Brad Miller and State of the Union Blogging

Congressman Brad Miller (NC-13) will be posting a response to the President's State of the Union address here at BlueNC after the speech. Representative Miller is no stranger to blogs (see his dKos contributions here), and it will be an honor to have him stop by tonight.

Also, I've added a "State of the Union" category under Feds >> President for all your post-SOTU blogging needs. That is, if you're not too busy hiding under the covers or hobnobbing with Howard Dean in Durham.

EDIT: Talking points ahoy:


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 31, 2006


As Prepared for Delivery

America is always at its best when we are shaping events, instead of being shaped by events. Tonight, the President will chart a clear path forward for our Nation:

"In this decisive year, you and I will make choices that determine both the future and the character of our country. We will choose to act confidently in pursuing the enemies of freedom -or retreat from our duties in the hope of an easier life. We will choose to build our prosperity by leading the world economy - or shut ourselves off from trade and opportunity. In a complex and challenging time, the road of isolationism and protectionism may seem broad and inviting - yet it ends in danger and decline. The only way to protect our people...the only way to secure the peace... the only way to control our destiny is by our leadership - so the United States of America will continue to lead."

The President will talk about America's leadership role in the world, and the importance of working together to better protect our country, support our troops, and advance freedom:

"Abroad, our Nation is committed to an historic, long-term goal - we seek the end of tyranny in our world...the future security of America depends on it."

"In a time of testing, we cannot find security by abandoning our commitments and retreating within our borders. If we were to leave these vicious attackers alone, they would not leave us alone. They would simply move the battlefield to our own shores."

"...Ultimately, the only way to defeat the terrorists is to defeat their dark vision of hatred and fear by offering the hopeful alternative of political freedom and peaceful change."

"To overcome dangers in our world, we must also take the offensive

by encouraging economic progress, fighting disease, and spreading hope

in hopeless lands."

To keep America competitive in a dynamic economy, the President will set out an agenda focused on the priorities that families are most concerned about. He will talk about the importance of having an educated, skilled workforce, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and making health care more affordable, accessible, and portable:

"Here at home, America also has a great opportunity: We will build the prosperity of our country by strengthening our economic leadership in the world."

On Competitiveness:

"The American economy is pre-eminent -but we cannot afford to be complacent. In a dynamic world economy, we are seeing new competitors like China and India."

"We must continue to lead the world in human talent and creativity. Our greatest advantage in the world has always been our educated, hard-working, ambitious people - and we are going to keep that edge."

On Energy:

"America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world...The best way to break this addiction is through technology."

On Health Care:

"Our government has a responsibility to help provide health care for the poor and the elderly, and we are meeting that responsibility. For all Americans, we must confront the rising cost of care ...strengthen the doctor-patient relationship ...and help people afford the insurance coverage they need."

Finally, the President will speak to the character and compassion of America:

" ... our greatness is not measured in power or luxuries, but by who we are and how we treat one another. So we strive to be a compassionate, decent, hopeful society."


Welcome, Brad!

Thanks for all you do . . . and for taking time to share your reactions to Karl Rove's partisan pandering speech tonight.


Someone seems to have some connections, Brad Blogging, Shuler dialing, could an office run be in the cards some day???

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I would support

that Petersen fella.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I muted a bunch of it

to tell my wife about the Gore 2000 OVERVOTES in Florida. It made my blood boil just talking about it.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

30,000 Gore

overvotes I read on DKos. 30,000.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Did you see him winking?

He's talking about a soldier dying and during the clapping he smirks and winks at someone in the crowd - yeah, real torn up by that death aren't you GWB?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I could watch...

a bear eat Bush.

I am not watching...

Because he just says the same thing most of the time and it is ultimately either blatantly false (e.g. there is no plan to invade Iraq) or will later be proven false (e.g. Iraq has weapons of Mass Destruction).

45 degree stare

anyone notice he keeps looking off to either side at 45 degrees, right where the teleprompters are located? He can't take his eyes off them for a second, check it out.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

He is confused...

by the fact that there is someone who looks just like himself staring back at him.


Very fun Mr. Gator!

I decided not to watch.

I cleaned my garage instead. It was WAY more fulfilling and important.

The Dem Cheering

after "Congress decided not to act on my proposal to save Social Security" gave me a warm fuzzy feeling I didn't expect during the SOTU.

Speech is over

Response coming up.

Human-Animal Hybrids?

Did he just say that? Please tell me there's some context that makes that not ridiculous.

It's over.

I just read on Kos.

Going to CSPAN . . . hoping Kaine has something worth listening to. Not on yet.


He has the kind of congenital sincerity that often gives me the creeps. But in him I could take it . . . good thing he kept it short though.

Management and service. That's his pitch.

Guess we'll see how it plays in Peoria. I personally like the idea, but I'm afraid America's too ignorant to get it.

Solid Response,

...but not mind-blowing. Then again, I'm not the target audience. It was coherent and clear, and it seemed to have the new progressivism at its heart -- these are definitely good things.

It's hard to criticize for its substance

Nothing bad to say about effectiveness and service. The face of the New Democrats . . . competent service. Like FedEx.