Drunkblogging Obama's State of the Union Address

And that's it.

Thanks for clicking in, and I'll see you here same time, next year.

Liver permitting, of course.

Ernst is doing the best she can, and she's not bad if we grade on the Empty Studio Teleprompter Scale.

But how about we -- Democrats and Republicans -- think outside the empty studio box.

How about a town hall? The Official Response could come from a skilled parliamentarian, talking WITH not TO an audience of Americans who have just watched the SOTU.

There might even be a Q&A give-and-take after the initial Office Response, which would be a real reason for real people to tune in.

Ernst is doing about as well as anyone could expect, given the limits of a really crappy format -- like casting 1950s Marlon Brando as the guest star in a 1983 episode of Family Ties.

Actually, just think of Brando in Superman: The Movie, phoning it in off of cue cards. Sure, he could do it -- and so can Ernst. But what you really want to see is Brando sharing the stage with his equals.

I'd love to see Ernst, or any other Official Responder, sharing a stage with their equals -- high-information American voters.

We need less artifice. Or more cocktails. But I've hit my limit on cocktails, so my message to the GOP for #SOTU2016 is: Give me one less reason to drink just one less cocktail.

And this time, I'm sherioush.

It's tough to judge someone reading from a prompter in an empty studio. They'll always be stiffer, less natural, than someone speaking before the entire US Congress and most of the Supreme Court.

If it's possible, fewer people will remember what Ernst has to say than what Obama said during SOTU, so I'll focus on the delivery.

Please, Joni, don't Jindal your response.

Just a couple minutes away from Ernst with the official response.

If you're hanging in there with me, thanks for your patience.

I'm pouring myself another -- are you?

Juan Williams said Obama was "relaxed and defiant."

Marinate on that, folks. Marinate on the fact that the President was all relaxed about being defiant in front of your elected representatives.

I'm going to stick around for Joni Ernst, because I'm pretty darn sure a pig farmer has more to say to working Americans than most of anything else we've heard tonight.

Stand by.

That's the problem, isn't it? Taking a "strong, tight-knit family" and making that a recipe for national policy.

OK, the big finish has been going on for way too long now.