In an effort to maintain our official status as “political junkies,” my wife and I sat down last night and watched both the Presdient’s State of the Union speech and the Democrats’ response as delivered by Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine. I thought that the “International Relations” portion of the speech was well-written and well-delivered by the President, particularly the calling out of Iran by name and the explicit recognition that we side with the people, it’s just the mullahs we despise. The domestic portion of the speech, however, left me scratching my head a bit and I found myself quickly fazing out, only to be snapped back to attention by the mention of “nucular” power. Nuclear power is such a common sense proposition and it is a continuing shame that the very notion of such has been so thoroughly demonized that we are unlikely to see any real progress made on construction of newer, safer and more efficient nuke plants. I also found myself a bit perplexed by the inclusion of Burma among the dictator-run nations on our watch list and the President’s call to outlaw human-animal hybrids. Did I miss some large portion of the news over the past few months? Has some Dr. Moreau come forth recently that I’m not aware of? And what’s going on in Burma?
On to the Democratic response. I was repulsed, although not entirely surprised, by the Democrats’ applauding themselves for stalling Social Security reform. It seemed in poor taste and more than a little mean-spirited and politically tone-deaf. Wait, we are talking about the new Democrats here. Never mind.
I tried, so help me, I tried to pay attention to the words coming out of Tim Kaine’s mouth, but I found myself endlessly distracted by the man’s left eyebrow. Seriously, what’s up with that? It’s almost as if it has a mind of its own, fluttering up and down with very little connection to the contents of Kaine’s speech itself.
The speech in and of itself centered on the theme of “There’s a better way”. That way was never fully articulated, but Kaine seemed to suggest that the Democrats would be better choices for every position you could possibly think of, including non-political ones. They’ve got such servants’ hearts that they’d be glad to fill out our 1040EZs, walk our dogs and even take our cars to the garage, if only we could see clear to vote for them. Sorry, Kaine, et al, I’m not buying it. I don’t want “managers” or “servants” in government, let alone relentlessly meddlesome busybodies such as the ones comprising the leadership of your party – I want people concerned with 1) defending our homeland from foreign attack 2) defending our trade interests against foreign interference and 3) getting out of the way of the American people in most other respects.
Gah. Looked at that eyebrow again. I’ve lost my train of thought. I guess I’ll just close with a Moment of Zen, D.C. Still Image Edition:
UPDATE: By way of Jeff Harrell, we find out just what the heck Bush was referring to in the “manimal” section of his speech. Additionally, Jeff Goldstein’s liveblogging of the SOTU reminded me of one of the funniest/freakiest moments of the night:
Earmark reform? McCain clapped like a seal with a fresh mackerel in his maw.
Those of you that watched the speech know exactly what he is talking about. The way that man claps is unnatural, kids. It looked like he locked his elbows at a 45° angle and then swung his arms from the shoulders. I just tried it out here at my desk – that puts so much force behind each clap it hurts. The Big Giant Ego must really hate “earmarks” to get that into applause. Either that, or the very thought of appearing on live national TV is so exciting that he loses basic motor function control. Somebody needs to make an animated .gif out of his applause. Farkers, get right on it, mmmkay?