January 27, 2010
Yes. The president just said that.
In the SOTU address.
For once I agree with the president's words.
(See my previous post.)
MORE: At 09:49 p.m., he just said "Not now" again.
It's a mantra. Not now more than ever!
MY OVERALL REACTION: While I get tired of his repetitive style of rhetoric, all in all, it wasn't a bad speech (and I agreed with some of it). The man's oratorical skills continue to shine.
The president did appeal to the center and displayed some good-natured humor, and I am glad he promised to work on repealing DADT. But I found myself especially irritated by the repeated and gratuitous bashing of bankers and Wall Street, and even more by the attack on the Supreme Court. (To my mind, that borders on attacking free speech.)
And you'd think by now he'd see the wisdom of backing off on health care.
It's worth pointing out that during the campaign, he was to the right of Hillary (who viciously attacked him for it). I see no reason he couldn't fall back on that strategically. (Might even save his ass in '12.)
Not now, apparently!
AND WHY NOT: I think the most important thing to remember about tonight's performance is that Barack Obama did not tack to the center, as many would have expected. Instead, he held his ground. A smart move, and I would have advised him to do exactly what he did. First of all, he would have looked weak in light of the recent election of Scott Brown had he seemed to capitulate. Second, there's still plenty of time to tack to the center in order to to preserve his administration in 2012, and from a purely Machiavellian standpoint, it is not in his interest to have the Democrats win the upcoming Fall elections.
In fact, it is in Obama's own political interest to have the Republicans win.
That way he can not only blame everything on them, but his reelection will be an appeal to the sense of protective gridlock that American voters like.
LAST WORD: This is what we're up against:
And the president only wants to make it worse by adding new entitlements.
(Via Glenn Reynolds, who hopes it's hyperbole.)
MORE: As to all the people, all the various reactions, most of it will pass, and be soon forgotten. Except by the Democrats who will lose in the Fall:
The Democrat-vs.-Democrat anger roiling the ranks of Congress is being wrapped in smiles and standing ovations Wednesday as President Barack Obama outlines the nation's top priorities in his first State of the Union speech.
For what it's worth (which is not much), it's clear to me their priorities are not his.
The man wants to get reelected in 2012, and the Democratic majority will not and cannot help him do that.
MORE: Thanks for the link, Sean Kinsell. Sean does a great job of doing what I refused to do...
posted by Eric on 01.27.10 at 09:17 PM
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