The moment when Rubio drank from a waterbottle during his State of the Union rebuttal came to dominate conversation among pundits – especially on Twitter.
Democratic partisans mocked Rubio's alleged awkwardness. "All right, credit to Boehner. I've never seen him lunge for a drink *during* a speech," tweeted the Daily Kos.
But Republicans thought the water-grab showcased Rubio's relatable style: "As I said, Rubio is a uniquely natural politician. Would Jindal have reached for that water?" tweeted the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein.
Within minutes Waterbottlegate had launched a slew of gifs and a thousand Twitter accounts in the name of "Marco Rubio's Water Bottle." Rubio himself showed his good-sportsmanship by tweeting a picture of the offending bottle, which has now been retweeted over 4,000 times.
Mocking the pundit class's obsession with trivia, Slate's Dave Weigel tweeted, "'What will voters think of the Rubio water moment?' [ask] reporters who have not talked to voters since the Iowa caucuses."
In case you missed it the first time around, watch Rubio drink from his water bottle and decide for yourself - will it affect his chances in 2016?
Posted 11pm PST, Feb 12, 2013.