I hate to be petty, and this is petty, but something weird was going on during Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s, D-Mass., response Tuesday evening to President Trump’s State of the Union address.

To wit, the young congressman appeared to have a healthy heaping of Vaseline or ChapStick slathered at the corners of his mouth. Maybe he was sweating uncontrollably. If so, it was like the Kennedy/Nixon debate, except it was a Kennedy doing the sweating this time around.

I’m not sure what the deal was, but it was extremely distracting. Almost as distracting as his pregnant pauses and awkward diction.

These are all obviously small and trivial things, but let’s be honest: That’s what these rebuttals are for. After all, didn’t we all obsess over a stupid bottle of water just a few years ago?

Yes. Yes we did.