After Marco Rubio gave the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address, most viewers took one thing away: Rubio's awkward sip from a glass of water. Jon Stewart couldn't help but poke fun at history's most famous televised refreshment, but found plenty more of Rubio's speech to rebuff on Wednesday's "Daily Show."
For starters, he felt that the choice of Rubio was at best a cynical political calculation on the part of the Republican party, who has been vocal about trying to reach out to Hispanic voters. He compared Republicans' response to Obama's push for immigration reform at this SOTU with past speeches, with GOP legislators appearing significantly more cheery this year.
Regardless of Rubio's ethnic background, Stewart found the Florida senator's speech to reflect the same hypocrisy that had doomed the GOP in the past. The version of Obama perpetuated by Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Rubio as a tax-obsessed plutocrat intent on destroying Medicare seems to be directly at odds with the actual president, who addressed those issues in his speech earlier that very night.
Stewart offered some advice to Republicans: "As you're feeling around for a new party strategy, if Paul Ryan doesn't work, Pablo Ryan is not going to help."