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Some people have no sense of humor:

Republicans were irked by President Barack Obama’s caustic reminder in his State of the Union speech that he defeated them twice.

“I’ve run my last campaign,” Obama said toward the end of the nationally televised address. Republicans in the chamber applauded derisively, which prompted the president to ad-lib a zinger which wasn’t in his prepared remarks: “I know because I won both of them.”

Democrats erupted with applause.

In the Capitol after the speech, Republicans expressed displeasure at being jabbed by the president in the same speech where he asked for their cooperation.

“Probably not helpful when you rub the other guy’s nose in the dirt a little bit,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), a close ally of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), told reporters.

The problem with Republicans is that they dish it out but can’t take it. Weenies. Maybe the baby party needs a nap.

The argument as I understand it is that all these policy initiatives will work to “expand” the middle class by enabling people to rise and to join it. But can it not be argued that this position is merely trickle-down in populist drag, merely trickle-down from a lower height?

Both the issues of the shrinking middle class and poverty have to be addressed, IMO, but let us not forget that this is the President who expanded Medicaid. That may have been the greatest single anti-poverty initiative undertaken in decades, even if it was denied to a lot of people because of the backward ideologies of their governors.

People seem uniformly underwhelmed by the several Republican responses, which were long on either folksiness or whining but short on any actual ideas that might remotely translate into policy.

As many have pointed out, the President has laid down a challenge to Republicans — how can they block his proposals and still claim to care about ordinary Americans instead of just the rich? I’m sure they’re deep into meetings right now to figure that out.

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  1. uncledad  •  Jan 21, 2015 @7:07 pm

    I made the mistake of watching some post speech punditry, perhas the worst was on msnbc where Andrea Greenspan and Richard Engle both wondering why the president never mentioned buying more arms from the defense contractors that will be needed for the new wars they want started that the president also didn’t mention. How do these fucking people sleep at night?

  2. erinyes  •  Jan 22, 2015 @6:26 am

    Uncledad, sociopaths are the honey badgers of the human race, they don’t give a fuck. And then there’s obummer, pulling his uppity nigra routine again. A well placed “in your face, sucka!”, Mister president ! Lmao !!! 🙂

  3. c u n d gulag  •  Jan 22, 2015 @9:50 am

    The Emperor has clothes.
    His opposition?
    Well, he exposed their butt-hurt asses for all the world to see!

    Great job, Mr. President.