Fairly boring, actually. Bush can threaten to privatize Social Security or make as many dumb health care suggestions as he wants, but there’s no way he can get any of that past Congress now and he knows it. So there was really nothing resembling news in the SOTU.
What was a real revelation was Jim Webb’s rebuttal. I was pretty sure it was going to be good, but I had no idea how good. His speech was everything it needed to be – passionate, informative, gutsy and mature. Hell, he seemed more presidential than Bush did, which explains why after less than a month in Congress people are already talking about a VP candidacy. It’s a tempting idea, but I have to say I agree with Ezra Klein on that.
Watch the whole speech. It’s worth it: