Monday Open Thread [2.11.13]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 11, 2013

President Obama’s State of the Union speech “will be less a presidential olive branch than a congressional cattle prod,” Politico reports.

Excellent. Hell, if the President wants to curse at the Republicans, I am perfectly fine with that.

“Emboldened by electoral victory and convinced the GOP is unwilling to cut deals, Obama plans to use his big prime-time address Tuesday night to issue another broad challenge at a Republican Party he regards as vulnerable and divided, Democrats close to Obama say.”

“He’ll pay lip service to bipartisanship, but don’t expect anything like the call for peaceful collaboration that defined his first address to a joint session of Congress in 2009, they say.”

Paul Krugman at The New York Times writes several paragraphs of eyerolls over the Republican Ignorance Caucus:

To be sure, [House majority leader Eric] Cantor tried to sound interested in serious policy discussion. But he didn’t succeed — and that was no accident. For these days his party dislikes the whole idea of applying critical thinking and evidence to policy questions. And no, that’s not a caricature: Last year the Texas G.O.P. explicitly condemned efforts to teach “critical thinking skills,” because, it said, such efforts “have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”

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  1. bamboozer says:

    I also expect the bully pulpit to be in full effect and why not? Having failed at “get Obama in 2012!” the Republicans remain in total obstruction mode. As for the last part about the Texas GOP their pro ignorance stance comes as no surprise.

  2. SussexAnon says:

    Will this be Obamas moment to grow a pair? I won’t hold my breath.

    Not as long as Harry Reid is the Dem Leader in the Senate. The epitome of caving while winning.

  3. puck says:

    Another NCC police officer is dragged by a car during a traffic stop. What do they make these uniforms out of, Velcro? Magnets? Or is there just some inexplicable instinct to grab on? (I hope he is OK). Our officers are far too sticky.

  4. pandora says:

    Now this is funny!

    Someone apparently hacked into the Emergency Alert System and announced on KRTV and the CW that “dead bodies are rising from their graves” in several Montana counties


  5. cassandra_m says:

    That is funny, P! About a decade from now, some overly credulous Montanan will emerge from Ted Kosinski’s old place wondering what happened……