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    First Take on SOTU – A Small Speech

    First Take on SOTU – A Small Speech

    I’ll leave it to others to do the fact check. Here’s my first impression of the State of the Union speech tonight:

    This was a small speech. A lot of petty pot shots, including at the Supreme Court. Very Nixonian, in that regard.

    The verbiage was anything but soaring. The joke about root canal must have been off-teleprompter.

    I really don’t think he gets what is happening in Massachusetts and across this country. He is living in a bubble.

    Obama seemed like someone lost at sea, grasping at everything. This was not the Obama of the campaign, because the campaign stump speeches cannot work anymore.

    The blame Bush theme is tired.

    The nation is tired of hearing these speeches and the whining.

    I’m tired. Good night.


    Update 1-28-2010: Here’s some next day fact checking – AP’s ten whoppers from the SOTU speech
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    Personally, I loved the crack about finger-pointing. He's gobsmackingly unaware of just how hypocritical the contents of that speech were — and that, in a nutshell, is what's wrong with his administration.

    There was only one important audience for the SOTU – Democratic Congressmen not in the Liberal Caucus. They are the rats (metaphorically, not pejoratively) who are deciding whether to jump ship.

    He had to convince them that he was able to steer the party away from electoral disater. Epic fail!

    Party discipline is now out the window. Expect them to try to get on record whenever possible as opposing this administration. It is a slim reed in the tempest but it's all they've got. If the leadership proposes "National Petunia Week" they probably won't get it.

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