Open thread: Time for another instantly forgettable Obama SOTU

posted at 8:21 pm on February 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

9 p.m. ET all across the dial. I shouldn’t say “instantly forgettable”: His aides say he’ll “throw down the gauntlet” to the GOP, and there’s always a chance that he’ll misrepresent a Supreme Court ruling with the justices sitting right there in front of him, so the memory of this one could linger for up to 45 minutes afterward. Not even his media fan club can feign interest beyond that. WaPo’s been preparing its readership all day for a giant nothingburger with next to no polling bounce afterward. National Journal, pulling no punches, headlines its SOTU coverage with a piece titled, “Expect to Hear an Absolutely Forgettable State of the Union Speech.” Even a livewire like Ted Nugent, faced with the enervating prospect of listening to The One run through an hourlong lecture about how “government” is just a word for things we do together, can’t muster any orneriness for the occasion. Sample quote from O’s speech:

Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.

David Brooks will love it but for the rest of us this will be grim. If you make it all the way through, congrats — you’re a hardcore political junkie. Treat yourself to a bumper sticker to that effect.

What to expect in tonight’s traditional policy laundry list? First, lots of lip service about jobs to remind the public that he really cares even though he’s spending 80 percent of his time these days on guns and immigration. (Obama’s current job approval on the economy, by the way: 45/49.) Next, an enthusiastic pitch for more gun control highlighted by a favorite tactic, pointing to shooting victims in the audience to remind you that you’re complicit in murder if you think Dianne Feinstein’s assault-weapons ban would be ineffective and constitutionally suspect. Third, the usual boilerplate about North Korea, albeit this time likely used as a tool to bash the GOP for supporting the defense sequester. Here too, if you don’t support O’s policy preference, you’re on the side of a lunatic with a lethal arsenal. And finally, there’ll be the sermon to comprehensive immigration reform, again with visual aids in the audience. Pay attention during this part, because if O can’t resist his instinct to demagogue Republicans at every opportunity, it could end up blowing up the bipartisan Senate proposal.

Speaking of which, go read the excerpts of Rubio’s SOTU rebuttal in the Greenroom. If you’ve ever seen a Rubio speech, you know what to expect: Sunny, heavy on biography, lots of talk about middle-class aspirations — essentially the Obama “hope and change” playbook from 2008. Most of America hasn’t seen a Rubio speech before, though, which is why this is a big chance to make a splash. In fact, this speech will reportedly be even sunnier than usual in order to draw a clearer contrast with President Grumpy’s predictable, tendentious Republican-bashing earlier in the evening. Sample quote: “Despite our differences, I know that both Republicans and Democrats love America.” If your cable net of choice isn’t carrying the speech, you can watch it live online after O’s at GOP.gov. As for Rand Paul’s tea-party rebuttal to Obama, I’m expecting plenty of talk about the debt — but I wasn’t expecting this:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will urge Republicans to embrace immigration reform in his Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

“We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity, therefore we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future,” Paul will say according to excerpts. “We must be the party who sees immigrants as assets, not liabilities. We must be the party that says, ‘If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.’”

There are endless stories in online media today about the developing rivalry between Rubio and Paul. Who could have guessed that the latter would use his speech in part to give political cover to the former from the right on immigration?

You can watch Paul’s address after Rubio’s at TeaPartyExpress.org. The thread is open.


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JFK!

yongoro on February 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Partners for progress you say? Liberal progress?

sadsushi on February 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Hurrican? *hic* Oops! Hurricane…

Fallon on February 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Uh-huh.

Limerick on February 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

The economy is back!

El_Terrible on February 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

What kind of nation are we? Say it. Say it! I can’t stand the waiting any longer.

Paul-Cincy on February 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

What jobs?

kingsjester on February 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

ok..lets do the me game..count how many me’s he say’s in the speech

sadsushi on February 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

@SarahPalinUSA: Obama: “There is much progress to report.” Oh really? Let’s see what the facts show… #sotUGottaBKiddingMe

idesign on February 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

So Tiller-the killer’s patron shook Roberts hand?
Figures. Roberts is a Judas.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I’m watching the Michigan vs Michigan State game on ESPN. I have no interested in hearing anything the fraudulently elected dictator wannabe has to say.

bgibbs1000 on February 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Just took credit for natural gas.

Limerick on February 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

more cars? more jobs? YOU LIE!

nazo311 on February 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Hubby’s already yelling “Quit lying!” LOL

Fallon on February 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Every time I see Nancy Pelosi, I wonder why I itch like crazy. Maybe it’s the Botox.

electricfunksandwich on February 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

It’s 9:18 already. Ugh…

22044 on February 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

bluefox on February 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I am not seeing the ads Blue… just know it’s hinky from time to time… esp in the ‘Lobby’… and jumping from thread to thread and not seeing comments posted after they were posted… Carazzzy!!

Scrumpy on February 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

He is truly the greatest orator since Hitler.

CorporatePiggy on February 12, 2013 at 9:18 PM

corporate profits are at record highs, but wages are flat

El_Terrible on February 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Is he getting whiter? I swear his skin is lighter than Boehner’s.

Paul-Cincy on February 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

What jobs?

kingsjester on February 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

The ones that came to Texas from Blue States.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

The War Is Over!

Electrongod on February 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I planned ahead and taped two hours of Honey Boo Boo. She challenges my intellect far more than the B.S.er in chief.

BettyRuth on February 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

uh oh, the old corporations make too much profit line….

nazo311 on February 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

6 Million new jobs!!!

More private sector oil!

Electrongod on February 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Boring like processed cheese on white bread. I’m already bored with his monologue.

electricfunksandwich on February 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

AWRIGHT . . . . . didja’ hear that?

The state of the Union is STRONG!

listens2glenn on February 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

He’s going to rescue the middle class. That’s what he’s been doing for the last 4 years.

CorporatePiggy on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

What jobs?

kingsjester on February 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

His & Biden’s.

22044 on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

OK, so I tuned in. Here it comes – fair share. Eeeevil corporations, blah blah.

Philly on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Together!!!!!

Together We Strive!!!!

Electrongod on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Socialism personified.

kingsjester on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

I am a little nervous (ok-alot) We seem to choke at away games :(

wolverinefan on February 12, 2013 at 9:15 PM

…I just saw my son under the net on the lower bowl…he was waving a pom pom!…WTF?…a pom pom?

KOOLAID2 on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

So why don’t you, Mr President?

listens2glenn on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

6 million jobs….for the children….B.A.R.F.
LIAR! again

sicoit on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

@SarahPalinUSA: 22.7 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for work. #sotUGottaBKiddingMe

idesign on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

compromise !

El_Terrible on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Equal opportunity, not equal outcome… Obama the divider… Wait for the contradiction.

Fallon on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

lol our nations interest before party..we have a comedian here tonight folks

sadsushi on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Sorry, I couldn’t sit there. There is a time for manners and it has run out. I’d have walked out as soon as he said 6,000,000 new jobs.

Limerick on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Well, I tried.

I just can’t listen to that sh!t.

novaculus on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

…I just saw my son under the net on the lower bowl…he was waving a pom pom!…WTF?…a pom pom?

KOOLAID2 on February 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

The Man Club will be calling him shortly.

22044 on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

https://twitter.com/SarahPalinUSA

Sarah is tweeting the SOTU rebuttal.

INC on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

The American people don’t expect the government to solve every problem. YES THEY DO, Barky. That’s what you ran on.

Philly on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

@SarahPalinUSA: Obama added $518 billion in new regulatory costs to America’s job creators since taking office http://t.co/hq7bat3Q #sotUGottaBKiddingMe

idesign on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

What budget?

kingsjester on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Reduced deficit by 2.5 trillion!!

El_Terrible on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

My collie says:

You LIE!

CyberCipher on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

A Thriving MiddleClass..

But it hurts Obama..

Not so fast..

Electrongod on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

reduced deficit by 2.9 trillion dollars.

W. T. F.

Meat Fighter on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Why the he!! doesn’t he just go meet up with reggie and leave us alone?

sicoit on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Class warfare, already . . . . . . . . . : (

listens2glenn on February 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Blaming congress for the sequester…

weaselyone on February 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

wealthiest 1% of Americans. If I were to take a drink every time he mentioned class warfare….

Liver failure in about 15 minutes……

nazo311 on February 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Congress came up with sequestration, threatens economy and our military

El_Terrible on February 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Sudden! You just said you had two years to work on that sudden move.

Limerick on February 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Sarah Palin introduces State of the Union hashtag … #sotUGottaBKiddingMe

http://twitchy.com/2013/02/12/sarah-palin-introduces-state-of-the-union-hashtag-sotugottabkiddingme/

I like it :)

Pork-Chop on February 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Man, I wish somebody had the nerve to set up the prompter to say the truth….sigh

sicoit on February 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

“They do expect us to put the nation before party.”

And all the Democrats who are going to vote for Hagel stand and applaud.

Curtiss on February 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

You proposed that bad idea you tool!

sadsushi on February 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Wait for it…. Anticipa… tion. Say it!

Sequester!

Drink!

Fallon on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

My Tigger agrees with your Collie, he lies…

I tried folks, I just can’t do it!

Scrumpy on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

CyberCipher on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Good to see you! Pet the collie for me!

kingsjester on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Boner is fixin ta puke….

sicoit on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Sequester was his idea.

Sequester is not cuts it is a reduced increase in spending.

Meat Fighter on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

@SarahPalinUSA: Keep in mind that the sequester was Obama’s baby. He signed it into law. Now he thinks it’s economic Armageddon. #sotUGottaBKiddingMe

idesign on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Our work…

Why wasn’t I was informed?

Tax the Rich!!!!

Electrongod on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Sarah Palin ‏@SarahPalinUSA

Keep in mind that the sequester was Obama’s baby. He signed it into law. Now he thinks it’s economic Armageddon. #sotUGottaBKiddingMe

INC on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Maybe they have the Super Bowl lighting system.

Limerick on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

https://twitter.com/SarahPalinUSA

Sarah is tweeting the SOTU rebuttal.

INC on February 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

In Realtime!! Love it! Thanks for keeping us up to date.

bluefox on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

the children…..as in the aborted ones?

sicoit on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

can’t ask seniors to make sacrifices while theres millinaires and billionaires

El_Terrible on February 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

When the President is announced, and everyone gets up and cheers, wouldn’t that be cool if they all threw up mooned him instead?

/I have my fantasies

Paul-Cincy on February 12, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Cleombrotus on February 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

America is still breathing…

“Now we need to finish the job”

Electrongod on February 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

He’s saying we haven’t asked more from the wealthy… What was that tax increase all about?

weaselyone on February 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

clapping=suck ups

sicoit on February 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Stop the damn clapping, drones.

Fallon on February 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

He only lies when his lips are moving.

kingsjester on February 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

cant cut to prosperity, need balanced approach

El_Terrible on February 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Yeah, I’m gonna look at Sarah’s twitter for a while too.

22044 on February 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Teachers cops and firefighters!

Curtiss on February 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Balanced approach, drink!

sadsushi on February 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

all of the “lower intelligent voters” are just swooning now. barf

sicoit on February 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Oh no – here it comes. Fair share – DRINK. We’re all getting taxed to death some more.

Philly on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Sequester is a really bad idea..

But it was Obama’s Idea..

Electrongod on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Translation:

ALL YOU RICH PEOPLE, WITHOUT “INSIDER CONNECTIONS”, WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE!

listens2glenn on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Love the live ‏@SarahPalinUSA updates.

Fallon on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

slowing growth of HC costs. LIAR!!!!

Scrumpy on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Did Biden have the whites of his eyes tattooed black?? Creepshow, man.

Ugly on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Is he getting whiter? I swear his skin is lighter than Boehner’s.

Paul-Cincy on February 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM

He has Michael Jackson’s super secret recipe.

katy the mean old lady on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Pork-Chop on February 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Thanks!

bluefox on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

seniors=death panels

sicoit on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Obamacare is slowing the growth of healthcare costs.

Pass the crack pipe Pooky.

CorporatePiggy on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Ask more of the wealthiest seniors? Class and age warfare!

weaselyone on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

The rising cost is you ..Obama..

Electrongod on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

What an absolute dud of a speech.

Abelard on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

@SarahPalinUSA: “Balanced approach” means “I’m going to increase your taxes to pay for my crony capitalism.” #NoOneIsBuyingThis #sotUGottaBKiddingMe

idesign on February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

More taxes..

Electrongod on February 12, 2013 at 9:26 PM

LIAR

listens2glenn on February 12, 2013 at 9:26 PM

“A balanced approach”. $70 billion in tax increases on the rich, against a $1T+ annual deficit? Insanity. He’s completely irresponsible.

Paul-Cincy on February 12, 2013 at 9:26 PM

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