The response to McDonnell's State of the Union rebuttal
Gov. Bob McDonnell awoke this morning feeling good about his turn in the national spotlight last night giving the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address, his aides say.
He fielded congratulatory calls on his first appearance on his monthly call-in show on WRVA in Richmond. He chatted with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who tapped him to give the speech. His joke about SportsCenter has been leading SportsCenter since last night.
And the reviews about his speech were not bad -- nothing like the ones last year for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R). Or for Gov. Tim Kaine (D) in 2006, when no one could stop talking about his raised eyebrow.
National Democrats continued to criticize McDonnell for his partisan message and his venue -- the House of Delegates' chamber filled with an audience of about 250 family members, friends and donors -- but for the most part, McDonnell survived a difficult task.
"Basically, McDonnell succeeded in showing up, being handsome, avoiding saying anything remotely teabaggy, and offering a generic and presentable face of the GOP to the public. It was nothing too terribly dramatic. But if you've been paying attention to recent special Senate elections, you'll recognize that lately, for the GOP, that's been enough,'' the Huffington Post wrote.
McDonnell canceled all his national interviews today -- perhaps mindful that in recent days he has been criticized by Virginia Democrats for failing to provide more guidance on how to close the multibillion-dollar budget shortfall. He will spend the day working with staff, hosting a legislative reception at the mansion and an event at the science museum.
January 28, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
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