Good News For Republicans

Obama to address the Nation tonight. Each new hissie fit raises the prospects for Republicans in 2012.

UPDATE: Professor Jacobson has the Obama speech in one sentence: “I’m not going to be ignored, John.” He borrowed the line from Fatal Attraction.

Reactions to Obama’s speech:

John Hinderaker: This was, I think, the key moment in Obama’s speech:

The only reason this balanced approach isn’t on its way to becoming law right now is because a significant number of Republicans in Congress are insisting on a cuts-only approach….

What he apparently didn’t realize is that most of his listeners were saying, Yes! Let’s have a cuts-only approach! We don’t need more taxes, we need the federal government to start living within its means!

William Kristol: Baby Talk! It would be nice to have a president who spoke candidly to his fellow citizens as adults.

Tony Katz: After watching the most recent speech from President Obama on the debt and deficit, I can honestly say that there is no depth to which he won’t sink. It is stunning to see the president talk about compromise, when the Administration has yet to put forth its own plan. Stunning when you realize that the Senate, under Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) would not allow Cut, Cap and Balance to have an up or down vote. Stunning when he calls on Americans to call the Senate and House members to demand compromise, but walks out on those same negotiations.

Troy Senik: The president’s just-concluded East Room remarks were notable only for their superfluousness. There was not a single new concept here — not even a clever new way of framing the case he’s already been making. Instead, we got Obama’s greatest hits — an opening shot at the Bush Administration, endless complaints that the rich aren’t paying enough in taxes, and an insistence that he seems to be the only man in Washington capable of rising above the partisan fray.

Boehner is the clear winner here.

Andrew Stiles: In terms of blatant, cynical, political demagoguery, the speech was par for the course.

Charles Krauthammer: “I thought I was cynical until I heard that speech. It was purely partisan. It was meant as a campaign speech. And I think it was a speech from yesterday.”

Speaker John Boehner: I Know the President Is Worried About His Next Election, but isn’t it time to be worried about the country?

If Texas Governor Rick Perry enters the Republican Presidential primary race (announcement within 3 weeks he says) Obama might look back on these salad days when John Boehner was his chief nemesis.

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