Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen

Monday, January 19, 2004  

As W makes his third State of the Union tonight, we can expect the "liberal" media to air the inevitable complaints from Republicans about the behaviour of Democrats during the speech. Cries of "partisanship" and "poor behaviour" are inevitable.

As usual, these will be utterly hypocritical. Let's harken back to 1995, to President Clinton's third State of the Union address:

"While the language was markedly centrist for Clinton, many Republicans were not appeased. They applauded wildly when Clinton hit their political hot buttons: smaller government, tax reductions, less bureaucracy. But they glowered or sat on their hands when he invoked his own -- gun control; government programs that he believes work; his version of the crime bill, not theirs; his version of welfare reform, not theirs.
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) summed up the partisanship when he said, 'I have been to 15 of these and I haven't seen an occasion when one party was doing the applauding and the other was sitting on its hands. I think that bodes a very tough year ahead.' "

posted by lazarus | 23:52 | |
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