Thoughts on the Night Out for President Obama’s State of Union address:

At one point, I began to feel a tinge of sympathy for John Boehner, who dead-panned and occasionally pumped his lips as Obama spoke. His pathetic attempts at ceremonial courtesies gave new meaning to the sound of one hand clapping. Had to be painful for him as Obama rolled out one economic surge after another. Hadn’t the diehards warned us that a second Obama term would guarantee an economic disaster, soaring unemployment and $6 a gallon gas? It would have been better for everyone concerned if Boehner had shown up with outsize horn- rim glasses and a big handlebar mustache to conceal his discomfort. Mr. Speaker, get over it.

What in the world were these Republicans thinking about when they recruited Joni Ernst, their new senator from Iowa to respond to the President after a couple of trainwrecks with Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal? Her brief sugary performance mostly echoed what Obama had already said about helping folks down the line from the wealthy. But now she wanted you to know that it was her party that was leading the nation from the depths of hell. The best I can do, people, is to give her the Shirley Temple Award for guiding us to the Good Ship Lollipop.

Unsurprisingly, there were three absentees by Supremes – Scalia,who was lately dubbed in a survey as the most sarcastic guy on the bench; Alito, who was once caught on camera shaking his head and saying “Not true” in a previous SOTU Address; and Thomas, the all-time sphinx who is paid for having people watch his unmoving lips. (How could he oppose affirmative action for others when that was his meal ticket to the Supremes?)

If the Republicans in the chamber were squirmy with the Obama roll-out, they had to feel more unloved by overnight polls that gave his speech somewhat-to-very positive approval of 81 pct, and only 18 pct. disapproval. Still, they stood shoulder to shoulder to denounce his mortifying words as “too partisan’ and unwilling to compromise. That sounded a lot like Khrushchev’s bargaining position: “What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is negotiable.”

Some observers thought it would have helped the Dems if Obama had said those things in the states where they were candidates. But he did try to help and was told by some of the candidates to keep out. They lost anyway. Try Alison Lundgren Grimes, the pro-coal anti-EPA candidate against Mitch McConnell. She not only slammed Obama but would not say whether she had ever-ever voted for him. Good riddance!

Finally, the big punch line from the speech that will be in the history books occurred when Obama said that he wasn’t running for election again, drawing sneers and sarcastic applause from R’s. He quickly went off the page and tartly told them: “I know because I won both of them”. Well, they couldn’t argue with that. But they will find a way.

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Reposted from Grumpy Abe

 
  • Crippler069

    Interesting alternate reality you’ve created. Tonight, one of Obama’s self proclaimed success stories, Yemen, falls into chaos. Just more empty blathering form the community organizer. Like his “Reset Button” with Russia, and his failed
    “Open Hand” policy with Iran-pure BS. Iran had about 2000 centrifuges when Obama was elected and now? Over 20,000. Almost seven years wasted entertaining his absurd fantasy. 18 Trillion in debt. You talked about gas coming down. Obama and the Liberals have fought every initiative to expand drilling. Gas has come down in-spite of Liberals fighting tooth and nail against increased production. Claiming credit for that is shameful. Where are the thousands of shovel ready projects and millions of green jobs? More BS. Millions converted to part time. Millions dropped out of the work force. Black unemployment as bad as ever. U6 number still horrendous. Legislation that discourages hiring and discourages work. Our friends think we are unreliable and our enemies know we lack leadership and are weak. Disrespecting Israel, who has no delusions, like Obama has, about Iran. More politics of envy and “your poor because he’s rich..”
    More tax policy that pushes business, jobs, investment and tax revenue away.
    “You can keep your doctor. You can keep your plan.” “Raising the debt ceiling is Un American, a sign of incompetence, and steeling from future generations.” Remember

  • wetsu

    Your talking points have not aged well and are out of date, btw. The new republican majority has an agenda comprised almost entirely of new anti-abortion initiatives, presumably because the only thing they know about economic theory falls in two broad categories; 1. How to ruin an entire economy. 2. How to feather their own nest at the expense of all of us, including you.

    I can’t even say nice try. Turn the page. Read a newspaper. Take a nap.

  • Ezra Bennett

    Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

  • MidClassInd

    I think the Stepford wife the republicans had afterwards embodied their party and message. Reminiscing about the good old days with funded schools, healthy small businesses and higher and better employment. Smiling and denying the fact that her good old days had higher taxes on the wealthy.

    Cryppler069 – What have the wealthy done to fix the problems you list? They haven’t come together to fund even a road project in my county. If they won’t fix your problems, they should get their money to people who will.

    Since 2000, we’ve heard how lower taxes on the wealthy will fix the economy. The taxes have been the same, and even according to you, things still suck. The idea failed in the 1920’s and it’s not helping us now. The problem is a majority of the middle class think like that Stepford wife and keep voting their husbands into Congress.

  • Crippler069

    No Oscar for Obama

    Haven’t we seen this movie before?

    His divisive rhetoric has meant he hasn’t delivered on the red-white-and-blue America vision of his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech. He devoted the last 24 paragraphs of his prepared text to addressing that criticism.
    Or something like that. You’d have to ask President Barack Obama what movie it was. When he walked into the House chamber last week and delivered a State of the Union speech offering no compromises and hardly any kind words to a Congress packed with opponents, he was acting out a fantasy that only works in Hollywood.

    America, he said, is “stopping (the Islamic State’s) advance,” is “opposing Russian aggression,” is ending a Cuba policy “long past its expiration date,” and “our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran.” It is leading “not with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve.”

    But not, as most in the chamber and watching on TV know, with much in the way of results.

    Obama won re-election in 2012, Republicans captured the House of Representatives in 2010 and the Senate in 2014. The stimulators are now handcuffed, although Obama has refused to notice.

  • Crippler069

    What a joke. Belly up to the “Divisive Cool Aid Bar” and drink his cool aid. Just an endless parade of excuses and deflecting blame. Always someone else’s fault.

  • Ezra Bennett

    I don’t drink Kool Aid, dummy. It’s bad for your teeth.

    What else ya got, bully?

  • Crippler069

    Funny.

  • Ezra Bennett

    Don’t quit your day job.

  • Crippler069

    Put your head back in the sand.

  • Ezra Bennett

    Try again…

  • Crippler069

    Say something coherent.

  • Crippler069

    Why aren’t we, the US, the destination for investors? Why are we always pushing investment away? Every country in the world has figured out that if you make your country an attractive, business friendly state, investment, jobs, and tax revenue follow. France just abandoned their disastrous tax policies of the last several years. Japan’s economy came to an abrupt halt after they tried to raise taxes. Most countries are cheerleaders for their companies. In this country we demonize them and we demonize success. People like you won’t be happy till we make this country so business unfriendly that all investment leaves. Take a look at your liberal cities like Detroit, in default, or Chicago, about to default. They are economic basket cases. Liberal cities have the highest taxes, highest deficits, highest unemployment and the highest number of businesses leaving. Guess what, they take their jobs and tax revenue with them. So go ahead and keep criminalizing success, wealth, capitalism-everything that used to set us above the rest of the world. Obama’s BS message of envy and “your poor because he’s rich…” has never ever lifted anyone up. It keeps people down, destroys innovation, and pushes the best and brightest away. Fool !

  • MidClassInd

    We are the destination for investors. The NYSE and NASDAQ are the biggest exchanges in the world. Third is Tokyo.

    We don’t demonize success. We demonize greed. The disparity in income has never been higher since the creation of the middle class in America. If taxes were high, you might have an argument. Taxes on the wealthy are very low right now. They’ve been this low since 2003. The only time they were lower was 1925-1931. It led to economic disaster.

    The, “low taxes on the rich to save the economy,” is a fantasy. It’s a failed policy that the middle class republicans fell for under Bush and now Boehner and McConnell. Hence, the Stepford wife analogy. Have you seen it?

    I cheer for the USA, but not for corporations. Most corporations would be nothing without the middle class in America. Most corporations would be nothing without the USA.

  • Crippler069

    Cowards. Won’t even print my responses. Not surprised.

  • wetsu

    Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger, one of my replies to you didn’t make the cut either.

  • MidClassInd

    It was probably more devisive rhetoric anyway. You accused President Obama of that earlier. Devisive rhetoric is all you wrote. That’s all you hear on AM radio.

    Do you think our tax structure plays an important part in our economic success? What should the top tax rate be? Paul Ryan proposed 25% a couple years ago. It was 39.6% from 1994-2000 when they ran a surplus. Which is a worse problem: A big deficit or taxes on the wealthy?

  • Crippler069

    They don’t like facts.

  • Crippler069

    When a online magazine or blog, right leaning, left leanig or in the middle, is afraid of free speech, the way this blog is, they loose ALL credibility and they loose any respect as a legitimate source.

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