Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, January 26, 2011

State of the Union: The Rope-A-Dope Continues

I give the speech a B+.  It reads much better than Obama delivered it.  He didn’t show much passion, but that’s okay.  There’s not a whole lot to get excited about these days.  Besides, with all the fake civility on display in the House Chamber last night — with Republicans having to shelve their annual “Snidely Whiplash” routines — there was no negative energy for Obama to feed off.  (Where’s Joe “You lie!” Wilson when you need him?)

Still, it was an effective political speech.  The White House strategy for the next two years is simple: The president always wants to look like the most reasonable person in the room.  That shouldn’t be very difficult.  Republicans are having a much harder time than I thought they would controlling their lunatics.  Everyone on that side of the aisle is either a member of the Tea Party or scared to death of them.  (Within the GOP, to be perceived as rational is extremely risky.  Remember Saddam Hussein’s old Ba’ath Party meetings?  Where people were constantly getting dragged out to be shot?  That’s the Republican Caucus!)

Barack Obama is never going to be as partisan or ideological as I think a Democratic president needs to be.  (I’m just thankful he didn’t throw Social Security under the bus last night, as many feared he would.)  But politically, both he and the Democratic Party appear to be in decent shape today.



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