The State of the Union speech + the GOP response + the Tea Party response = one long ass night.
I thought the State of the Union speech was solid – it lacked hard specifics, but these speeches usually do.
Read the full text of the speech here.
The President called for a five-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending and said he’d veto any bill that came to his desk with earmarks in it (cue applause).
I paid special attention to the President’s remarks about the healthcare reform law…and how he welcomes input from Republicans on what parts of the law they don’t like and how they’d like to change it. And I’ll be keeping a close eye on what the GOP tosses back… ‘cause “compromise” tends to be DC code for fucking over the masses.
We shall see, but with Rep. Bachmann calling for an all out repeal in her response to the response to the address it would seem that there isn’t a lot of room for compromise in the House.
Speaking of the Tea Party response…well, um…wow.
Bachmann explained that she’d been invited by the party of tea to speak and wasn’t trying to compete with the GOP response.
She then proceeded to compete with the GOP response.
Just kidding – Bachmann actually served as official Tea Party translator for the GOP response.
When Congressman Ryan went on and on about how America is on the brink of total collapse…Rep. Bachmann explained that our exceptionalism is threatened by “Obamacare” and government regulations.
Rep. Bachmann went on to explain to the Tea Party faithful that America is the most indispensable nation in the world and the formation of the nation was a miracle.
Bachmann then pointed to the battle of Iwo Jima as proof of America’s miraculous exceptionalism.
She stopped short of calling for the beatification of America…but, as she stared wide-eyed at some random target to the right of the camera, I could tell beatification of the United States of America was on the tip of her forked tongue.
Bachmann is trying a risky skill on the political balance beam. Last night introduced her as the GOP Tea Party Whisperer…which means she’s got to demonstrate that she can control and motivate the mob even as she maintains enough anti-establishment street cred to keep the ear of those who adore tea.
But fuck it - it made for amusing television!