Did Rubio blow his moment last night?

Despite the fact that the State of the Union should be the president’s night, Senator Marco Rubio’s delivery of the GOP response seems to have stolen the show – but not for the reasons you might think.

On radio this morning, Glenn talked about the speeches given by both Rubio and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), deeming the night “the beginning of the battle for the GOP.” But before getting into the substance of the issues, Glenn couldn’t help but bring up the now infamous water bottle incident that occurred towards the end of Rubio's speech.

“The water thing was just, Good Lord, man. What do you have – the world's shortest table and it's like 40 feet away,” Glenn joked. “It was a Jindal moment. It was a Bobby Jindal moment where you're like, okay, I think that pretty much did it. I mean, was anybody else thinking that?”

It is obviously understandable that his mouth could have been dry and he needed a drink of water, but the whole situation ended up being remarkably more awkward than it had to be.

“Without even saying something, he should have said, ‘You know what, America? I've got to get a drink of water, man. I've been standing here for a while waiting for this guy to shut up, and I need a drink of water. Sorry. I'm going to just take it and drink it,’” Glenn said. “Who hasn't been in a conversation where you're just in the middle of the conversation, you're like, ‘Man, my mouth is so dry, I have got to get a drink of water. I'm sorry.’ That's the way you do it.”

Pat pointed out how out of character the moment was for someone as seasoned as Rubio. “It's weird for Rubio, too, because he's usually pretty comfortable. He's slick. He's polished. He's seasoned, even though he's only been around for a little while, he never comes off that way,” Pat said.

For those of you who may have missed it, HERE is one of many GIFs that has been created to memorialize the moment.

From a content perspective, Glenn did not have too much of an issue with anything Rubio said, but he is concerned about the Establishment GOP’s increasing influence.

“If I were the GOP, if I were John McCain, I'd be like, you've got to get Rubio, man. We've got to get Rubio. We have to pull him into the progressive because he's the perfect shill for us,” Glenn said.

“Remember how much we loved Chris Christie at the beginning,” Pat added. “I sense the same thing may happen with Rubio.”

“I hope not but I sense that,” Glenn said. “He's becoming the face of the GOP.”

Rubio’s rising stock is not all bad given that he is one of the few people are able to straddle the line between both Republicans and conservatives, but there is a sense that the Establishment is trying to co-opt Rubio’s star power for their own gain. They will offer him positions of power and the chance to be the next presidential nominee, with just a few stipulations – namely, distancing himself from the Tea Party.

“This is what they’ll do to when you’re in Washington,” Glenn concluded. “I mean and before you know it, we have lost Rubio. I would pray for Rubio because I believe this guy is going to be – if there are any flaws in his character, they will find them. They will exploit them. And he’ll be gone. So pray for him and hope that he holds up.”

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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Fellow BlazeTV host, Mark Levin, joined Glenn Beck on his exclusive Friday episode of "GlennTV" to discuss why the declassified list of Obama administration officials who were aware of the details of Gen. Michael Flynn's wiretapped phone calls are so significant.

Glenn argued that Obama built a covert bureaucracy to "transform America" for a long time to come, and Gen. Flynn was targeted because he happened to know "where the bodies were buried", making him a threat to Obama's "secret legacy."

Levin agreed, noting the "shocking extent of the police state tactics" by the Obama administration. He recalled several scandalous happenings during Obama's "scandal free presidency," which nobody seems to remember.

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Colleges and universities should be home to a lively and open debate about questions both current and timeless, independent from a political bias or rules that stifle speech. Unfortunately for students, speaking out about personal beliefs or challenging political dogma can be a dangerous undertaking. I experienced this firsthand as an undergraduate, and I'm fighting that trend now as an adjunct professor.

In 2013, Glenn Beck was one of the most listened to radio personalities in the world. For a college senior with hopes of working on policy and media, a job working for Glenn was a ticket to big things. I needed a foot in the door and hoped to tap into the alumni network at the small liberal arts school where I was an undergrad. When I met with a career services specialist in early March 2013 about possible alumni connections to Glenn Beck, she disdainfully told me: "Why would you want to work for someone like him?" That was the beginning and end of our conversation.

I was floored by her response, and sent an email to the school complaining that her behavior was inappropriate. Her personal opinions, political or otherwise, I argued, shouldn't play a role in the decision to help students.

That isn't the kind of response a student should hear when seeking guidance and help in kick starting their career. Regardless of the position, a career specialist or professors' opinion or belief shouldn't be a factor in whether the student deserves access to the alumni network and schools' resources.

Now, seven years later, I work full time for a law firm and part time as an adjunct teaching business to undergraduate students. The culture at colleges and universities seems to have gotten even worse, unfortunately, since I was an undergrad.

College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions.

I never want to see a student told they shouldn't pursue their goals, regardless of their personal or political beliefs. College is a time to explore, dream big and challenge assumptions. I never got access to the alumni network or schools' resources from the career services office.

Lucky for students in 2020, there are several legal organizations that help students protect their rights when an issue goes beyond what can be handled by an undergraduate facing tremendous pressure from a powerful academic institution. Organizations like Speech First and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), for instance, are resources I wish I knew about at the time.

When I experienced mistreatment from my college, I spoke up and challenged the behavior by emailing the administration and explaining what happened. I received a letter from the career services specialist apologizing for the "unprofessional comment."

What she described in that apology as a "momentary lapse of good judgement" was anything but momentary. It was indicative of the larger battle for ideas that has been happening on college campuses across the country. In the past seven years, the pressure, mistreatment and oppression of free expression have only increased. Even right now, some are raising concerns that campus administrations are using the COVID-19 pandemic to limit free speech even further. Social distancing guidelines and crowd size may both be used to limit or refuse controversial speakers.

Students often feel pressure to conform to a college or university's wishes. If they don't, they could be expelled, fail a class or experience other retribution. The college holds all the cards. On most campuses, the burden of proof for guilt in student conduct hearings is "more likely than not," making it very difficult for students to stand up for their rights without legal help.

As an adjunct professor, every student who comes to me for help in finding purpose gets my full support and my active help — even if the students' goals run counter to mine. But I have learned something crucial in my time in this role: It's not the job of an educator to dictate a student's purpose in life. I'm meant to help them achieve their dreams, no matter what.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications and Development at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.