the confidence of a man who knew how to enjoy the thrill of drinking water on live national television:
Paul Ryan sips water during the 2012 vice presidential debate
Meanwhile, Marco Rubio violated the cardinal rule of live television—never, ever try to read the teleprompter and drink from a bottle of water at the same time.
Marco Rubio sips water during the 2013 GOP SOTU response
Also, Ryan should get some credit for choosing a glass that matched his body size. Rubio, on the other hand, looked like he was drinking from something that was one step short of a sippy cup. But you know what? When it comes to taking on water, neither Rubio nor Ryan hold a candle to this guy. Mark my words: When it comes to handling their beverages, three years from now, Rick Santorum will be their biggest nightmare.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM PST.

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