It's too easy to pound on the president's State of The Union address. I'll leave that to the red-meat crowd. What annoyed the crap out of me was watching the Democrats. I'm not referring to the perpetual suck-ups like Reps. Eliot "Ann Wright's Counter State of the Union Message,"Engel and Loretta Sanchez, two of the many Democrats I spotted jostling for position to shake the president's hand (what is it with the air in Washington, D.C. that makes people want to cozy up to a politician who two-thirds of the voters detest?).Howie P.S,: For a netroots view on the SOTU, three bloggers and their laptops give us their take on "Dem Response to State of the Union '07" (video, 1:38.)
I'm talking about the vast numbers of Democrats, sometimes the entire caucus, who applauded, sometimes as part of standing ovations, for speech lines that deserved stony silence.
As an amusing aside: When Bush congratulated the new majority party in Congress, he did so using the typical Republican reference to the opposition party: "Democrat majority." And the official White House transcript keeps that language. But, CBS and CNN's version of the transcript of the speech (I didn't check other sources because of time) changed the words to "Democratic majority,"--the correct name of the Democratic Party but not what the president said.
If the president won't even give you the respect to use the correct name of your party, why would you respect his office by clapping for him, particularly when he's dead wrong?
And from the activists on the street, "Ann Wright Gives a Counter State of the Union Message." (video, 5:43). Howie says: Of course, the President didn't tell us all of his plans for us.