So. Didja watch it? I did... the whole thing... and I didn't even fall asleep. I didn't make it through the Republican response though, falling asleep just as Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was entering the statehouse chambers. Watching The One is exhausting work, yanno?
Mr. Krauthammer has all you really need to know in case you missed it.
As for me? Not impressed. I'm at the point now where all of The One's speeches sound the same to me. The Big Mystery last night was whether or not Obama was gonna "pivot," "move to the center" or otherwise pull a Clinton after his party got its ass handed to it in the VA, NJ, and MA elections. Short answer: no. Up the ante, keep on keepin' on, stay the course. And you guys in the opposition party should just quit obstructing things and get on board, coz now that you can filibuster shit you'll be responsible for The One's failures. He said so. So I guess The One is saving the Clintonian course correction some of the pundits were anticipating for next year's SOTU. You know... when the obstructionists have the majority in at least one chamber.
There was one "I can't believe he SAID that!" moment, though. He looked directly at Chief Justice Roberts and all the Supremes ... and said:
With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections. (Applause.) I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. (Applause.) They should be decided by the American people. And I'd urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.
Those two applause moments in parentheses? Those were standing ovations. Or as much of the chamber as one could see on the teevee stood up and applauded while the Court sat stock-still and took it. Well, sorta. Here's Glenn Reynolds:
“POLITICO’s Kasie Hunt, who’s in the House chamber, reports that Justice Samuel Alito mouthed the words ‘not true’ when President Barack Obama criticized the Supreme Court’s campaign finance decision.” Drudge is calling Obama’s criticism “intimidation,” but apparently, they weren’t so intimidated. As I said before, Obama’s behavior wasn’t very Presidential, and it wasn’t very wise.
MORE: “When you hear the president of the United States demagoguing the First Amendment, you sit there and you take it, son.”
No, actually, you don’t, and Alito didn’t. And that will step on Obama’s press tonight and tomorrow, turning his demagoguery into a negative for him. That’s why Presidents usually act Presidential. Not so much because it’s dignified. But because it’s smart. That’s something that Obama, with his limited experience on the national stage, hasn’t figured out yet.
I literally sat in front of the teevee with my mouth hanging open. I've never seen a president level criticism like that in an address to Congress before in my life. Never. As Mr. Reynolds says... with great understatement... The One's behavior was not wise.