Not much need for analysis on this one, but generally: Marco Rubio’s speech was solid, well thought-out, and aside from that water bobble thing (which he smartly made fun of himself, afterward) on-key. Rubio is good at this sort of thing, which is one major reason why the grassroots went with him early in 2010. As for Rand Paul… I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that the man is a sarcastic so-and-so. Which was, in its way, a great response to Barack Obama’s opinions, which are far too often quite profoundly silly.
I’m sure that people are going to try to mock the Rubio water thing, but I wouldn’t sweat it too much. God knows that it’s not like Obama’s rhetorical gifts are going to overshadow it, based on THIS SotU address. That was… boring. Horribly, horribly boring. Even by Obama standards.