Cathy McMorris-Rogers to deliver GOP’s State of the Union rebuttal

posted at 5:21 pm on January 23, 2014 by Allahpundit

Guy beat me to the punch in the Greenroom but it’s always frontpage-worthy when someone gets the most thankless job in Washington. Has there ever been a memorable SOTU rebuttal? The only two I can remember over the past five years were Bobby Jindal’s, which was only noteworthy because his delivery was universally panned, and Rubio’s, which featured the water sip that launched a thousand dumb Internet memes. In fact, looking back over the list of Republicans who’ve given the rebuttal since O took office, every one of them has seen his fortunes decline afterward. 2009 was Jindal, whose approval rating in Louisiana has dropped and who’s gone from likely future nominee to second-tier candidate. 2010 was Bob McDonnell, about whom let us say no more. 2011 was Paul Ryan, who ended up on the ticket, lost, and is now derided by righties for striking a weak budget deal with Democrats and agreeing to cut military benefits. 2012 was Mitch Daniels, then in his final year as governor of Indiana, now out of office and his political career seemingly over despite heavy overtures from the GOP establishment to run for president. And 2013 was Rubio, who was just then embarking on his big amnesty experiment in the Senate. A year later, with the Gang of Eight bill going nowhere, he has yet to be forgiven for it by righty activists and is in single digits in primary polls after having led in several last year. Note to Cathy McMorris-Rogers: Good luck.

Seriously, though, as the highest-ranking Republican woman in either chamber with a compelling bio to boot, she’s a natural choice to counter the Democrats’ “war on women” nonsense. I’m a little surprised they didn’t ask a woman with a bigger name, though. Nikki Haley? Susana Martinez? It’s a truism these days that the real energy in the GOP these days is coming from its governors. Why ask a House member?

If you’re not interested in the official GOP rebuttal, no worries. There’s plenty more on the menu.


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It’s a truism these days that the real energy in the GOP these days is coming from its governors. Why ask a House member?

You’re forgetting that there’s a reason it’s called the Stupid Party.

rbj on January 23, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Who?

Christien on January 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Don’t know much about her. Hopefully reading the comments will enlighten.

Bmore on January 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Hyphenated name. Must be good.

portlandon on January 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

I wonder if she’ll thank the tea party for 2010 and ask them to do it again.

Actually, I’m from WA state and I already know what’s coming. She’s an okay congresscritter but the GOP here is pathetic.

platypus on January 23, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Will she be able to do it with a straight face?

rickv404 on January 23, 2014 at 5:29 PM

I’m a little surprised they didn’t ask a woman with a bigger name, though. Nikki Haley? Susana Martinez? It’s a truism these days that the real energy in the GOP these days is coming from its governors. Why ask a House member?

Why indeed?

Maybe because she is fully onboard the Boehner Amnesty Express?

Bitter Clinger on January 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Is she a stoner?

Bmore on January 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I wish we would just go back to having the President submit a report instead of grandstanding in front of Congress.

RDH on January 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

True to GOP for they’ll step on their collective wants . . . or in her case, somebody else’s wang.

rplat on January 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Jindal’s[...]was universally panned

Ace and Drew M. were Bidenesque in their comparisons of Jindal to the Deltas Indian pledges in Animal House and Apu from The Simpsons. Good times.

Christien on January 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Isn’t the correct term “Republican Response?” Rebuttal suggests the GOP is willing to fight the rat-eared bastard and the Boehner/McConnel surrender weasels prove that isn’t true. Thanks to the GOP, Obamacare is still on track, the Senate is de-fanged of the filibuster, amesty and federal recognition of same-sex marriage as a legitimate lifestyle choice are all looming.

Is Ms. McMorris Rogers isn’t going to get up there and do something other than express deep concern, then it isn’t a rebuttal.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Who?

Christien on January 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM

This is who she is.

Bitter Clinger on January 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Paul Ryan, who ended up on the ticket, lost, and is now derided by righties for striking a weak budget deal with Democrats and agreeing to cut military benefits.

Are you really so uninformed that you think that THIS is the main problem that “righties” have with Paul Ryan?

Ryan is far more hated for pushing RUBIO-obama-style AMNESTY – this is the most common complaint about Ryan from those on the right.

Pork-Chop on January 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

In fact, looking back over the list of Republicans who’ve given the rebuttal since O took office, every one of them has seen his fortunes decline afterward.

Because War on Women!!!11@!!!

It’s another lame attempt by Republicans to play identity politics. The problem is they’re pathetic at the game. By comparison, Republicans make the Bad News Bears look like Olympic gold medalists. They’re that bad.

conservative pilgrim on January 23, 2014 at 5:34 PM

True to GOP for they’ll step on their collective wants . . . or in her case, somebody else’s wang.

rplat on January 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Man did I mess that up. Let me try again . . . “True to GOP form they’ll step on their collective wangs . . . or in her case, the wangs of others.”

rplat on January 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

It’s a truism these days that the real energy in the GOP these days is coming from its governors. Why ask a House member?

Maybe that’s why they did it. Perhaps the thinking was that the House needs a little positive publicity.

As for Haley and Martinez, both of them have taken some serious flack over the last year or so. Maybe the idea there was to soften the focus on them a bit.

thatsafactjack on January 23, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Bmore on January 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

LOL! The really important question, it seems, these days. ;)

thatsafactjack on January 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Good choice. – Nice woman

jake-the-goose on January 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Will she be giving a Spanish version too?

Mark1971 on January 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Has there ever been a memorable SOTU rebuttal? The only two I can remember over the past five years were Bobby Jindal’s,

Jindal’s speech was the most memorable for me. I had high hopes for him, but he completely tanked that speech. Absolute devastation.

conservative pilgrim on January 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Seriously, though, as the highest-ranking Republican woman in either chamber with a compelling bio to boot, she’s a natural choice to counter the Democrats’ “war on women” nonsense.

Nikki Haley and Susana Martinez are more polarizing. Few if any people stick around for the SOTU response but many who might be influenced would definitely turn off if it were a Haley, Martinez, or (LOL) Sarah Palin. And she does have a compelling bio which, apparently, isn’t embellished by trailer parks or fictional accounts of childhood and educational challenges.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

In fact, looking back over the list of Republicans who’ve given the rebuttal since O took office, every one of them has seen his fortunes decline afterward.

Maybe, as you seem to suggest, it has something to do with them all being GOP establishment picks.

Isn’t Cathy McMorris-Rogers one of Boehner’s right hand men/women?

aryeung on January 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I gotta stay off this page Tuesday night. I’ll get angry just seeing the running commentary discussing all the Obama miscreanty. A statement about him, not anyone here.

22044 on January 23, 2014 at 5:40 PM

thatsafactjack on January 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Lolz! Well, I know so very little of her. Two comments set me to ask. One from here and one from the article Ed linked.

Here.

Will she be able to do it with a straight face?

rickv404 on January 23, 2014 at 5:29 PM

There.

Hard Little Machine
• an hour ago

I hope she’s high when she does it.

Bmore on January 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Who?

besser tot als rot on January 23, 2014 at 5:46 PM

It’s a truism these days that the real energy in the GOP these days is coming from its governors. Why ask a House member?

Power play by the Rat’78 Party (aka El PRL, the DC Insiders,…).

Steve Eggleston on January 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The House and Senate take turns. This is the house’s year and Morris-Rogers is a fine choice.

matthew8787 on January 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

OT/ FNC just aired that ad for StartUpNY where NY claims that it is business friendly and a good place to relocate. Given Cuomo’s comments about agreeing with him or getting the hell out of his state, shouldn’t there be a counter campaign UpYoursNY?

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Isn’t the correct term “Republican Response?” Rebuttal suggests the GOP is willing to fight the rat-eared bastard and the Boehner/McConnel surrender weasels prove that isn’t true.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

How about “Republican Concurrence?”

besser tot als rot on January 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

How about “Republican Concurrence?”

besser tot als rot on January 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

That is what it might as well be.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Bitter Clinger on January 23, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Oh-she’s an amnesty *not very nice word for a ‘professional’ woman.*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I think the biggest problem is the fact it’s a ‘rebuttal’. By its very nature, a rebuttal will come across as negative, so it’s no wondering Republicans come across as flat. Instead of a rebuttal, the speech should be constructive, a chance to sell the Conservative message to the electorate.

Scopper on January 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Not as bad as I imagined..

http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/3217/cathy-mcmorris-rodgers#.UuGcxHgif6d.

wolly4321 on January 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

And then their were three.

Mike Lee’s giving a SOTU rebuttal address also.

So is Rand Paul.

Lol!

aquaviva on January 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Oh-she’s an amnesty *not very nice word for a ‘professional’ woman.*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Well then, lets move on to something that matters. What do you suppose the Christie love is going to be in tonights QOTD? As near as I can tell the fat man stayed out of the limelight as the investigations continue.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Bmore on January 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

LOL! :)

thatsafactjack on January 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

What’s her voting record?

BKeyser on January 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

I think the biggest problem is the fact it’s a ‘rebuttal’. By its very nature, a rebuttal will come across as negative, so it’s no wondering Republicans come across as flat. Instead of a rebuttal, the speech should be constructive, a chance to sell the Conservative message to the electorate.

Scopper on January 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

That is why it is called the Republican/Democrat RESPONSE. It is also a thankless task. A boring policy speech without the crowd of partisans jumping up and clapping on cue like trained seals.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

And then their were three.

Mike Lee’s giving a SOTU rebuttal address also.

So is Rand Paul.

Lol!

aquaviva on January 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

These will be rebuttals.

besser tot als rot on January 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

This is who she is.

Bitter Clinger on January 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

On Immigration this is how she actually voted:

McMorris co-sponsored declaring English as the official language of the US

Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border.

Voted to Prohibit the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order.

Voted to adopt an amendment that prevents undocumented immigrants from receiving financial assistance under HR 5818

Voted against allowing states to cover illegal immigrants under CHIP.

kcewa on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Too be fair Jindal, a.k.a. Alfred E. Newman, is completely and utterly insane. The little freak show thinks he’s an exorcist! Sweet fancy Moses what a maroon. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA religion makes you stupider then a box of hammers.

Your Mamma loves me on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Your Mamma loves me on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

You just gave yourself away sock.

Bmore on January 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Your Mamma loves me on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

You try too hard.

portlandon on January 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

What’s her voting record? BKeyser on January 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

See ^, 5:53pm

wolly4321 on January 23, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Voted against the DREAM act

kcewa on January 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Your Mamma loves me on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Wow, you’re stupid even by the low standards we set for azz-licking trolls. Oh and a bigot.

HumpBot Salvation on January 23, 2014 at 6:10 PM

kcewa on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

However, none of this changes the FACT that McMorris-Rogers supports AMNESTY for those in the United States illegally, and believes that it should be a “top priority” for House Republicans.

Pork-Chop on January 23, 2014 at 6:12 PM

kcewa on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

And she’s one of Boehner’s sock puppets in drafting the “principles” for immigration amnesty. You think legalization won’t make it in there? And that she would remove herself from the drafting committee if it does?

It’s great that she voted for the fence and for making English the official language, but the rubber meets the road when legalization comes into play. And Boehner is going to get that in there…with McMorris-Rodgers’ help.

Bitter Clinger on January 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Hyphenated name. Must be good.

portlandon on January 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Wrong. Space, no hyphen. AP got it wrong, too.

Christien on January 23, 2014 at 6:17 PM

I’m a little surprised they didn’t ask a woman with a bigger name, though. Nikki Haley? Susana Martinez? It’s a truism these days that the real energy in the GOP these days is coming from its governors. Why ask a House member?

Given your premise that the Republican who gives the SOTU implodes politically, I’d rather see a little known house member implode than a prominent Republican woman governor who could potentially be on the ticket in 2016.

talkingpoints on January 23, 2014 at 6:18 PM

OK, nothing against her, but she got married in 2006 at age 37. What’s up with that?

Christien on January 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

And she’s one of Boehner’s sock puppets in drafting the “principles” for immigration amnesty. You think legalization won’t make it in there? And that she would remove herself from the drafting committee if it does?

I think that may be unfair to her. Look at the votes she’s taken not what you think Boehner’s going to do.

What she has said about the “principles” is: We need to have a workable ag-guest worker program in place. We need to address visas. She has said that she opposes amnesty.

kcewa on January 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Your Mamma loves me on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM
You just gave yourself away sock.

Bmore on January 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Yep. I’d ban him not on ideology reasons or malice but simply because of ignorance.

Say what you want, but you can’t seriously say the guy is stupid.

All he needs is to graduate from the John Wayne manhood course, stand tall, shoulders back, and exhude confidence.

His problem is not competence or brains, but the soft skills that Prez Reagan mastered.

KirknBurker on January 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

I offer my speech writing skills to whoever gives the rebuttal.

Everything thing he rambled on about is bullshitt. Thank you and try to enjoy the rest of your evening.

Rio Linda Refugee on January 23, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Wrong. Space, no hyphen. AP got it wrong, too.

Christien on January 23, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Oh, well now I can’t take her seriously. The hyphen gives her credibility. /

portlandon on January 23, 2014 at 6:23 PM

AP her name is spelled R-o-d-g-e-r-s. As in Rodgers and Hammerstein not Roy.

Oldnuke on January 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I think that may be unfair to her. Look at the votes she’s taken not what you think Boehner’s going to do.

What she has said about the “principles” is: We need to have a workable ag-guest worker program in place. We need to address visas. She has said that she opposes amnesty.

kcewa on January 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

And you think she is okey-dokey with the illegals “staying in the shadows”?

Most of those things you listed are still relatively small-ball issues with which she takes little risk in supporting.

Anyone in Boehner’s leadership circle who is part of this drafting committee is going to end up supporting some kind of legalization (whether with a path to citizenship or not).

Bitter Clinger on January 23, 2014 at 6:27 PM

And you think she is okey-dokey with the illegals “staying in the shadows”?
Bitter Clinger on January 23, 2014 at 6:27 PM

What does that mean?

kcewa on January 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

12 years between her BA and MBA. Married to former mayor of Spokane’s son. Worked family fruit stand and orchard biz for 13 years.

Bold prediction: “GO, SEAHAWKS!”

Christien on January 23, 2014 at 6:29 PM

portlandon on January 23, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Dude, she’s from Salem. Sa-lem.

/

Christien on January 23, 2014 at 6:31 PM

I’d rather Solaratov give the rebuttal. I can almost imagine it :-)

Oldnuke on January 23, 2014 at 6:31 PM

This is all that would be necessary for any rebuttal of The Won.

Oldnuke on January 23, 2014 at 6:35 PM

OK, nothing against her, but she got married in 2006 at age 37. What’s up with that?

Christien on January 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Really? Haven’t you ever met anyone that didn’t meet their significant other until late in life? Her voting record and platform are fair game, on the other hand.

Firefly_76 on January 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

We need more fence jumping, law ignoring, illegal aliens! /stupid party

trs on January 23, 2014 at 6:42 PM

Firefly_76 on January 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Yes, really, and of course I have met a few. I’m just curious to know why, though it’s none of my business, of course.

I find her a strange choice and an unknown in the public’s eye, that’s all. But I’m not Repub, so that’s their beeswax.

I’m sticking with my bold prediction.

Christien on January 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Only women to have three children while in office…none aborted…

right2bright on January 23, 2014 at 6:44 PM

We need more fence jumping, law ignoring, illegal aliens! /stupid party

trs on January 23, 2014 at 6:42 PM

You must have hated President Reagan…

right2bright on January 23, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Only women to have three children while in office…none aborted…

right2bright on January 23, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Including her child that has Downs syndrome.

kcewa on January 23, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Too bad she can’t find a few more syllables for her name. Like Jingleheimersmith.

Galtian on January 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA religion makes you stupider then a box of hammers.

Your Mamma loves me on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Oh, the irony.

GOPRanknFile on January 23, 2014 at 6:51 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA religion makes you stupider then a box of hammers.

Your Mamma loves me on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

From Wikipedia:
Jindal was one of 50 students nationwide admitted to the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) at Brown University, guaranteeing him a place in medical school. Jindal completed majors in biology and public policy. He graduated in 1991 at the age of 20, with honors in both majors. Jindal was named to the 1992 USA Today All-USA Academic Team. He applied to and was accepted by both Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School, but studied at New College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. He received an M.Litt. degree in political science with an emphasis in health policy from the University of Oxford in 1994, where the subject of his thesis was “A needs-based approach to health care”. He turned down an offer to study for a D.Phil. in politics, instead joining the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He then interned in the office of Rep. Jim McCrery of Louisiana, where McCrery assigned him to work on healthcare policy; Jindal spent two weeks studying Medicare to compile an extensive report on possible solutions to Medicare’s financial problems which he presented to McCrery.

So…Jindal achieved all that, and you don’t know the difference between “then” and “than,” but somehow he’s the idiot?

GOPRanknFile on January 23, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Oh, I get it now…fmr

celt on January 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Cathy McMorris-Rogers, Amnesty Advocate

celt on January 23, 2014 at 7:04 PM

“We must pass immigration reform,” McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking House Republican, said. “It’s a priority for Republicans, for Democrats. There’s a recognition that it’s important to America. It’s important to our economy. America has long been the land of immigrants.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/cathy-mcmorris-rodgers-immigration-97878.html#ixzz2rGmb3hA7

celt on January 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

GOPRanknFile on January 23, 2014 at 6:55 PM

His “Mamma” must be so proud.

Christien on January 23, 2014 at 7:09 PM

And you think she is okey-dokey with the illegals “staying in the shadows”?
Bitter Clinger on January 23, 2014 at 6:27 PM

What does that mean?

kcewa on January 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

You said that she says she is against amnesty. That means she is against legalization. So that would mean that the illegals “stay in the shadows”. Because anything that gives them any kind of legal status that keeps them here is amnesty, whether it’s called that or not.

Bitter Clinger on January 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Well, that sealed the deal. I’ll be doing something else on Jan. 28 besides watching tv. A gop establishment backbencher delivering the response to O, yawn.

ritewhit on January 23, 2014 at 7:19 PM

How ’bout just a strong two-word rebuttal by Rep. Joe Wilson?

ShainS on January 23, 2014 at 7:22 PM

“Your mamma”?

LOL is that sock retarted or what?

Murphy9 on January 23, 2014 at 7:28 PM

They should have had Bill Whittle do it from the Office of the Virtual President.

pt on January 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Your Mamma loves me on January 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Oh wow. Put some effort into your trade. You’re an embarrassment to trolls.

conservative pilgrim on January 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

I wish we would just go back to having the President submit a report instead of grandstanding in front of Congress.

RDH on January 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Brother, you read my mind. Bleh.

SomeCallMeJohn on January 23, 2014 at 9:26 PM

can anybody point me to a conservative blog? just for the memories even

DanMan on January 23, 2014 at 10:48 PM

It’s great that she voted for the fence and for making English the official language, but the rubber meets the road when legalization comes into play. And Boehner is going to get that in there…with McMorris-Rodgers’ help.

Bitter Clinger on January 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Here you go:

Published on Oct 7, 2013

La Presidente de la Conferencia Republicana en la Camara Baja Cathy McMorris Rogers hablo con Univision’s Al Punto sobre el plan GOP para reabrir el Goberino y del futuro de la Reforma Migratoria

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pAdu6t57u4

I wonder who set this up for her?

bluefox on January 23, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Lee

Schadenfreude on January 24, 2014 at 12:47 PM