Wheew! Just got off air from Hardball and it is hard for me to admit but I could barely get a word in edgewise between Chris, John Harwood and Jonathan Alter - all smart and fast.
So what, Chris asked, is the story from the State of the Union tonight? Jonathan made a great point - usually a president goes to foreign affairs issues to unite a country because domestic affairs can be so divisive. Tonight, President Bush is going to try the opposite.
Will it work?
I don’t think so. Because the biggest takeaway from tonight’s speech to Congress just may be the line of Republicans waiting at the microphones in order to distance themselves from the president’s latest plans for Iraq. Yes, the Democrats have come out in united opposition to increasing the number of troops sent to Iraq. But the really interesting and I believe definitive problem is that thoughtful Republican leaders like Sen. John Warner, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee and Sen. Richard Lugar, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee are drafting a resolution to try and stop the president’s plans.
In the green room, Andy Card (former Chief of Staff to President Bush) told me that this won’t bother the president as much as we might think. Because this president, Andy said, is perfectly comfortable being totally alone if he is convinced he is right. He will be lonely tonight, for sure.