And we dunno about you, but it is pretty tough to read the transcript of any SOTU address, and like hell were going to watch it later on YouTube. Not when we could be watching Worlds Best Hockey Fights. So flipping around the Web, here seems to be the upshot of the State of the Union address based on the commentaries.
- If you were a Republican voter, you found it lame, unconvincing, and worrisome.
- If you were a Democratic voter, you found it pretty much on the mark.
- If you were a Republican congressperson, you found it routine, trite, and more of the same.
- If you were a Democratic congressperson, you thought it kinda interesting, but there was too much bowing to the GOP to really get behind it.
- If you were a Republican voter or congressperson, you found Ryans rebuttal to be simply awesome, and an on-the-money takedown of the Presidents policies.
- If you were a Democratic voter or congressperson, you found Ryans rebuttal to be dreadful, dismal, and an overly dramatic (yet dry) delivery of horrors untold.
Look, it is simple. The State of the Union address has rarely been a great opportunity for any President to shine. They usually are no more colorful than someone narrating a goddamned PowerPoint presentation. You wind up focusing on whether you are on slide 17 of 20, or slide 17 of 100. And the President, generally, wants to get through it as fast as you do.
Because the State of the Union address is really a non-binding review, like those report card experiments teachers did in the 1970s where the kid gives himself a grade with a brief list of areas for improvement, the President can easily say anything to either sideand usually, he does. Get a little applause here...a little applause there, and everyone feels better. But what does it mean?
Based on the commentaries we have been reading, not a whole lot.