Newly inaugurated Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Wednesday.I just don't get it. Do they live in an alternate universe? And, if Gibbs believes "a lot of themes look similar to what the president ran on," then my only conclusion is that they knew full well that they did not plan to deliver on any of the campaign promises, i.e., Gibbs is admitting that they ran on a platform completely opposite that of what they're now pursuing. It also demonstrates that Gibbs thinks that, even after a year, the country is in no better or different place than it was when Obama took office.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner announced the selection Thursday, with Boehner saying McDonnell was the choice because of his solutions-oriented approach to putting Virginians back to work.
"As the American people continue to ask, 'where are the jobs,' Gov. McDonnell has offered common-sense economic policies in stark contrast to Washington Democrats' job-killing agenda," Boehner said in a written statement. "We don't need a government takeover of health care or a 'cap-and-trade' national energy tax -- we need a common-sense plan to help middle-class families and small businesses and allow them to keep more of what they earn so they can save, invest and hire."
The choice to deliver the GOP response is typically reserved for rising stars who are offered the precarious platform that allows them to show their chops or break their momentum. The individual chosen to follow the president's address doesn't benefit from a live audience of lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and Cabinet officials nor does he enjoy the grandeur of the Capitol dome as a backdrop.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was panned for his Republican address after Obama's first joint session to Congress following his inauguration last year.
McDonnell was inaugurated as the 71st governor of Virginia last Saturday. He is one of three Republicans to win statewide election since President Obama came to office, defeating Creigh Deeds in the November gubernatorial election.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown are the other recent victors.
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he was anticipating the response since McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign last year resembled the president's.
"A lot of themes look similar to what the president ran on. We certainly look forward to what he has to say, Gibbs said."
All I can do is shake my head. I guess the less cynical and half full way to look at it is that all Americans want the same thing; they are just diametrically opposed as to the path to get there. While I think that might be true for the moderate democrats, i don't buy that for the leftist radical progressives. Again, the lessons of history are there. The blueprint to success and recovery is there. The blueprint for disaster is there, too. If Obama's IQ is as high as they say, then why won't he heed the lessons of history?