For the love of God, make it stop:
There's a video of this, but it starts up automatically when I embed it, so I've deleted it. You can watch it here, however, at the Washington Free Beacon site, if you can stand it. A partial transcript:
MARGARET CARLSON: ... Rubio seems to do everything right, and he doesn't have a mean streak.... Rubio was flawless last week. He took a mistake -- what looked like a mistake, of the water bottle -- and turned it into a plus like few politicians have ever done. Maybe like Bill Clinton when he went on, I think, one of the late-night talk shows and made fun of himself giving that long-winded speech --Expect far more starburst moments like this, from male as well as female members of the Beltway press corps, over the next three and a half years.
ANDREA MITCHELL: Johnny Carson --
CARLSON: Johnny Carson. Thank you, Andrea.
MITCHELL: Well, Rubio so far has just about done everything right....
And excuse me, but even I knew Rubio should go self-deprecating a la Clinton in the aftermath of the water bottle moment -- in 2009 I said precisely that about Bobby Jindal after his embarrassing State of the Union response (as did David Corn), and I said the morning after that Rubio's water moment that joking about it would be an excellent career move. Boyish self-effacement after a politically insignificant gaffe? It ain't rocket science.