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Tuesday, January 29, 2008


The Democrats at the Misstatement of the Union

In the audience:
When Bush proclaimed, "Ladies and gentlemen, some may deny the surge is working, but among terrorists there is no doubt," Clinton sprang to her feet in applause but Obama remained firmly seated.
Thinking about voting for Obama? Oh yeah, he's great on the last war (not really, as Clinton points out, his votes on it since in Congress have been identical to hers, i.e., continued funding), but how about the next one?
When Bush warned the Iranian government that “America will confront those who threaten our troops, we will stand by our allies, and we will defend our vital interests in the Persian Gulf” Obama jumped up to applaud. Clinton leaned across Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), seated to her left, to look in Obama’s direction before slowly standing.
I didn't see any of this, but I did note at several points that Nancy Pelosi was clapping vigorously long after Dick Cheney had stopped (ok, he has a weak heart, but still...). Of course, if you were under the impression that the Democrats were actually an opposition party, you weren't listening to (or reading) their "rebuttal," which was all about how we're all just "Americans," "working people and business-owners" alike.

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