This evening, after the dinner table is gleaming clean and the dishes are stacked neat in the drying rack, families across the rolling Republic are going to squeeze together on the couch, flip on the TV, and watch Law & Order of Beverly Hills. Or Real House Wives of Whatever. Kardashians? Why are there more Teen Moms? There's no way Real World has been on for that long. Jimmy Fallon follows Conan right? What station number is the Hulu? What about the TV Apple station? . . .
Despite the usual media clusterfrick clogging up the nightly newscasts, tonight, struggling up through all that noise, there is an important signal on the airwaves worth pointing your antenna at: the State of the Union address, that annual presidential pep talk that's supposed to walk us back from emotional and economic despair, uphill climb that may be. Another incentive to watch: this year, as President Obama addresses a bruised nation, a Clevelander is going to be court side, sharing a balcony seat with the First Lady.