President’s Speech

Senator Ted Cruz apparently has a column saying we have an Imperial Presidency, and that is no real shock because the Christian Science Monitor — no right wing rag, that — asked last week if we have an Imperial Presidency.

The news also carried the news that Nicaraguan president has convinced his congress to grant him a fourth term…or, whatever.

Now it is not proper to conflate the two.


Just a note from on the president’s speech — which I did not hear, opting instead for Moonshiners — but I did listen to both the CNN  and FOX analysis. Apparently, at least according to Rand Paul, the president mentioned the oil and gas industry but he did mention that only to say he was raising taxes on that industry!

(On that subject, we are in the fifth year of “analyzing” the Keystone Pipeline. We won WWII in less time! Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry — who is responsible for reaching a decision — is keeping our friend, Canada, waiting. Meanwhile, Canadian oil WILL come out of the ground, and the only real question is whether Canada will sell it to the US, or China. )

Chris Matthews said that the president is trying to rally his own troops, “because he has been pushed back to his three-yard line, and he can’t afford to be pulsed back further.”

Time Magazine headlined it thusly:

“Vulnerable Democrats Distance Themselves From Obama after State of the Union

Senators up for reelection quickly criticize the president”

Read more: State of the Union 2014: Senate Democrats Bolt from Barack Obama |

The best line of the analysis night came on CNN from dour Newt Gingrich, who proposed an Obama Promises Bill (actually, one that is in progress) which would simply enforce the president’s words, “if you like your Doctor, you can keep your Doctor,” and, “If you like your policy, you can keep your policy.”

Back last November, former president urged President Obama to keep his promises.

Ain’t gonna’ happen.

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