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What I Hope To Hear Tonight

I have not really wanted to think too much about tonight's speech because every time I do I keep seeing the image of Nancy Pelosi, but in anticipation of Tony Snow's blogger briefing I forced myself to do it. Just a few thoughts...

I am eager to hear the President talk about his plan to address the issue of health care, but remain pessimistic that the Democrats will seize the opportunity to do something positive on the issue. Same thing on social security. I have been impressed that the President has never given up on social security reform, but am incredibly disappointed that it has not been passed. Democrats being in control means to me that it is even less likely now.

Bush is not running in 2008, so at some point Democrats need to stop running against him. If they thwart every effort that is proposed by the President they will be seen as offering nothing but obstructionism and that could just cost them the White House in 2008, regardless of who their candidate is.

I want to hear about the things that have gone right in Iraq, in addition to the huge challenges we face. I want to hear some pressure put on the Democrats who appear with every word and action, to want failure in Iraq. I want to hear the President talk about what ultimate failure in Iraq would mean, and that has nothing to do with whether or not the Democrats would gain a few percentage points in the polls as a result.

What do you want to hear?

Update: Amen to what Matt had to say in the comments section.

What I do not want to hear is all the partisan pre-buttal, rebuttal, scuttle-buttal, etc that will occur before and after. I can hear just fine, and my mind works pretty well. I can listen to the President's speech without having someone to interpret or spin it for me later.
In fact, instead of listening to the pre-buttal, I took my daughter to gymnastics class, and now I am watching American Idol. (Non-political AI update: I found my season favorite tonight -- "Sundance" Head. He will make it to the finals, easily, and America will fall in love with him. Last year my favorites were NC's own Chris Daughtry and Kellie Pickler and they didn't do too shabby.)

Update II: I just checked out John Hawkins live blog. I am right there with him at 9:13.

I am a sap and love the stories in the balcony. I just don't understand why they were all kept for the end tonight, rather than being spread throughout the speech. All the people who are not political junkies like me have already gone to bed, haven't they? Seriously, I find it much more effective when these stories are woven into the various passages of the speech. I am not crazy about the laundry list format tonight. Let's face it though -- there is nothing the President could do tonight to earn praise from Democrats. Nothing whatsoever. Still, I would have liked more inspiration and less laundry list.

I didn't mention this during the speech because I chose not to liveblog it, but I watched on Fox Network, since my television was already tuned there for AI, and I didn't think Shep Smith would EVER stop talking at the beginning. After the speech, Shep again talked about a whole lot of nothing. I wanted to hear what looked like an extended exchange between the President and Jesse Jackson, Jr., but couldn't over the pundit chat. Next time I really must remember to change the channel to some commentary free coverage.

Update III: Finally some commentary worth listening to -- Rich Lowry pointed out (as I did in the comments) that when the President talked about victory and success in Iraq, Democrats sat on their hands. He said what were standard boilerplate statements about victory were too much for Democrats to applaud.

Update IV: Michelle Malkin has a good roundup and commentary on the speech. (I noticed the eye flutter thing, too, Michelle.)

Uncle Jimbo is pulling no punches. He noticed the eye thing, too. Now I want to hear what he thought of Jim Webb's speech.

Update V: Mary Katharine has good commentary on the speech. She pointed out something that Fred Barnes said, and that I brought up in a comment tonight, that Jim Webb said the majority of those in the military don't support the way the war is being fought. I don't know if that came from another bogus Zogby poll or if they pulled it out of ...somewhere else, but what always gets me when I hear Dems say something about what those in the military think or want is that they sure didn't care what those in the military wanted when polls showed those in the military overwhelmingly preferring Republicans. They sure didn't care what those in the military wanted when Al Gore was directing lawyers to get their absentee ballots disqualified in 2000. I am sure those reading this can come up with dozens of examples on their own. Excuse me for not being moved by the Democrats' sudden desire to honor the wishes of the troops.


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Comments (33)

How about the truth for onc... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

How about the truth for once?

H

Here are the two quotes tha... (Below threshold)
JohnMc:

Here are the two quotes that have me thinking I've entered Purgatory:

From CNN.com
...Snow said Monday that Bush's "revenue-neutral" proposal on health care would boost costs for some people but would also raise the prospect that more than 100 million people "will pay less for health insurance and millions more not presently insured will have access to it." (Full story)
Democrats, however, charge that turning health benefits into taxable income will raise the taxes of millions of Americans.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Bush's plan would hurt people who have health insurance.
"I think if we ask anyone in America today... if we oughta, in effect, punish people because they have great insurance, I don't think they'd agree with that," Reid said Tuesday...

I voted for Bush twice, but I can't say right now that I'm very happy with what I got in return...a F-ing TAX INCREASE!!! And yes, I am one of the people who will be hit with this tax increase because I have five people in my family and my employer pays for most all of my health insurance!

-JohnMc
A Reagan Conservative!

I can't wait to hear about ... (Below threshold)

I can't wait to hear about the naysayer interment camps. Or hear him laugh about how his rich oil buddies are screwing all of us with (locally $1.95) the ridiculous gas prices.

Alas Lori...Count ... (Below threshold)
dallas:

Alas Lori...

Count me out. I'm totally worn out by political hate speak. There is no way I can put myself through the angst of again so wanting our nation to come together and yet being forced to watch it continue to fall apart during a State of the Union speech.

The Dems will sit on their hands and grimmace...the Republicans will ...oh who knows what they will do.

God help us all...is it going to take defeat in Iraq? another attack on US soil? a nuke from Iran or who knows from where, to wake us up?

I bet I'm among millions who will just flat go to the movie channel tonight and skip the vile.

I want to hear Rush explai... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

I want to hear Rush explain to his Ditto-Heads why the President linked global warming with carbon emissions.

That should be fun.

"Bush is not running in 200... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

"Bush is not running in 2008, so at some point Democrats need to stop running against him."

Well, yeah, but until this month, every Republican has been in lock-step with W. They can't run away from their records, so the Dems will continue to have a case, running against the Bush-enablers.

Ok Lori...quote one Dem in ... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Ok Lori...quote one Dem in Congress or the Senate member where they say they want Iraq to fail...I understand how disparate we become when we hold a minority view point...although in my lifetime mine has never been below 40% as is your position...what I do understand is the woman in front of me in the check out line today who was 73 cents short and was going to put an item back...of course I covered it as would anyone..she then addressed the clerk and me and said..."I don't know if you pray, but if you do pray for my son who leaves for his third tour in Iraq on Monday."
We told her we would...
I also pray that our President will hear the voice of 3/4 of America who say "No More"

Our President no longer speaks for his nation...
Your unwavering support for his endless failures do not speak for our nation...The blood of our troops is on all our hands...
Most of us are saying no more blood..We refuse to listen to a President and Vice-President who had the opportunity to serve our nation in Combat and chose not to ....nothing I can say will dissuade from believing that withdrawing will make us appear worse in the world than we already appear...nothing will convince you that if we withdraw some terrorist will blow up the block where you live...
"Get out of the way or you'll sink like a stone, for the times they are a'changing

Lorie,Glad to see ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Lorie,

Glad to see you are still a believer. There isn't much I'd really like to hear from the President, he's pretty much said it all at one time or another. What I do not want to hear is all the partisan pre-buttal, rebuttal, scuttle-buttal, etc that will occur before and after. I can hear just fine, and my mind works pretty well. I can listen to the President's speech without having someone to interpet or spin it for me later.

"I've been wanting to say t... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

"I've been wanting to say this for seven years: Dick Cheney's breath would gag a skunk."

Matt.the rebuttal will come... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Matt.the rebuttal will come from the Senator from VA. who has a son in Iraq...what are your personal stakes?

Nogo, I'm with you!E... (Below threshold)
Gringo:

Nogo, I'm with you!
End voting for those who haven't served in the military NOW!

What do I want to hear?... (Below threshold)

What do I want to hear?

I want to hear him say he has come to his senses about amnesty and will implement immediate measures to secure our borders.

But, like dallas I am not all that enthused about listening to any of it. I feel a sense of duty to watch the speech, but I am looking forward to it less than if I were scheduled for a root canal.

Good to see that both Gring... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Good to see that both Gringo and Nogo disagree with civilian control of the military and prefer a military controlled state. Nice to see where you stand, comrades.

Wuz...could you be a little... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Wuz...could you be a little more specific about your charges? All I said was both our President and Vice President could have volunteered for Viet Nam and helped stop the domino effect in Southeast Asia. We know that our withdrawal resulted in the Communist control of our world in 2006.

I'd like to hear the Presid... (Below threshold)
Larkin:

I'd like to hear the President explain why he continues to defy the will of the American people who are overwhelmingly opposed to his escalation of the war in Iraq. I'd like to hear him explain how, in our democracy, one man should have the right to plunge the nation deeper into this war against the advice of the military, against the will of 70% of the people and over the objections of a solid majority of both houses of Congress.

I'd like to hear him explain how the original authorization for the use of force to topple Saddam now applies to quelling the brutal civil war between the Shiites and the Sunnis.

Oh, and a short discourse on the 1500 year old schism between the Sunnis and the Shiites and how he plans to resolve it in the next 12 months would also be informative. We're all ears Mr. President.

Lorie, can you please provi... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

Lorie, can you please provide any statement from a sitting member of Congress who said they want Iraq to fail.

He should talk about the st... (Below threshold)
JD:

He should talk about the state of our DisUnion ...

Larkin, know your history. ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Larkin, know your history. We are a republic. If the government was run by opinion polls, there would be no taxes, few laws, etc. I am always amazed at the lefties lack of knowledge with basic concepts.
I want President Bush to say, "I will continue to do what I think is right. I am not running for anything so I owe no one."

I'd like to hear him saying... (Below threshold)
John:

I'd like to hear him saying he's resigning...

If the government was ru... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

If the government was run by opinion polls, there would be no taxes, few laws, etc. I am always amazed at the lefties lack of knowledge with basic concepts.

Clap Louder, Willie! You aren't clapping loud enough for Dear Leader to hear you.

I would like to hear him sa... (Below threshold)
jp2:

I would like to hear him say something like this:

"Fellow citizens, we are in this fight to win, and we are winning.

The road of victory is the road that will take our troops home. As we make progress on the ground, and Iraqi forces increasingly take the lead, we should be able to further decrease our troop levels---but those decisions will be made by our military commanders, not by politicians in Washington, D.C."

Oh wait - that was last year and it's all. dead. wrong.

-He himself says we aren't winning
-He himself has not listened to the commanders and instead listened to polician McCain
-He has not lowered troops - he has done the exact opposite

Shame. On his enablers as well.

The sound of one man clappi... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

The sound of one man clapping (Cheney).

Larkin, know your histor... (Below threshold)
Larkin:

Larkin, know your history. We are a republic. If the government was run by opinion polls, there would be no taxes, few laws, etc. I am always amazed at the lefties lack of knowledge with basic concepts.

Gee Willie, you're right. We are a republic and no one ever refers to our country as a democracy.

Except, that is, for our fearless leader at a 2005 press conference:

...a democracy reflects the will of the people, and people don't like war. They don't like conflict.

Correction Mr. President. This democracy does not reflect the will of its people. Thanks to you.


I want to hear the Presiden... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I want to hear the President tell Democrats to stick their defeatist, "America sucks!" BDS attitudes where the sun doesn't shine, then sit and twirl on it.

But that won't happen.

So I'll read the text of SOTU and Dem response later, and just watch episodes from "The Simpsons: Season 9" that I just purchased instead.

I have to laugh when readin... (Below threshold)
allen:

I have to laugh when reading all the above comments. Some thing the Chimp is the next messiah, some think he is a piece of manure.

First and foremost, I think Bush is a loser! But at least he has the brass balls to take the fight to these frantic Moslem's. He was correct in getting rid of the Taliban, and should have kept the troops in Afgan, but no, him and Cheny decided to make Iraq (because of the oil) his battle field. What a stupid mistake!

People had/should wake up to the fact that we are in a war, unlike any war ever seen by the industrial nations of the west. The chimp-in-chief does not listen to the military commanders. That is a proven fact. Just like LBJ didn't listen during Viet Nam.

Should we pull out of Iraq. HELL YES. Put the troops back in Afgan. The religious idiots in Iraq have been fighting each other for centuries. Who gives a damn how many of each other they kill?

Every domestic problem Bush has tried to solve, with the approval of the Republican Congress rubberstamping it, has not benefitted the Average American citizen. Now he wants to give more tax cuts to some, raise taxes on others over health insurance. What a frigging idiot.

Also seeing the the chimp in chief wants more troops in Iraq, why isn't the VA fully funded? Don't try and blame the Demo's on this, as they tried and the rubber stamp congress, made up of Republicans refuse to do so.

Much as I dislike Bush, I respect him for taking the fight over there. Because soon or later, they will hit us again here at home. Then listen to all the naysayers demand we go after the people who did this.

All I said was both our ... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

All I said was both our President and Vice President could have volunteered for Viet Nam and helped stop the domino effect in Southeast Asia.

Bush DID volunteer to fly in Vietnam. Even cursory research would show that. He lacked the necessary flight hours in his aircraft to be approved.

I'd like to hear the President explain why he continues to defy the will of the American people who are overwhelmingly opposed to his escalation of the war in Iraq. I'd like to hear him explain how, in our democracy, one man should have the right to plunge the nation deeper into this war against the advice of the military, against the will of 70% of the people and over the objections of a solid majority of both houses of Congress.

He can because of that pesky "Constitution" thing, which pretty explicitly puts that under his control.

Every domestic problem Bush has tried to solve, with the approval of the Republican Congress rubberstamping it, has not benefitted the Average American citizen.

*notes 4.6% unemployment*

Apparently, 95.4% of Americans aren't "average".
-=Mike

"Bush is not running in ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"Bush is not running in 2008, so at some point Democrats need to stop running against him. If they thwart every effort that is proposed by the President they will be seen as offering nothing but obstructionism and that could just cost them the White House in 2008, regardless of who their candidate is."

This from a pundit who was sure the Republicans would hold onto the House and Senate in the'06 elections! No thanks, Ms. Byrd, but this Democrat isn't buying into your view of what might cost the Democrats the election.

As long as conservative America keeps doing exactly the same thing you've been doing all along now it'll be a blue White House in '08, guaranteed. We could run Jimmy Carter and beat any of the Republican candidates on the horizon... heck, we could run and win with Billy Carter for that matter.

Bush isn't running for re-election, but then it's the people behind Bush who are running the country today -- and they will be running hard in the '08 election to hold onto power.

It's a sure bet they'll lose.

This from a pundit who w... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

This from a pundit who was sure the Republicans would hold onto the House and Senate in the'06 elections!

Hmm, less than 1,000 vote turn from holding the Senate.

Yeah, not even CLOSE.
-=Mike

He can because of that p... (Below threshold)
Larkin:

He can because of that pesky "Constitution" thing, which pretty explicitly puts that under his control.

Wrong again Mikey. Section 8 of the Constitution lists as one of Powers of Congress the power "to declare war". But if that isn't enough for you how about these two:

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

I don't think the President can pursue the war in Iraq without an army and navy and the funds they require to operate. Congress can stop Bush on Iraq, and they should. This government should once again reflect the will of the American people instead of defy it.

Lee, Sorry, but I ne... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

Lee,
Sorry, but I never said I was sure that the GOP would hold the House and Senate. I said I believed they would, and hoped they would, but never said I was sure and believed (and wrote that) no one knew for sure until after people had actually, you know, voted.

Jak u - Not even a Dem politician is dumb enough to say "I hope we fail in Iraq", but that is what most of their actions and many of their words tell me.

Oh my goodness, Pelosi looks like she is going to toss her cookies. She is listening to the President saying that we plan to continue to hunt down and kill terrorists in Iraq. She didn't say she hoped we would fail, but when she and her friends denigrate and deny the things we have accomplished in Iraq, that tells me that they don't want to celebrate when there is success. I know many of you will say there have been no successes in Iraq. I wish you would tell that to some of our men and women in uniform who have performed incredible feats. Dems won't share with their voters when our military does anything right in Iraq, but they have smiles a mile wide when talking about the death toll "benchmarks."

To most congressional Democrats, success is pulling out now and bringing our "children" home. Sorry, but to me that is failure and that is what I hear Democrats saying on a daily basis.

Correction Mr. Pr... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:
Correction Mr. President. This democracy does not reflect the will of its people. Thanks to you.

If you're even vaguely familiar with the history of the U.S., you know that the founder understood that a democracy cannot survive. IIRC, it was FDR that began misusing the term democracy to refer to the form of government which we have.. it provided cover for his expansion of the reach of the executive branch.

I don't know about the FDR ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

I don't know about the FDR bit but Mike is right, we are not a democracy, thankfully.

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine. - TJ

Mike you da man tonight! l... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Mike you da man tonight! lol.

John, I'm glad to see you'd welcome a Cheney presidency. Excellent!




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