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Last Night's Speech

I'm not going to go on and on about Obama's terrific speech last night, nor I am going to spend too much time or energy dissing Congressthug Joe Wilson, the imbecile who called the President of the United States a liar, in the House Chamber, while Mr. Obama was actually correcting  conservative lies (When you follow the link, the facts about illegal immigrants and access to health care --- the issue that provoked Wilson's outburst -- is pretty close to the top.  Scroll down to the reference to "Page 50").  I will say this:  I found it amusing listening to NPR this morning and hearing Republican Senators and Congressmen complaining that Mr. Obama had been "too combative" and "too partisan."  This after a summer of Republican attacks on "Obamacare" and the use of phrases like "Death panels", "Socialized medicine", "Huge government takeover of health care," and the like.  The President is being too partisan?  Too combative?  No doubt they'd prefer a President who will roll over and allow them to do anything they want with health care legislation, a President who will ignore the fact that Americans elected him by a large majority and gave him equally large majorities in both houses of Congress, based in part on his promise to reform the health care system.  During the campaign, Republicans tried to portray Obama as an inexperienced naif who would be steamrolled by foreign leaders.  Turns out they were wrong.  This man won't be steamrolled by anyone, including Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.

Two links for you.  One is a great YouTube video that I found at the blog of my friend Christopher Rowe.  Very entertaining.  The other is a terrific article about last night's address by Paul Begala.  Enjoy!


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Sep. 10th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
I've been hoping all day that Wilson's mama jerked a knot in his tail after what he did. Just 'cause he's grown doesn't mean she can't discipline him when he needs it, and Lord, does he need it.

You know what I'd love? I'd love to see some of the more well-behaved legislators in SC (and yes, we have them) stepping up to help my state look less ridiculous.
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
SC has had a bad run, hasn't it? Y'all need to elect more Democrats. Not that our guys aren't capable of being idiots, too...
Sep. 10th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
I'll say this. That Hate America First Republican reminded me why I despise the GOP so much.

That aside, it was a good speech. But we knew it was going to be a good speech going in. Was it, however, a game-changer?

My heart says yes, but my brain says no.
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
I don't know. I think the White House has made a political calculation about certain aspects of the bill, most notable the public option, which is too bad. If the Dems in Congress had more backbone, Obama might be able to get more. If people like my own Congressman (Lincoln Davis, TN-4) were capable of taking a principled stand and speaking out against the lies of Rush and Glenn Beck and Bill-O, we might not have lost so much traction during the recess. But we'll get a bill. It won't be everything we want, but we'll get insurance reforms and programs to help those who are worst off.
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
I'd guess the speech wasn't for the Country or even the GOP, but Blue Dogs and to get them to support cloture on the bill and bring it to the floor where they'd only need 50 votes + Biden...and even Harry Reid can get 51...we could hope...

Not sure that we lost much during the recess. As the polls show...for what they're worth on this...the Town Halls didn't change many minds and, because of the way the media covered them rather than the actual issues of the health care bills, it made it look, not like people were scared but actually paranoid wingnuts scared of the scary black guy in the White House...
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Maybe. I think that it was more than that. Davis (my Congressman) was truly afraid of the wing-nuts who came to the Town Hall I attended and he pandered to them shamelessly (see my post below from that day). Regardless of what polls showed, the Town Halls did have some effect on the politicians. Now, yes, my Congressman is the quintessential Blue Dog (makes me so proud.....NOT) so in that respect you're right. He was talking to them. But I do think that August took a toll.
Sep. 11th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Some of the Republicans have condemned Wilson for his actions, others are in the "yes but" camp. Yes he was wrong to exclaim, they say, but he may have a point. Personally I don't think he has a point. To him I say, no matter how valid you think your points are, there is no cause that justifies your actions. You've sown the wind and are going to reap the whirlwind.
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
He didn't have a point. Not in the least. Go to Factcheck.org. It's not a matter of opinion. Wilson is just flat wrong. And his display, which I believe was orchestrated -- they released the text of the speech hours before the address; no one in that chamber was surprised by anything Obama said so how could this be "a spontaneous outburst"? -- was shameful.
Sep. 11th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
In that case he should not be surprised. If it was indeed orchestrated, that should be mentioned in a prominent place. Silence on such a fact hinders the conversation.

Gad, I sound like a Beltway talking head. A second rate one.
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for the links.

Here's a vid of Saxby Chambliss (you know, the guy that said Max Cleland was "soft on National Security"...) saying that Obama needed to show some "humility". Guess the "N" word or "boy" isn't in fashion on Faux yet...give it a few weeks...

I really enjoyed the speech. Not all from Obama kicking them in the teeth, but the childish behavior (holding up papers and Cantor tweeting during the speech). This is the party of Ronald Reagan. Even I can't blame him for this mess.

And I won't even go into Sarah Palin and others blasting Obama comparing the costs of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Bush Tax Cut and then still trying to link 9/11 to Iraq. It's not just that they are obnoxious trolls, but they actually think we're that stupid. Perhaps anyone who would vote for them, at this point, actually is...
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
Good God! He all but calls Obama uppity there at the end. Unbelievable. And yeah, the rest is pretty infuriating, too.
Sep. 11th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
And, BTW:

Joe Wilson is for Govt-run health care if it's for his family...

Sep. 11th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
All right. That's just too perfect. Posting this on the blog right now. Thanks for the link.
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