Wednesday, January 21, 2004
State of the Union
Conservatives were disappointed that Bush didn't clearly endorse a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage. What went unreported, however, is that Bush aides did circulate a proposed amendment on another topic earlier in the day. It read:
Article II, Section 3 of this Constitution shall be modified as follows: The text, "He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient" shall be excised and replaced with, "He shall from time to time convene a Pep Rally attended by both Houses of Congress, sitting members of the Supreme Court and Cabinet, and such other Dignitaries as may seem necessary, including but not limited to the Figureheads placed over the various Protectorates of these United States."
Bush talks earnestly about testing, and I seem to recall a SOTU a few years ago in which he spoke of 'the soft bigotry of diminished expectations.' Presumably, then, he thinks grade inflation is a problem. If that's the case then maybe he could ask the members of his caucus not to fill air with bloated praise for a speech that wasn't all that good. You just can't say 'The President's speech was an A+' with a straight face the day after every network has broadcast highlights from 'I Have A Dream.'
As long as we're talking style, the Democratic response was a disaster. I think Pelosi said the right words, but I was distracted by her botox brows. Note to Nancy: If you feel comfortable talking about your five grandchildren, you should feel comfortable having a few wrinkles. Let your skin down and live a little! As for Daschle, he's a better speaker than Bush or Pelosi, but between the head bob and the over the top emoting he came off as a weird cross between Danny Ocean and Ulysses Everett McGill.