Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The State of the Union

Apparently it is strong and together we will be making stronger, but despite our collective strength we are addicted to oil. (Personally, I've never know too many strong addicts, but that's just me being snarky.)

That's my only comment, mainly because I didn't watch the speech for the first time in my memory. It just seems so unimportant. Junior wasn't going to say anything of real importance and his administration really seem to be running out of ideas.

I won't call him a lame duck, but I can't imagine that he will do anything over the next three years, except tinker around the edges of what he has already done (tax cuts, Patriot Act, etc.). He has decided to whistle past the real big domestic issues, having failed miserably in his Social Security reform. The biggest deal is, of course Iraq (and maybe Iran) but those are really out of his control, for the most part.

I am sure that the Bush fans will call the speech brilliant and a call to arms for the country and his opponents will deride it as misguided (or worse), but for most of us the speech wasn't even worth watching (especially when UConn was playing Pitt!) To me that attitude, which I don't think is limited to me, says that Junior will keep his popularity in the low 40's for the foreseeable future. After all, how can he increase his ratings if most people don't care?