A Fourth Response to the SOTU

OK, we’re now up to four responses to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

We have the official GOP response from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, the Tea Party response from Senator Mike Lee of Utah, the YouTube response from Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, and now the fourth — Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida will give the Latino response in Spanish.

Wait, aren’t these the people who want to make English the “official” language of the U. S. and freak out any time local/state/federal government makes any information available in both English and Spanish?

Why do we need four responses to a laundry list of what “ain’t gonna happen” in 2014?  And what next, a response from Sarah Palin in “word salad”?

How Many Damn Responses Do We Need?

Okay, we’re now up to three Republican responses to President Obama’s one State of the Union speech.

We’ve got Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington doing the official GOP response, we’ve got Sen. Mike Lee of Utah doing the Tea Party response.

And now we’ve got Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky doing what I guess we’ll call the YouTube response, since he will pre-record his speech and post it on YouTube, so he’s free to do CNN and Fox News live.  I assume even Fox passed on carrying three responses.

Why doesn’t every GOP congressman and senator just do a response, kind of a winding, whining filibuster that would take us from the SOTU to the Super Bowl?

“Lady” Congressman to Give GOP SOTU Response

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will give the official GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union on January 28.  That’s if, you know, she can keep her libido under control that night, and isn’t off in a cloakroom with some stud-muffin page.

The official Republican response is not to be confused with the official Tea Party response, which will come from Utah Sen. Mike Lee.

Sen. Mike Lee Will Do the Honors

It used to be that after the President’s State of the Union address, the opposing party would offer a response.

But since 2011, the GOP has offered two responses to President Obama, the official Republican response and a Tea Party response.  Because, you know, when you’ve got a Kenyan Muslim Socialist in the WH, one rebuttal can’t possibly be enough to deal with the horror.

This year, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah will do the Tea Party honors on January 28, following in the hallowed footsteps of Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Rand Paul.

The GOP hasn’t yet announced who gets their official gig.  But whoever it is will not eat anything salty or spicy for 24 hours beforehand, having learned the lesson of Marco Rubio’s “Big Gulp” from last year.

So look forward to Crazy and Crazier, Dumb and Dumber.

Quote of the Day

“There is something entirely appropriate about holding the State of the Union address on the same day as Mardi Gras.

One is a display of wretched excess, when giddy and rowdy participants give in to reckless and irresponsible behavior.

The other is a street festival in New Orleans.”

Dana Milbank, “Let the bleak times roll,” WaPo

Best Product Placement at SOTU

Poland Springs water owes Marco Rubio a big campaign contribution.

As Rubio told more and more lies about the President and how he doesn’t believe in our free enterprise system, Rubio got sweatier and thirstier.  The curse of the SOTU response continues.  The shit-eating way he looked into the camera as he grabbed for the water was priceless and will be re-played and re-played for the rest of Rubio’s career.

It was a perfect moment of comic relief after the emotional conclusion to the President’s speech, but it wasn’t the moment of gravitas the lean-and-hungry Rubio was aiming for.

SNL has their next opening sketch.

GOP Makes It Suck To Be Chuck

The GOP is considering walking out of a vote on Chuck Hagel’s DoD nomination if Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-MI) holds one on Tuesday.  Kind of a mean-girls-middle-school thing to do.

Meanwhile, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), the ranking minority member on the Committee, is using the F-word about Hagel — he wants a 60-vote threshold to approve him, not a majority, so he’s threatening a filibuster.

Interestingly, Inhofe’s staff has concluded that Hagel has met the disclosure standard applied to previous nominees for Secretary of Defense, so the GOP’s demand for more information seems — surprise, surprise — to be total BS.

I hope the Prez gets up at his SOTU and shouts “You lie!” at the GOP members.


The Chutzpah of Mitt Romney

Ya gotta love it — Mitt is criticizing Obama’s State of the Union by saying, “He seemed extraordinarily detached from reality.”

Um, Mittens, if you want detached from reality, look in the mirror and listen to your campaign speeches.

But I guess if your “reality” is accounts in the Cayman Islands and Swiss banks, if your reality is making $57,000 a day, Obama would seem detached from that reality, as would almost all Americans.