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President Barack Obama delivers the 2011 State of the Union Address to a joint session of the United States Congress. Image: Public Domain taken from Wikipedia.

In just a few hours tonight will be the State of the Union Address, at 9 PM Eastern (that’s 8 PM for you GMT -5 people). Here’s how I see it going down: the President will make a bunch of remarks we’ve already heard about guns, immigration, and maybe the climate, Democrats will stand and applaud, along with a few brave/foolish Republicans, and then it will all be over.

Same old same old, but there is just one more thing I’m looking for tonight.

The traditional opposing-party response to the President will be given, and that’s where I think it will get interesting. I’m very interested to hear what Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have to say. Both are definitely likely Republican candidates for the next presidential primary, and they are both giving responses tonight.

Which means, both have an opportunity to shine or experience one of those moments like Texas Governor Rick Perry experienced a little over a year ago when he couldn’t remember his own plan to save the world. Or the country, whichever it was. It didn’t matter in the end, and it didn’t really help his presidential bid, either.

For those who dare to watch, I’ll also be Tweeting my thoughts during tonight’s events with the hashtag #SOTU. Your comments are more than welcome as well!