I'm going to try to do a quick roundup of what other bloggers have to say.
I'm right now watching Hillary Clinton applaud tort reform for medical lawsuits.
Either she's really moving to the center -- which would explain the lack of lightning bolts, earth not opening to swallow her whole, etc. -- or god doesn't watch the news.
On a similar note, they caught Charles Rangel napping.
And I thought he was an atheist!
"...it is the cause of all mankind."
He's talking about liberty, and he's right.
That's what Bush gets about foreign policy, and it's what none of the major Democratic presidential hopefuls don't -- or won't -- understand.
And it's why I'll almost certainly vote for him next fall. We live in dangerous times, and it looks (so far) like he's the only serious candidate.
Now if only he were as serious -- and less "Clintonian" as one MSNBC commenter just said -- about domestic issues.
How much is it hurting the Democrats to get to their feet for the capture of Saddam. Did you see Bush's face? He noticed how slow they were.
"The United States of America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." Good line, it it's true, it's a radical change in U.S. foreign policy.
Libya -- please George, don't credit diplomacy. Credit the war! YES. Good boy. "For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible. And no one can now doubt the word of America." Boy, Powell looked uncomfortable.
Only Republicans going to cheer good economic news? Makes sense, I suppose.
"These numbers confirm, that the American people are using their money far better than government would have, and you were right to return it." That'd be a better line if Bush's government hadn't gone on spending like a Democrat. We can't both spend the same money.
Elaine Chao is kinda hot, no?
Jesse Jr. brings his kid to the SOTU? Child abuse.
"Jobs for the 21st Century Program." Get out your wallets.
Surprisingly enthusiastic standing-O for increasing support for Junior colleges. Did most of these guys just get Associate's degrees? Come to think of it, that would explain a lot.
Are those BOOOS for making tax cuts permanent?!? Have I heard boos at the SOTU before? I think maybe but it's rare. Don't Donks worry that voters might, you know, like, be watching this?
"A governemnt run health care system is the wrong prescription!" If it were possible to die from Irony, Bush would have just murdered 50 million people.
Is Charlie Rangel dead or sleeping? Somebody check his pulse.
Jesse Jackson Jr.
I just figured out something. Jesse Jr. brought his kid so he wouldn't have to be caught standing or not standing at times when it could be politically dangerous. Expect to see at least 500 infants and toddlers in the chamber next year.
Martin Devon on the President :
I love this guy! He just doesn't shy away from a fight.
First bragging about entitlement expansion, now bragging about Federal interference in local education. Charming.
Wow....he just included Palestinian terror (in Jerusalem) in a litany of otherwise exclusively al Qaeda attack references. A good linkage -- well put. I do appreciate the sound vision that sees the threat holistically.
So amnesty encourages illegal immigration -- but a temporary worker program that validates illegal immigrants doesn't? Give me a break.
So who decided that marriage came after the athletic supplements? What about the role of athletic supplements in marriage? What about activist judges who defy the will of the people who want athetic supplements? What about marrying your athletic supplements?
And on to the faith-based stuff....most of which I agree with. But can we really build a case that religious institutions were actually discriminated against in any serious manner? I don't like this formulation: why is a Republican president speaking of a "right" to government money?
Jonah Goldberg on "unilateralism" and the Patriot Act:
The call for the reauthorization for the Patriot Act and the laundry list of nations working with us. This exposed the silliness of the charge that we need to "internationalize" Iraq. What that charge really means is that the US shouldn't be in charge. As for the Patriot Act, it's about time the President said something in its defense.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Bush looks better now that the Democratic reply is on. Nancy Pelosi's unblinking, wide-eyed stare-into-the-camera delivery is just creepy. ("Please meet my captors' demands.") But judging from what she said -- and from the fact that every member of the CNN focus group, Democratic and Republican, thought the war was worth it -- I think that Ed Cone was clearly right to say that criticism of the war is approaching its sell-by date. And the Dems' program proposals aren't any more impressive than Bush's. (Daschle says that when our parents were kids, all Americans could go to good schools. Really? When my parents were kids, schools were segregated.) I kind of like Daschle's effort to coopt Newt Gingrich's "opportunity society" phrase, though.
YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Kerry's on ABC, waffling when asked how he'll vote on Bush's legislative proposals. Now he's waffling on the gay marriage issue -- he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act under Clinton, but he doesn't support gay marriage now. He describes his vote as "an act of courage." Then he says he agrees with Bush, but that Bush is trying to find "wedge issues." Now he's talking about Equal Protection -- but he doesn't say what that means for gay marriage. And now he's swerved off into affirmative action, all without ever answering Peter Jennings' questions about gay marriage. Lame.
MORE: The Democratic response got panned by the MSNBC focus group -- even by the Democrats. Pelosi and Daschle are criticized for delivery, lack of message.
That's it for now. There were some people who I expected to have something up but haven't posted anything yet. If I see anything else that seems interesting I'll link it.
Analysis of speech: If the amount of time given over to a single idea reflects its relative importance in the State of the Union speech (a reasonable assumption), then the most important themes in tonight's speech, in descending order, are: the need to commit adequate resources to the military for the war on terror (87 seconds); that government will act against single-sex marriage (84 seconds); the administration's commitment to strong families and religious communities, and to combat juvenile use of drugs (78 seconds); the government's commitment to education and excellence for each child in America (72 seconds); that the world without Saddam is a better and safer place (69 seconds). The closing matter took 78 seconds, centered around the idea that we are living in historic times.
Incidentally, the average amount of continuous speech between applause lines was 29.28 seconds. In addition, if by speech units we mean a period of continuous speech without intended applause, the speech was constructed of:
16 units of 10 seconds or under
14 units of 11 to 20 seconds
12 units of 21 to 30 seconds
5 units of 31 to 40 seconds
1 unit of 41 to 50 seconds
3 units of 51 to 60 seconds
4 units of 61 to 70 seconds
and 3 units of 71 to 80 seconds. (Disclaimer: this excludes the introductory matter.)