Responding to the SOTU address, Senator Obama concluded his remarks with the following:
Each year, as we watch the State of the Union, we see half the chamber rise to applaud the President and half the chamber stay in their seats. We see half the country tune in to watch, but know that much of the country has stopped even listening. Imagine if next year was different. Imagine if next year, the entire nation had a president they could believe in. A president who rallied all Americans around a common purpose. That’s the kind of President we need in this country. And with your help in the coming days and weeks, that’s the kind of President I will be.
That sounds awesome—truly, it does. But I’ve got a few questions.
1. Why will the Republican members of Congress rise to applaud you, and the conservative half of the nation tune in to support you, unless you pursue an agenda that appeals to them? How do you pursue an agenda that appeals to conservatives, but is also progressive?
Go read all the questions on Shakes… I hope Barack Obama responds to Melissa, because I think her questions are questions that many Democrats, liberals and progressives would like answered from the “unity” candidate. It just seems near to fantasy to imagine that all the partisan ship will be gone with an Obama administration. Infact, one has to wonder why, Obama’s mentor of sorts, Joe Lieberman endorsed John McCain instead of Obama? Talking about ending the partisanship is dandy, but honestly I think Darrell nailed it here last night when he said the “myth” had been “exposed”.
UPDATE: Go read Greg Prince’s guest post on The Reaction: Kennedy for Obama. Greg takes off where Melissa left off and it’s an eye-opener.