Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Best SOTU Analyses

The American Spectator comments on the Democrats bizarre cheering in favor of their obstructionism on Social Security reform during the State of the Union address:
But the Democrats clapped and hooted as soon as Bush said "Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security," giving Bush an opening to turn his bromide into a scathing attack: When he said "partisan politics," he had a visual aid to point to.

Suddenly it was as if Bush said "we mustn't act like clowns," and the entire Democratic caucus had shown up in multicolor wigs and greasepaint.
That's good stuff. And Powerline, who pointed me to the TAS post linked above, added this astute observation on the effect of this sort of dissonant behavior on the electorate:
Al Gore might well be president today if he had meet the American public's expectations for decorum. And all he did was sigh a few times. There's a lesson there, but the Democrats haven't learned it.


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