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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The underplayed SOTU

I'm amazed at how little prepress we're seeing on the State of the Union speech coming in less than a week. You would think that the administration would be pushing it as a further platform for Bush's Iraq plan. (I'll be so curious to watch the Congressional reaction/applause lines.)

Last year, the speculation started in mid-December as the White House pressed it as a major agenda restart. (I don't know if anybody else remembers all the articles with that godawful "President clearing brush"/New Agenda metaphor.)

This year, not a peep with the first real press mention being that Jim Webb will give the rebuttal. (By the way, good casting by the Dems.)


  • That is a little strange. I was even unaware that the SOTU was less than a week away.

    I never know what to expect with this group: a bland, vanilla speech or some bizzaro, grandiose "I'm the king of the world!" declaration with sweeping grabs at power.

    Time will tell.

    By Blogger -epm, at 2:00 PM  

  • I think it's because they pressed the other speech so hard, but still, you'd think they'd at least plan this as a follow on.

    Of course, after his poll numbers went down outside the margin of error after the last speech, maybe they aren't so enthusiastic to have people watch.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 2:41 PM  

  • I betting that by then they'll have concocted some excuse to attack Iran, and W will announce it during the speech.

    By Blogger Lew Scannon, at 5:52 PM  

  • So far, Iran is playing it smart by not responding. Iranians captured, diplomatic response. US drone shot down, diplomatic response.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 9:07 PM  

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