Readers Minds Made Up on SOTU
Our Readers Who Comment are splitting their attention today between two not totally unrelated stories: the upcoming State of the Union message by President Bush, and Kennedy decisions to endorse Sen. Barack Obama's candidacy for the Democratic nomination.
Michael Abramowitz, in previewing tonight's SOTU, writes that "Bush faces a steep challenge in persuading Americans to heed his words on the war, economic policy or any other issue." If the words of our RWC are indication, that is an understatement. It is difficult to find a positive comment about the current presidency in any of the more than 125 received at this writing. Abramowitz also gets some criticism for writing in his first paragraph that because of the economy "the president is getting little credit for improved security in Iraq," a contentious claim with the many who think the press has wrongly bought into assertions that the "surge" in Iraq is working.
As for the Kennedy endorsements, which started with Caroline Kennedy's op-ed in Brand X on Sunday, there is division among our RWC on whether this is a good or a bad thing, and some presumed Democrats fear this will lead to a Republican victory.
We'll start with the State of the Union.
rkerg was first out of the box and pretty much set the tone in writing, "There is a pretty good chance that the speech will say that the situation in Iraq is much improved, but not enough so we can leave, and that all the economy needs is...more tax cuts, especially for corporations. And, yada yada yada."
nickwib wrote, "The war and economy are inextricably linked since the war has removed from the economy a sum that would scarcely shame a French banker and sent the price of oil through the roof."
sandnsmith said, "Jeremy Rosner [quoted in the story] is right when he says 'Very large segments of the American people have written him off already and have moved on to the next chapter'. I am one of those. I will drink champange when the shrubs time is up. Because, no matter who gets elected..truly it cannot get worse than it has..."
fortheclueless said, "They might as well just play last year's speech... We've heard it all before. Reality, as we all live, is different... He lives in a parallel universe, partly because he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and partly because he's stupid."
mgibbosh addressed the surge issue in writing, "What can President possibly have to say other than the surge worked but condition in Iraq remain essentially the same, there is really no functioning government. Unless our objective for the surge was to caused a lot of death destruction and migration of the Iraqi people is what we can take credit for..."
Gatsby1 complained that reporter Abramowitz "...would have us believe that Bush is the best thing to have happened to he economy and Iraq in history... Why can't WaPo hire journalists instead of propagandists for the Bush maladministration?"
And edhassett1 said, "While a few will sit in rapt attention, see if he remembers the surge was to give the Iraq leadership time to get together and govern. A COMPLETE FAILURE"
Now to the Kennedy endorsement of Obama.
Rushay said that "Mr. Obama can bring unity to our divided country, that we have never seen, if he's elected president! And w/ Kennedy's endorsement he will have the gravitas & momentum to move forward on a juggernaut course, defeating the Mean Clinton Machine & their racial divide!..."
But morningglory51 asked, "So what? Endorsements don't mean sqaut to the vast majority of voters."
johnkwhite1 wrote, "I find it increasingly difficult to believe that we will have a Democratic president in 2009. I also find it increasingly difficult to believe that either Clinton or Obama understands for one minute what they both have done to the American people. It doesn't matter to me who is at fault for trying to make race an issue. What matters is that neither of them was smart enough to stop it..."
sd71 insisted that "Hillary Clinton remains the best candidate for President. She is bright,smart,eloquent, experienced and has a deep knowledge and understanding of domestic and foreign policy issues..."
zb95 said that "Ted's endorsement will not only help Barack with Latinos but more importantly this sends a message to the rank and file Democrats that it is now ok to dump Hillary and jump on the Obama bandwagon..."
We'll close with 68b2b, who wrote that "This has come as no surprise. Ted defected!! This continues and should Obama gets the nomination, my vote goes to John McCain. Should this develop any further, Republicans will retain the WH in 2009."
All comments on the State of the Union advance are here.
All comments on the Kennedy endorsements are here.
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