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Did Senator Joni Ernst break the GOP State of the Union rebuttal curse?

Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) delivered the Republican party’s official rebuttal to the State of the Union address. In the past, this has not gone well for the rebuttal-giver: Marco Rubio (R-FL) was roundly mocked for his multiple water breaks in 2013, Bobby Jindal (R-LA) botched it in 2009, and Bob McDonnell (formerly R-VA), who gave the rebuttal in 2010, is just a couple of weeks away from reporting to prison for his two-year sentence for corruption charges.

But Ernst might have just broken the curse. As Fusion’s own senior political editor Jordan Fabian noted, “Ernst caught a lot of criticism for her performance delivering the official Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union. But considering the task – and her predecessors – she wasn’t all that bad.”

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama’s actual State of the Union addressed several topics, ranging from immigration to the economy. But the most memorable part of his speech? The fact that the president brought out words like “bisexual,” “lesbian,” and “transgender.” Those are words that, before last night, had never been used in an official SOTU address.

In celebration of Ernst’s “not-so-bad” performance, and President Obama’s word selection, AM Tonight made a cake and t-shirts to celebrate.

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