Balz notes that much will ride on King Bush’s SOTU address, though I don’t think it’s as influential a tool as it may once have been. There are too many alternatives on TV for anyone but the biggest Bush fans and political junkies to tune in.
History suggests that Bush will get some sort of bounce regardless thanks to the inevitably fawning media coverage. The real question will be how long any such bounce will last, and whether congressional GOoPers will get any benefits from said theoretical bounce.
I tend to agree. I simply can think of nothing the President could say that would change my mind about President Bush or this administration. Perhaps things will work out in the Middle East, and thirty years from now when I am nearing retirement, historians will have a glowing review of the Bush administration. Right now, though, from my perspective, this administration, regardless what happens in the next few years, will always be remembered as eight years of missed opportunities.
This will be the administration and Congresses that spent more time paying lip service to groups who demonized gays and wanted to pretend that half the electorate was traitorous and un-American than actual competent, boring, governance. It was the permanent election with a permanent bad aftertaste. Divide and conquer, writ large, with no recognition that after the conquering comes the governing.
Even when the administration was right on issues, and they have been many times, they haven’t managed to carry out their goals effectively. Granted, Bush faced an uphill battle to win the hearts and minds of the public- the oppostion, who spent the first two years unwilling to concede Bush had won (and some dead-enders to this date still refuse to recognize he won), though feckless and useless when it matters, has been as angry and as nasty as the Republicans were in the 90’s. Yet, this administration still managed to drop the ball, even with a bunch of clowns like Pelosi and Daschle throwing underhanded softballs.
Like I said- missed opportunities. What the hell can Bush say tonight that will change that?