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What Will Joni Ernst Say About Obama?

State of the Union responses always fall flat.
Better luck next year.

Better luck next year.

Photographer: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The new senator from Iowa, Joni Ernst, has been tapped to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday. It’s going to be awful.

Not because of Ernst. She’s as likely to be up to the job as anyone. No, it’s because all SOTU responses are awful.