SOTU Open Thread

Here's an open thread to discuss last night's State of the Union address (full text here; and the Republican response can be found here), in case anyone missed the Virtual Pub.

My overall assessment in a word: Meh.

Lots of proposals, many of which I didn't like (tax credits), and some I did (repealing DADT), but none of it means shit without the kind of action—and leadership—that Obama hasn't really shown himself to have so far. And, indeed, he spent way too much of the address IMO talking about partisan divisions and exhorting the GOP to engage in good faith, which they are simply never going to do. It was tiresome to watch.

Obama still doesn't seem to have realized that you can't simultaneously pander to your opponent and rally your troops. He missed a big rallying opportunity last night. And I fear it's really going to cost him.

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