Last night President Barrack Obama presented to Congress, as mandated by the Constitution, the State of the Union. His fifth presentation to a mostly cordial Congress, many who are facing re-election challenges back home, was mostly upbeat with very little mandate, threats, challenges or intimidation. Most of the members of both the House and senate bit their lip and attempted the upbeat, while at the same time they were and would be in direct opposition to the President after the presentation.
Many Republicans made a be-line for reporters right after the speech in an attempt to put a shadow on the Presidents up beat appearance before all America. Making it clear that they opposed the presidents direction, and that by no means was the past confrontation witnessed by the electorate over. Moderate Republicans though, are the ones who face the hardest challenges back at the voters box. Many are being challenged by far right Republican Tea Party members, who want a far more conservative approach to solving the american deficit. Their tactics raised the hackles of many americans when they used their blocking power to shut down the Federal Government last year. That does not seem to be the direction though this time around. Realizing that this is an election year most are willing to pass a budget resolution preventing government shutdown by expanding the budget, that is at least for now.
But this fight between Republicans and Democrats is not by any means over. There is no doubt that frustration, and distrust still exists between both parties. Responding to the Presidents State of the Union many Republicans of various wings of the party vied to advance their prescriptions for the countries best way forward. Representative Cathy McMorris who presented the Republicans sanctioned response queued up long-standing party doctrine that ” champions free markets and trusts people to make their own decisions, not a government that decides for you. Opposing Obama Care she said ” We’ve all talked to too many people who received cancellation notices they didn’t expect or who can no longer see the doctors they always have”.
Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah two favorites of the anti-Washington Tea Party movement, staged separate responses to Obama’s speech.
Paul, who joined the senate in 2011 and is often mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, appealed to the conservative base of the Republican party. “Economic growth will come when we lower taxes for everyone”, he said after the address, “Government spending doesn’t work”.
But despite the frustration of appealing to women voters, they pushed through the House on Tuesday a partisan bill that would make it more difficult for some women to get abortions. They also continue to oppose the Presidents to fast track immigration policy opening the road for over a million Hispanics to gain citizenship in the United States.
But then too are the serious confrontations between the press and members of the House and Senate. Last night was no exception. In an interview with Rep Michael Grimm on his personal campaign finances. It all started out like any other interview after Tuesdays State of the State Address. presenting his positions on the address all seemed well, that is until the end of the interview, that is when the confrontation boiled up When confronted about his campaign finances he said that this was about the Presidents address, nothing more. Then he walked off camera. While it is not the first time a Congressman has walked off camera, what happened next is shocking even to the most jaded observer.
After the Reporter returned to his report, Rep. Grimm , a former FBI agent and Marine, suddenly stormed back into the camera frame, whispering a threat to the reporter. “I will break you in half,” he said, reportedly threatening to throw the reporter over the balcony inside the U.S. Congress. Although the audio is largely muted, Tv employees present said Grimm said ” Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw off this balcony. “I just wanted to ask you….it’s a valid question.” the reporter responded.
“No, no, Grimm said. “You’re not man enough, you’re not man enough, I’ll break you in half like a boy”. This according to Yahoo News.
This is a clear example of the uneasiness on both sides of the aisle. There is no doubt in my mind that this campaign, although attempts are being made of at least some civility, is more than likely to boil over into confrontational campaigning, accusations, and mud-slinging before it’s all over.
Not to mention what is going to happen next November, as the losers begin to exit Congress licking their wounds, and assuredly, more than willing to take at least one more shot at a dysfunctional Congress and a hated President on their way out the cloak room door.
Yeah……just as I said…..This is going to be a very interesting campaign year. Fasten your seat belts folks, because the ride is just beginning.
That’s my point of view…….I look for ward to your responses on this and all the issues of Campaign 2014. Have a great day and as usual……………God Bless America!