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State of the Union -- Live Thread

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jaketapper Jake Tapper

RT @OKnox: "This State of the Union bipartisan seating thing is the political equivalent of a combover: Looks odd, fools no one."

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Anticipating Obama's State of the Union as edited for the new civility Los Angeles Times -- Andrew Malcolm

With House Republican snipers trying to pick off repeal parts of his healthcare legislation, President Obama will attempt to march wend his way through the political minefield briar patch of his next State of the Union address this evening.

 

Fully armed With policy talking points, he'll issue a trumpet call to battle stations arms rally embattled determined Democrats to gear up prepare for the crucial assault run-up on the 2012 presidential election year.

 

With so many obedient party members debunked diminished destroyed demolished defeated in November's midterm battle struggle as collateral damage for that take-no-prisoners healthcare vote, the Real Good Talker president will have dozens fewer friendly faces gazing up at the podium where Speaker Nancy Pelosi John Boehner now wields holds the gavel. :snip:

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From the way members of Congress are talking about their decision to sit alongside colleagues from the other party instead of in partisan halves for tonight’s speech you’d think that they had just brokered a peace treaty between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

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A White House official says President Barack Obama will call for a five-year freeze in non-security, discretionary spending during his State of the Union address.

 

The official says the proposal will be part of the president's plans to reduce the deficit that he will outline in Tuesday's primetime State of the Union address. The official says Obama will also call for lawmakers to back a five-year plan put forth by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to save $78 billion in defense spending.

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BARF ---

 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has invited his Democratic counterpart Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to sit with him at Tuesday's State of the Union.

 

Cantor's office said he made the ask last night. Pelosi's office didn't respond to an email asking if the former speaker would cozy up next to Cantor.

 

The two hardly are pals. Cantor Monday blasted Pelosi for not meeting with Republicans -- a contention that the Californian's office says is not true.

 

 

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BARF ---

 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has invited his Democratic counterpart Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to sit with him at Tuesday's State of the Union.

 

Cantor's office said he made the ask last night. Pelosi's office didn't respond to an email asking if the former speaker would cozy up next to Cantor.

 

The two hardly are pals. Cantor Monday blasted Pelosi for not meeting with Republicans -- a contention that the Californian's office says is not true.

 

 

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Maybe he purposely did it, knowing she would not reciprocate?

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Atta Way Chief Justice!!!!

 

Alito will NOT be there

 

Six out of nine members of the Supreme Court will attend Tuesday night’s State of the Union, just one year after President Barack Obama openly chided the court for its Citizen’s United decision on campaign finance in the annual address.

 

The court did not make available the names of the justices who will attend, but Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. has a speaking engagement at the University of Hawaii law school, whose website is currently running an “Aloha Alito” slide show on its homepage.

 

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Six of the nine Supreme Court justices will attend President Obama's State of the Union address, the court confirmed Tuesday.snip

The likely attendees are Roberts and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The no-shows would be Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. Scalia and Thomas rarely attend the speech, and Alito is on a speaking engagement in Hawaii.snip

 

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clay_arts Nancy

We'd better not be having to foot the corsage bill for tonight. #SOTU

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Ha. Ghost we posted the same thing at the same time.

 

LOL... and I bet we both have happy feet

 

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Christie turned down SOTU response offer

 

Last week, I expressed my surprise that Republican leadership didn’t follow the plan last year for the opposition response to the State of the Union address by having Chris Christie deliver a riposte about government spending from the New Jersey legislature.

 

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell did a good job in framing the GOP response from the state’s Assembly, which allowed for better optics than the usual ten-minute speech from a closed office. Yesterday, The Star Ledger reported that Republicans did ask Christie to do just that — and that Christie refused:

 

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SOTU previews – just another song and dance routine

 

Tuesday’s the big night. The current POTUS will enter the chambers for another State of The Union address, but this time to a very different crowd than the echo chamber he’s enjoyed since moving into the White House. Already the New York Times writer’s, Jackie Calmes and Jeff Zeleny, are hailing it as a centrist “theme”, and “… geared more broadly toward the political center, to independent voters and business owners and executives alienated by the expansion of government and the partisan legislative fights of the past two years.”

 

Centrist? Any one that believes Obama will be tracking to the center in any way other than lip service is the perpetual optimist, IMHO. After reading the more detailed WSJ’s preview, I can only ask… more “politically center” than who? Chavez?

 

In the typical “have your cake, and eat it too” fashion this POTUS enjoys, Obama will attempt to appear to straddle the issues of the day, while continuing to push the same agenda of spending, spending, spending. It’s a feat that begs the traditional warning… “don’t try this at home without adult supervision”.

 

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FLOPPING ACES SITE

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Pelosi Turns Down Cantor As Her 'Date' for Speech. Awwwwwwwwwwww.

 

She is too old for him anyway. LOL

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This whole date night thing is so dang bizarre. Why oh why did the Republicans fall for this.

 

Will there be tshirts on their chairs when they enter tonight? Will prom pictures be before the rebuttal or after?

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When have we had so much fun with a SOTU before? I wonder how many marriages will result in this dating thing?

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CNN is reportedly going to be the only station to carry Michele Bachmann's response to SOTU.

 

edited to add: Paul Ryan is giving the GOP response and Michele is giving the Tea Party

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When have we had so much fun with a SOTU before? I wonder how many marriages will result in this dating thing?

I'm so bad, I'm hoping everytime the Dems stand to clap, a whoopie cushion is put on their chair. :D

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imsure MarKng

Can we play musical chairs during #SOTU that's always fun at children's parties! #congress #obama

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