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.