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Last Night's Speeches

I meant to post much earlier today, but after hitting a small speedbump with the WIP at the beginning of the week, I churned out over 2,700 words today, and didn't want to interrupt the flow.  The book should come in somewhere around 100k and I'm just past 85,000.  At the rate I've been going recently, I could be done by the end of next week....

But I wanted to comment briefly on last night's Not-The-State-Of-The-Union address by President Obama (yeah, the thrill of writing that is just never going to get old....).  What a total joy it is to listen to a President who is eloquent AND right on the issues.  I thought the speech was terrific.  I believe that he's absolutely right to take on the challenges of health care, energy, education right now, while he's also dealing with our economic problems.  These issues are all interrelated.  We can't solve people's financial problems without addressing health care.  We can't solve our fiscal problems without dealing with the twin wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we can't do that without addressing energy.  And we can't put our country on a path to long-term economic growth without improving education.  Those on the right who wish to defeat progressive initiatives in these areas want to take them on one at a time, because that makes each battle easier.  As soon as Obama convinces the public that these problems are connected -- as soon as people see the big picture -- (and, admittedly, the President has some work to do on this still) the battles will be won.

I also wanted to comment on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's response to the President.  I have no doubt that Jindal is intelligent.  Clearly he's popular in his state.  But that was a terrible speech, both in terms of content and presentation.  All I could think as I watched it was, if this guy is THE rising star in the GOP, Republicans are going to be in the wilderness for a long, long time.  And I'm okay with that.....


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Feb. 26th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way. I felt something similar for Clinton, but not this strongly.
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
"And I'm okay with that....."
I am too. Right now they deserve to be.
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Amen to that.
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
One (of the many) of the problems for the GOP is that they can attack on social issues that 1) Don't effect that many people's lives and seem less significant when you're losing your house and 2) attack on personalities. This has been the case, for the most part, for as long as I can remember. The problem is that when a person comes along with actual ideas, whether one likes them or not, that is something they have difficulty with. (As the Dems did with Reagan even though his 'ideas' were more about symbols).

I'm not sure what Jindal and whoever decided on that concept and speech were thinking. His delivery made me think he was talking to 3-yr-olds and he bashed the GOP better than most democrats have. Who was that supposed to inspire? I see Rush is pumped about it, but he;s the only one.
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
I also think that the GOP is incapable of stepping beyond ideology. When they're not attacking on the points you mention, they fall back on "lower taxes, lower taxes, lower taxes" and it makes them sound like idiots. Anyone who thinks that a lower capital gains tax is going to get us out of this mess is an idiot, and Americans seem to get that right now. That's the most remarkable thing of all, really.

And did you see what the InTrade odds on a Jindal 2012 candidacy did after his speech? It made the Dow's decline look gradual....
Feb. 26th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
InTrade on Jindal...too funny.

Also, what planet do 'true' conservatives live on? They assume because Jindal or Palin or Huckabee spouts far-right platitudes that they would somehow accomplish them even if they were elected? Where have they been the last 30 years of the Moral Majority-run GOP and what has it gotten them?

To be fair, most of the time, both parties promise way more than they could ever deliver, but, at least for me, dems are used to being disappointed by DC. Must be nice to have that much 'faith', but I think it's misplaced. Recall, this is by and large that believes anything the Govt tells them. Well, I guess unless it has Dems at the top of two branches.

Sweet eh? :) I liked the image of Obama, Biden, and Pelosi (although she looked a bit wacky :-)) during the speech the other night. Perhaps that was because I wasn't listening to Bushims and fighting the glare off Darth's head... :)
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
President Obama.... *shudder* Only 3 years and 327 days until the nightmare is over. Hopefully the country will not be scarred too much in that time. *grin*

About the speech... it was ok. He missed the facts when it came to where he said America invented the automobile... the French and Germans did. Also I have to take issue of saying in one sentence that he wanted bipartisan help, then the next shoves the GOP away from him. Not too smart.

I for one thought Jindal did ok. I would much rather have Sarah Palin or Condi Rice in 2012 though.
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Your math's off, Mark. That's 7 years and 327 days. He missed the fact that the car was made in Germany; his point was that the automobile industry was born here. And if that's the biggest thing that folks on the right can point to in criticizing his speech it simply points out how good it was. And please, please, please don't try to lay the failure of bipartisanship at Obama's feet. Only 28% of the country agrees with you on that one, and that's the same 28% who still thought on January 20 that George Bush had done a good job as President....
Feb. 26th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Isn't it amazing? A president who can think and is articulate.

Compare Obama to the right-wing clown who ambled out from behind a staircase to give the GOP response. Laughable doesn't begin to describe that freak show.

If I didn't hate the GOP so much I'd almost be embarrassed for them.
Feb. 26th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
I loved all the anchors using concert analogies to describe the Obama-Jindal dynamic: "Like the Rolling Stones opening up for Little River Band" was the best one....
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