The Royal Opposition
After watching and listening carefully to President Obama's State of the Union address on Monday evening (which was too long by about 15 minutes to my way of thinking), I decided to crawl into bed and listen to the GOP response with my eyes closed. I, of course, fell asleep almost immediately. I felt a little guilty about that, so on Tuesday I found the text of Rep. McMorris Rodgers' on line and read it.
Heh. Ohman's cartoon got it wrong, but only insofar as Ms. McMorris Rodgers wasn't wearing a tie. Her speech could have been given by almost any of the other members of the Republican Party. Our local paper gives a pretty good summary of that speech.
From the Pasadena Star News:
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Tuesday offered a kinder, gentler vision of Republicans who are determined to empower Americans, not the government, and close the gap “between where you are and where you want to be.”
Tapped to deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, McMorris Rodgers touched on the daily routines of average Americans that overshadow Washington, from kissing children goodnight to preparing for a doctor’s visit, and complained that Obama’s policies are making life harder.
The highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress said the GOP believes “in a government that trusts people and doesn’t limit where you finish because of where you started. That is what we stand for — for an America that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional. Our plan is one that dreams big for everyone and turns its back on no one.” [Emphasis added]
A little short on details, wouldn't you say?
But, then, the GOP doesn't have a plan ... they don't need to. All they feel they have to do is, to coin a phrase, "Just Say No." And that's all they've done since 2009, and clearly all they intend to do until, well, until they hold the White House and both Houses of Congress.
At that point, well, I shudder to think what they will say "Yes" to.
Labels: Election 2014