It's been announced this afternoon that Senator Marco Rubio will be delivering the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address next week (in English and in Spanish, no less).
The task is a thankless one (just ask Bobby Jindal). It's hard to seem relevant staring into a camera in a quiet room (or even using an audience, as Bob McDonnell did a few years ago) when you're following the President of the United States speaking from the well of the House. The person chosen to give the response is inevitably Joni Mitchell being asked to follow Led Zeppelin.
Still, Rubio has repeatedly been sold as the GOP's most articulate figure in high office, so if anyone can make hay of this it should be him.
If you were helping to craft the message for Rubio in this context -- representing a party that's just suffered a severe electoral setback and is hoping to get back in America's good graces -- what would you encourage him to say?