I really didn’t expect any great revelations from Bush’s SOTU. I was not disappointed in that respect. But I was disappointed by the DCCC’s lie detector. No fault of the DCCC though. Oddly, he didn’t lie that much. Of course, he didn’t say that much either. It was nothing more than a litany of his failures, and as one pundit put it “his incomplete agenda”. It was warmed over outtakes from his prior six speeches, and then only the uninteresting parts. It was boring. That’s one thing G W has never really been before. I guess he knows that the country really has already moved past him, and is looking to the future.
And in that respect, looking to the future, I have to admit that Barack is still the best sounding candidate. He really has charisma. And to have the Kennedy family come out and endorse him was quite the coup. If I wasn’t so old and cynical about this nation, I would be glad to see him as the nominee. I’m still an Edwards supporter, though Barack Obama and John Edwards would be a great ticket. I happen to think that Edwards / Obama would be more electable than Obama / Edwards. Then in eight years, when Obama was ready to succeed Edwards, no one would be able to oppose him.
Democratic candidate responses to the SOTU for your perusal can be found at the following links:
Tonight, for the seventh long year, the American people heard a State of the Union that didn’t reflect the America we see, and didn’t address the challenges we face. But what it did do was give us an urgent reminder of why it’s so important to turn the page on the failed politics and policies of the past, and change the status quo in Washington so we can finally start making progress for ordinary Americans. […]
[…] “And in the chamber of the House of Representatives where the president speaks, even though this Congress stopped listening to him a while ago, they will still applaud and cheer him. The truth is that Washington is out of touch with what’s happening across the country. Between now and January of 2009, Democrats must stand up to this president, stand up for what’s right, so he does not continue to forget about the middle class in this country.”
[…] President Bush had one final chance tonight to acknowledge what the American people have known for years: that the economy is not working for middle class families. Unfortunately, what he offered was more of the same – a frustrating commitment to the same failed policies that helped turn record surpluses into large deficits, and push a thriving twenty-first century economy to the brink of recession. […]