After a year filled with uncertainty over major policy changes and partisan acrimony, President Obama said in his State of the Union address tonight that Americans "do not allow fear or division to break our spirit."
The Republican Party's response: Really?
The research department of the Republican National Committee provided live-blogged responses to Mr. Obama's speech, and from the start, criticized the president's ability to reach across the aisle.
Jeff Berkowitz, the RNC's Research Director, blogged an incredulous "Really?" after quoting the president about fear and division.
Some have suggested that, in the wake of the election of Republican Scott Brown to the Senate in Massachusetts, Mr. Obama and other Democrats could try to govern more from the center. Yet when asked by a reader of the live-blog whether Mr. Obama would "distance himself from the extreme left in his speech," Matt Moon, deputy research director at the RNC, countered that he may, in fact, move even farther left.
"While he's promised to always keep his door open, he's rebuffed Republican lawmakers time and time again," Moon wrote. "If he continues to ignore common-sense, Republican ideas to create jobs and grow the economy, there's only one direction he can go in ... and that's to his left."
Many progressive policy advocates would be pleased to see Mr. Obama do just that. However, the Democrats' liberal base has grown restless with the president, as he has failed to deliver yet on health care reform or other campaign promises like the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
"Plenty of Democrats are 'O-Bandoning Ship,'" Moon blogged.
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