Turned up to eleven: Fair and Balanced

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Quick notes on Dubya's SotU. Good speech, well written and delivered. Bush sounds more like Will Farrell doing Bush than he used to, I think that is funny. On the substance; we will be at war with Iraq soon, that much is clear. Don't let the inclusion of Iran and North Korea fool you, Iraq is the next target. Advantage, Wolfowitz. On the domestic front, Enron did not get mentioned, but clearly was on his mind. The 401k reform that Sen. Corzine suggested is now Bush Administration backed, and the call on corporate America for accountability seemed to me like a slap in the laissez-faire SEC chairman Harvey Pitt's face. Also, no mention of stem cell research, lots of bipartisanship. I think congressional Republicans are going to find it very lonely on the campaign trail this fall, as Dubya protects his interests, and throws some of them to the wolves. It is clear that he is not going to spend his political capital on saving their asses. Gephardt's response was good as well, making clear that he is all about bipartisanship on the War, but not going to lay down for everything the GOP wants. Let the games (and spin) begin.