Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Blame Game, aka ,The SOTU Address, and The Republican Response - **UPDATED**

Yes, Obama laid blame at the feet of just about everyone but himself last night during his SOTU. "The Buck Stops Here" moment was very short-lived, was it not? It's Bush's fault about the banks, even though Senator Obama voted to bail them out; it's the Republicans fault - the minority party - that nothing can get passed in D.C., even though the Democrats had a super-majority, it is everyone's fault but his, for whatever condition the country is in, unless it is something positive, then it is ALL him. Yes, he can walk and chew gum at the same time - woohoo!!! Let's give him a standing ovation!! Lost jobs? Staggering deficit? Home foreclosures?? Nah, that's not his fault.

And how about Justice Alito's "Joe Wilson" moment, when he said, "Not true" to Obama's claim the recent Supreme Court Decision would allow foreign dollars to influence our elections. All I gotta say is, lucky for him he isn't from South Cackalacki, or else he would be labeled a racist. Ahem. I am sure this will be looked at from every which way in the upcoming days. But in case you missed it, here it is, with commentary from Peter Johnson:

Wow, that was some response from Mr. Johnson, who is, by the way, a Democrat, and who voted for Obama.

What else? Oh, yes, the whole DADT thing that Obama punted out to the Congress. That's exactly what he did. DADT could have long ago been repealed, but yet, there it still is. I have zero patience for LGB groups who are going to be thankful for this little throwaway crumb from the table. If Obama wanted to end it, he would have. Now, just because he mentioned it, organizations like Servicemembers Legal Defense Network are all atwitter. Spare me. When Obama, and the Congress, actually DO something about it, then I'll give them appropriate props. But until then, it's the same-o, same-o, all talk and no action.

And how about the Republican Response? It was offered by new Virginia governor, Bob McDonnell from Richmond, in the House of Delegates. Take a look:

I have to say, this is one of the better responses I have seen from either side of the aisle (remember the incredibly painful, stiff response from then-Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius?? Oh, wow - I had such high hopes for her until her incredibly wooden performance. Watching paint dry would have been more interesting.).

I don't know why, but the parts of it I have had to watch (see what I do for you people?), just keep reminding me of this classic piece from "The Life Of Brian":

And there ya have it!


Mary Ellen said...

Yeah, Obama spent 30 minutes on health care and 3 seconds on gay issues. Unfortunately, that will be enough for those Obot gays who will take that bone Obama threw at them and chew on it long enough to go to the polls and vote for him again. Like you...I just can't figure that group out. I didn't have a chance to look at what AmericaBlog had to say about it..will look later.

Great post, kiddo. I missed the Republican response, will watch it in its entirety when I get home later.

Anonymous said...

Yes, he can walk and chew gum at the same time - woohoo!!!

Hey, there's another of his accomplishments! Wow, he's just full of it...accomplishments, I mean (LOL).

I didn't watch any of his SOTU, and so far I haven't watched any clips of him, either. I DID watch the clip of Bob McDonnell and was very impressed. You don't think I'm becoming a...gasp...Republican, do you??? I need an intervention, quick!

I don't think Bozo has ever accepted responsibility for anything in his life. His grandparents, who gave up so much to raise him and provide a privileged life for him, might have overcompensated. Poor little rich boy. Oh, wait, I forgot, he grew up in poverty and his mom was on food stamps. Was that before or after she got her PhD? And he lived in luxury with his wealthy stepfather? And he went to a private school in Hawaii? Oh well, none of it's his fault anyway.

According to the Bay Area Report, the GLBT paper here, DADT is dead in the water. Not because of Bozo, but because the Dems no longer have a filibuster proof majority. Ummmm, hey there, San Francisco, the Dems have had a majority for a year now. They could have repealed DADT immediately. And, it's not like Bozo can't just sign an executive order. But this way, y'all blame the Repubs in the Senate and ol' Bozo stays squeaky clean in your eyes.

I missed Hillary last night, but it's being repeated tonight so I will be sure to watch. I'll have lots of kleenex nearby, being reminded of who could have/should have been giving the SOTU last night.

Word verification: anger (I swear, that's really it!)

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Mary Ellen -

You are so right, and that just makes me nuts. Please - one throwaway line, and now everyone is ALL happy (dare I say, gay??) because Obama tossed out that line, as if he couldn't have done something abt that MONTHS ago. Please.

I hadn't seen the VA gov. speak before, but I thought he did a pretty good job...

Thanks, ME! I appreciate it the kind words!

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

SF, you are too funny - DANG, why didn't I think of that?? Maybe I can still go add it in...

Well, I have watched as little as I could. I cannot STAND the way he talks, the tone of his voice, the tennis match-ness of his head swing, and then there's what he says...Blech.

I, too, thought Gov. McDonnell was really good. The Admin at NQ and I often think of who are the rising stars in the RNC to run against Obama in 2012 (Paul Ryan from WI is one), and this guy definitely is, it seems to me. He got a great response in the House of Delegates, too. His style is positive, and he seems to know what he's talking abt, too.

LOL abt the "becoming a Republican." I told my partner the other day that I literally used to think Republicans should have antennae or horns or something, so I could easily identify them. Where did that black/white, demonizing come from, I wonder?? Anyway, now I am willing to listen to Republicans, whereas before, there was no way in hell I would. I have finally accepted that the Dems don't have all the answers, and are often part of the problem (Obama last night blamed the Republicans for things not getting done, and chastised them for not leading. With his supermajority. Say whaa??? WHEN is this man going to STOP WHINING????). Anyway, now that I don't dismiss them out of hand, I realize that some of them have something positive to say.

Not to worry, though, SF - I think we are honest-to-goodness Independents!! :-D

Anonymous said...

Whew, it's good to know I haven't gone to the dark side! (Although some in my family think otherwise.)

It is funny, isn't it, how for so many years so many of us saw the parties as black/white, good/evil, us/them...and the bad guys were the Repubs. Now, as an Indie who no longer buys the party bull, I can see that there really are good Repubs who do have good ideas. Bozo's problem is he just wants them all to agree with him. I'd like to remind him that HE'S the leader, sad as that may be, and it's his JOB to lead. Part of being a good leader is listening - something he doesn't do well. With Bozo, it's obedience. Dissent will not be tolerated.


Mary Ellen said...

Rev.Amy....Alito didn't mouth "not true"...he mouthed "fuck you", I'll lay odds on it. ;-)

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

ROTFLMAO, Mary Ellen - now THAT seems likely!!!

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

SF, that is it exactly - Obama wants to be ADORED, he wants, no, demands everyone agree with him. When they don't, he lets them have it one way or the other, through a comment, through lack of access, whatever it is. I just saw that Mary Landrieu thought Obama was jabbing at the Senate, and when asked if that was fair, replied that it was not.

And you are so right abt not buying the bull anymore. Now that I see how the Dems have used certain sticks to keep us in line, be it gay rights, or abortion rights, whatever it is, how they promote this us/them, good/evil thing, it makes me ill that I bought that shit for so long - YEARS.

I was thinking abt this the other day because the friend who is going with us is a lifelong Rep. I cannot believe she is friends with us (me) considering some of the stuff I am sure I said around her before I knew. She has family who are both, one heavily Rep., one heavily Dem, and she is a moderate, but still - I am sure she had to bite her tongue a lot back then. Something I sure didn't practice much of, I am ashamed to admit. Yet, she is one of our dearest friends; we adore her.

Sigh. Well, at least we have broken free of those shackles, and are now seeing that there ARE some good Reps with good ideas.

Hell, the situation in which we find ourselves, we need all the good ideas we can get...

Sophie said...

I'm with you. When Obama, and the Congress actually do something about DADT, I'll think they did something. Until then...

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Thanks, Sophie - I don't know why everyone is SO excited that he actually mentioned it. He didn't say anything new, either. I am fairly sure he said pretty much that when he was sworn in. It's a year later, a stroke of the pen would have done it (just what IS it they have to get ready before allowing people to serve openly? Separate bathrooms or something???).

I guess we'll see!