SOTU Live Blog II

Obama, as predicted, is beginning with a shout-out to the economic recovery. Since Republicans have been taking credit for said recovery, I’m a bit surprised Boehner isn’t applauding. Guess “the base” might be confused.

The featured “real people” Obama’s talking about are the Democratic Party’s key target demographic: non-college-educated white voters.

Fifteen minutes in, allusion to Obamacare creates first big partisan cleavage in reactions. Boehner hasn’t arisen since the early tribute to the military.

Probably the most sweeping yet brief plenary veto threat in SOTU history.

Interesting that Obama sticks with the same “real people” to make the pivot from economic recovery to continuing economic struggle.

Would have loved to have been fly on the wall during the White House debate that led to formulation of the term “middle class economics.”

Obama rolling through the very popular discreet economic proposals in the speech with considerable panache: child and family leave, pay equity, overtime pay. Brief shout-out to union rights stimulates Boehner to bring out handkerchief and blow nose.

I’ll start a new thread now that Obama’s transitioning into higher ed stuff

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.