Satire is dead:
Pelosi Peeved Republicans Opt Out of Rebuttal to Obama Speech
Republicans have decided they’re not going to give a rebuttal to President Obama’s jobs speech later this week, a decision House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took as a high affront to the White House.
At least three GOP lawmakers also have announced they’re not going to show up for the presidential address. House Speaker John Boehner’s office then confirmed Tuesday evening that nobody from the party would deliver an official televised response.
Pelosi said the party’s “silence” would “speak volumes about their lack of commitment to creating jobs.”
“The Republicans’ refusal to respond to the president’s proposal on jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people,” Pelosi said.
But Boehner spokesman Mike Steel said Obama’s proposals on Thursday “will rise or fall on their own merits,” suggesting a GOP response was not needed.
How do you mock something like that?
Could the decision not to offer a rebuttal have something to do with kick-off time? I’ll bet the Republicans figured Obama would try to time his speech to leave them no time to speak prior to the Saints-Packers game.
(Via Hot Air)
Since I wasn’t planning on watching either, I wasn’t going to miss it but I almost applauded when I heard this news. I’m sorry but talk about an overload of speeches. And isn’t a Joint Session of Congress reserved for truly, truly important stuff?
Yeah, it’s important but if he can delay until after his and their vacations are over, then he can speak from the Oval Office on a night when everyone is paying attention. If his staff can figure out when that would be at this point…
Which is probably the problem. o.O
If the R’s are smart, they will spend very little time this next year rebutting Obama’s words (he seems to have an endless supply of them), and spend ALL their time rebutting his concrete record.
Obama wants a war of words, because he thinks he can (maybe) win that one – he’s good with words, especially when his get polished by the media.
If the R’s have a clue, they will openly say they are not interested in any more words, or in rebutting them. They are interested in results. Focus on his record, not his words, and he’s sunk. Obama WILL try to make it all about words, and how his words are so much better than their words, and look at how he bested them in the word battle. I hope they don’t fall for it.
The Republicans made a great decision. The less attention the Republicans give to Obama’s speeches, the better.
Go Packers!! Oh, I said that already. 🙂
I read that Wisconsin TV stations have decided not to carry the speech. They’ll be showing the pre-game coverage as planned.
LOL! From a HA poster: Bingo!
Apparently not fighting with him is not playing fair. LOL
The worst thing you can do to an Alinskyite is deny them a target. Their tactics are always about the “evil other” guy, never about themselves and their plan.
I agree with the Repubs on this one, just ignore the idiot. He’s already toast. Just talk as if he’s not in the room.
It would be different if anyone thought he’d have an actual plan or anything new to say (whether one agreed with it or not.) But no one, not even the Dems, think that.
I think it would be hilarious if Boehner came on afterwards and said, “For our rebuttal, we are going to use highlights of our rebuttals from his previous speeches. They are more than adequate, as his speech was just a rehash of things he’s been promising for three years. Roll tape!” Then leave, with the re-runs playing.
I love it! Please!
That’s best. Either ignore him or mock him but don’t take him seriously. It will drive them nuts.
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That explains a lot – they got the Obama touch on them
Is that like the cheese touch?
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Great comment above, “Democrats are angry that they’ll have to try to sell Obama’s speech rather than attack the Republican response.”
I hate to say it, but Boehner’s spokesman also nailed it, Obama’s proposals on Thursday “will rise or fall on their own merits.”
We don’t need a war of words or partisan bickering, we just need a proposal with some merit and substance.