Updated: Progressives Rip Bush's Speech [VIDEO]
Bush's 6th State of the Union speech is, well, over.
Below is an overview of progressive responses, both general and specific. For the video of the official Democratic rebuttal, go HERE.
*Blogger Josh Marshall videotaped his response, video right, touching on Iran in the crosshairs and the pathetic undertones of the speech in general.
*Many (including Obama) have noted that Katrina didn't rate a single mention, despite last year's pronouncement that:
"A hopeful society comes to the aid of fellow citizens in times of suffering and emergency -- and stays at it until they're back on their feet. So far the federal government has committed $85 billion to the people of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. We're removing debris and repairing highways and rebuilding stronger levees. We're providing business loans and housing assistance. Yet as we meet these immediate needs, we must also address deeper challenges that existed before the storm arrived."
*Calling his few policy proposals "uniformly awful," Ezra Klein sums up the pompless pomp best:
"The Democratic Majority robbed the threat of action from Bush's rhetoric. His cruel health plan and Social Security fear mongering are evanescent annoyances, not upcoming agenda items. He's weak, and you sense he knows it. The speech hit the notes it needed to and no more. It was, this time, a formality, a book report bound and delivered to Congress, just as the assignment called for. He sought checkmarks for attendance and completion, and went home."
*John Aravosis, in a post titled "Man, that sucked," goes the Christo route, noting what was missing:
"Speaking of ignoring, what the hell happened to family values and the social conservatives. Did they get ANYTHING in the entire speech? Abortion, gone. Activist judges, gone. Gay marriage, gone. That's the sleeper shocker of this speech, the utter cleansing of anything that would appeal to the family values crowd. They have truly become the crazy aunt in the attic, to be hidden at all costs."
Here are some other progressive responses to issues Bush actually did raise...