Thursday, January 28, 2010
I watched the last half of the speech and I must say I didn't much like it, even apart from the content. Were I a GOP Senator or Congressman, I would find it very difficult to sit through what struck me as a patronizing and mendacious speech. I thought the comments on the Citizens United case were just rude. The Justices are there as guests. It's just rude to scold them under those circumstances. I doubt the turnout will be very good from SCOTUS in 2011. And it was stupid besides. How is insulting the Court going to help the Obama administration win cases? And all this in the context of a speech that lectured about how politicians must start being nicer to each other. Maybe the geniuses in the WH somehow figure the thing to do is to be as insulting as possible to the GOP and the majority of the Court, while seeming to the lower wattage portion of their base to be reaching out. But anyone would half a brain should be able to figure out that last night's speech was not reaching out. OTOH maybe it was just clueless and clumsy.
And finally a purely subjective, Peggy Noonanesque comment -- did anybody else get the vibe that this SOTU was just weird, out of kilter, not right in some sorta deep way? It felt that way to me, like a play that has gone badly wrong and the actors don't know how to bring it back. Like the whole thing was about to go way off the rails.