State of the Union?Though it is hard not to put the mute button on when Bush is speaking, tonight he will have the main forum for promoting his initiatives for 2006. That said, much like his recent speeches to pre-picked audiences in red states, don't expect much substance in this year's state of the union address; there is too much posturing to be done and reminders of the (non)connections between 9/11 and Iraq actually to have proposals based on subsequent substantive changes. In 2003, for example, Bush promised he was committed to "improving the environment," yet we know that his administration has sought to dismantle some of the laws that protect our environment, including roadless protection in state parks. Bush's record speaks for itself -- a botched response to Katrina, no post-war plan for Iraq, torture scandals, corruptions scandals for the leaders of his party, and so on -- so clever speechwriting only goes so far.
Gen. Wesley Clark has released a real state of the union address today, one from a 30 Jan. speech; it is my hope that he will be able to give his own state of the union address as president one day.