Bob McDonnell’s boilerplate response couldn’t match Obama’s passion and strong delivery in his State of the Union speech. Over at Politics Daily, Walter Shapiro called it “Republican elevator music – conservative clichés delivered in a soothing voice.” McDonnell had nothing to say about Obama’s rebuke of GOP tactics of obstruction, name-calling and fear-mongering.
Since his speech was written before Obama delivered his, that’s to be expected. Here’s the question: How will Republicans in Congress respond to Obama’s criticism? Obama was the grown-up in the room, calling on Republicans and Democrats alike to get a grip and solve some problems? Are they ready now to start acting like grown-ups and contribute answers to the nation’s problems? Or will they continue to vote ‘no” on everything Obama proposes?
So far, that tactic isn’t endearing them to the public. A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Obama much more popular than Congress, and Democrats slightly more popular than Republicans.
Obama was clearly the adult in the room, channeling Americans’ aspirations for a better and more responsive government. Are Republicans ready to do their part?