SOTU: The White House should have punted the SOTU

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By Chuck Todd

No one can say that Bush’s speech didn’t reflect the gravity of the situation the country is in re: Iraq. He was serious; he was almost smirkless; But it was simply language; he still needs to figure out some way to agree to something the Democrats want on Iraq so as to stop having the Iraq War being viewed as a “Republican War.” He still seems to be in the mode of wanting to prove (or is it plead?) that his way is still the right way in Iraq. Why he doesn’t call the Democrats’ bluff on Iraq is beyond me. This stubbornness on this issue, in political terms, is toxic for the Republican Party going into 2008.

This speech won’t go down in presidential history; but at least there wasn’t a “mission to Mars” challenge. All-in-all, I go back to my original suggestion: the White House should have punted the SOTU this year. Bush needs to consume the Iraq issue the way the war has consumed his presidency.

SOTU: The White House should have punted the SOTU

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