By Chuck Todd
Stray thought… Considering the negative vibe the country can’t seem to shake when it comes to Bush right now, thanks mostly to Iraq, one wonders why the White House even bothered with a SOTU. In fact, here’s a thought: imagine if the president announced that he was scrapping the traditional SOTU and instead was asking for 15 min of prime time each week to update the country on the progress (or lack thereof) in Iraq.
By canceling the SOTU, it would have shaken the average citizen into thinking Bush now realizes Iraq has consumed his presidency. In fact, it may have sent the message that Bush knows Iraq is such an anchor, he’s going forego the window dressing of domestic legislation and instead consume himself with Iraq.
Bottom line: this SOTU has the potential for being the least impactful of Bush’s presidency, so why not use the country’s personal disinterest in listening to Bush right now and instead try for a grand gesture to buy some credibility on Iraq.
Curious what others think of this idea. It couldn’t have hurt, right?