|Joni "Get Your Bread Bags On" Ernst|
The Republicans have yet to get this SOTU retort right, but in all fairness the Democrats haven't been very good at it in the past either. It seems it is better to just let the President have his night and go after him on the talk show circuit. What makes the matter worse is that ever since Marco Rubio's infamous water gaffe the GOP has pre-recorded its "rebuttals," so these speakers are not actually responding to the speech. Not that they ever did before.
It is more an attempt to get an alternative message out, but when the President takes up close to an hour of air time, who is going to stick around for a rebuttal except die-hard Republicans, who probably skipped his address in the first place. The Democrats can scoff the next day, which they have done, especially over Joni's stale bread bags.
It seemed Harry was no longer relevant until the new Congress broke into pandemonium over an attempt to attach a tax hike to the notorious anti-abortion bill being pushed through the House, revealing a lot of division within the Republican ranks, notably among newly elected women representatives, who felt their male counterparts had gone too far with their pro-life rhetoric. Now, these GOP women have come under attack from their own right wing.
A slightly less draconian bill ended up getting passed by the House, which could run into trouble in the Senate, where it needs 60 votes. The Republicans are five votes short. Unfortunately, Harry seems more concerned about the sport manufacturer of the exercise equipment that nearly put out his eye, considering a law suit against the company.
You might recall Bibi's infamous "red line" speech at the UN in 2012. Iran still doesn't have nuclear weapons. Obama is hoping that diplomacy will bring Iran to the table, not another round of sanctions, which he highlighted in his SOTU address. Falling oil prices seem to have hit Iran hard enough as it is.
However, the President might have the last laugh, as Pope Francis has decided to take up Boehner on the invitation he extended to him last March to speak to a joint session of Congress. After the Cuba deal negotiated by the Vatican, the Pope is no longer quite so revered among Republicans, dumbstruck by his "socialist" agenda. No doubt Boehner would have liked to retract that invitation, but fortunately for the GOP Francis is not due in America until September.
More and more it seems that last November was a pyrrhic victory for Republicans as they find themselves boxed in by their own negative rhetoric on a number of issues that have proven popular with the electorate. This doesn't bode well for GOP Congressional and state candidates in 2016, much less would-be presidential candidates, forcing them once again to script rebuttals to the State of the Union Address. Practice makes perfect.