Marco Rubio – J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

The crew of “Morning Joe” takes on Sen. Marco Rubio’s response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Listen long enough and you’ll hear opinions that Rubio had the “toughest job,” that he looked as if he was running to be president of his fraternity, that he was “warm” and feeling the pressure of the moment, that he had issues around “performance” stemming from his famous reach for a drink of water, that criticism of the water moment was a “cheap shot.” What’s really cheap, though, is a group of pundits breaking down a response to a State of the Union address. Nor is this something that’s unique to “Morning Joe”: Cable-news-borne analysis of political speeches—whether they’re convention speeches, campaign speeches, whatever—is must-avoid TV.

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