President Obama and the Democrats have not had the greatest of months, what with the results in Massachusetts, the Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance, bad news on the campaign front, and a continuing lack of encouraging poll numbers -- including the latest NPR survey.
Plus, an unemployment rate that remains steady at 10 percent.
These and other factors will no doubt be on the president's mind this evening at 9 p.m. ET when he gives his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress -- as well as a nationwide audience at home.
We'll talk about the stakes for Obama, and the opposition Republicans, in today's Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation.
Plus: Beau Biden says no in Delaware, phoney stuff in New Orleans, and the 2010 primary season kicks off next week in Illinois.
Last week's program, featuring Scott Brown's upset win in Massachusetts, can be heard here.
Join host Neal Conan and me every Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET for the Junkie segment on TOTN, where you can often, but not always, find interesting conversation, useless trivia questions and sparkling jokes. And you can win a Political Junkie T-shirt!
If your local NPR station doesn't carry TOTN, you can always hear the program on the Web or on HD Radio. And if you are a subscriber to XM/Sirius radio, you can find the show there as well (siriusly).
P.S. Join Neal, Mara Liasson and me tonight for a one-hour call-in special wrapup of the State of the Union address between 11 and midnight on your local NPR station.
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