I have two words for you all:
But seriously. . . eh. These things all sound alike now. The Iraq stuff is good, but nobody bothers paying attention anymore. The domestic stuff is at an impasse-- the only legislation that gets passed anymore is *bad* legislation.
Blah, blah, blah.
In spite of efforts to avoid them, there were a few dramatic points during the speech. In describing our enemy, it was welcome to hear President Bush utter the clarifying words "radical Islam." Also, his plea to the people of Iran wasn't a bad bit of theater. And when it came to defending the NSA eavesdropping on Al Qaeda communications, the President hit exactly the right note, albeit one unpopular with the Left, as evidenced by the high-larious camera cut to the terminally unserious Hillary!
One funny moment: the omnipresent look of awe on newly-minted Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's face. Every time the camera focused on him, Alito had the look of "Oh my God, I can't believe I'm actually sitting here. And in these robes! Look, over there-- it's Donald Rumsfeld! Wowww. . ."
Two bizarre moments. First, when President Bush brought up the line-item veto, that long-dead panacea for all ills in Washington. As my buddy Mike helpfully noted in a quick phone call, the last iteration of the line-item veto was declared unconstitutional, so unless someone in Congress introduces a constitutional amendment, that idea won't be going anywhere.
Secondly, the gall of the Democrats to actually cheer the defeat of Bush's Social Security reform was somewhat shocking. I mean, whether you agree or disagree with the particulars, Bush was (and is) fundamentally correct in his proposition that the entitlement system is structurally unsustainable. Hell, it's worse than that-- even if the system can fund itself for another fifty years, the larger question remains: should it? A system this inefficient, this unfair, and ultimately, this un-American should be allowed to die on the vine.
But hey, that's just the small-government conservative crank in me talkin' again.
Crazy Funny Line Update: I'm sorry, but when President Bush spoke about the need to ban cloning, embryo harvesting, etc., I couldn't help but giggle uncontrollably when he uttered the line "human-animal hybrids." I half-expected to hear Bush start railing against Dr. Moreau.
"That's it. . . We're voting Democrat."
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