This will be much more interesting than what Bush has to say. Webb is a good speaker, and I have some high expectations for him. I think he’s a fantastic choice for the Democrats and I’m glad they didn’t let one of the presidential hopefuls grab the mike. Maybe he’ll go off script and promise that his party will offer up legislation to rescind the Iraq AUMF*.
It might be interesting but probably won’t be watched much. Can you name the last time the opposition’s response to a SOTU Address got any attention? Most everyone but political junkies like us on the Dope tend to get bored and flip channels after 5 or 10 minutes of the SOTU itself. Hell, even I almost never watch the response. Unless Webb really says or does something remarkable, his response will be as ineffectual and ignored as these things usually are.
Being a Virginian, I’ve been watching Senator Webb for a while now. Frankly I can’t decide whether he’s slightly unbalanced or just a huge asshole.
That stunt at the White House where he was insufferably rude to President Bush is instructive. If he wasn’t inclined to be civil, he should have declined the invitation. It would have been the gentlemanly thing to do.
The fact that he didn’t do this, and instead made a spectacle of himself, says much about him, and not a lot good.
What uncivil message do you take from the exchange? Bush asked him about his son. He said he’d like his son out of Iraq, and Bush said that wasn’t the question and asked it again. Webb declined to discuss his family.
Keeping in mind that this exchange happened despite the fact that Webb declined to stand in the receiving line to avoid this kind of conflict, how exactly do you see it as a breach of decorum on his part?
As a contrast to this, DC’s new mayor, Adrian Fenty, was invited to the SOTU as a guest of the First Family. He declined, and went as Nancy Pelosi’s guest instead, giving as a reason Bush’s lack of support for DC voting rights.
A decline for a reason - that I can respect. Going as a guest but then insulting your host - that I can’t. Not my way of doing business.
A very good speech, very well delivered. It would be difficult to call that particular Democrat “weak on defense”. I didn’t agree with his populist ideas on domestic issues, but he articulated them well, and I can appreciate the political appeal they hold. He did a great job on the foreign policy issues (read: Iraq), and I hope the Democrats have the *cajones *to follow thru.
Interestingly, this was very much his speech, and not a watered down Democratic message, or a laundry list of the typical Democratic hot buttons. Populist economics and get out of Iraq. Worked for quite a few new Democrats last fall.
Mr. Moto: I don’t want to hijack my own thread further, so I’ll just say that’s blatant, partisan hypocrisy on your part.