Marco Rubio is either supremely self-aware—or he’s been hacked. Related: ALWAYS OWN IT, AMERICA.
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So what did you think of the speech? No, not the State of the Union; other people are all over that. No, not the iPad launch; we’ve already covered that. I’m talking about the Republican response to the State of the Union, which new Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell delivered, in a twist, in front of a crowd of supporters in the Virginia House of Delegates.
On the one hand, it solved the usual problem, in which the poor sap who draws the short straw for the opposition party has to follow a speech given to standing ovations in the grandeur of the Capitol with an address given to awkward silence into a camera.
On the other hand, it seemed a little weird, like a scene from some postapocalyptic movie in which America has been divided into warring territories, each with its own President and a State of its own Union.
Oh, wait: we do live in that postapocalyptic movie, don’t we?
Katie Connolly gives her first take on the SOTU, here.
Fineman says the speech was masterful politics.
Conservatives were somewhat less kind.
Dan Stone notes five things you didn’t see on TV.