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We've moved long past Republicans even bothering to find out what Obama's proposing before deciding they're aginnit, but I suppose it might still be worth pointing out among Americans who are not currently Republican members of Congress, polls show that Obama continues to enjoy broad support:
The automated survey, conducted Tuesday night by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling on behalf of the National Resources Defense Council, showed that 67 percent of those who said they watched the State of the Union approved of Obama's speech while 33 percent disapproved. Seventy-two percent of women and 62 percent of men said they approved of the address.
Compare that to the Republican responses, almost all which were prepared before the speech ever took place (you know, for efficiency.) The Rubio speech was a good example, a dry, parched wasteland of talking points that had long since desiccated in the political sunli—well, now I'm getting thirsty.

The larger point: Republicans are in a tough spot here. On the big points in Obama's speech, the public is behind him. Their two available choices (since actually doing things the public favors is, as usual, right out) is the awkward Rubio approach of just pretending that none of the last 10-14 years ever happened, popping up with the same speech that any Bush-era Republican could and did offer during that whole long mess, or the newer Boehner approach of recognizing that his current crop of Republicans can't agree amongst themselves on anything anyway, and therefore bailing out on whole notion of "governing" for a while. Oh, and to blame Obama for a sequester that they could, with a single vote, simply wipe from the books.

Not forthcoming: any of the supposed new "strategies" we've been hearing the GOP talk about. There's the part where they blame Obama for stuff they themselves insisted upon, and the part where they simultaneously demand we do ambiguous "stuff" while demanding the Democrats actually come up with the details of the hurtful "stuff" the Republicans want to do, the part where tax cuts tax cuts tax cuts, and the part where yet another new party savior-in-training drones on about the same pouting crap. If there's a new, post-Romney plan for the party, they haven't yet graced us with it.

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  •  i got tired of J-Bone blowing (7+ / 0-)

    his nose. on camera.
    has he no experience with SPONGES ?

    There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:03:12 PM PST

  •  Since they hate the "President's" sequester (5+ / 0-)

    so much it's too bad none of them have thought about voting to reverse it.

    Well, like we always say, they're not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

    •  Congress enacted it. Congress can dis-enact it. (1+ / 0-)
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      Congress, despite Boehner's hand-wringing about his fragmented and therefore unleadable GOP House, is not powerless. Well, not completely powerless.

      2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:42:27 PM PST

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  •  The search goes on (6+ / 0-)

    Since the death of their beloved Ronald Reagan, not to mention John C. Calhoun, there has been no one to effectively communicate their brilliant ideas that 99 percent of the people would love if they could only understand them, and if they could only get them past the blockade of the librul media.  Who, oh who, will be their next Great Communicator, now that their latest Savior has, in the wake of all the previous False Messiahs, flopped?

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:12:55 PM PST

  •  In front of the cameras (2+ / 0-)
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    xxdr zombiexx, Matt Z

    It's jobs.  Behind the scenes, it's teh gayz.

    The system isn't broken; it's fixed - OWS sign

    by john07801 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:13:44 PM PST

  •  Not to be a wet blanket, but (5+ / 0-)

    isn't there a rather large selection effect here?

    ...showed that 67 percent of those who said they watched the State of the Union approved of Obama's speech
    Because I tend not to watch the speeches of politicians with whom I disagree.   Okay, I know it's the SOTU address and maybe everyone should care, but in reality we follow our biases at this time as at any other.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:13:46 PM PST

  •  Careful - poll was of watchers; skewed. (5+ / 0-)

    "..showed that 67 percent of those who said they watched the State of the Union approved of Obama's speech while 33 percent disapproved...."

    Have seen elsewhere, of course, that there are significant numbers of people who wouldn't have watched it if it were the last show on, due to their default hate setting. Likely those people wouldn't have added to the "like" totals in the poll...So we need to keep that in mind as we think about how much work we still have to do...

    •  I like Obama but I didn't bother with the SOTU (4+ / 0-)

      Some people also hate TV. Me being one of them.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:20:16 PM PST

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      •  Lots of other things (1+ / 0-)
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        grabbed my attention last night. SOTU by anyone has never been a draw for me. And with the internet, I catch most of it via emails and Facebook postings anyway (also available in its entirety here, there and everywhere if I really get curious).

      •  I like TV, but I didn't watch the SOTU either. (0+ / 0-)

        The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was on, and I figured the president's speech would be recapitulated endlessly today.  I did watch the MSNBC follow-up, though, and got a pretty good idea of what he said that way.  Some of it I liked; some of it I didn't, which is typical of the way I feel about most of his speeches.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:56:56 PM PST

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  •  The Other Third believes in Bigfoot. (4+ / 0-)

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:16:58 PM PST

  •  An addict never changes until he hits rock bottom (2+ / 0-)
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    Even my hate-politics-passionately neighbor grokked the bland sameness of the Rubio speech. The GOP is not near rock bottom yet, so, full speed belowwwwww.

  •  Why didn't they asked about gun control? I was (1+ / 0-)
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    curious about that.

    The climate change approvals are just awesome!  I am beyond thrilled with that.

  •  Party affiliation? (0+ / 0-)

    It was likely mostly Dems who watched the speech anyway.  Of course they approved.

  •  Check the questions & answers on climate change (1+ / 0-)
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    Very high percentages of people support action on climate change---approximately 60% on each question. This includes supporting Obama using executive authority to act without Congress.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:43:03 PM PST

    •  The problem with executive orders (0+ / 0-)

      is that the day the next Republican president is sworn in, those orders will be rescinded.  Policy lurches are no way to craft an energy policy.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 03:02:06 PM PST

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      •  True. But it buys us 2 or 4 years til the House (0+ / 0-)

        goes Dem and there's even a hint of the prospect of legislative victories, especially on the environment.

        Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

        by willyr on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 03:09:24 PM PST

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      •  If we do our job, there will not be another for (1+ / 0-)
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        ...quite some time. If we believe that it is natural for them to win in 2016, then we deserve to get beat.

        "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

        by sebastianguy99 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 03:18:05 PM PST

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  •  The Democratic base is engaged with this (0+ / 0-)

    President in a way that it wasn't during the first term.  Audience was overwhelmingly Democratic and that is a good thing.  It means we are beginning to shape the agenda and direction in Washington.  The President should avoid lengthy negotiations with the GOP, stay on message and he will get Congress to act on a good chunk of his agenda.  I felt the air come out of the GOP's balloon on the sequester last night.  They may still pursue the strategy to extract a concession but it was pretty clear that they would lose any blame game fight with this President.

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 03:17:45 PM PST

  •  You LIBS love POLLS (0+ / 0-)

    but do you ever poll GOD NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO you dont BECAUSE that is ONE POLL OBAMA CANT WIN read REVELATIONS 23:12!!!!!!!!!! so WAKE UP america before it is TOO LATE.

  •  Bogus statistics, since only a small percentage of (0+ / 0-)

    people actually saw the broadcast, and it is a good bet that most were dems which skew the numbers even more.

    "The website TV By The Numbers has ratings for the four major broadcast networks, which take up the lion’s share of State of the Union viewership.

    By two measures, viewership fell sharply from the president’s 2012 State of the Union speech, which was made in late January 2012.

    The four networks had almost 19 million combined viewers between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST for the speech in 2013, compared with 26 million in 2012. That is a drop-off of 26.8 percent, based on the numbers reported by the website.

    Among viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, viewership was down 26.2 percent"

    So maybe 10% of the population actually watched it.  

  •  Is only the Prezinint allowed to wrire legislation (0+ / 0-)

    Seems like back in the covered wagon days, I can remember congress critters proposin' new laws and such.  Heck, I think John McCain might have authored a couple.  But now the republicans seem to think only Obama's allowed to write new laws, since they always seem to be waitin for him to propose legislation promotin their ideas, such as they are.  Curious.

    I don't know what's been trickling down, but it hasn't been pleasant---N. Pelosi

    by Russycle on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 07:25:52 PM PST

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