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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's political action committee has purchased Google ads to make sure Americans looking for the State of the Union address see his response.

It's being live-streamed here at a new site paid for by his Opportunity Virginia PAC and has been heavily promoted on the Internet.

We spoke with a very plugged-in tech type, who said it was a smart use of technology to generated buzz. McDonnell was up first with the ad, and the Democratic National Committee was not far behind with one of their own.

As we told you earlier, McDonnell is giving the rebuttal live in the Virginia House of Delegates chamber where he once served. (Excerpts of his remarks here.)

Democrats also are knocking McDonnell for at first only inviting Republicans to attend the address.

How far will President Obama's remarks on health care tonight go? We don't know for sure yet. But we do know that, at the very least, he will call on Congress to continue its work.

By the time I'm finished speaking tonight, more Americans will have lost their health insurance. Millions will lose it this year. Our deficit will grow. Premiums will go up. Co-pays will go up. Patients will be denied the care they need. Small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether. I will not walk away from these Americans. And neither should the people in this chamber.


That's from the excerpts emailed over by the White House--so we still can't say whether his remarks on reform will be limited to the above sentiment. More to come shortly.

In advance of President Obama's State Of The Union address tonight, Gallup polled the country to gauge America's take on the the state of things one year after Obama took office. What Gallup found was a nation collectively shrugging its shoulders, saying "M'eh."

About a fourth of Americans are "satisfied with the way things are going in the United States," according to the poll released this evening. That's up from 13% of Americans who told Gallup the same thing in January of last year. But 76% percent of respondents this week said they were dissatisfied, a big increase over the 57% dissatisfaction average Gallup has recorded since 1976.

There have been slight upticks in the national feeling about the economy and in the number of Americans who say their company is hiring since this time in 2009. Overall, though, the country is still in a funk over the national economy and Obama's performance in office.

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They declared their independence from health care, decried socialized medicine and said health care reform would be much simpler with Rep. Michele Bachmann's 32-page bill.

Conservative Republicans at first billed their new "Declaration of Health Care Independence" rollout as a sort of sequel to the Bachmann "House Call" rally that attracted thousands of tea partiers last fall. But with fewer than 50 people including reporters in the room, it didn't match up.

The smaller venue and muted message was thanks in part because a similarly massive event wasn't possible from a security standpoint for a day when President Obama would be giving an address to a joint session of Congress.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who is facing a challenge in the Democratic primary by former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN), is already using tonight's State of the Union address to take a shot at her rival.

Gillibrand posted this on Twitter: "Looking forward to the #SOTU tonight. If HF were here, he would probably be sitting on the Republican side."

The really funny part about all of this is that when Gillibrand was appointed to the Senate a year ago, the conventional wisdom was that she would face a Democratic primary challenge on the grounds that she allegedly wasn't progressive enough. But since then, one potential liberal challenger after another has bowed out of the race, thanks in part to pressure from the White House and the Democratic establishment. And her new challenger, Ford, is a former chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, who talked up his pro-life, pro-gun and anti-gay marriage credentials when he ran for Senate in Tennessee back in 2006.

A new survey by Public Policy Polling (D) shows that Rep. John Spratt (D-SC), a 14-term Democrat from a district that has reliably voted Republican for president, is facing a tough fight this year.

Spratt was tested against two Republican candidates, and comes in under the 50-percent support mark in each match. He leads state Sen. Mick Mulvaney by 46%-39%, and leads college professor and 2008 nominee Albert Spencer by 46%-37%. President Obama's approval rating in the district is 46%, to 49% disapproval, while Spratt's own approval numbers are at 41%-42%. The margin of error is ±4%.

"John Spratt is going to have to fight for reelection but he's in better shape than a lot of southern Democrats in conservative districts," said PPP president Dean Debnam, in the polling memo. "Most of his constituents still see him as a centrist, even as they see his Congressional Democratic brethren as too liberal."

Politico is reporting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pursuing a dual-track strategy for health care reform.

"We believe that it's possible to have comprehensive health care reform as we go forward, but at the same time, it can be on another track where some things can just be passed outside of that legislation, and we'll be doing both," Pelosi said.

But what exactly does that mean? A top House aide clarifies.

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