SOTU Live-Blog: Final Thoughts

Well, Rand Paul will soon be delivering his own “response” to the SOTU Address on behalf of the Tea Party Express, via a live-stream at Red State, but I don’t really have the patience to wait for it or sit through it. It’s hard to imagine him getting to the right of Rubio in any event, thought he may try.

I’ll try to absorb the various “analysis,” spin, and snap polls overnight. But while Obama’s speech probably won’t move public opinion mountains, and he may have been a mite subtle in calling out the GOP, it was a strong performance that left Republicans looking either clueless (Rubio) or uncomfortable (Boehner). On the big issues, Obama and Democrats were already playing from a stronger hand, and he strengthened it on a pretty broad front tonight.

Feel free to offer your summary thoughts in the comment thread; I’m sure I missed some important things sitting here listening and typing and only occasionally glancing at the screen.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.